“Forgiveness is a unionizing of the soul with God, comparable to the raindrop’s reception by the sea. Our work of forgiveness centers in the self. Forgiveness does not come from God, because God does not receive offense. Forgiveness that restores us, that leads us back into the zone where [divine live, light, and wisdom – where Spirit] perfectly sustains us (Holy Union / Oneness)”
-Imelda Shanklin

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Affirmation: “___(name)___, I fully and freely forgive you. I loose and release you and I see your good flowing to you with ease and grace” -Catherine Ponder

Forgiveness Practice

  1. Make a list of everyone you have put out of your heart (hold unforgiveness toward).
  2. Bless them by saying the above for them
  3. Pick one person and handwrite the affirmation “I, __(your name)__, fully and freely forgive __(their name)__” 70 times, once a day for 7 days (70×7)


  1. John Riley

    From Jho:
    Hi John,

    I have used this HeartMath Meditation. It’s short and sweet for about 4 minutes. Please check it out and see if this would work with my BRAVING peers.


  2. Mary McMahon

    Dear John,
    Thanks for sending the information from last night. It is a good format.

    I approached the home work a little differently. I picked my person and spent some time journaling about how the situation deteriorated using the BRAVING paradigm. Then my forgiveness statement transformed over the first 20 writings to express exactly what I was forgiving myself for in creating the situation. That also included releasing the other person from guilt for how I mishandled the situation.

    At first, I was going to ask you if I was making this too hard, but realize it is going to work for me. So I’ll proceed with my daily dose of writer’s cramp. Great class!

    • John Riley

      Beautiful! Great work and thank you for sharing, Mary!

  3. Linda Grayson

    I found that my judgement of the person was surprisingly diminished. It felt good. Looking forward to our next class.


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