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Vergebung
BW 350+ bis BW 540+

 

Regentropfen am Farnblatt

Vor seiner Kreuzigung trat Jesus für seine Verfolger ein: Vater, vergib ihnen, denn sie wissen nicht, was sie tun.  Lukas 23, 34 (NT)

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Vergebungsstudien

Vergebung ist die Loslösung von negativen Energien aus  dem eigenen Körper, Fühlen und Denken.

 

Ursula Gräfen berichtet in der Ärztezeitung, dass es in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika mittlerweile1 auch insgesamt 46 Studien zum Thema Verzeihen gibt, ausgelöst durch die "Kampagne für Vergebungsforschung", die von Friedensnobelpreisträger Desmond Tutu und Altpräsident Jimmy Carter angeregt und mit 7 Millionen Dollar Stiftungskapital finanziert wurde.

 

Nach Loren Toussaints Studie in Michigan mit fast 200 Probanden wurde bei Teilnehmern, die eher bereit waren zu verzeihen, ein niedrigerer diastolischer Blutdruck sowie geringere Kortisol-Werte gemessen als bei weniger Verzeihbereiten.

 

Dr. James Carson von der Duke University in North Carolina hat nachgewiesen, dass Vergebung chronische Rückenschmerzen und Depression lindern kann und vor der Chronifizierung des Schmerzes schützt.
Jede der 44 stark übergewichtigen Ehefrauen aus Italien wurde schlanker, nachdem sie gelernt hatte, die ihr von ihrem Gatten zugefügten Kränkungen ausnahmslos zu verzeihen.

Vier Stufen der Vergebung

Verzeihen ist Schwerarbeit.
Der Vergebungsforscher Robert D. Enright, Ph.D. von der Universität von Wisconsin,
Madison erläutert vier Stufen des Vergebens, die analog zu den vier Äras der Medizin sind. ||

 

Vier Stationen der Vergebung
༺༻VergebungsaktionAnmerkung
1.Entdecke und anerkenne den Ärger in dir.Energieräuber – potentieller Krankmacher
2.Entscheide dich, wirklich zu vergeben.Alternative
3.Vergib beharrlich und lass Schicht um Schicht los.Arbeit
4.Feiere deine emotionale Befreiung.Gnadenerfahrung

Vier Schritte zur Vergebung – Tipping-Methode

Vier Schritte zur Vergebung

Colin C. Tipping colintipping.com britischer professioneller Ausbilder, Sprecher, Autor, Ich vergebe. Der radikale Abschied vom Opferdasein, J. Kamphausen Verlag, 2. Auflage 16. Februar 2004
  1. "Ich schaue hin, was ich kreiert habe!"
  2. "Ich bemerke, dass ich urteile und liebe mich trotzdem."
  3. "Ich bin bereit, die Vollkommenheit in der Situation zu sehen."
  4. "Ich entscheide mich für die Kraft des Friedens."

 

༺༻Key phraseLegend
Erster Schritt "Ich schaue hin, was ich kreiert habe!"Es ist ein spirituelles Gesetz – bestätigt durch die Quantenphysik und andere Wissenschaften – dass das, was in der Welt geschieht, ein Abbild unseres Bewusstseins ist. Wenn wir uns also sagen "Schau, was ich gemacht habe!", dann öffnen wir uns für die Möglichkeit, dass wir an der Erschaffung dessen, was geschieht, einen Anteil haben. Wir lassen zu, dass unser Tun unserer Heilung und unserem spirituellen Wachstum dient. Dies ist unser erster Schritt auf dem Weg zur Übernahme von Verantwortung für das, was in unserem Leben geschieht.
Zweiter Schritt "Ich bemerke, dass ich urteile und liebe mich trotzdem."Dieser Schritt ermöglicht uns, unsere Menschlichkeit anzuerkennen und liebevoll anzunehmen. Als Menschen verbinden wir automatisch eine ganze Reihe von Beurteilungen, Interpretationen und Überzeugungen mit allem, was in unserem Leben passiert. Wenn wir dies jedoch klar erkennen, bewahren wir unsere Bewusstheit und können mit unseren Gefühlen und unserem authentischen Selbst in Kontakt bleiben.
Dritter Schritt "Ich bin bereit, die Vollkommenheit in der Situation zu sehen."Die Bereitschaft ist der wichtigste Schritt im Vergebungs-Prozess der Tipping-Methode. Dies ist der Punkt, an dem wir uns die Ansicht erlauben, dass sogar in diesem, von uns vielleicht als schrecklich empfundenen Ereignis eine Art göttliche Vollkommenheit am Werk sein könnte. Und dass wir sie möglicherweise erkennen könnten, wenn wir imstande wären, das ganze Bild zu sehen.
Vierter Schritt "Ich entscheide mich für die Kraft des Friedens."Der vierte Schritt ist die Konsequenz der vorangegangenen Schritte. "Frieden" meint hier die Art von Frieden, die wir fühlen, sobald wir bereit sind uns der Vollkommenheit der Situation hinzugeben. Dies gibt uns die Kraft, die wir brauchen, um in der Welt vollständig bewusst zu handeln.

