The Inner Work of Forgiveness
Jane Fonda recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by director Michael Moore at the Traverse City Film Festival. She’s known for her career as an actress. Now, at age 80, she continues to be an inspiration as an activist and an elder, as she speaks for the environment and other causes.
A few months ago as part of my Sage-ing® Legacy training (Sage-ing®), I watched a TED talk in which Jane Fonda discusses Life’s Third Act. I was encouraged by her comments since her words model some of the same topics on becoming more awake and conscious. Some of this inner work is challenging and private; some is more helpful to share within a spiritual community open to wrestling with these questions of life. This work is not just for ourselves. If enough people do this inner work, it leads to a cultural shift which then leads to transformation through action combined with thought.
What is crucial in this work of self-examination is the practice of forgiveness - of self and others. It is no surprise to me that many spiritual traditions encourage this work of forgiveness. In the Jewish tradition, the month before the high holy days is a time for recalibration. Forgiveness is an ongoing process to untie our own tangles, which leads to a greater sense of freedom and self-acceptance.
We are growing into the new paradigms of the 21st century that acknowledge the constant evolution of the soul and the potential of the human being for ever greater manifestation. Each one of us has a part to play. We have the capacity to continue the deepest exploration possible for each one of us to express the essence of who we are. When we do this together in community, we bring our full selves authentically present to help transform our world.