Forgiveness is a strange medicine. If you give it to others, it heals the wounds in your heart.

Forgiveness is a strange medicine. If you give it to others, it heals the wounds in your heart.

Why is it that some of the most obvious aphorisms, explaining the most rudimentary philosophies, can be the most difficult to actually employ in real life?

This one in particular, seems very obvious as you explore the idea. Being mature enough to understand that forgiveness is the pathway to releasing the negative energy within oneself is a valuable lesson to hold in our heart… yet, when we find ourselves at such a crossroad, it may prove to be far more difficult than we would imagine.

Often, when I contemplate whether one of these aphorisms is something that I wish to muse about, I take them to their extreme and ask myself whether or not I could embrace the extreme outcome of such a thought.

In this example, could you forgive someone who murdered someone you love? You can take an extreme example like this and pare it down, and pare it down, and pare it down until you are asking questions like, “could you forgive someone who publicly insulted (without cause or recourse) someone you love or care about?

Buddha said, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” As a person who enjoys sharing philosophy with others, I would state that I fully comprehend and commend this philosophy. Yet, as a fallible human being, I find myself less capable of being this forgiving and neutral, as I may wish that I were.

So leaving the absolutes out of the equation, and narrowing down into the more common types of moments that require forgiveness, I would have to report that the more often I am able to bring this flashcard to mind when the anger is rising, the stronger I become in my self control and and resulting lack of any desire to share any aspect of that anger with another person. Mark Twain encapsulated by stating, “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

When we practice forgiveness, then, we are releasing an internal energy which so many sages over time have isolated as being incredibly detrimental to the individual housing that animosity, or acrimony. Rather, by employing this approach, we are able to dispel an internal cancerous energy that is far safer released from our being, than housed within.

Your heart is the center of your life. Allowing it to live unencumbered by countless unnecessary maladies, is a life-preserving service that you unquestionably owe to yourself.

So the next time your fuse is lit… extinguish it through forgiveness and watch how much better you feel!

Happy Sunday!


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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!