Today let’s talk about forgiveness. Allowing ourselves to move past what has hurt us and get on with our lives. You don’t have to forget. Indeed, remember what happened to learn, but don’t let it make you bitter.
What even is forgiveness? An act of letting go of something that has hurt you, right? Or letting go of the guilt you harbor for something you’ve done. Allowing yourself to breathe instead of getting angry. When I say forgiving the past I mean situations, people, events, anything and everything you’re trying to release yourself from the hurt of. This includes the need for self-forgiveness.
Forgiving the Past with Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen
As you may know by now, I love me some visualizations and the bridge is one of my favs when it comes to using Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen for anything.
Start by going into gassho and state your intention. Since we’re dealing with forgiving the past it could be something along the lines of: I am forgiving…, or perhaps: I am ready and willing to forgive ______/myself for _______. I allow myself to heal from this past hurt. Or whatever floats your boat, make it your own.
Take a few deep breaths. Draw Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen and feel it surround you.
Imagine that Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is before you like a glowing path. On the other side of the path is who/what you are forgiving. If it is another person see them across this path, if it is you then see you across the path. Do not go to them just yet. If anger flares up take a deep breath, place your hands at heart center.
Allow yourself to observe this person or situation. Be filled with Reiki. Send Reiki to the other side. Do this for as long as you wish.
This may be all you can do at the moment. That’s fine, it may take several times before you are fully able to walk across the symbol to truly forgive. Allow yourself time. If this is where you need to stop then stop. Take a few deep breaths, watch the person or situation fade away, and come back to your day. It’s okay.
Take Your Time!
If you are ready to proceed, the next step is to focus on forgiving. Slowly step onto the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen path. Each step you are less angry, each step you forgive.
When you make it to the end of Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen you should be feeling lighter, happy even. If you are forgiving a person, embrace them. Tell them you forgive them, tell them you love them. You can talk if you want. If you wish you can imagine the person/situation fading away, disappearing, never to bother you again. If you want that person to stay in your life you can imagine you both happy, holding hands walking across the path back into present life.
When you’re ready to end the visualization either alone or with the other person, walk back across the path into present life. Take a few deep breaths before coming fully back into the day. Do some self-Reiki if needed. Do a bit of journaling and access where you are. You may have to do the visualization a couple of times. It may not work with extreme trauma. You may have to do deeper work with a trained professional. This is just a small stepping stone that may be helpful.
Don’t feel like you need Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen to do this visualization.
You can do this at any level. Visualize a golden path or whatever color instead of HSZSN as the path. Reiki as the path. Use a flower path or a garden path. Whatever works for you, use that!
Forgiving the past with Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen, have you tried it? Share with us in the comments your experiences!
P.S. Check out the guided meditation for Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen in the Reiki Meditation Bundle!
P.P.S. Read all of the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen week posts here.