Part of my peaceful Sunday was watching two programs on Oprah. On Super Soul Sunday she had Adyashanti and a little later there was an episode of her current series with Eckhart Tolle. I haven’t been following the latter but when I saw this one was about dealing with emotional issues I recorded it.
In that way the Universe has of offering synchronicity, Adyashanti talked quite a bit about ancestral patterns and Eckhart Tolle brought up the relationship between emotional pain and family patterns/issues. Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while know that I’ve been intensely interested for quite a while now in the role of ancestral patterns in defining our “now” so I was so grateful to get to see these.
Adyashanti particularly made the point that forgiveness is key to letting go. It reminded me of the Fisher-Hoffman work, in which the finishing piece involves reaching out to the childhood selves of those you have been processing and finding peace and forgiveness by learning about their wounds and their perspective. I have to admit that while I believe in the power and necessity of forgiveness, I often skirt that piece or do it cursorily.
Something about getting similar messages twice in the same afternoon brought home to me that some forgiveness work would be a good idea. I’ve been a little angry with those ancestors whose legacies have been the source of deep issues for me. Time for a little gratitude and forgiveness.