I just finished reading a wonderful novel about parallel universes, past lives, philosophical ideas and profound spiritual insights: Aleph, by Paulo Coelho, one of my favourite authors. If you’ve never heard of this Brazilian writer, I suggest picking up The Alchemist, a slim, easy-to-read book that’s energized millions of hearts and minds worldwide.
Aleph, Coelho says, is the present moment, from which all things occur. This moment is very important; in fact, in each moment, we have the chance to redefine our life. Embedded in the bits of wisdom throughout the book, Aleph also contains a very moving and empowering meditative prayer about forgiveness and self-empowerment, and concludes with a personal plea that needs to be embraced by us all:
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I forgive the tears I was made to shed,
I forgive the pain and disappointments,
I forgive the betrayal and the lies,
I forgive the slanders and intrigues,
I forgive the hatred and the persecution,
I forgive the blows that hurt me,
I forgive the wrecked dreams,
I forgive the stillborn hopes,
I forgive the hostility and jealousy,
I forgive the indifference and ill will,
I forgive injustice carried out in the name of justice,
I forgive the anger and the cruelty,
I forgive the neglect and the contempt,
I forgive the world and all its evils.
I also forgive myself.
May the misfortunes of the past no longer weight heavy on my heart.
Instead of pain and resentment, I choose understanding and compassion.
Instead of rebellion, I choose the music of a violin.
Instead of grief, I choose forgetting.
Instead of vengeance, I choose victory.
I will be capable of loving, regardless of whether I am loved in return,
I will be capable of giving, even when I have nothing,
I will be capable of working happily, even in the midst of difficulties,
I will be capable of holding out my hand, even when utterly alone and abandoned,
I will be capable of drying my tears, even when I weep,
I will be capable of believing, even when no one believes in me.
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I love that last line, which bears repeating:
“I will be capable of believing, even when no one believes in me.”
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