A Prayer for Forgiving the World.

Via D. Patrick Miller
on Feb 28, 2015
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I forgive the world its agonies:

Its beheadings and drone attacks, public bombings and domestic slaughters, grinding chronic diseases and soul-destroying addictions.

I forgive the world its unfairness and cruelties: its widespread poverty and pockets of accumulated wealth, sexual predation and gender discrimination, child slavery and abuse.

I forgive the world its paradoxical march of progress: its technologies that make life better and worse, its psychologies that explain and obscure, its medicines that cure and create dependencies.

I forgive the world its fleeting beauties: the progress of youth into death, the slow crumbling of mountains and the melting of ice caps, the serenity of great landscapes violated by earthquakes, volcanoes and encroaching pollution.

I forgive the world all its stark contrasts: its great compassion and withering selfishness, its passions and depressions, its surpassing wisdom and mind-numbing stupidity.

Most of all, I forgive my splintered visions of a world that surpasses my comprehension.

May I let the world be without my condemnation, but not without my care—may I learn to see more wholly or failing that, at least more helpfully.

May I somehow remember to look with love upon all things and, in that changed vision, see a world transformed.

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Heal Ourselves, Heal Our World.

Author: D. Patrick Miller

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: flickr, flickr

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About D. Patrick Miller

D. Patrick Miller has been a seeker and researcher of spiritual wisdom for over two decades. He is the founder of Fearless Books and the author of a dozen books and over 100 magazine and online articles for such periodicals as Yoga Journal, The Sun, Columbia Journalism Review and San Francisco Chronicle. His research spans a wide variety of subjects, including A Course in Miracles, the Enneagram typology of personality, the I Ching, Jungian psychology, yoga, shamanism, cultism, spirituality in the workplace, psychic phenomena, altered states of consciousness, and advanced human capacities. He is the author of THE FORGIVENESS BOOK: Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve (Hampton Roads, 2017), UNDERSTANDING A COURSE IN MIRACLES, and LIVING WITH MIRACLES: A Common Sense Guide to A Course in Miracles. He also provides other writers with editing, independent publishing assistance, and professional representation through Fearless Literary Services. Connect through Facebook.

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