{Podcast} How to Forgive Yourself

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Allison Marie for Glory Begin

People often ask me why I study and practice the metaphysical teachings of A Course In Miracles and the answer is quite undramatically, unimpressively, unassumingly simple:  It works.

By that I mean: it gets me to the peace.

I truly believe that this is the single most important measure of a working spiritual practice. Is it getting you to a place of deep internal peace. Everyone’s path and practice will be rich and different and special, but as long as it gets one to the peace, all is solid with the Universe.

But if your spiritual path doesn’t lead you to peace?  It’s not working.

So let’s talk about the work. In today’s podcast episode I delve into the core message of The Course which is that the way to live out our fullest expression of love is through practicing forgiveness.

I’ll be straight with you guys. I am not proud of this, but I used to think forgiveness was weak, and therefore pathetic, and therefore boring (as you’ll hear in a minute).

But now I know it’s exactly the opposite. I know forgiveness is our life line, it’s our sacred strength, it’s our faith in the very brilliant beings we are.

Fair warning: what you are about to hear is me riffing on the topic of self-forgiveness as an exercise of deep, soulful compassion of the variety that most of us are not used to allowing ourselves to experience. I’m not suggesting we sprinkle ourselves with self-love as a fun perk, I’m talking about going deep, as in tears-pouring-forth-in-ecstatic-relief-deep, when it comes to stopping the negative self-loathing guilt trips we are all prone to engage in in the privacy of our own weary minds.

This recording is not perfect because it’s me being real, alone in a room, holding the recorder in one hand and my heart in the other, burning with the desire to light you up with self-love, wishing I could look each and every one of you guys in your precious eyes and smile.

Okay?

Okay. :)

Click play and let me know if this hits home for you:

 

I would love to hear your thoughts on all or any of this. Do you struggle with the guilt spiral? Would you give immediate self forgiveness a try this week and see what you discover?

As always, I welcome your comments – and you :) – with open arms and an open heart.

As promised, here is the link to Be Here Now by Baba Ram Dass which I reference in the podcast.  You will adore this book for its spectacular wildness, its burning truth, and its beating heart of pure transcendent love. The illustrations and messages are textured spiritual fire.

If you’d like to see the Instagram post I reference in the podcast (titled “forgive yourself immediately”) come check it out here: @glorybegin and follow along for daily inspirational posts.

With so much love and compassion upon compassion upon compassion,

Allison Marie Xxx

 

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P.S. I could never say this enough but I’ll say it a million times: thank you for your comments, emails, messages, feedback, encouragement and love.  And thank you for sharing my work; my heart and soul go into absolutely every single thing I do here.  It truly means the world to me to know it touches you in some way.

So much love, peace and light to you all. :)

P.P.S. Have you seen my new YouTube Channel? It is here. Would love to know what you think of this new way to get to know each other. Xxx

All photography my own.

13 thoughts on “{Podcast} How to Forgive Yourself

  1. Rajagopal

    Some of these timeless teachings bear endless repetitions and still retain its novelty each time it is stated, and more so if it is administered by a Tejaswini (yeah, your name stands changed, and this is how I will address you from now on) like you. Forgiveness is an extension of love, and together with kindness, compassion, mercy, cleanliness and generosity, constitute vehicles that can transport one to divinity. As units of energy consisting of an infinity of love watts, we thrive on successful management of that energy, by guiding its course away from negative terrains of greed, hatred, and violence to ensuring its radiation around love and its myriad dimensions mentioned heretofore. Forgiveness is not something directed to an entity outside of us, it is primarily an act of kindness to one’s own self, as it preserves one’s energy in love and continuous prudence in all actions…xxxbest wishes.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      My dear, dear gorgeous Raj,
      Your words have brought tears to my eyes – I am so grateful to have your beautiful thoughts, your warm presence and your guiding, brilliant light.
      I bow to the name you have graciously given to me. I am overjoyed – literally smiling through tears! Your kindness will never be forgotten. I am blessed to know you.
      I adore your comment, as I always do. Your words read like a stream of gentle, tranquil flow . . . of the endless giving unto ourselves of that for which we thirst: love, compassion, forgiveness, and light.
      “ensuring its radiation around love” – !!! My heart breaks at how gorgeous this is. You are a transformative presence, angel.
      With all my love and warmth and gratitude. Your words mean more than you know.
      Peace, dear one,
      Allison Xxxx

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  2. Carolina

    This is so beautiful Allison I loved to hear and it is so true about forgiviness and to forgive ourself as soon as possible to do not carry all that fear and in a way negativity inside. It works also to forgive others that did something wrong to you and also if isnt always easy is best and needed to do it soon…it is a relief and after everything is more light when you let go…btw I just bought the book Be Here Now you inspired me!
    Love and Light <3
    Carolina

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      My beautiful, beautiful friend,
      Thank you so much for listening and taking the time to leave such an absolutely GORGEOUS comment. I am so glad to know that you enjoyed this one! :)
      I love how you say this: ” . . . everything is more light when you let go. . . ” Oh my goodness, Carolina, you said it perfectly. Yes, yes, yes. I love your thoughts.
      I am SO EXCITED for you to have this book! Please promise me you will nestle in with it and let the magic wash all over and through you. It is a journey into the full breadth of yourself. Let me know what you think!
      You are a bright light in my world, my dear. Thank you for your presence and love energy in this place.
      Big love, brightest, warmest light to you, always,
      Allison XO

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  3. Anonymous

    Dear Allison Marie, thank you as always for your “like” on my: “Almost anonymous you smile #2. Please allow me to reciprocate best compliments and wishes for your blog, books and acitivity. With kind regards. Edoardo Dispenza

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  4. edoardo dispenza

    Dear Allison Marie, thank you as always for your “like” on my: “Almost anonymous you smile #2. Please allow me to reciprocate best compliments and wishes for your blog, books and acitivity. With kind regards. Edoardo Dispenza

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  5. Lydia Kimble-Wright

    Dearest, Thank you for reminding me how much I love the book “Be Here Now,” and Ram Dass and his teachings. As usual, you brought enlightenment to a misunderstood concept. Blessings, love, and gratitude, Lydia

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hi my love!

      So so happy to see you here. Thank you for your beautiful words. Isn’t Ram Dass the BEST. ❤️

      His birthday is coming up on October 9th.

      I love your energy and I’m so grateful for your light, sister!! Xxx

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  6. Carolina

    I am very happy Allison, after I read your post I ordered the book online and…today I just received “Be Here Now” it looks awesome just going through the pages <3

    Enlighting love
    Carolina

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      OH YAY!!! I am so excited for you, my beautiful friend! That book is a living breathing moving feast. I wish you much pleasure and inspiration as you enjoy it.

      Don’t you just adore the brown paper??? Oh. I could eat it. lol

      Xxx

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