Zitate zum Thema Vergebung / Forgiveness

Zitate von D. Hawkins

⚠ Achtung Siehe Power vs. Truth (engl.) Januar 2013

  • Vergebung ist innewohnender Humor. Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Du kannst jemandem, den du noch als böse betrachtest, nicht vergeben. Quelle unbekannt

 


Seerose im Teich
  • Für den spirituellen Schüler gilt, dass jedem vergeben werden muss, selbst wenn der andere "Unrecht" hat. Das All-sehende Auge, S. 244, 2005

 


 

  • In höheren Bewusstseinsebenen bringt jede Art von spirituellem Irrtum Schmerzen hervor. Es taucht irgendein Archetyp aus dem Kollektivbewusstsein auf. Ich wurde ungehalten über diejenigen, die die Wahrheit entstellen. Und ich verstand es nicht, bis ich alles damit Zusammenhängende für mich geklärt hatte. Man fängt an, für einen Teil des Kollektivs Verantwortung zu übernehmen. Durch Beten wird man es gewahr. Als ein "Krieger" der Wahrheit würdest du ihr Recht [das der Wahrheitsverdreher] verteidigen, fehlgeleitet zu sein, statt sie ins Unrecht zu setzen. Statt ihnen Schuld zuzuweisen, achte ihr Recht auf Vergebung. Sedona Seminar Vision, 3 DVD-Set, 25. Februar 2005

 

  • Frage: Was vergebe ich, wenn ich einem anderen vergebe?
    Antwort: Du vergibst tatsächlich deine eigenen Wahrnehmungen. Ohne die Wahrnehmung, würdest du nicht denken, dass es irgendetwas zu vergeben gibt! Prescott Seminar Overcoming Doubt, Skepticism and Disbelief, 3 DVD-Set, 9. August 2008

Quotes by D. Hawkins

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3, 13 (NT)

 

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

  • Forgive others and yourself for everything. Source unknown

 

  • It is an illusion to think that if you forgive someone that the other person has a 'gain', what we don't realize it that the one that gains from the forgiveness is ourselves. Source unknown

 

 


Travertine terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 2. May 2016
  • In mankind's experience, forgiveness is probably the most frequent trigger of this phenomenon because it brings about healing and the return of positive spiritual attributes such as love. We see this demonstrated widely by the veterans of World War II and subsequent wars where former fierce enemies have long since forgiven each other and their hatred has been replaced by respect and brotherhood. The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 316, 2001

 

 

  • At first, spiritual purification seems difficult, but eventually, it becomes natural. To consistently choose love, peace, or forgiveness leads one out of the house of mirrors. The joy of God is so exquisite that any sacrifice is worth the effort and seeming pain. I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. 397, 2003

 

  • Thus, the use of even a single spiritual concept, such as the willingness to be forgiving, can undo even long-standing egoistic positions. We see this in the example of the veterans on both sides of World War II having long ago forgiven their former enemies, despite the widespread death and destruction they witnessed. This demonstrates that even the most severe circumstances and experiences can be healed. The mechanism that allows this healing to operate is the willingness to surrender judgmentalism for peace, and hatred for love. Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, chapter 5 'The Essential Structure of Truth', S. 50-51, 2005

 

  • Forgiveness is an extremely important major tool, expecially when it is combined with the willingness of humility and acceptance of human fallibility and susceptibility to error. From spiritual intention, the surrendering of egoistic options may seem like a sacrifice, but when recontextualized, they are revealed to be a hidden gift. Transcending the Levels of Consciousness. The Stairway to Enlightenment, chapter 19, S. 330, 2006

 

 

 

  • The willingness to become a forgiving person who nurtures all of life non-judgmentally automatically brings that about within oneself because of the very healing nature of that energy field. It is a condition of good health and the beginning of seeing the perfection of all things and how all things work out for the good. Illness cannot stem from that context. Healing and Recovery, chapter 4 "Health", S. 128, 2009

 


Tomb submerged in a travertine pool, Hierapolis, Turkey
  • The willingness to become a forgiving person who nurtures all of life nonjudgmentally automatically brings that about within oneself because of the very healing nature of that energy field. It is a condition of good health and the beginning of seeing the perfection of all things and how all things work out for the good. Illness cannot stem from that context. Healing and Recovery, chapter 4 "Health", S. 128, 2009

 


 

  • What was acceptable at one level now becomes the limitation of the next. At a lower level we want to forgive people because they're wrong, and at a higher level we stop seeing them as wrong. We begin to see things differently […] as we evolve. Interview On the Trilogy of Book 1, 2 and 3, presented by Openexchange.org, Susanne Spitzer, 2004

 

