Forgiveness by Iyanla Vanzant 5/5 STARS!!!!
Forgiveness by Iyanla Vanzant is a gem of a book. I took my time to process this book. It sat on my shelf for a while, waiting for me to realize the intuitively right time for me to pick it up. It was amazing how it seamlessly worked into my life with the other self-development work I was doing at the time.
I felt like I had a friend with me during this process. I was ready for it, and willing to do it. After all, we have all made mistakes, and it’s time we stopped punishing ourselves and others endlessly for mistakes we and they have made. Life is way too short. Punishing never gets the results we want anyway.
Memories surfaced throughout this process, which I then had the opportunity to release at the right time. This happens when you are immersed in a process that you have committed to. I even had dreams, which were gentle reminders.
One of the biggest lessons I learned was to forgive myself for thinking anyone should be anything other than who and what they are at this moment or who and what they were in the past. People act from their level of consciousness, which can never be judged. Oh it can be, but it’s pointless, because it is what it is. They will still think they did the right thing, because that is what they are capable of understanding at that moment. This doesn’t erase consequences; it just frees us from something that is not our burden to carry. I have found that when I let go, the Divine is perfectly capable of taking care of things better than my mind could have imagined.
There is an accompanying CD at the back of the book, which is a bonus with meditations and Iyanla speaking each day of the journey.
It felt to me that the book was left open ended at the end. Why? I don’t know – I imagine because this is an ongoing process. Was that intentional? I don’t know. But it was brilliant. It is said that it takes 21 days to establish a habit, and a habit of forgiveness is a good one to establish. The benefits will be better health, perhaps even a longer life. Less headaches, and more peace. Sounds good to me!
This was my experience, and yours will be your own. Get this book if you want a structured yet personal way to cleanse some spiritual “gunk”. The word “forgiveness” can really set some people’s teeth on edge, because of our misunderstanding of what it is. You will learn what it really is in this book from experience – and it’s all good. Give this program a try. I can tell you from my experience, I started to look forward to what was coming up next. I felt lighter at the end. Thanks Iyanla.
This book was provided to me by Hay House. It represents my true opinion of the book.