This is an article by Marina Cantacuzino, the Founder of the Forgiveness Project. She is thus very qualified to write this article about the reactions of and story of the members of the Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality who got caught in the Mumbai bombing of the Oberai Hotel in 2008. Indeed it was the impetus for her to start the Forgiveness Project. Here are some of her comments on how to gain spiritual healing by forgiving the unforgivable as written in The Huffington Post (“Healthy Living Canada” section).
How to Gain Spiritual Healing by Forgiving the Unforgivable
However, what makes this book entirely credible in my eyes, carrying the reader along so that there is never any doubt about the authenticity of the experience, is the very thing that first gave me the impetus to start The Forgiveness Project — and that is the knowledge that it is based on the personal testimonies of those who bore witness and those who endured the most. Peppered throughout the 288 pages are the true stories of the survivors, which even include Kia, the woman whose husband and daughter both died. Kia, extraordinarily, from the moment she heard the news, experienced “the deepest grief and pain” at the same time as feeling “love, forgiveness and compassion” for the Islamist terrorists.
It seems that these real stories describe an intrinsic part of the human experience — albeit one that is rarely documented. They illustrate how people who for years have practiced a holistic, meditative life-style when tested are capable of responding to trauma without capsizing fear or reactive anger. Instead, these people are able to accept what has happened to them and use the experience to grow into an “ever more evolved wholeness.” As Master Charles puts it, “This is about being where your feet are,” or to borrow from the Greek stoic Epictetus, “It’s not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters.”
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To forgive the people who murdered your husband and daughter is truly forgiving the unforgivable. If you want to know more about this new book, Forgiving the Unforgivable by Master Charles Cannon, click on the link. While I’ve not read this book, it seems a most unusual story and certainly a learning experience for every reader.
According to Marina Cantacuzino’s biography in The Huffington Post, “The Forgiveness Project is a UK based not-for-profit unaffiliated to any religious and political group. The Forgiveness Project explores forgiveness and reconciliation through individual real-life stories, and promotes alternatives to violence and revenge.”
How do you feel about forgiving the murders of your family members? Please leave a comment about it below.