  • Love [...] brings forth willingness and the capacity to surrender. It brings forth compassion and the desire to understand. With understanding, forgiveness ensues. With the relinquishment of positionality, one then realizes there is nothing to forgive. (BW 540) Judgment dissolves and condemnation and hatred are no longer possible. Ignorance born of innocence is seen to be the only ‘defect’ that needs to be transcended. It is seen that the nature of Creation is as it is and not in need of correction. Interview The Path of Simplicity, presented by US magazine In Light Times, March 2005

 

  • So you come out of denial, go through the pain of facing what you’re facing, work out the guilt about it and forgive yourself – then life gets beautiful again […] until the next thing comes up. This is characteristic of the whole spiritual pathway. Interview with David R. Hawkins, MD, PhD, presented by US magazine Holistic Networker, Gina Mazza Hillier, 13. August 2005

 

  • The real focus is how to overcome the residuals of the old animal brain from within and how to stop identifying with it, how to forgive yourself and to stop condemning yourself and feeling guilty and to learn to love the little animal. If you are spiritually oriented, everything in the world serves you. Sedona Seminar Realization of the Self: Final Moments, 3 DVD set, 14. December 2002

 

  • The person willing to forgive sees life in a benign context. Tustin, Arizona, Seminar Title unknown, 22. November 2003

 

  • The kindness and forgiveness you give to yourself is projected out to the world. One negative feeling on top is coming from something below. You find it, own it, forgive yourself for it. Sedona Seminar Emotions and Sensations, 3 DVD set, 17. April 2004

 

  • You can't just forgive for an hour a day, ten minutes tomorrow. It’s experiential immediacy. Sedona Seminar Perception and Positionality, 3 DVD set, 19. June 2004

 

  • Everything you see is a projection of yourself. If you are being accused of something, it may be something you were accused of in the past (past life). "Oh, Lord, I pray for forgiveness for the one in me who may have borne false witness against others." Presume that was yourself in the past and pray for forgiveness as though you are currently guilty of it. It is not necessarily a current condition. Because of your spiritual intention, you are pulling up all this negative karma. Nothing happens by chance. It is coming up for response. When you get involved in spiritual work, the stacks come up. Just go through it with grace. Forgiveness and Grace. You are undoing a whole stack. Sedona Seminar God, Religion and Spirituality, 3 DVD set, 10. December 2005

 

  • Anyway, the fact that you're accountable, then – is what? 'A safeguard'. So, it isn't that you want to live fearfully, fearful of making a mistake or fearful of a sin or something because, along with accountability also goes forgiveness. Uh, Jesus Christ died for you [...] to be easier he speaks for you and because forgiveness is part of your inheritance. So, as a devoted spiritual student you then karmically earn the right to forgiveness, should you make a mistake. And one mistake that we've all made was – 'we were too young at the time!!!'. [Laughter] We were all too young at the time to know better! [Laughter] That applies to everyone here? [D. Hawkins raises his hand.] Yeah, we were all too young at the time! So, we're – we forgive ourself because we're evolutionary creatures and out of our love for God, we say 'well, thank you Lord for the opportunity to grow and evolve and to earn that which we become.' Sedona Seminar What is Truth? The Absolute, DVD 2 of 3, minute 36:43, 22. July 2007

 

  • Question: What do you forgive when you forgive someone?
    Answer: You are really forgiving your own perceptions. If it weren’t for perception, you wouldn’t think there was anything to forgive! Prescott Seminar Overcoming Doubt, Skepticism and Disbelief, 3 DVD set, 9. August 2008

Zitate von anderen Quellen

Jesus zu Apostel Petrus: Verzeihe nicht siebenmal, sondern siebzigmal siebenmal. Matthäus 18, 22 (NT)

 

Persönliche Bekenntnisse

  • FR, Welzer: Sie vertreten seit einigen Jahren vehement eine Position, die man einer Überlebenden von Grausamkeiten nicht erwartet. Sie plädieren dafür, dem Täter zu vergeben.
    Eva Mozes Kor: Ja und zwar deswegen, weil es dem Opfer hilft, gesund zu werden. Es geht dabei nicht so sehr um den Täter. Ich halte vor allem deshalb mehr von Vergebung als von Gerechtigkeit, weil Gerechtigkeit den Opfern nicht hilft. Ich bin gefragt worden, ob ich dafür gewesen wäre, dass Mengele zum Tode verurteilt worden wäre, gesetzt den Fall, man hätte ihn bekommen. Was hätte ich davon, wenn er tod wäre? Mir wäre er lebend lieber gewesen, weil ich ihn dann hätte fragen können, was er mir injiziert hat. Mit Strafe und Gerechtigkeit kann ich als Opfer wenig anfangen. Verbrecher können bestraft und aus dem Verkehr gezogen werden. Solche Leute wären schwer zu rehabilitieren gewesen, so jemand muss aus dem Verkehr gezogen werden. Aber das alles nützt den Opfern nichts. Eva Mozes Kor (*1934) rumänische Überlebende von medizinischen Zwillingsversuchen von Dr. Josef Mengele im Nazi Konzentrationslager Auschwitz, zitiert in: Artikel Ein Überlebender hat das Recht zu vergeben, präsentiert von der überregionalen deutschen Abonnement-Tageszeitung Frankfurter Rundschau, 13. Juni 2003

