How To Forgive And Forget
What Is Radical Forgiveness?
by Colin Tipping
Learn how to forgive and forget, about forgiveness, link between anger and forgiveness. 4 stages and tools for Radical Forgiveness.
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Everyone agrees that forgiveness is a good thing to do. Besides the fact that holding onto anger and resentment makes you feel horrible and robs you of your life force energy, the link between high blood pressure and other health issues is well proven.
Moreover, the research shows that there is a direct link between having a resistance to forgiveness and the formation of cancer. So, people are now realizing that forgiveness is very essential to one's health and well being.
However, knowing that we should forgive is one thing...
Actually doing it is quite another. And there is precious little out there to show us how. It's all very well people saying you should forgive, but the question remains... How?
Some say it's simply a matter of making the choice to 'let it go'. But that ignores the fact that forgiveness is not achieved in the intellect; it is a matter for the heart. Learning how to forgive and forget has to involve the emotions.
Anger, resentment and hurt are emotions and are not subject to rational choice or edicts. That only creates denial.
Anyone who has tried to forgive this way will tell you that it is extremely difficult, and the perception is that you have to be a special sort of person to be able to do it...
A saint almost. Very few people actually manage it. They think they have forgiven until they get triggered and up it all comes again. Learning how to forgive and forget can take decades.
As a therapist working in the 90's I worked with people who had cancer. Having learned about the link between lack of forgiveness and cancer, I wanted to teach them how to forgive and forget as part of their therapy. But, obviously, conventional forgiveness wasn't going to help them, so I had to find another way.
Previous to this, while being called upon to help large numbers of clients who were suffering great pain and anguish due to a relationship breakdown or crisis, I noticed that many of them had a pattern of repeating the same or similar scenarios in every relationship they had. This indicated to me that in each case something was occurring for them that was neither visible nor obvious and that, at some level, there might be a purpose in what was happening.
I reasoned that if this was true, then forgiveness might occur automatically simply by recognizing this as a possibility. This was how Radical Forgiveness was born.
In 1997 I wrote the book, Radical Forgiveness, and have since helped thousands of people heal their relationships using this method, not to mention helping people with cancer heal their lives and possible extend their lives or prevent a recurrence.
Radical Forgiveness Comprises Five Stages:
- Telling the (victim) story.
- Feeling the Feelings.
- Collapsing the Story.
- Reframing the Story.
- Integrating the New Story.
The first three are more or less the same as conventional forgiveness... important in how to fogive and forget. We first explain how we were victimized while becoming present to our feelings about what happened. Then we do our best to bring to the situation understanding, compassion and empathy for the person we feel hurt us, and perhaps even imagine walking in their shoes for a while.
We also try to strip away all the interpretations, judgments and expectations that we had added to the situation and which had served only to increase our suffering. That would at least leave us with the actual facts of what happened or how things really were at the time.
But, even so, we still haven't let the person off the hook. We still hold that he or she (or it if it was some kind of organization) did something wrong or bad to us.
We haven't really let go of our victimhood and therein lies the limitation of conventional forgiveness.
It cannot free us from victim consciousness. It does not teach how to forgive and forget.
Radical Forgiveness, on the other hand, is designed to do just that and is the purpose behind the fourth and fifth stages. In those stages we are invited to try 'reframing' our story -- that is, to see it through fresh eyes.
Stage Four asks us to be willing to look at the possibility that there might be divine purpose behind everything that happens, and that what happened to make us feel victimized was actually what our 'spiritual self' had wanted for its growth, and that our spiritual intelligence had created the situation for us.
In other words, we need to entertain the possibility that things don't so much happen TO us but FOR us -- at the spiritual level, that is. In the case of parents, we are asked to wonder whether we actually chose them before our incarnation and contracted with them to give us particular experiences during our childhoods. We may well have chosen our life partners in the same way and contracted with them too. It's possible.
Automatic and Immediate
In simply opening up to this interpretation, without, I hasten to add, needing to believe in it or understand it, the energy that had, up to that point, been tied up in the story is automatically and immediately released.
When we become willing to embrace this possibility, not only do we feel immediate peace around the situation but every aspect of our lives begins to change.
This is because we begin to see everything else as being divinely inspired too, even when to our human eyes it looks terrible.
Coming back now to the question of 'how to forgive and forget,' which still remains to be answered, Radical Forgiveness provides a number of simple tools that seem, in some unexplainable way, to help us move the old victim energy out of our bodies almost immediately and with minimal effort.
The tools help us tune in to our Spiritual Intelligence and reconnect us with the truth of who we are, why we are here and what the true meaning of our experience really is.
Once we do that, it clears the way for complete forgiveness to occur and brings us to the point of knowing that nothing 'wrong or right' happened.
Once we get there, we begin to realize that, in truth, there is nothing to forgive. With Radical Forgiveness, therefore, there is no victim consciousness remaining.
The tools are simple worksheets, an audio version of the worksheet called The 13 Steps to Radical Forgiveness, a game and some online programs. All these tools can be obtained from our website, Radical Forgiveness Many are free downloads. It is in the execution of these processes that the fifth step, integration of the new story (the reframed version), actually occurs.
We also have a similar set of tools for Radical Self Forgiveness, including a three-part Online Program.
We find that most people find self-forgiveness a lot more difficult than learning how to forgive and forget with others, but the fact is that the tools for both Radical Self-Forgiveness and Radical Self-Acceptance work just as well as the Radical Forgiveness tools. However one that I find very helpful and have featured in my latest book, Radical Self-Forgiveness, The Direct Path to True Self-Acceptance is the Three Letter Process.
About the Author:
Colin Tipping, the SelfGrowth.com Official Guide to Forgiveness, is the acknowledged authority on the application of The Tipping Method, a 'technology' that has come to be recognized as the most powerful leading-edge system for personal and spiritual growth at this time. The Tipping Method technology & system enables you to create the happiness, peace, good health and abundance that is your true birthright. Colin created the Tipping method to better enable the "healing" of individuals, families, races, corporations and communities as we move forward into the future. Please go to http://www.colintipping.com to learn more about Colin, The Tipping Method & other Radical Forgiveness strategies.
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