By D. Patrick Miller
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This saves many potential victims from your anger, redirecting it toward Someone who can transform it and heal you. 36 ii It is difficult to stay mad at God, because most of the time our experience of God is nothing more than an idea. Yet our consciousness itself is nothing more than an endless rush of ideas about reality. In this view, forgiving God means exchanging many useless ideas for one idea that works. f The grudge against God — or in nonreligious terms, the grudge against reality — is the keystone grudge for all of one's unhappiness.
Thus, to judge and condemn yourself is a form of selfishness. Selfprosecution is never noble; it does no one a service. 48 Forgiveness induces a feeling of release, but it is actually a logical process — for you will not let go of the lamented past until you understand that continuing its suffering into the future is pointless. 49 Forgiveness feels most dramatic when some ancient pattern of self-punishment collapses in a torrent of tears. But it is just as effective when practiced daily in tiny doses — relinquishing a pointless worry, getting wise to a self-destructive habit, serving notice on a cruel notion about yourself that has previously seemed justified.
Grieve the deadness that you are letting go of, and that you have so long regarded as a trophy wound. Then celebrate the opening of a door through which your childlike nature can come back to you, laughing, asking the simplest questions, clearing your vision. The end point of remembering exactly how we have been damaged is to realize that we all share the deep common wound of humanity: being born into vulnerable bodies in a mysterious and dangerous world. Our particular wounds have a lot to do with who we are, and that history is important to understand.
A Little Book of Forgiveness by D. Patrick Miller