Course In Forgiveness: Easy Steps to Forgiveness

Working with Intentions to Assist the Journey of Forgiveness

Instructor: Duanita G. Eleniak, MSW RCSW ATR BCATR RCAT PhD

An Online Course in Forgiveness was written to answer your question “How do I forgive?” The course intention is to help you experience answers to your question by teaching about forgiveness and showing you effective ways to work with daily intentions and images to assist this mysterious process to be as graceful and easy as possible for you.

1. Introduction
A. The Goals of Forgiveness
B. Keys to Forgiveness
1) Willingness
2) Take Responsibility for Change 
2. Move through Barriers to Forgiveness
A. Waiting for An Apology 
B. Unwillingness to Forgive
C. Remaining a Victim: Blaming Behaviour
D. Misunderstandings Regarding Pardoning Behaviour
3. Create and Hold the Intention to Forgive
4. The Inner Dance of Forgiveness
A. Remain Aware of your Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours
B. Run your Intention Like a Mantra to Short Circuit Unforgiveness
5. Recognize the Grace of Release
A. Signs of Assistance from a Responsive Universe
B. Signs of Forgiveness
6. Conclusion
A. The Research on Forgiveness


Preface 1: Work with Daily Images of Forgiveness

Preface 2: Work with Daily Images of Forgiveness

Seven advantages of working with images in conjunction with word intentions are given to inspire you to work with both word and image.

I Introduction: How Do I Forgive

An introduction to A Course in Forgiveness with emphasis on how working with daily intentions can be a potent force to speed recovery to the sense of peace and joy that forgiveness can bring.

Ia The Goal of Forgiveness: Why Forgive?

Reasons why to forgive are explored.

“We achieve inner health only through forgiveness - the forgiveness not only of others but also of ourselves”
Joshua Loth Liebman quotes

II Waiting for an Apology

‘Waiting for an Apology’ is introduced as a common block preventing you from stepping onto the road of recovery through forgiveness.

“It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.”
Lewis B. Smedes quote

III Caught in Unwillingness

A common block preventing forgiveness is unwillingness to do the work necessary to forgive. This block is explained and examples of daily intentions are given to help you move through it.

“Vengeance is having a videotape planted in your soul that cannot be turned off. It plays the painful scene over and over again inside your mind... And each time it plays you feel the clap of pain again... Forgiving turns off the videotape of pained memory. Forgiving sets you free.”
Lewis B. Smedes quote

IV Blasting through Blame

You are taught how to recognize if you are being caught in a blame cycle which prevents you from forgiving. An exercise is given that can help you stop blaming and begin taking responsibility for the changes that you want in your life.

Resentment or grudges do no harm to the person against whom you hold these feelings but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you”
Norman Vincent Peale quotes (American Protestant Clergyman and Writer, 1898-1993)

IVa Forgiving versus Pardoning

A common misconception is addressed to help you see that forgiving situations is very different than pardoning or even implying that what happened was okay in any way.

“When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.”
Lewis B. Smedes quote

V Setting your Main Intention

A powerful intention regarding forgiveness is introduced and suggestions are given regarding modifying it to ensure that it resonates with you at exactly the point you are at.

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”
William Arthur Ward quotes (American dedicated scholar, author, editor, pastor and teacher)

VI The Dance of Forgiveness

The inner dance of forgiveness is described. You are taught how to become aware of yourself and to intercept thoughts and feelings connected with unforgiveness by running your intention continuously in your head until you catch yourself thinking about something else.

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.”
Hannah Arendt quotes (German born American Philosopher and Political scientist. 1906-1975)

VII Naming the Details to Forgive

A powerful exercise is given to assist you to clear any thoughts, memories and stories associated with the painful events connected to the areas that you need to forgive in your life.

“Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head”
Ann Landers quotes (American Advice columnist, 1918-2002)

VIII Recognizing the Signs

Examples of signs are given that might occur to leave you with no doubt that the intentions you are sending out into the Universe regarding forgiveness are being received.

“You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.”
Lewis B. Smedes quote

VIII Conclusion

Summary of content with emphasis on how helpful it can be to work with daily intentions when you take on the challenge of learning forgiveness.

“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.”
Buddha quotes (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)
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