Seeking forgiveness from a higher power doesn't need to be determined by any one religion. Finding forgiveness is something that you can do for yourself. Indeed, it is one critical step of recovery - releasing shame, and forgiving ourselves.
I've been able to forgive my perps, and my genetic father. And I don't ascribe to any religious belief.
"BUT – the problem - MY problem – is that I don’t FEEL forgiven or worthy or any of those other good things – just bad, dirty, rejected, etc."
Self acceptance is the antidote to finding forgiveness. Once you learn to master self acceptance, forgiveness will show itself to you naturally.
That's how it worked for me.
On the other side of forgiveness, is grace. I've seen it in my own life.
Edited by Magellan (09/20/12 03:49 PM)
It's a heroes journey, and you are the hero.
Loving Kindness Meditation will dramatically improve your spirits; give it a try for just 3 days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz7cpV7ERsM