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I recently heard an amazing story about a polar bear. This polar bear lived in a zoo and the zoo management where he lived decided to redesign his habitat. To keep the polar bear safe during the process of creating this new and much more beautiful, expansive habitat, the zookeepers created a large cage and put the polar bear inside.
After a very short while, the zookeepers noticed something strange. The polar bear showed a behavior it had never shown before. The polar bear would pace to one end of the cage, rear up on it’s hind legs, and then turn around, pace to the other end of the large cage, and then rear up and down again. This behavior would go on for hours and hours until the polar bear exhausted itself and went to sleep.
The next day, the pacing and rearing up and down would resume. As the zoo keepers became increasingly concerned about what appeared to be this polar bear’s nervous and obsessive behavior, they did everything in their power to speed up the renovation of the polar bears habitat.
Eventually, after nine months, the zookeepers opened the door to one end of the cage and stepped back. The polar bear came up to the open door, and right where the door would have been, the polar bear reared up on it’s hind legs and down again, turned around and paced back to the other end of the cage and did the same thing. Next the zookeepers removed the other door at the other end of the large cage.The polar bear kept going from one end of the cage to the other, with the same rearing up behavior, as if in a trance.
Next, the zookeepers took down the sides of the cage and the polar bear continued to pace from one end of the cage to the other, doing the same behavior. The polar bear believed that it was still in a cage, even though the cage wasn’t there. Eventually the zookeepers put a leash on the polar bear and dragged it out of the area where the cage was and led it out into it’s beautiful new habitat. The polar bear looked back one last time at where the cage had been, turned back around and then bounded off into it’s new environment.
We humans are very much like that polar bear. We all tend to pace back and forth in our very narrow cages of belief about who we are, what we are capable of all and what is possible for us. All the while there is a huge, grand, amazing and wonderful world out there to explore. We all have the capacity for freedom. If we dare to take a leap of faith, turn the key to our prison door and walk out, we can embrace our freedom once and for all, on all levels.
From Me To You: The Freedom Prayer
I have found the following Forgiveness Prayer to be enormously healing, and also quite freeing for my mind, body and spirit. This prayer has truly changed my life at a most profound level.
“If there is anyone or anything that has hurt me in the past, knowingly or unknowingly, I forgive and release it.
If I have hurt anyone or anything in the past, knowingly or unknowingly, I forgive and release it.
If I hurt myself in the past, knowingly or unknowingly, I forgive and release it.”
The healing power of this prayer is limitless. Our past consists of anything prior to ‘this breath’ and ‘this breath’ etc. Done at the end of the day, it clears all the negativity that builds walls of separation within us. Working with this prayer for 32 days consecutively has also proven, in many cases (including in my own life,) to heal insurmountable chasms of pain and separation in relationships with self, God/Spirit/Source, other people and situations in our lives. It’s not necessary to know the root cause of anything; we just have to be willing to forgive. Forgiveness is the key that opens the floodgates of Love.
Try this prayer for 32 consecutive days and then share your experience in the comments below.