An old saying, “forgive and forget”, I’ve heard it said often. When hurtful words are spoken to us, do we let them bounce back off of us… or do we internalize them?
As a child, cruel words spoken can be absorbed into our being, seemingly into our very cells. Words that make us feel unloved… unaccepted. As we grow, we learn to forgive, understanding it to be a part of our learning, contributing to our spiritual growth in this life. As we grow, we understand that cruel words spoken are a reflection of the challenges faced by the person speaking, not the person they’re spoken to.
So we forgive, we let it go, it is accepted, learned from and released. Done. But do we forget? How do we forget experiences that have contributed to the person we’ve become? Would we even want to forget? Could we truly, completely release what has been absorbed by our very soul?
Perhaps, upon truly acknowledging our oneness with “God”, we are renewed, our entire being, our very cells, completely “cleansed”, emotionally and spiritually. So then perhaps it will no longer be a matter of “forgetting”, because when we ultimately rest in peace (not a reference to death), and we are consciously one with the God of our heart, the ego self will no longer exist as a separate entity. There will no longer exist words or thoughts to be categorized as “kind” or “cruel”, because everything will simply “be”.