Have you ever been hurt by someone, yet found yourself unable to forgive that person for causing you pain? When the person who does the hurting is a close friend or loved one, you may feel especially betrayed. But in order to live a life filled with promise, success and joy, forgiveness is not only important, but it is also a necessity.

Forgiveness opens our consciousness to the inherent yet constant flow of universal love. By forgiving others, we experience compassion, we become non-judgmental, and we create unity by accepting others as they are.

In terms of karma, those who live according to an "eye-for-an-eye" philosophy create unhealthy patterns. For instance, let's say you have chosen to refrain from giving to others because you feel you are equally or more deserving. You are creating a self-fulfilling, cyclic pattern where you are not giving and you are not receiving. But on the other hand, when you forgive others who have not given to you, and become the true giving and loving person you are, you then heal this negative pattern.

Forgive others for what they have or have not done, for what they say or do not say, and realize we are all beings of love. But before you can forgive others, it is important to first forgive yourself for your own mistakes and accept yourself for who you are.

To help you in this quest for forgiveness, complete the following ritual daily:

- Sit in a quiet place and take few deep breaths
- Anoint yourself as mentioned below with your selected aromatherapy blend
- Take a few deep breaths again
- Say the appropriate affirmation below out loud three times
- Sit quiet for at least 10 minutes

To create each of these custom aromatic blends, add the essential oils to a 10-oz bottle and then add organic vegetable oil to fill.

Forgive Yourself
-3 drops Rose otto
-8 drops Sandalwood
-5 drops Geranium
-4 drops Sage

Anoint the heart chakra and solar plexus. Pour a few drops into your warm bath water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Pour a few drops into the palm of your hands and inhale deeply.

Affirmation: "Any negative or unhealthy attitudes from my part toward others are forgiven and healed."

-3 drops Rose otto
-6 drops Sandalwood
-3 drops German Chamomile
-5 drops Frankincense

Anoint the heart chakra, the solar plexus and third eye. Pour a few drops into your warm bath water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Pour a few drops into the palm of your hands and inhale deeply.

Affirmation: "I understand others and accept and love them for who they are."

In Good Health,
Francoise Rapp

(c) Francoise Rapp, 2002. Discover the life-transforming power of aromatherapy! Internationally renowned aromatherapist and alchemist, Francoise Rapp, shares her expertise through aromatherapy classes designed for working adults and in her free weekly ezine, The Arom'Alchemy Newsletter. All this and more can be found at www.aromalchemy.com.

Author's Bio: 

Internationally renowned aromatherapist and alchemist Françoise Rapp was trained in the sacred ancient arts of anointing and practicing alchemy by priests and alchemists in France more than 10 years ago. She now lives in San Diego where she holds an International License in Aromatherapy. Her talents have been featured in many national media outlets, including RedBook Magazine, New Age Journal, Self.Com, and the nationally televised program "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus." Visit her on the web at www.aromalchemy.com.