"It is through forgiveness that true spiritual healing is accomplished."
— Charles Fillmore, cofounder of Unity
Joan Gattuso is the bestselling author of A Course in Love, A Course in Life and other books. She is a Unity minister, having served in Cleveland for more than 30 years.
Gattuso states that the intention of this paperback is to "give you potent and effective spiritual tools to help you dismantle your hurt, grievances, and suffering so you can heal the past and live a fully enlightened life."
"Forgiveness is the final form of love."
— Reinhold Niebuhr
The author notes that for Buddhists, forgiveness or making amends makes it possible to clear "a polluted mind stream." This creates a condition where it is possible for peace and harmony to prevail. Forgiveness also enables us to crawl out from victim consciousness. She suggests the following affirmation: "I am never the victim of anyone in my world."
As Gattuso states repeatedly, forgiveness work is not about changing others but about changing ourselves. This work changes our "filtering system" that is packed with our personal history. Doing it can lead to favorable consequences. She quotes New Thought spiritual teacher Gerald Jampolsky:
"Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is the letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions."
The Power of Forgiveness contains many stories about the positive dimensions of this spiritual practice in the lives of a variety of people.
"Forgive, you will have happiness. Forgive, you will have satisfaction. Forgive and forget, you will have everlasting peace within and without."