Written by Kara Johnstad
Have you ever wondered why kids have so much energy? Have you ever wondered why kids can scrub the bathtub with their mom’s most expensive perfume or topple their little brothers Lego tower and still smile and bounce around the house and laugh openly.
What is the secret behind children’s stamina, vibrancy, and endless energy?
Children have no concept of guilt.
Children live in the NOW,
in the present moment.
And often they look up with their big beautiful eyes and simply deeply trust, that if, by chance they did make the wrong choice, they will be forgiven.
It is that easy.
So if you are feeling drained and do not have a lot of energy to create new works of art, you may be holding grudges and suffering the heavy weight of guilt. And remember, it might be grudges against others: your former boss, your partner, your teachers, your parents, but more often than not, we hold grudges against ourselves. How we should have, could have, would have been better.
Do you want to come back to the highly creative and playful energy of a child?
The first and most essential step in the recovery of energy is the science of forgiveness.
Every single act of forgiveness stops an energy drain.
Every single act of forgiveness, enables us to manifest a conscious act of “soul retrieval.
“Mistakes are always forgivable,
if one has the courage to admit them.”
Truth be, forgiveness is a warrior strategy. Song warriors. Light warriors. Peaceful Warriors, all know how to forgive.
Often we do not think of forgiveness as a quality belonging to a warrior. We usually think that warriors are cunning and strategic, armored and precise in action and word.
Can a warrior also learn to deeply let go?
Is a warrior a fighter?
A warrior has to be light and fluid. One with all.
Don’t warriors usually go into places where they are highly exposed? They have to face many harsh elements and walk on paths where many would never dare to walk. Don’t artists and performers also go into spaces and places where they are highly exposed. And truth be, they have to go in and enamor the audience while dropping all armor.
“Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.”
Carl von Clausewitz.
And courage means ALWAYS leading bravely with the heart.
The strength we have also lies in our fragility, our vulnerability and our humanness And it is that humanness that keeps us creative and resilient.
We can only reclaim our creative power
through practicing forgiveness.
If we hold on to past injuries, real and imagined, those injuries kick our asses over and over.
If we forgive the person that has harmed us, we reclaim our energy, retrieve our fractured soul fragments, empower ourselves, and enable ourselves to move forward.
Forgiveness is the difference between winners and losers.
Losers are always clinging to old injuries, discussing unsolved problems and are often very harsh on themselves. There is always a reason why they are not successful. Someone or something to blame.
The peaceful warriors recover lost energies
by extending forgiveness.
They move towards victory and success
by empowering themselves and others.
How do they do this? They practice forgiveness. And the first place to start is the place closest to home. Bill Crosby said
“People can be more forgiving than you can imagine.
But you have to forgive yourself.
Let go of what’s bitter and move on.”
When there is suppressed anger and resentment, we don’t really move on at all.
We are masters at creating cover-ups and in doing so we are living more the wounded warrior syndrome than the path of the peaceful warrior.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Creative life energy gets stuck when we pretend to be stronger than we are. Layers of emotional guck get stored and accumulate in our subconscious. And while consciously we remain unaware of the damage they cause, they do reveal themselves in our physical and emotional health.
Forgiveness is a powerful weapon.
You can only become the masterpiece you are meant to be
when you become the master of peace.
Let go of resentments and learn to forgive, and you will be living an abundant and highly creative and fulfilling life.
Here’s to supporting each other to be the best that we can be and staying playful with it all.
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Kara Johnstad is a creative visionary, transformational catalyst and a powerful voice in the time and age of transition. She is a singer / songwriter, founder of the Voice Your Essence™ Community and creator of the Voice Your Essence™ and Voice Your Biz™ Programs. She is also a regular contributor to THE DAILY SISTERHOOD BLOG.
Images of Kara by Joerg Grosse-Geldermann
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Cover Art for “JOURNEY ME HOME” by Linda Gavin