I have written dozens of books on all aspects of the spiritual path, yet the one question I am asked over, and over and over again, is how do we heal the world and make it a place where we all want to live. The answer is, of course, the Golden key. I have written a short eBook on this, for Amazon, and as a PDF eBook, but here is a shortened version with all the salient points:
..."The wise elders, teachers and gurus of all traditions world-wide tell us that we are all one created being, inexorably linked in the love of Great Spirit/God. We live in a world of “illusion” -- a wounded mirror of ourselves and our issues because we chose to leave the Garden of Unity and wander the universe of infinite possibilities. Over time and through many experiences and even life-times, we forgot ourselves and our true identity.
This is the essence of the Prodigal Son in the Bible, for we are all Prodigals. Yet it is so much deeper than that because we also forgot our natural creative powers and became a victim of our circumstances. Many teachers call this the wound of separation and thousands of books and teachings have been written about “healing” this condition. This is why, they say, “draw” or attract certain people or events into our lives. They are all catalysts to trigger us into taking action that will heal our inner wounds and return us to wholeness.
The wise ones tell us that if we are being triggered (angered, upset, harmed) by “another” and this may include your own body, we are receiving a wonderful gift or opportunity. One of my teachers would say that this person/illness/event was my “healer” and had been sent to me specifically for this purpose. It there is a pattern or repetition of these kinds of incidents we should “rejoice” because it means we are ripe, or ready for the healing. One of my elder teachers from the Navajo people would say that these wounds were like the poison of a snake flooding our bloodstream and that the “healers” had come with the antidote. But most of us are foolish and reject the antidote believing it is “good” to suffer.
The antidote is, of course, is forgiveness.
We all know this! Yet the vast majority of us find the process terribly difficult, especially when the whole world supports and actively encourages a “victim” consciousness. You will find dozens of people from close friends to neighbours happily supporting you when someone or something “done you wrong.” They may demand retribution, form a new support group, a special day or event to fund-raise for the “Victims are us” campaign. And yet, these same people will declare that they are spiritual and well on the way to spiritual ascension (usually described as heaven with Nana and Pop).
Hmmm.. here is the rub. The bottom line is that forgiveness is a “one size fits all” solution to every wound, not just some wounds.
Forgiveness, of the outrageous, obvious (to the world’s eyes) crimes is part of the antidote. Forgiveness not only heals your life, and the lives of those touched by the event, but it actually brings about world healing... because we are indeed all one! Yet this is where the magic begins... and it is amazing!
The world has its own form of forgiveness, which cannot work. This perspective is upheld by most religions, and mainstream society. It is basically: when someone “good” and usually long-suffering “forgives” the “bad” person or event because they are so spiritual, knowing that the bad person will be judged by an angry “God” who will make them rot in hell, burning for a million years, etc.
Nope, booby prize, no key, just more locks.
There are lots of books that recommend you write down the person’s name, and then forgive them. There are exercises when you write them a letter, fold it into four (the number of completion) and then burn it. There are other methods where you cut ties that bind you, and use some knitting wool as a symbol of these ties. There are those who might walk across a footbridge and declare they have “left it all behind” them when they reach the other side.
These are all great techniques, and definitely something I would recommend. But this is still not it. It is a rusty iron key that has offered some healing, but the wound is still inflamed and corrosive.
The Golden Key:
The Golden Key of forgiveness is magical and brings about total and complete transformation of your life, and the lives of all. Most importantly, at its purest, most powerful stage, it liberates the world because as one lock is removed, all the inter-linking locks within the hearts of every person begin to dissolve.
This occurs because having something to “forgive” is a dualistic concept. It means there is good and bad, rather than complete oneness. The higher vibration only sees oneness and denies the denial of truth.
The Ancient gift for our times:
A fundamental principle in true spiritual healing is that there is nothing we need to “do” to facilitate a spiritual healing experience. It is not about us or our efforts in the usual sense of the word. More than an additive energy (yang) forgiveness is a release (yin) energy. You are strongly encouraged to literally turn over each and every relationship to the Divine. Simply telling the Divine, in your own heart, “this is for you” will do it. Then your ego has been put on notice and knows it is no longer welcome to jump in and rule the roost. You are beginning to acknowledge and embrace oneness. This is the first step in healing.
