with Tom Roberts
February 20, 2021
Sessions 9am to 11am & 1pm to 3pm
What does forgiveness imply? So often our attempts of moving into forgiveness are hindered by how forgiveness in understood. Synonymous with forgiveness are meanings such as: condonation, justification, acquittal, exoneration, overlooking, to mention but a few. These implications, which serve to impede our forgiveness and healing process, can be most harmful when what we are trying to heal may be unforgivable in the human realm.
Frequently forgiveness and compassion are used synonymously. They are not. Understanding their differences is an integral component in the healing process.
What defines what is unforgivable? This definition has a very personal meaning. It generally involves an experience that ruptures one’s deeply held sense of physical, emotional and spiritual trust and safety. A trauma; an experience that severs our elemental connection to both our true selves and to others, as the world is now perceived as a dangerous and threatening place to be protected against.
During our time we will utilize discussion groups to explore the emotional, physical and spiritual effects of trauma and shame. We will look at what the teachings regarding the nature of forgiveness and compassion reveal in the Christian and Buddhist faiths, as well as modern day examples of compassion in movies and literature.
We invite you into this opportunity to explore how forgiveness and compassion can work in your healing. To deeply consider this notion, if you struggle with attempting to forgive what may be unforgivable to you.