 

  • Seit ich den Verbrechern vergeben habe, wollen 75 Prozent der Überlebenden nicht mehr mit mir reden. Sie verstehen nicht, dass es dabei nicht um die Täter geht. Für mich ist die Frage der Heilung entscheidend. […] Ich habe mal erlebt, dass ein Journalist am Telefon darüber verwundert war, dass ich über irgendwas lachen musste. Ich fragte ihn, was er erwarte – ob es mir nicht erlaubt sei zu lachen, weil ich das Grauen überlebt hatte? Eva Mozes Kor (*1934) rumänische Überlebende von medizinischen Zwillingsversuchen von Dr. Josef Mengele im Nazi Konzentrationslager Auschwitz, zitiert in: Artikel Ein Überlebender hat das Recht zu vergeben, präsentiert von der überregionalen deutschen Abonnement-Tageszeitung Frankfurter Rundschau, 13. Juni 2003

 

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Letzte Worte:

Heine auf seinem Sterbebett

  • Gott wird mir verzeihen, das ist sein Beruf. Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) deutscher bekehrter Skeptiker, Spötter, Journalist, Dichter, Erzähler, Romancier, Letzte Worte auf dem Totenbett, 1856

 

Empfehlungen

  • Wir sollten immer verzeihen: Dem Reuigen um seinetwillen, dem Reulosen um unseretwillen. Marie Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) österreichische Aphoristikerin, Erzählerin, Novelistin, Schriftstellerin, Gesammelte Schriften, Band 1: Aphorismen, Parabeln, Märchen und Gedichte, S. 57, Gebrüder Paetel Verlag, Berlin, 1893

 

  • Solange du dem anderen sein Anderssein nicht verzeihen kannst, bist du weitab vom Wege zur Weisheit. Chinesische Weisheit

 

Einsichten

  • Der Schwache kann nicht verzeihen. Verzeihen ist eine Eigenschaft des Starken. Mohandas Karamchand Mahatma Gandhi [BW 760] (1869-1948) indischer hinduistischer Weiser, spiritueller Führer der indischen Unabhängigkeitsbewegung, Menschenrechtsanwalt, gewaltloser Widerstandskämpfer zur Durchsetzung politischer Ziele, humanistischer Weiser, asketischer Morallehrer, Pazifist, Publizist, Quelle unbekannt

 

 

  • Vergebung anzubieten, ist die einzige Möglichkeit, sie selbst zu haben. Vorwort von Ein Kurs in Wundern [EKiW] [BW 550/600], 1994

 

  • ... müssen wir vergeben lernen, und zwar nicht deshalb, weil wir "gut" und "barmherzig" sind, sondern weil das, was wir sehen, nicht wahr ist. Vorwort von Ein Kurs in Wundern [EKiW] [BW 550/600], 1994

 

  • Vergebung ist im HIMMEL unbekannt, wo das Bedürfnis danach unvorstellbar wäre. In dieser Welt jedoch ist die Vergebung eine notwendige Berichtigung für all die Fehler, die wir gemacht haben. Vergebung anzubieten ist die einzige Möglichkeit, sie selbst zu haben, denn sie spiegelt das Gesetz des HIMMELS wider, dass Geben und Empfangen dasselbe sind. […] Durch die Vergebung wird das Denken der Welt umgekehrt. […] Indem wir keinen in der Schuld gefangen halten, werden wir frei. Ein Kurs in Wundern [EKiW] [BW 550/600] Vorwort, 1994

 


Kalksinter-Terassenformationen, Badab-e Surt, Mazandaran, Iran
  • Interessant ist dabei, dass die religiösen Aspekte der [Vergebungs]Konzepte im Islam und im Judentum gleich sind und sich von den christlichen Konzepten unterscheiden. Das Recht des Opfers, vor allem, wenn es machtlos ist, hat im Islam einen genauso hohen Stellenwert wie im Judentum, und auch hier kann nur das Opfer selbst entscheiden, ob es die Bitte des Täters um Vergebung akzeptiert. Die Vergebung, um die man Gott am Versöhnungstag bittet, ist kein Ersatz für diesen zwischenmenschlichen Prozess. Prof. Dan Bar-On (1938-2008) israelischer Professor für Psychologie, Psychotherapeut, Holocaust- und Friedensforscher, Autor, Holocaust- und Friedensforscher, Die Anderen in uns. Dialog als Modell der interkulturellen Konfliktbewältigung, Edition Körber-Stiftung, 1. Auflage 2001, 2. Auflage 2003

 

