Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2014 No. 2
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The Healing Art of Forgiveness
and Reconciliation

Maria Calegari

May forgiveness on the part of all men be the keynote at this time.1

Man prays for forgiveness, yet fails to alter his manner of living. Man bewails his misfortune but does not abandon a single habit which brought him into his state of sorrow. Just praying for forgiveness has no meaning if it is not accompanied by reformation of life.2

At the opening of the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference this past August, Representative Mr. Gerald Casey, Founder of MBA’s Across America, had this to say about the intention and purpose of the NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and the United Nations: “That program is nothing less than the spiritual healing of the world.” He went on to say that our common enemy is one of moral and spiritual slumber that has blinded us. “Our real task”, he said, “is to find the courage to forgive, and to love, and to heal the wounds within ourselves that might prevent us from becoming more perfect vessels.” He also asked that we “put spiritual awakening at the core” of all our activities.

We know from the Ancient Wisdom teachings and from the life of the Master Jesus that true forgiveness is an act of love and sacrifice. Forgiveness is a state of grace. It is a choice of the soul aligned personality to recognize with understanding and compassion the ignorance of past mistakes and Karma. This choice allows for a new pattern of right relationship and reconciliation to occur. The word forgiveness could be hyphenated as for-giveness-sake, for we know that as our spiritual perception expands, we will recognize that the nature of the group soul—that is Humanity, is to give freely and to serve. It is interesting to note that the meaning of the word reconcile is “to bring into harmony.” Truly, we cannot live the life of discipleship without reflecting on the healing art of forgiveness and then taking the next step towards the handshake of reconciliation and brotherhood.

Right forgiveness does not mean to condone; and, with this in mind we can acknowledge with gratitude the work being done within The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), where it is clearly stipulated that the objective of justice is not “judgment.”  In Alice A. Bailey’s book “From Bethlehem to Calvary” (p. 216), she writes, “Justice can be forgiveness when the facts of the case are rightly understood and in the demand of the crucified Saviour we have the recognition of the Law of Justice and not that of retribution, in which the whole world stands aghast.”  She also states that forgiveness as the ultimate sacrifice is “the very essence of life itself” and that “forgiveness is the result of life.” (p. 215)  These are hard truths for the western mind to grasp; however, as we move through forgiveness, we are paving the way for the indwelling Christ—the indwelling Love-Wisdom of the Soul to manifest.

In his book The Wisdom of Forgiveness co-authored with Victor Chan, H. H. The Dalai Lama writes that to him the reality of life is like Indra’s Net of Ancient Mythology. The universe is looked upon as one enormous net of interconnected strands. At each juncture there is a diamond that reflects and has an effect on all the other diamonds. Nothing exists independently.  Therefore, love, forgiveness and compassion must be cultivated.

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) published The United Nations Reconciliation after Violent Conflict Handbook in 2003. The foreword had this to say: “There is no handy roadmap for reconciliation. There is no shortcut or simple prescription for healing the wounds and divisions of a society in the aftermath of sustained violence. Creating trust and understanding between former enemies is a supremely difficult challenge. It is, however, an essential one to address in the process of building a lasting peace.  Examining the painful past, acknowledging it, and understanding it and above all transcending it together, is the best way to guarantee it does not—and cannot—happen again.”

As in the words of the great Initiate St. Paul, “Forgetting the things of the past; press forward.”  The healing art of forgiveness and reconciliation allows us to do this and to “Restore the Plan on Earth.” 

1 Master Djwhal Khul in The Externalisation of the Hierarchy by Alice A. Bailey, Copyright Renewed © 1985 by Lucis Trust, p. 165.
2 Aum, par. 47 Agni Yoga Society, NY.
From Bethlehem to Calvary by Alice A. Bailey,  Copyright Renewed © 1965 by Lucis Trust, pp 215-216.
4 The Wisdom of Forgiveness by H. H. The Dalai Lama and Victor Chan, Riverhead Trade, 2005, p 108.

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