I read this lovely little story in the book “Conversations with God” (I apologize I do not remember which book 🙁 ) and I would like to share it with you. This is my shortened version, similar to the one that was paraphrased in the book.
Once upon a time there was a little soul who lived in Heaven with God. This little soul was getting ready for being born on earth again and was asking God some questions about it.
The little soul had decided that when she was born she wanted to experience one of the divine attribute of God. The little soul had many to choose from, such as: kindness, unconditional love, infinite possibilities, abundance, sharing, helpful, considerate to others etc.
God asked the little soul “Well, little soul, have you decided what part of your true self you want to experience in your new little life?”
The little soul thought about it for a long time and finally decided “I know what I want to be now! I want to be a special part of God called “forgiving”. That’s what I want to be. I want to experience myself as that; as forgiving.”
God smiled and gently explained to the little soul “The only problem is, there is no one to forgive.”
“No one?” The little soul could hardly believe what had been said.
“No one! Everything I have made is perfect. There is not a single soul in all creation that is less perfect than you. So, then, who will you forgive?”
Just then, a happy spirit stepped forward to the little soul and God.
“Don’t worry little soul, I can help you!”
The little soul was delighted. “You can?!?!?!?!”
“Certainly!” Chirped the happy spirit. “I can come into your next life and give you something that you can forgive.”
“Why would you do that?” asked the little soul.
“I would do it because I love you.”
The little soul was surprised.
“Don’t be so surprised little soul. We have done all of this before and many times before. We have been through all of it. We have laughed together, cried together. We have been good to eachother, we have been bad to eachother. We have been male and female, we have been lovers and enemies. We have been both the victim and the villain. And we always come together, always bringing eachother the exact and perfect opportunity to experience and express who we really are” the happy spirit explained further “and so I will come into your next life and I will do something so terrible to you so that you experience forgiveness. So that you can be the one who forgives me.”
The little soul was so excited and happy to have found such a friendly spirit that wanted to help the little soul.
“But in return…” the happy spirit continued “I have just one favour to ask you.”
“Anything, anything!” cried the little soul “what can I do for you?”
“In the moment that I strike you and smite you,” the happy spirit replied “in the moment that I do the worst to you that you can possible imagine – in that very moment…”
“Yes?” asked the little soul….
“I needyou to remember who I really am.”
This is one of my favourite little stories. It is about forgiveness and love.
It is about remembering. Remembering that you are perfect.
Remembering that there is nothing to do but to love. And when you remember that, everything becomes easy to do.
Moving on becomes easy. Letting go becomes easy. Saying sorry becomes easy. Being happy becomes easy.
And if our paths have ever crossed, and I have ever hurt you – with my thoughts, my actions, my fears, my intentions, my words – I hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me and to forgive yourself.
And God said “Always remember, I have sent you nothing but angels.”