  • Kein Mensch kann die Konflikte seines Lebens lösen, solange die Angst vor Strafe sein Ich, seinen Entscheidungsspielraum, seine Freiheit besetzt hält. Eben deshalb ist es nach Jesu Meinung unendlich wichtig, den Menschen zu sagen, wer Gott wirklich ist: Immer schon, im Voraus zu allem, was irgend geschehen mag, hat Gott dem Menschen, jedem Einzelnen von uns, vergeben! Gott "kann" nicht vergeben, er ist die Vergebung! Eugen Drewermann (*1940) ehemals deutscher katholischer Theologe, suspendierter Priester, Kirchenkritiker, Psychoanalytiker, tiefenpsychologischer Exeget, Referent, Schriftsteller, Nazareth. Befreiung zum Frieden, Band 2, S. 296, Walter Verlag, Zürich, Düsseldorf, 1997

 

  • Vergebung heißt tatsächlich, sich aus den Schaltkreisen auszuklinken, die einen beherrschen. Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Myss.com (*1952) US-amerikanische mystische Bewusstseinslehrerin, Energiemedizinerin, intuitive Diagnostikerin, Bestsellerautorin, Quelle unbekannt

 

Sippenorientierte Folgegenerationen des Holocausts: Unter ihren europäischen Schülern hat Caroline Myss keinen Deutschen getroffen, dessen Vater erklärtermaßen ein Nazi im zweiten Weltkrieg gewesen war.

  • Die Sippe [das tribalistische Ausrichtung] hat kein "Ich" [das Verantwortung übernehmen könnte]. […] Solange es kein "Ich" in der Sippe gibt, kann sich die Sippe nicht für ihre Taten entschuld(ig)en. Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Myss.com (*1952) US-amerikanische mystische Bewusstseinslehrerin, Energiemedizinerin, intuitive Diagnostikerin, Bestsellerautorin, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Vergebung ist keine zeitweilige Angelegenheit, Vergebung ist eine gleichbleibende Haltung. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) US-amerikanischer Baptistenpastor, Aktivist, afro-amerikanischer Bürgerrechtler

 

  • Vergeben bedeutet nicht, jemanden einen Gefallen tun. Das tut man für sich selbst und seine Gesundheit. Desmond Tutu (*1931) südafrikanischer ehemaliger katholischer Erzbischof, Förderer der "Kampagne für Vergebungsforschung", Friedensnobelpreisträger, engagiert in der "Kampagne für Vergebungsforschung", zitiert in: Online-Zeitung der Universität Wien, Karin Jungreithmayer und Helene Lechner, 17. Juni 2009

 

 


Grüner Baumpython
  • Gewonnen hat immer der, der lieben, dulden und verzeihen kann, nicht der, der besser weiß und aburteilt. Wir können einander verstehen, aber deuten kann jeder nur sich selbst. Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) deutsch-schweizerischer Dichter, Schriftsteller, Notate II

 

  • Sich zu entschuldigen, ist nicht demütigend, sondern ein Zeichen von Reife und Aufrichtigkeit! Norman Vincent Peale [Einfluss BW 435] (1898-1993) US-amerikanischer Pastor, Förderer des Positiven Denkens [BW 499], Autor

 

 

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Verkürzte Version:

Zugeschrieben: Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) deutscher internationaler Sozialphilosoph, Soziologe, Musiktheoretiker, Komponist, Gesellschaftskritiker, Begründer und Hauptvertreter der Frankfurter Schule

  • Es scheint, dass die Deutschen uns Auschwitz nie verzeihen werden. Das ist ihre Krankheit, und sie verlangen verzweifelt nach Heilung. Aber sie wollen sie leicht und schmerzlos. Sie lehnen es ab, sich unters Messer zu legen, das heißt: sich der Vergangenheit und ihrem Anteil daran zu stellen. Hilde Walter (1895-1976) jüdische Remigrantin, deutsche Publizistin, zitiert in: Leo Katcher, Post Mortem. The Jews in Germany – now, S. 87f, Hamish Hamilton, London 1968, S. 89, Snippet, Delacorte Press 1968

 

  • Verzeihen ist die beste Rache. Redensart

Quotes by various other sources

Jesus' recommendation: Forgive others, so that God forgives you. [Paraphrased.] Matthew 6, 14-15; Mark 11, 25 (NT)

 

Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23, 34 (NT) New American Standard Bible, 1995

 

For God was in Christ, who has reconciled the world with his majesty, not counting their sins against them; and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5, 19 (NT)

 

Lord Jesus Christ said: "Then Peter came up and said to him: My Lord, if my brother is at fault with me, how many times should I forgive him? Up to seven times?"
Jesus said to him: "I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven."
Matthew 18, 21-22 (NT)

 

Personal avowal

  • The day I forgave the Nazis, privately I forgave my parents whom I hated all my life for not having saved me from Auschwitz. Children expect their parents to protect them, mine couldn’t. And then I forgave myself for hating my parents. Forgiveness is really nothing more than an act of self-healing and self-empowerment. I call it a miracle medicine. It is free, it works and has no side effects. Eva Mozes Kor (*1934) Romanian twin survivor subjected to human experimentation under Josef Mengele at Auschwitz concentration camp, author, Eva Kor (Poland), presented by The Forgiveness Project, 29. March 2010