Ho’oponopono is an ancient practice rooted in the traditional culture of Hawaii. In ancient times, when a tribe or family member was in any kind of serious difficulty, such as illness, or the victim or perpetrator of crime, natural disaster etc, the whole tribe would gather around that person and silently search their own hearts for what role they may have played in this person’s suffering. They knew that there was only oneness. Therefore, if someone in the tribe was suffering, they had personally supported/encouraged the expression of that suffering. As each came to an understanding, they would silently ask forgiveness and then leave the circle. Eventually all that was left was the healed person who once was wounded.
This ancient and venerable practice was an elegant example of quantum healing on the level of the One Mind, acting on the recognition that we are not separated. It states that if you suffer, I share that suffering too! My perception of you as suffering is a rejection of the suffering I still hold in my mind in the form of guilt. Otherwise I would not, could not see you as anything other than Divine. The Divine is innocent, invulnerable and living a life of pure love. The results from this technique confirm the theory that as we heal within ourselves, a spontaneous quantum wave of healing is created, which ripples outward and affects all. This is planetary healing... and it is very possible!
Not long ago, a Hawaiian social worker, Dr Hew Len, discovered this technique worked well within a modern institution. He was working the night shift in a hospital for the criminally insane with many offenders who were shackled for their own and others’ protection. Because he had little to do on the nightshift, he spent his time adapting this ancient technique to his current situation. One by one, he would pull out each inmate’s file, look at the picture, and repeat: “I love you, I am sorry, please forgive me, thank you.”
He had no other direct contact with the inmates but simply repeated this exercise every night for several months. Over time, Dr Len saw all the inmates get well, except a couple who were transferred to minimum security facilities. The hospital eventually shut down the ward and Dr Len was out of a job, but he was an incredible healer.
You may have heard this story offered by many others, but the facts are amazing. When interviewed, Dr Len tells us that he applies the practice to objects, traffic jams, the evening news, or anything that disturbs his peace even slightly. He tells us that any disturbance we perceive is something that needs to be healed in our lives.
This is the golden key. When you turn it in every lock and discover it is indeed a universal key!
This key can glow within your heart and be employed in all and any situation. Most importantly, you can use it in old “re-runs” in your mind of an old wound or past relationships, including with people who have died. You can simply visualize them standing before you and offer the Ho’oponopono prayer and let the magic flood through your life.
The golden key is golden on all levels, and works in any rusty lock, including your own wounded and battered heart. You do not have to “feel” true forgiveness at first, because you may be so rusty and unused to allowing the flow that you will be numb. This is okay. Forgive yourself for feeling flat and robot-like. If you can go through the motions with some trust and know that with practice and determination, you will heal, you will be given plenty of opportunities to offer this healing out to others.
Begin by saying:
“I love you. I include you as part of my Self. I respect you and give you total freedom to be who you are, and to make your own decisions about what you need to learn, if anything. I rejoice in our Oneness. As I know your healing is my healing. “
“I am sorry, for the role I have played in your suffering in choosing, along with you and everyone, the experience of separation. I know there is really one problem and that is a belief in separation. Therefore I bear the burden and share the responsibility for your suffering, which is my suffering too!
“Please forgive me: To forgive means literally to overlook and not see it any more. I ask you to join me and overlook the impossible. I accept that the belief in separation is the root of all suffering and it is nothing but an illusion. I ask you to see me in my innocence which is who I truly am, as I see you in yours. Please overlook our belief in illusions, and release us both from the prison of judgment. There is only One of us here and so I trust you to love me, for I know who you truly are!
“Thank you: for the opportunity to heal the unconscious guilt in my mind, your mind, and in the One Mind we all share. For it is only because I carry this guilt that I can perceive any fault in you! You have acted as my mirror and in receiving your forgiveness, I extend it in love back to you.
