Pain is growth
The deepest pain a parent has is not when we are disrespected, but when we are disregarded. Parents make sacrifices, survive unbelievable odds, make choices that put them in harm’s way and sometimes suffer irreparable damage to their body, mind and spirit. Some of the shame, selflessness, and secrets that parents experience in the process of parenting are payment that is due to them from the world and their children. The pain cuts deep when a child becomes an adult and is selfish, self absorbed, manipulative, bitter, and unresolved of their child/parent relationship issues.
The pain the parent received from their children is what they
inflicted on their own parent. This issue will not be resolved until the parent recognizes themselves in their own parent/child relationship issue. On this Teaching Tuesday of our lives, let’s ask for forgiveness of our parents for the damage, disregard and disrespect we inflicted upon them. If they are still alive . . . tell them right now! Call, go visit, or write them a letter. If your parents have passed on, light a candle and place a glass of water down for them and for you. Begin to write to them and tell them how you feel. When this very sincere, apologetic letter is finished, leave it under the candle and leave it there for three days. Then do with it what spirit directs you to do.
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by YEYEFINI EFUNBOLADE
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