A Prayer for Forgiving the World.

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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

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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. In 2018, Hampton Roads Publishing will release his book HOW TO BE SPIRITUAL WITHOUT BEING RELIGIOUS: Four Steps to Happiness, Wisdom, and Peace. Patrick also provides other writers with editing, independent publishing assistance, and professional representation through Fearless Literary Services. Connect through Facebook and his own author website.


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