Forgiveness is a tough nut sometimes. How do we simply forgive someone who has gone out of their way to intentionally hurt or cause physical harm?
When it comes to me I can just let things go and move on with relative ease as to not do so is in fact causing me more harm which plays into the one causing the pain’s hands. But when it comes to family and friends then I find it almost impossible to forgive, in fact the very dark aspects of me come to the surface. Someone who hurts those I love gets the worst of me.
Mo wrote about the ‘harm ye none’ rede on his blog and it helped clarify my thinking as I have been struggling with this. If we take the rede literally then we cannot protect ourselves or those we love. I do not see any problem with casting a curse to protect our loved ones and ourselves providing it is done without anger so we can think it through.
Forgiveness does not mean there should be no retribution. Forgiveness is not about letting someone else off the hook for their deeds. Forgiveness is about releasing ourselves and/or those we love from the negativity being directed at us. It allows us to move on in our lives in a more positive way, whether it allows the person causing the negativity to do so is neither here nor there and frankly that is not our problem.
Love and light
Prompt from The Pagan Insights Project
Eureka! – post about something new that you have learned, or discovered recently, that is related to your path or Paganism in general.