One is, as One is.
“One is as one is, and the love that can’t encompass both is a poor sort of love.” — Marya Mannes
I have struggled to find the way to forgive myself and others. Forgiving isn’t easy. Writing this blog isn’t easy. I am carrying so much resentment and hurt around with me. In fact, when I’ve been deeply hurt or victimized by someone else, I may feel I can’t forgive. Yet, for my peace of mind and to let go, I may finally try. It’s been suggested by a close friend that forgiveness is easier under certain conditions: a positive connection with the person we want to forgive, a deep relationship with the Universe, and lots of time.
Forgiveness is often preceded by grieving fully; we must first heal from the harm that was done to us. Through the honesty, power and wisdom gained through personal growth we are gently led through the process of forgiving ourselves and others. Many of us have also experienced the Universe’s unconditional forgiveness which gives us a model. I acknowledge my responsibility for my actions, I let go of resentment, I grieve, and, finally, I forgive.
- Where There Is No Forgiveness (christophersmark.wordpress.com)
- Saving Yourself (christophersmark.wordpress.com)
- Learning to Forgive (socyberty.com)
- The Power of Releasing Resentments: A Holiday and New Year’s Gift to Yourself and Others (psychologytoday.com)
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“Just start being honest” my ex-partner was always telling me. “It’s not that difficult Mark, just do it.” For a large part of my adult life, I was dishonest with the people I said I loved. My dishonesty grew as I became more involved with my addictions to crystal methamphetamine and sex. My behaviors began to protect and hide my addictions from those I loved most: my significant love relationships, my family and my friends. That is what I was fooling myself to believe anyway; that I was smarter than they were and that I was fooling them that I was not in fact a drug addicted, sex addicted person. The real me was using drugs and having promiscuous sex outside the relationship, but telling them that I was a clean and sober person, committed to our monogamous relationship as we defined it. Lies and dishonesty ruled my life. I was smoking crystal meth in the bathroom, while my partner at the time was in the bedroom next door. I was creating stories and drama that would seem to support or validate my excuses or reasons to be away from home. I thought that my partner believed I was away for some legitimate reason, so that what I could really do is meet that hook up for sex behind his back.
I began to not only get high from the drug, and get off on the sex, but I was also getting something out of the lies and deceptions I was creating. I thought my partner was fooled by my tall tales and drama. More drugs and more sex led to more lies, tales and drama creating two lives; two worlds. I was living two separate lives; one life that was shallow and fake and filled with dishonesty and the one I wanted my partner to believe was going on opposed by the life of drugs and sex that I was in reality living. It was when the two lives collided that everything began falling apart around me. My partner, who I tried to fool myself to believe, was stupid and believing in my distortions and lies was actually fully aware of every mistruth of my words and my actions. He knew all along when I was dishonest and sadly that was most of the time.
When I finally became aware that I was the only one playing my game, and that I was fooling no one but myself and that I had lost everything and everyone important to me, I was at the lowest point of my entire life. Everything was gone and everything had changed. I was lost, alone and afraid. Confusion and delusion had ruled my life. Everyone I loved now seemed like those scary looking clowns. Alone, I prayed to my god, Mother Universe, and asked, “What have I done?”
It was only then that I could begin rebuilding my life. Only this time, it would be a life that is real. What I put out to the world, the person I presented myself as, would be authentic and honest. If I said something, I wanted people to know that my word was good enough to take to the bank. No more distortions, lies and no more drama.
What a slow process this has been. At least it seems slow going to me. The hardest part has been getting honest with me. It is unbelievable that I even thought of myself as a fool enough to believe my lies. I have spent so much time becoming aware of how I wanted myself to be, versus how I was trying to fool myself I was. I realized there was a tremendous amount of incongruity between my authentic self and the person I was really presenting myself as. By taking small, gradual “baby steps” I am becoming comfortable in my own skin and thereby honest with myself. Once honest with myself, I am honest with all others in my life.
No one was, is or ever will be the ignorant asses I tried to convince them they were. Not one person I had fed my lies to was stupid. In my awareness, it hurts to see the self-doubt that my lies created in once confident and happy people. What do I do now? For starters, I practice forgiving myself. To those I hurt through my dishonesty, I validate that their suspicions were correct and that they weren’t crazy, stupid or ignorant. I apologize for the man I was and demonstrate authentic remorse for my actions. I make amends. Then, I only put out what is honest. I just become honest. It really is that simple. I just do it.
I write this today because there is one person in my life who means so much to me that is right now at the exact point I was when I lost everything and was brought to my knees. I have tried many times over to make it clear that I am no fool, I am not stupid and that I have been the player of his exact same game. He seems to be holding on to the lies and distortions much tighter than I ever was. This may not be his time for change yet. However I am giving to him every opportunity I wasn’t given. I want him to know that he is safe to be honest and can disclose fully his actions without fear of my reaction or retribution. If he chooses honesty and to be his authentic self, I know we will have a long and happy life together. If he chooses not be authentic, and continue the lies, distortions and drama, then I must begin that arduous and painful process of ending a relationship — and that breaks my heart. Just be honest. It’s not that hard. Just do it. Baby steps.
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Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. – Thomas Jefferson
We have to find our own way to wisdom, and the road may sometimes be long and hard. How do we start? How far do we have to go? How do we know when we are there?
I found it helpful to travel the road with others. Some of the time was in group therapy; other time was spent in various 12 Step groups. There, we all were given the opportunity to be honest with ourselves and to trust our inner voice. After a time, we were able to separate fact from fantasy and come to a mature perspective on our own conduct.
We need courage to be rigorously honest. It is so easy to gloss over yesterday’s slip or forget that our behavior has hurt a loved one. We may wish to begin by listing our good qualities and our bad qualities. This helps us get a sense of proportion and provides the basis for an assessment of those actions that have harmed others and ourselves. Then we can decide about making amends to the people we have hurt. We must realize that some of the hurts we have caused are too deep, preventing some loved ones from ever believing us again. Going one small baby step at a time takes away our fear that we can never do it, never get there. Honesty, like anything else, can be learned, with patience and love. I want to continue to learn honesty and consider it to be a vital step along the path toward wisdom and serenity.