We learn early on in life that an eye for an eye leads to a tooth for a tooth.  As we grow older, we are told that cause leads to effect.  But most of us never learn the truth behind these two apparent laws of life.  The first is that an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth also applies to hugs and kisses.  So the reality is that the statement should read:  an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hug for a hug, a kiss for a kiss.  The good always comes from good, and negative will always bring about negative results.

It is the same with cause and effect.  We are told that every action has an equal reaction from the universe.  But, later in life, if we are lucky, we also learn that there is one key exception to this rule.  It is called forgiveness.

If we can learn how to forgive, and to ask for forgiveness, it breaks the chain of cause and effect.  If we say something bad and hurtful to someone, we can reverse the negative consequences therefrom.  We ask our son to forgive us for this angry outburst.  By asking for forgiveness, we recognize the pain we have caused, and begin to reverse the negative chain it might create.  If we can actually forgive our son for hurting our feelings, we’ve not only broken the chain of negativity we started by reacting in a negative painful way, but we’ve then begun the healing for our son, who has yet to learn to temper his emotional outbursts.  Forgiveness is a very powerful healing tool that can be used to build greater understanding and awareness between family members.