Seeing ourselves and others as completely separate beings creates a game none of us can win.
Our connections remain temporary alliances of chance or convenience. In this game, partnerships are never fair, and we will all lose; everything we sought to gain, including the ego itself.
It seems easier to forgive those who have harmed us (or really just a part of ourselves) when they don’t realize the wrong that they have done. Examples include young children, the mentally impaired and those who harm us by accident.
Christ on the cross asked that we be forgiven for we “know not what (we) do.” We harm one another through the blindness and tunnel vision of our separateness – the illusion of the ego, the Maya of physical reality.
Forgiveness of others and ourselves requires letting go of that tunnel vision of the ego which perpetuates the illusions of separateness and loneliness.
It requires the greater perspective of your true self – the transcendent self that has always been connected with all, including the other.
This allows us to feel compassion – compassion for those who have harmed a part of our selves and a part of themselves.
This is the love that sees all, forgives all and sustains all.
Next: Forgiveness and Meaning in Our Lives.