Ho’oponopono is a precious gift held for us by the ancient Hawaiian culture for this time of transformation. Many believe that Hawaii is a remnant of Lemeuria. It was indeed a very spiritually evolved society. It teaches us that only through true forgiveness can we realize that this world is simply an illusion. As we do this we heal the schisms on this planet between people, races, nations and Mother Earth herself. Choosing the path of forgiveness in this life is the greatest gift you give to yourself and everyone here. It is also the best guarantee of your own happiness, for this fulfills a divine purpose we all share. We are all here to achieve amazing things and it begins with pure and total forgiveness which means that the past is over and the future is unburdened from the past failures. Forgiveness is the fastest ticket and the golden key out of the dream of duality back into the real world awaiting us beyond the veil of separation!
Most of us find this the hardest form of forgiveness because we have been programmed by our negative ego that is invested in keeping you downtrodden with very low self esteem. The ego battles for its own (pseudo) life, like a parasite leaching your life-force to perpetuate its pseudo life. We, unknowingly, attack ourselves because we feel we are attacking, therefore destroying the false ego. No action of hatred and anger can bring healing to ourselves or anyone else.
Of course forgiveness of others is self-forgiveness at a core level, so if you have accepted the path of forgiveness you have already started the process of self-forgiveness. So to take this deeper ask yourself if there is one or more burning issues or memories that the ego loves to bring up, out of the blue, to ensure you stay miserable, guilty or simply bad about yourself. This issue is keeping you away from awakening into your Divine self. It may be a “terrible” thing that you did to another or to yourself. You may have broken the rules of your family, your religion, society or any other mental image you have of how “your life should look” or play out. It is vital that you look at any issue that you see as “unforgiveable” in your life and surrender it for healing. Keeping it clutched to your heart cements you in place and thus no healing can occur.. yet!
As you look at it, go back in time, in your mind, and forgive yourself for choosing to condemn or judge yourself for this action or belief. Use the same system of ho’oponopono on yourself as you step back to the person you used to be when you made unloving decisions, and unlock the padlock with the golden key of forgiveness. Suddenly those rusty old chains and locks dissolve and you are free once again.
You may wish to start a list of those actions you are ashamed of, along with any persons who may have influenced you at that time and go through them step by step. As you do this you strengthen your soul. You may find that some relationships require frequent cleanings until no trace of guilt or remorse remains. As you do this, you cement the wisdom that we are all truly one and it also clears the way for the healing of all relationships, on both a personal and planetary level.
This was the gift of Christ, known as Jesus offered us all when he prayed to “forgive them father, for they know not what they do.” This was not a statement asking us to feel guilty instead it was a prayer for us all to realize that we crucify ourselves when we fail to forgive. It is said that after this prayer all pain was lifted from his body because he had released all alignment with sin.
In addition, Jesus demonstrated that he was able to overcome the final fear, physical death. Death is the ace up the ego’s sleeve and for those who are body-identified the prospect is terrifying. There are thousands of documented near-death experiences by credible sources that attest to the unreality of death as the end of anything but the body. As you embrace your inner work of forgiving all things you embark on a path of Universal Healing. It is just a matter of time, time being part of the illusion of course, until all relationships are healed. But by starting today, you have already begun to save time and reduce suffering which is all we truly accomplish here.
True forgiveness is the supreme lesson that Earth School offers us. When we embrace it we graduate!
The golden key is always in your hands at any moment and in every circumstance. It opens heaven’s gate which was never locked by God, only by you. The doors swing open to a new Garden, a blissful, sweet garden that awaits your return. We are all prodigals and our loving Father/Mother God awaits our return, turn the golden key in the lock of your heart and fly free, once again….
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“The major difficulty that you find in genuine forgiveness on your part is that you still believe you must forgive the truth, and not illusions. You conceive of pardon as a vain attempt to look past what is there; to overlook the truth, in an unfounded effort to deceive yourself by making an illusion true. This twisted viewpoint but reflects the hold that the idea of sin retains as yet upon your mind, as you regard yourself.” … “Because you think your sins are real, you look on pardon as deception.”
A Course in Miracles Workbook -134.3,4:1