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FRAC : Mark Riccio (7/22/22)

'The Practice of Forgiveness'

According to Sergei Prokofieff in his Occult Significance of Forgiveness, forgiveness is central to everyone’s spiritual path, and our lack of forgiveness is responsible for our inability to work together on important spiritual tasks. A fresh look at what true forgiveness is may inspire people to engage in a daily forgiveness practice. When Jesus said, "love your neighbor" what he really meant was “be LOVE in spite of your neighbor’s annoying behavior!”

This is the great mystery of forgiveness: how do we maintain a state of love in a world full of disappointing and hurtful people and situations? Rudolf Steiner, Sergei Prokofieff, and Michael Ryce provide us some answers and methods for raising our powers of forgiveness and for practicing forgiveness daily.

Some quotes on the importance of mechanics of forgiveness:

Bible:
Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Rudolf Steiner, Knowledge of Higher Worlds
“If I am a teacher, and my pupil does not fulfill my expectations, I must not divert my resentment against him but against myself. I must feel myself as one with my pupil, to the extent of asking myself: “Is my pupil's deficiency not the result of my own action?” Instead of directing my feelings against him I shall rather reflect on my own attitude, so that the pupil may in the future be better able to satisfy my demands.”

S. Prokofieff, The Occult Significant of Forgiveness p.44
Here we have an indication of the innermost nature of the process of forgiveness namely, that man is able truly to forgive that is voluntarily and without the least injury to himself to interrupt the stream of memory that bears his individual ego, only if he allows the light of his higher ego to shine within it; or in other words, if he is enabled to permeate it with the force of the spirit self.

Michael Ryce, Aramaicisms
What I said was, "Have RAKHMA for neighbor in order to maintain Self. Rakhma is a filter and gateway in the frontal lobes of the brain. It filters out intentions based in fear and hostility and allows ONLY intentions keyed to Love to be used by the mind as raw material. It is also a gateway for the entry of Human Life, Love, into the human form. Without the Presence of Love there is no Human Life! I Did Not Say, "Love Your Neighbor" It was more like, "Be Love in the presence of your neighbor in order to maintain self!"

Mark Riccio graduated from the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC. Studied anthroposophy in Stuttgart, Germany with Frank Teichmann and Florin Lowndes. He leads online study groups based on the organic thinking work of George O’Neil on the Philosophy of Freedom. He is the founder of the George O’Neil Group and editor of the O’Neil Group Newsletter (link oneilgroup.org). Website: organicthinking.jimdo.com ;

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Mark Riccio graduated from the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC. Studied anthroposophy in Stuttgart, Germany with Frank Teichmann and Florin Lowndes. He leads online study groups based on the organic thinking work of George O’Neil on the Philosophy of Freedom. He is the founder of the George O’Neil Group and editor of the O’Neil Group Newsletter (link oneilgroup.org). Website: organicthinking.jimdo.com

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