Learning to forgive is essential to Peace of Mind,

And what could be more important than Peace of Mind?
Carla Van Raay


A spiritual understanding for how to truly forgive was missing for me in spite of my religious upbringing or more likely because of it.  I forgave so as to get God back on my side and wasn’t all that confident that it worked! I felt so much guilt that deep down I thought it’d be impossible for God to forgive me if He really knew me.

Oh my! A tortuous condition to be in, but that’s how I lived from the age of six, when a particularly harsh experience of abuse made me think I was totally wicked and unforgiveable. The desolation of this emotional stance can hardly be imagined by anyone who hasn’t experienced it themselves.

However, I now know that everyone feels a deep sense of guilt, and everyone needs to learn to forgive, because forgiveness does not come naturally. Christians teachings about forgiveness, I’m very sad to say, is completely inadequate. Forgiveness of other people, of ourselves and of life is based on spiritual understandings currently missing from the Christian lexicon. The religion I lived myself as a nun (which is why I know it so well) has crippled many a mind with the short-comings of its teachings, and that is mildly put, because the crippling of minds is no small matter.

It is vitally important to be able to live in original innocence if you want to feel loved by that One who created each one of us (yes, we did not create ourselves!) Realising our always-forgiven state enables us to enjoy life as it is, seeing beyond the conditioned interpretations of the mind, and feeling free to love.

In a world of egos, true forgiveness is a miracle: miracles that give us new happiness and new ability to love and experience being loved.

I have been given much. It’s my turn to help my younger brothers and sisters on the path.

I offer a few who yearn for freedom, to have one on one sessions of exploration toward forgiveness with me, no matter what the situation is you find yourself in.

Writing Saving Jesus from Christianity – a compilation of essays, stories and poems already seven years in the making, is also my contribution to Forgiveness Consciousness if you like to call it that.

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