 

  • Question: How did you find it in your heart to publicly forgive the Nazis?
    Eva Mozes Kor: I discovered that I had the power to forgive; no one could give me that power, and no one could take it away, it was mine to use it in any way I wished. For me to realize that I had any power over my life was a life changing experience, and I made the choice to use that power and forgiveness freed me from my tragic past. That discovery made me want to shout it from the roof tops to help heal this aching world.   Interview with Eva Mozes Kor (*1934) Romanian twin survivor subjected to human experimentation under Josef Mengele at Auschwitz concentration camp, author, presented by yabookscentral.com, October 2009

 

  • I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes – it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach. Maya Angelou (1928-2014) US American historian, actress, producer, director, civil-rights activist, educator, playwright, poet, best-selling black author, An Interview with MAYA ANGELOU, presented by the Teen Talking Circle Project, 2004

 

Recommendations

  • If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. Nelson Mandela [Influence LoC 505] (1918-2013) leading South African anti-apartheid activist, prisoner for 27 years during apartheid, first black president of South Africa (1994-1999), Long Walk to Freedom. The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, Little Brown, London, 1994, Back Bay Books, 2. June 2008

 

Insights

  • If we knew almost enough about anyone we could forgive anything. Marianne Williamson (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, political activist, visionary, lecturer, author, source unknown

 

  • You can't deny reality. You have to accept reality. There is a Jewish saying which I think is quite apposite: "Deliverance comes through memory." Forgiveness is only possible through memory. And he who suppresses, he who forgets, lengthens our imprisonment. Martin Bormann Jr., son of prominent Nazi official Martin Bormann, head of the party chancellery, Sins of the Fathers, presented by weekly British conservative magazine The Spectator Archive, S. 18, 15. January 2000

 


Meandering River Wampool
8. September 2004

 

  • Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) US American Baptist minister, activist, leader of the African American civil rights movement

 

  • The law of karma demands that we meet every bit of our karmic debts. However, an even greater law exists, the law of forgiveness. If we wrong someone and that person forgives us, when the day comes that we approach God, we realize our memories which are incompatible with God, but forgiveness removes the barrier of separation. The law is so precise (what one gives one receives; no exceptions) that if we begin forgiving others, we begin to receive forgiveness upon ourselves. Unless, of course, we refuse to forgive ourselves. Edgar Cayce [Sleeping Prophet] Association for Research and Enlightenment (1877-1945) US American trance medium, mystic healer, visionary, source unknown, mentioned here: Reincarnation and the Near-Death Experience

 

  • The person who hurt you – who raped you or killed your family – is also here. If you are still angry at that person, if you haven't been able to forgive, you are chained to him. Everyone could feel the emotional truth of that: When someone offends you and you haven't let go, every time you see him, you grow breathless or your heart skips a beat. If the trauma was really severe, you dream of revenge. Above you, is the Mountain of Peace and Prosperity where we all want to go. But when you try to climb that hill, the person you haven't forgiven weighs you down. It's a personal choice whether or not to let go. No one can tell you how long to mourn a death or rage over a rape. But you can't move forward until you break that chain. Leymah Gbowee (*1972) Liberian peace activist, leader of a women's peace movement which ended the Second Liberian Civil War, 2003, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 2011, Mighty Be Our Powers. How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War, Beast Books, 1st edition 13. September 2011

 

  • To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness. Robert Muller robertmuller.org ["Philosopher" of the UN] (*1923-2010) Belgian US American international civil servant assistant secretary-general with the United Nations (40 years)

 

  • Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. Lewis B. Smedes (1921-2002) US American professor of reformed theology and ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, Christian author

 

  • To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Lewis B. Smedes (1921-2002) US American professor of reformed theology and ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, Christian author

 

  • Forgiveness is a heartache and difficult to achieve because strangely, it not only refuses to eliminate the original wound, but actually draws us closer to its source. To approach forgiveness is to close in on the nature of the hurt itself, the only remedy being, as we approach its raw center, to reimagine our relation to it. David Whyte (*1955) US American poet, writer, Consolations. The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words, Many Rivers Press, 1. January 2015

 


Orange travertine at the Crystal Geyser, Utah
  • Strangely, forgiveness never arises from the part of us that was actually wounded. The wounded self may be the part of us incapable of forgetting, and perhaps, not actually meant to forget, as if, like the foundational dynamics of the physiological immune system our psychological defenses must remember and organize against any future attacks – after all, the identity of the one who must forgive is actually founded on the very fact of having been wounded.
    Stranger still, it is that wounded, branded, un-forgetting part of us that eventually makes forgiveness an act of compassion rather than one of simple forgetting. To forgive is to assume a larger identity than the person who was first hurt, to mature and bring to fruition an identity that can put its arm, not only around the afflicted one within but also around the memories seared within us by the original blow and through a kind of psychological virtuosity, extend our understanding to one who first delivered it. Forgiveness is a skill, a way of preserving clarity, sanity and generosity in an individual life, a beautiful way of shaping the mind to a future we want for ourselves; an admittance that if forgiveness comes through understanding, and if understanding is just a matter of time and application then we might as well begin forgiving right at the beginning of any drama rather than put ourselves through the full cycle of festering, incapacitation, reluctant healing and eventual blessing.
    To forgive is to put oneself in a larger gravitational field of experience than the one that first seemed to hurt us. We reimagine ourselves in the light of our maturity and we reimagine the past in the light of our new identity, we allow ourselves to be gifted by a story larger than the story that first hurt us and left us bereft. David Whyte (*1955) US American poet, writer, Consolations. The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words, Many Rivers Press, 1. January 2015

