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What Is True Justice?

Many of our most heartbreaking human experiences happen over and over again because we fail to heal. We fail to honor our contribution and share our lessons. We fail to forgive. We seek vengeance in the name of justice and wonder why the world gets even more merciless. But forgiveness and justice are not mutually…


The Fundamentals of Forgiveness: What Forgiveness Is and Is Not

Forgiveness is one of the most important things you will ever do in your life. It is the process that will restore you to one of the deepest truths you can recognize: You have always been whole. Absolute forgiveness is a state in which we perceive, beyond a doubt, that there is nothing to forgive….


What It Took For Me to Forgive: by Madeleine Black

I never intended to forgive the two young men who gang raped me when I was 13 years old.  I wanted to hate them forever. As far as I was concerned they were evil, sadistic animals and I wanted someone to kidnap them, tie them up, beat them up, rape and torture them just like…


Would You Rather be Right or Know Peace? The Power of Non-Judgment

One of the key components of forgiveness that many of us struggle with is non-judgment. Non-judgment is essentially accepting what is at any given moment. It is observing what is happening without the need to make it right or wrong. It is seeing with eyes wide open and without the mental activity of needing to…


Is Yom Kippur a Dance of Forgiveness? by Louisa Hext

Yom Kippur for me is the most significant of all Jewish holidays. Known as the Day of Atonement, it occurs on the 10th day of Tishri, the seventh month in the Jewish calendar. Tradition holds that on this day, Moses received the second set of Commandments, 40 days after *G-d forgave the Israelites for praying…


The Fundamentals of Forgiveness: Why We Resist Healing

Intuitively, we all know that forgiveness is something that will lead to great healing and freedom from the chains of our past. We have been taught that it is something we should do, yet we continue to resist. We continue to fight against the very thing that will deliver us into the truth of our…


Why Does Empathy Matter in Forgiveness?

The question we all want to know the answer to is, “How do I forgive?” We certainly can answer that easily enough. All you have to do is release all judgment and allow yourself to love fully. Now, go forth and proceed! You might be thinking, “Yeah, right? How the hell am I supposed to…


The Fundamentals of Forgiveness: Psychological and Physical Health Benefits

Forgiveness is a process of self-actualization in which we choose to move past hurt feelings such as shame, anger, and resentment in favor of self-compassion, self-love, and empathy. Sounds like good stuff, right? So why aren’t more of us doing it? Aside from the fact that many of us do not have a grasp on…


The Key to Authentic Change: Choosing Acceptance Over Resistance

  Most of us believe that we can only learn to be at peace with what is, experience gratitude for every life lesson that comes our way, and love ourselves unconditionally at select periods throughout our lives—or in a “perfect” world. We all experience stumbling blocks when it comes to finding acceptance in the present…


Introduction to the Forgiveness Academy!

Welcome! I’m so glad that you’re here. Together, we are going to take one of the most important journeys we can hope to go on: the journey toward wholeness, healing, and forgiveness. I’ve seen firsthand how forgiveness has transformed both my life and the lives of the people with whom I have worked, and I’m…

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