Set Yourself Free through Forgiveness

Set Yourself Free Through ForgivenessWhether it is painful events in the recent past or from as far back as childhood, emotional, mental, and spiritual trauma can be released from your spirit through forgiveness of the person or people involved, including yourself.

Complex Decisions and Challenging Situations
As spiritual beings on a human journey, we decided to live a lifetime on this earth to learn lessons that will enable us to grow as souls. Many of the lessons we have chosen require complex decisions and challenging situations that can have a significant impact on the evolvement of not only our souls, but also on the souls of others. Because we are in a stage of learning, and are not all-knowing beings, mistakes will be made. It is important to forgive each other for the mistakes we make and to look beyond the pain to the lessons that are built into the situations we encounter on a daily basis.

Reasons and Choices
In order for our souls to evolve to a clearer understanding of the reasons for our existence, it is necessary to face challenges that make us question and think about our self-worth, our relationships and connections with others, and whether or not there really is a higher power that guides us. The reason you experience tragic, sad, or disheartening events is not to drag you down, but to give you a choice. You can choose to let these situations mire you in negativity and self-pity, or you can choose see the blessings and lessons that God and the angels are assisting you with in order to open your heart, mind, and spirit to the truth that exists within your soul.

Why It Is Beneficial to Forgive
Forgiveness is an acknowledgement and a release of actions from the past that caused harm to yourself or others. Extending forgiveness does not mean that you are condoning the behavior that caused you or others harm. It means that you have come to terms with the situation and have made a conscious decision to release its hold on you. By recognizing that these events served a very important purpose in your soul evolvement, you can also learn how to express gratefulness for the lessons you learned. In order to do that though, you must be able to look beyond the pain in order to see how you were given the opportunity to grow as a soul. The rewards you receive for perceiving the patterns and lessons behind traumatizing events includes amazing enlightenment about yourself, others, and the universe as a whole, as well as a realization that these events were necessary steps toward achieving your dreams in this lifetime.

It is important to note that you do not have to be in someone’s presence in order to forgive them. You can extend forgiveness in your heart and mind by sending forgiving thoughts toward the situation and the people involved. Our connection in spirit with one another allows the messages to be received by the spirit of the person you are forgiving. The people that are here on earth may or may not be consciously aware of your message of forgiveness; however, the spirit that resides within them will have received and acknowledged the forgiveness you have extended.

What Happens When You Refuse to Forgive
Holding grudges, anger, and pain inside of yourself hurts you. Those negative emotions and thoughts prevent you from moving forward and draw toward you more unfortunate circumstances. When you are focused on the lower energies produced by fear and anger, you are dragging down your own energy. This will attract more situations to you that are harmful. By choosing to release negative emotions, you are releasing their hold on you. This will lighten your energetic load and free you up to attract more positive experiences in your life. Keep in mind that how you live your life is your choice. Whether you decide to remain mired in misery or rise above the challenges you face, it is the gift of free will that gives you the option to choose the path that you take.

If you need help extending forgiveness, you can ask the archangels for assistance. They will help you to release the negativity and heal the pain that you have been carrying.

Repetition May Be Necessary
Even after you have extended forgiveness, there may be times when a situation will appear in your life that will bring to the surface old pain and remembrances of harmful situations. When this happens, you can extend forgiveness again and visualize the situation and the people involved as healed.

Choosing to be Free
As you make the choice to free yourself from the past, you are also making the choice to open yourself up to love and more positive experiences. Your spirit will be lighter, and you may even feel as though a physical weight has been lifted from your body. Enjoy the benefits and freedom that comes from releasing your past, and shift your focus to the present—which is full of gifts and opportunities for making positive choices regarding your life path.

Namaste!

With Light and Love,
Karen T. Hluchan
Spirit Medium, Motivational Speaker, Reiki Master, & Author of How Have You Loved?

www.HealingSpiritWithLove.com

Gratitude – Appreciating What You Have

Joshua and Karen

I am grateful for my friend, Joshua Barber, who is also my Reiki Sensei and an awesome Angel Medium.

Be grateful for what you do have. Don’t get mired in the negative mindset of focusing on what you don’t have. When you do that, you are allowing your ego to get in the way of your life path. If you are missing someone or something in your life, there is a reason for that.

God has a plan for you that may or may not match your vision. In fact, most of the time, it is even better than you can imagine. Let go of the strings that tie you to past disappointments and look for the good in your life at this moment in time. By learning to accept the changes and twists and turns in your life, you will be able follow the path that you were meant to follow.

Each day brings us new opportunities to grow as souls. If we get stuck wishing for situations to be as they were in the past, we miss out on the opportunities of the present…and the present is the only time in which we can make choices and take action. The past is done, the future is yet to be, now is the time to act. Even though situations may not have turned out the way you liked, stand back and look at the positives of what you do have.

Right now, let go of what you don’t have. Concentrate on what is right in front of you:

Be grateful for the relationships that you have with the people who are around you, whether they are an acquaintance or a close loved one. There are significant reasons why they are in your life at this time.

Be grateful for the time that you do get to spend with your loved ones and make the most of it.

Be grateful for who you are and the unique set of skills that you bring to the world.

Be grateful you have gotten this far in life and have done the best you can to get to where you are now.

Let your light shine on everyone and everything around you. Most of all, feel the joy in your heart that comes from knowing that you are loved by God and the Angels for being just who you are at this moment in time.

With Love and Light,
Karen T. Hluchan

www.HealingSpiritWithLove.com

Forgiving Means Moving Forward

Heart CloudIn my last post, I talked about “living in the present” by letting go of regrets, worries and fears. I’d like to take that a step further by explaining how extending forgiveness toward the people who have caused you pain can help you to release the past and move forward. It is important to point out that forgiving someone for past behavior does not, by any means, say that you condone their behavior; rather, it frees you up from a negative cycle that can be detrimental to your growth and evolvement as a soul.

When we hold grudges against someone, we are the ones carrying around the negativity which we wear like a heavy, black cloak. This cloak is what trips us up in life as it weighs us down, trapping us in its gloom. Its darkness keeps us wrapped in a victim mentality which can draw even more negativity toward us.

Forgiveness means recognizing that the person who committed the injustice was misguided in their actions towards you. Somewhere along the line, they received faulty information or no guidance at all as to how to behave with compassion toward another soul. As souls traveling onwards on our own unique journeys, we need to recognize that not everyone is on the same level of evolvement. That does not mean that one soul is better than another, it just means that we all have lessons to learn in life and the person who hurt you has yet to learn the particular lesson that led them to hurt you. Keep in mind that you, too, have lessons yet to learn and will make mistakes along the way that may cause someone else pain. When you recognize your own mistakes, it is important to learn from those mistakes and extend forgiveness toward yourself. If possible, apologize to the person or people you have hurt and do your best not to repeat the same mistake.

To truly forgive another, acknowledge the pain and let it go. Know that you cannot control the actions of others. You can only control yourself and how you react or respond to the events that occur in your life. You do not have to see the person face-to-face to forgive, nor do you need to re-enter a toxic relationship or put yourself in a negative situation in order to extend forgiveness. You can say it out loud to the universe or in your own mind. Surround the situation with love and light and visualize it as healed. Whenever you find the heavy, black cloak of negativity trying to slip itself back upon your shoulders, remind yourself that you have already forgiven the past and let it go. If you feel that you need help forgiving others, ask the Angels and Spirit Guides that protect you to lend you their strength and support as you take these positive steps in your life. They are there for you if you need them—all you have to do is ask.

With Love and Light,
Karen T. Hluchan

www.HealingSpiritWithLove.com