Ablution to Absolution

Creeping silently hissing, they sidled inside
Insidiously got comfortable during high tide
Evicting impossible, forced to wait for riptide
…angry thoughts, emotional upheavals…

Suffering implied transgressions of the bully
I rode the cresting waves of my anger unruly
Precariously holding out for riptide of sanity, barely
…angry thoughts, emotional upheavals…

Piling recrimination coals, slights perpetrated, real unreal
Easing bruised ego and knuckle,  ah!  revenge is so sweet
Better senses rush in, cooling emotional furor corroding
…steam escaping, bubble bursting…

true to self and form, anger dissipating, rapidly evaporating
forgiving  forgetting winning at last, overtaking all, settling
peace of mind regained, calm waters of mind flow serenely
…ablution to absolution…

Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.
Gilbert K. Chesterton 1874-1936, British Author

Forgive! How many will say, ”forgive,” and find a sort of absolution in the
 sound to hate a little longer!  -Lord Alfred Tennyson  1809-1892, British Poet

It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
 -Oscar Wilde 1856-1900, British Author, Wit

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing,
 self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology. -E.F. Schumacher

Laughter can be more satisfying than honor; more precious than money;
 more heart-cleansing than prayer. – Harriet Rochlin

Some people are afraid of what they might find if they try to analyze themselves too much,
 but you have to crawl into your wounds to discover where your fears are. Once the bleeding  starts, the cleansing can begin. -Tori Amos  American, Musician

Man learns through experience, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. He will encounter many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences he needs to encourage and complete the cleansing process. -Sai Baba


**(ablution: ritual washing, cleansing
absolution: forgiveness)


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