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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Lapierre


Imparting forgiveness versus seeking revenge is often a tough call for most of us. I learned about the Lakota concept of The Red Road versus the Black Road during a sweat lodge ceremony on Maui. The Red Road is the High Road, the one on which your Higher Self should be traveling. The Red Road is the good way, the good side, and the right choice. It is a road that is difficult with dangers and obstacles. The Black Road is the bad way, the bad side, and the wrong choice, and ironically it's wide and easy to travel. The Red Road and the Black Road appear in our lives as personifications of right and wrong, good and bad, light and dark. It can be tough to stay on the Red Road when you believe someone has done you wrong. However, even though as an initial concept it seems more difficult, love (forgiveness) always trumps fear (revenge). Stay on the Red Road. 

Dr. Wayne Dyer writes,

At the root of virtually all spiritual practice is the notion of forgiveness. Think about every single person who has ever harmed you, cheated you, defrauded you, or said unkind things about you. Your experience of them is nothing more than a thought that you carry around with you.

These thoughts of resentment, anger, and hatred represent slow, debilitating energies that will disempower you. If you could release them, you would know more peace.

You practice forgiveness for two reasons: to let others know that you no longer wish to be in a state of hostility with them and to free yourself from the self-defeating energy of resentment. Send love in some form to those you feel have wronged you and notice how much better you feel." -- from Excuses Begone! by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, © 2009 (Hay House). 

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