Our conscience is our inner sense; it is what allows us to judge if an action is moral, just, or right. It becomes burdened on a daily basis by decisions that carry much weight and affect the future of many people or just the future (or life) of one person, by consistent exposure to negativity and others’ immoral decisions, by past hurts, and by past mistakes. Over time, these compounded burdens fog our resolve to act morally, creating an ambivalence, acute embarrassment, fear, hate, or desire for revenge—all of which prevent us from making benevolent decisions and instead internally justify decisions that may hurt others. Many travelers struggle with internal anger, shame, or guilt stemming from either a mistake they made or an injury done to them. Without resolution this inner tension festers and negatively affects mind-set, outlook, and interactions with others. Our goal is to consistently have a clear conscience—one free from guilt, shame, anger, and other negativity—and to maintain the inner resolve required to sustain our personal mission.
This chapter focus on spiritual practices to release internal conflict and forgiveness. A variety of approaches to enhance forgiveness are outlined below. The Radical Forgiveness method developed by Colin Tipin is a method encouraged for use by anyone, with or without spiritula healing.
Remember! You can only control your own conscience and how you feel.You may want to change the other person, but that’s his or her decision, not yours.
Use to enhance spiritual renewal and initiate clearing your conscience.
- Release negative, raise consciousness, and release tension through spiritual practices. (pending Nov 2016)
- Non-denominational forgiveness.
Selected Forgiveness and Healing Resources.
- Debbie Ford (2009): The 21-day consciousness cleanse. A breakthrough program for connecting with your soul’s deepest purpose.
- Christian Forgiveness: Christians believe that forgiveness is accomplished by true repentance and by believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Since Christ already knows all our sins and loves us, if you believe that Jesus Christ came as the one and only Redeemer of sin, he provides forgiveness whenever true repentance is requested. All that is really needed is true intention and belief. The question is – are you ready to implement the prayer, by receiving God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ? If so, believe in Christ, repent of your sins, and commit the rest of your life to Him as Lord:
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”