 

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Forgiveness bypass

Authentic naturally emerging forgiveness

  • The ungrounded spirituality movement often encourages people to forgive independent of organic emotional processes, as though forgiveness is merely a thought, or a concept. Some even go so far as to suggest that you must always heal the connection directly with the wrongdoers, and remain connected to them. The "forgiveness bypass" (the tendency to avoid unresolved emotions by feigning forgiveness) is a self-distractive path that can lead to all manner of internal and relational distortion – internal splitting and confusion, passive aggressive behaviour, the toxic impact of unresolved emotions. The truth is that we cannot will ourselves into forgiveness. If we try to forgive before we have moved the feelings, inauthenticity blocks our path. We cannot be in the real, because we are not emotionally real. Our cells are still back there.
    Attempt forgiveness wherever possible, but not in a way that is unreal and premature. The challenge is to ensure that the forgiveness is authentic, and not a concept that we impose on our felt experience. Authentic forgiveness requires a genuine working through of the emotions and memories related to our experiences. If there is a chance of truly letting go, we must first see the processes of healing all the way through to their completion. At that stage, forgiveness may organically arise. In some cases, it will not. And that is perfectly fine. The most important thing is to be true to our own experience. Jeff Brown, M.A., Canadian lawyer, psychologist, body-centered psychotherapist, author, blog article APOLOGIES TO THE BATTERED CHILD (from a parent in process), presented by Soulshaping, 17. September 2012

 

  • To err is human: to forgive, divine. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English translator, poet, neoclassic writer, source unknown

 

 

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Grief followed by forgiveness

 

  • The less forgivable the act, the more it must be forgiven.
    The less lovable the person is, the more you must find the means to love them.
    Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J. (*1939) US American Roman Catholic religious sister, leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty, source unknown

Literary quotes'

Englische Texte – English section on Forgiveness

Biblical forgiveness myths – Maria Mayo


Forgiveness myths uncovered – New Testament
"If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also." Luke 6, 29 (NT)
"Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matthew 5, 39 (NT)
 ༺ThemeBiblical_quoteCommentary
"Turning one's cheek when slapped"[*]Luke 6, 29 (NT)Is not the antithesis to the Old Testament "eye for an eye" policy which served as a check for vengeance.
"Turning one's cheek when slapped" is neither an act of forgiveness nor was it a sign of acquiescence in the days of Jesus. Turning the cheek would challenge the aggressor to strike with their left unclean hand, or else with the open right hand, which would signal equality. Thus, turning the other cheek was an act of nonviolent resistance.
When faced with (verbal) aggression Jesus suggested first to ignore it. When attacked with corporeal violence He recommended to directly challenge the opponent as described above. At any rate, He asked to pray for one's aggressors.
Blasphemy against the Holy SpiritMatthew 12, 31-32
Mark 3, 29 (NT)
Luke 12, 10 (NT)
Blasphemy means to speak against or slander. The meaning of "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit" is open to interpretation, but it is clear that there is a sin that God will not forgive under any circumstances. Given Jesus teaches unconditional forgiveness, then God must be exempt from that teaching.
Jesus forgives the woman caught in adultery
Typical example of Christian forgiveness
John 8, 1-11 (NT)
John 8, 7 (NT)
John 8, 11 (NT)
Jesus confronted a crowd about to stone a woman caught for committing adultery: "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."
No one moved to attack the woman. Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again."
The Greek term most commonly translated as "forgive," aphiēmi, does not appear in this story.
Jewish wisdom teaches that only a victim may forgive an offender. Since the woman has not done anything to Jesus, he has nothing to forgive her for. His refusal to condemn her is more a lesson to the crowd about judgment/condemnation than it is an expression of forgiveness.
Jesus at the cross cries out.Luke 23, 34 (NT)
Luke 6, 38 (NT)
"Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Jesus did not forgive those who attacked him, rather, he prayed that God might do so.
Jesus taught his students that repentance is a requirement for forgiveness. He instructed his disciples to "pray for those who abuse you".
"Forgiveness sets you free." Forgiving is in the best interest of the one forgiving in order to avoid an afterlife of torture and abuse.
Concerned for salvation Jesus warnedMatthew 18, 35 (NT)"So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart."
Jesus did not express psychological concern, neither does the Bible suggest that forgiveness is favorable for the physical or mental health of the forgiver. The idea of forgiveness as a psychological or emotional condition goes back to the 18th-century moral philosophy, not to the first-century Christian writings. Forgiveness in the time of Jesus was an action verb, and Jesus' instructions served as checks for the health of the community, both on earth and in the world to come.
Source: ► Blog article by Maria Mayo M.Div., M.A., Vanderbilt University, Myths About Forgiveness in the Bible,
presented by US American liberal-oriented online newspaper The Huffington Post, 16. August 2011
See also: ► Bibel – Bible and ► Gleichheit – Equality
Prisoner's dilemma: Four strategies to solve the cooperation ↔ competition conflict

