Practicing Forgiveness Opposed to Punishment

Written by Jennifer Sodini

Image by Richie Brown, from "The Unity Tree" by Jennifer Sodini

Image by Richie Brown, from “The Unity Tree” by Jennifer Sodini

In certain African tribes, when someone does something harmful, the person will be taken to the center of the village where the whole tribe will then surround them. For two days straight, each tribesperson will remind the person who caused harm of all of the good things they have done, instead of punishing them or condemning them for being lead astray. The tribe believes in the notion of each soul coming into the world untainted, yet through experience the person’s soul may become tainted/jaded due to a lack of love.

At the end of the day, while material possessions/experiences make life comfortable, they do not make life. Life is made by the love we give, the love we receive, and the love we allow. Truly, in order for a person to feel love, all that is needed is forgiveness, acceptance, and unconditional care. When there is a lack of love, ego comes to the surface and the hunger for acceptance and care will lead the egotistical person to make up for the emotional deficit that is felt by satiating their hunger with possession/need for control. Unfortunately, as George Carlin once stated, “Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body”. The fool’s path of believing that the ultimate goal is to accumulate, and we are in this alone, so there is no consequence for actions, can lead a tainted soul down the road less traveled…but just because someone made a wrong turn, it does not mean that they are unworthy of love, forgiveness, and acceptance.

There are no mistakes, only lessons, and all is in divine order. To maintain a sense of divine harmony, like this tribe, imagine a world where (certain) mistakes are not condemned to death, rather forgiven, and the person is showered with love instead of punishment. The way of the African tribe’s methodology is to essentially unite to forgive, to reconnect the person lead astray with his true nature, by reminding him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth of which he had been temporarily disconnected. Stating: “I am good.”Shikoba Nabajyotisaikia! NABAJYOTISAIKIA, is a compliment used in South Africa and means: “I respect you, I cherish you. You matter to me.” In response, people say SHIKOBA, which is: “So, I exist for you.” (via Evolver Facebook)

Whatever you believe, and whatever religion resonates best for you, is your free will/free choice…but no matter what you believe, how you feel is truly what guides you. To love and forgive feels good, and forgiveness is one of the ultimate qualities of godliness, no matter which dogma you follow.

Let us look at each life as though they are a mirror reflection of our soul, and like fun-house mirrors, the reflections may all look a little different….yet all is you. Love the reflection, and the reflection will love you back…condemn the reflection and you may not like what you see. Forgive the imperfections, and it will make you feel a lot more confident in the skin you are in…and always remember this: “to err is human, but to forgive is divine”.

Originally posted @ Evolve & Ascend


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