|do you see a vase or faces?|
|do you see a young or old lady?|
When we have been hurt, our imagination is wounded. As a result, alienation and belief in bad news replace belief in good news.
We may have a feeling response that can become frozen into resentment.
We may have an anger response that can become frozen into negative reactions of rage or passivity.
We might have an interpretation response that can become frozen in negative attitudes, perceptions, biases, and beliefs.
Forgiveness demands that we take another look, so that our imagination can reframe our narrow interpretations. Forgiveness includes the decision to refocus or enlarge the context. Native Americans speak of walking a mile in another’s moccasins. When we enlarge the context, we refocus, or we see it through a wider lens. Imagination is the work of seeing through a wider lens. If we stick to a negative interpretation of an old offense, we will experience resentment whenever we think about it, or about the offender. We will never be able to grieve and let go; we will seesaw between rage and resignation; we will never allow anger to surface and put us back on the journey of forgiveness. If we insist on telling and retelling our bad news stories of the past, we simply recycle the bad news and pass it on to the next generation. We pollute the emotional environment; we remain stuck in lifeless memories instead of looking for a more positive side of things long past.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.--Eph. 3:20