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+++November’s Friday Speaker+++


emily hooks 

with Emily J. Hooks, MBA

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Open to the Public — Admission cost: $5
Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco
off River between Swan & Craycroft

Forgiveness is a process of self-actualization—or evolution of human consciousness—in which we choose to move through hurt feelings such as shame, anger, and resentment in favor of self-love, self-compassion, and empathy for others. It is an essential component of the healing process. It is a pre-requisite to true creative power.

As we learn to release our attachment to perceiving the past as other than it should be, we are compelled to live life differently. But, how? What does life on the other side of forgiveness look like?

A Course of Love offers us powerful and specific guidelines to answer this question. Briefly, let’s first explore why it matters. In the prelude it says:

While forgiveness and the release of guilt are necessary, and while recognition of gifts and what leads to joy cannot be done without, they are the point only to the extent of making one ready for a new choice. Prolonged interest in the self can be… damaging. Rather than leading to knowledge of God, prolonged interest in self can further entrench the ego.

This passage gives us two powerful clues about healing and beyond. First, it says there is a new choice to be made beyond forgiveness. “Forgiveness is the point only to the extent of making one ready for a new choice.”

This implies first that getting beyond forgiveness is possible and, unlike so many teachings that seem to suggest that forgiveness is the point – so why rush – that forgiveness leads to something greater. It leads to a new possibility beyond the limited view of our perpetual need for healing.

The second thing that is remarkable about this passage is that it says choosing not fully to forgive is actually damaging. It isn’t status quo. When we resist absolute forgiveness, which is the realization there is nothing to forgive we are entrenching our perceived separation from God. And, as we know, it is the illusion of separation that is the source of all suffering. By not forgiving we are choosing to suffer, and we are choosing to sacrifice the greater gifts that live on the other side of forgiveness.

With the hard work of true forgiveness done, what next? What are we asked to do in this human expression to facilitate the continued evolution of consciousness?

The Nature of Relationship

All that is real lives in the space between form. What purpose does the pencil hold in the absence of something to write on? Or, the love of God without us to receive? It becomes clear as we relinquish our false beliefs about ourselves as other than we should be—one of the gifts of forgiveness—that the form we perceive serves no purpose in the absence of relationship.

We are asked to be in relationship with others (and the world) differently. Up to now, we have engaged in relationship based on use. We exchange what we have to offer for what we perceive we need…love, security, sustenance, and so on. We care for the planet so that we can continue to live safely. We engage in spiritual community to receive spiritual food. We meditate to feel better. These actions are not “bad” or “wrong.” But, they are use based. We are giving what we believe we should to gain what we want. This does not mean we don’t do these things. It means we do them for no reason. Imagine going for a walk in the desert without thinking about how much exercise you’re getting or what insights you might gain from the universe. Imagine simply walking to walk. Suddenly, we are simply there, present and fully available to give and to receive. We interact naturally, without effort, based on honoring the soul of that which we engage. The “exchange” simply happens.

Expansion Beyond the Self

Firmly grounded in a knowing that we are exactly as we should be in this moment, we have the opportunity to embody selflessness. Imagine a life that is about more than yourself. About more than simply healing the past. What does that look like? For most, this question is like asking us to imagine the texture of the moon. We have little more than abstract notions to use as a frame of reference. As the passage from A Course of Love highlights, life becomes not about the self—the self humbly fades into the background and works as a vehicle for the expansion of love in the universe. We become free to be a pure instrument of God’s peace by being of service to others in the truest sense of the word.

The End of Time as We Know it

As articulated in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, the perception of time serves, as does the body, as a tool for learning and unlearning. Living in a state of forgiveness without effort changes our experience of time. As our energetic attachment to the past fades so does our clinging to the future.

These revolutionary truths about what lies beyond forgiveness—beyond the perpetual need to heal the past—are just the tip of the iceberg. It is time to move forward on our journey of understanding of spiritual truths and recognize that, until we heed the calls of every great spiritual wayshower in human history to forgive. It is time to embrace a new consciousness that allows for expansion beyond the self. This new paradigm can only be accessed by mastery of forgiveness.

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Biography:  Emily is an author, speaker, and founder of the Forgiveness Academy™.
Her book, The Power of Forgiveness: A Guide to Healing and Wholeness is a comprehensive guide to forgiveness as a healing practice. The author makes the crucial point that, for us to be the most empowered versions of ourselves in the world, we must prioritize our healing. And, forgiveness is the most important path toward healing that we can undertake.

Emily speaks on forgiveness, finding self-empowerment by embracing our past, and her personal journey at throughout the US. She also facilitates workshops and provides group training in person and online and offers exclusive coaching services on a limited basis. Prior to launching the Academy™ Emily worked as a freelance writer and attended the University of Texas at Dallas for her MBA in Entrepreneurship.  To find out more, please visit http://emilyjhooks.com