 

Basic goodness ⇔ original sin

The precept of passivity [i.e. "turning the other cheek"] makes sense in a world without aggressors. It instills a sense of otherworldly superiority in the victims of violence, while it helps the agenda of those who seek to dominate. The concept of "basic goodness" – as suggested by Tibetan Buddhism and the research of US American professor of psychology Dacher Keltner, Ph.D. can replace the tenet of "original sin". The moral ethos expressed by Jesus Christ – the "Divine Victim" – in the New Testament is unfortunate as it aids to the "victim/perpetrator" bond. Hence, the Gnostics were horrified by the Christian belief in the redemptive value of suffering.

 

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Critique of the ethic of cheek turning

[*] The ethic of cheek turning is utterly wrong because it obliges people who are not inclined to harm others to rely on those who do harm to embrace the same practice of nondefense. John Lash metahistory.org US American self-educated scholar of comparative mythology, metahistoric researcher, mystic, author, Not in His Image. Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief, Chelsea Green Publishing, 1. November 2006

 

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False concept of original sin

  • I’ve got good news for you. Your original innocence is intact. And there is no such thing as 'original sin.' Innocent does not mean not guilty; it means uninjured. Your pristine innocence is your power to know the truth, the self-evident truth. Remember? Father Charles L. Moore (1927-2007) US American Roman Catholic priest, theologian, philosopher, scholar, historian, district attorney, spiritual teacher, modern mystic, Synthesis Remembered. Awakening Original Innocence, Mooredune Publications, 4. December 2006

BW-Messwerte: Vergebung / Forgiving

  • BW 540+ – Haltung des Vergebens und die Übergabe der Sache an Gott
  • BW 450 – Haltung des Vergebens und Vergessens/Übersehens durch Güte
  • BW 350 – Vergebung als Aufgabe von Rachsucht durch Barmherzigkeit

  • LoC 540+ – Willingness to "forgive and surrender to God"2
  • LoC 450 – Willingness to "forgive and forget"
  • LoC 350Forgiving as in foregoing revenge by mercy

Index: Vergebung / Forgiveness – Bücher von D. Hawkins

Englische Werke

Index: Audio- und Videomedien (engl.) von und mit D. Hawkins

 

Links zum Thema Vergebung / Forgiveness

Literatur

  • Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. (*1925) US-amerikanischer Arzt, Psychiater, UCSF, Seminarleiter, Autor von Heilungs- und Vergebungsliteratur, Die Kunst zu vergeben, Mosaik (Goldmann) Verlag, 1991
  • Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. (*1925) US-amerikanischer Arzt, Psychiater, UCSF, Seminarleiter, Autor von Heilungs- und Vergebungsliteratur, Verzeihen ist die größte Heilung, Integral Verlag 2000, 2003

Leseproben (engl.)

Erläuterung von 13 Schritte des Verzeihens. Siehe Opferhaltung

Literature (engl.)

Externe Weblinks


External web links (engl.)


Audio und Videolinks

Audio and video links (engl.)

  • Audio presentation by Reverend Lee Catalano, US American Miracles Center, Sedona, AZ
  • DVD documentation trailer with Eva Mozes Kor (*1934) Romanian twin survivor subjected to human experimentation under Josef Mengele at Auschwitz concentration camp, author, Forgiving Dr. Mengele, produced by Cheri Pugh, Bob Hercules, presented by IMDB Internet Movie Database, including NBC News, 1985, 5:14 minutes duration, 2006

Mozes-Kor's forgiving the perpetrators as a way of self-healing shocks other Holocaust survivors.

Twin sisters, Eva and Miriam Mozes, were taken to Nazi camp Auschwitz at age 10, where they were used in barbaric medical experiments. Both survived, yet Eva's true freedom came when she forgave. CBN article

Letting go of grudges

"Our vulnerability allows us to be hurt. But our vulnerability allows us to be loved. If we were tough and totally in control there is no space for love, no intimacy, no softness. The same vulnerability that allows us to be hurt allows us to be intimate, connected and loved."
  • Video interview with Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel, A Story of Forgiveness, presented by US American TV show The View, hosts Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, fromdeathtolife, YouTube film, 8:35 minutes duration, posted 28. November 2011

 

Interne Links

Wiki-Ebene

Englisch Wiki

 

 

1 Stand: 2007

2 Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self. Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., chapter 1, S. 34, quote 1, Hay House, August 2011

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