I know about bullying firsthand and feel very strongly that violence be confronted with fearless honesty and compassion – for all involved.
Here was an opportunity for Mitt Romney to self-reflect and heal an event that had brought trauma. At a prep school in Michigan Romney had taunted a younger student whose looks he didn’t like. Later he led a hazing against the student whose head was forcibly held down by his friends while Romney cut his hair.
After the story was brought to light, Romney’s campaign spokesman said, “Governor Romney has no memory of participating in these incidents.”
Romney apologized on radio, saying “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school, and some might have gone too far, and for that I apologize.”
The thing is, apologies are not worth their weight in gold if there is no self-reflection.
Most apologies are made due to guilt, to uphold an image that is expected of you.
Saying “I’m sorry” is only a first step towards forgiveness – and love.
In other words, you can’t leave your past until you LOVE it. The more you avoid something, the more you are held captive by it.
When you love your past, warts and all, you set it free.
This takes deep acceptance and non-judgment. It means you accept that your parents were the perfect parents for you to enable you to be on the path you are right now.
In Romney’s case, loving his past means Loving the student he bullied. Saying to him, “I love you just the way you are.”
Imagine the release for both men!
Now, I’m not saying that we should leave it up to Romney and his fellow colleagues in the political arena to set an example — like this idea that it’s possible to grow through joy and love rather than pain and suffering!
What I am saying is – see the possibility to shift your life in any story you come across. No matter how the story is told, there is a Positive message there for you!
This is also how you train yourself to turn your negative past memories into positive insights.
Instead of feeling victimized or guilty about a bad memory – always reflect on the silver lining. What did you LEARN? How did the experience shift you? Even years later?
In 2012 our spiritual muscles are strengthening every day. We are in training!
The more you train your INNER strength, the better equipped you are for the Big Shift happening now – and beyond.
So love your past into Peace.
Your load will be lightened and you will step into your life with renewed vitality and clarity.
Blessings and Love,
P.S. One great way to move your energy into joy is to be sure you have only ONE current name that is highly fortunate. Carrying a challenging name or more than one current name attracts unnecessary obstacles. Go check your name here.