White Tara Self-Forgiveness Ritual

 

led by Chameli Ardagh

Light a candle.
Have oil, water or cream ready for the anointing.

Chant the Tara mantra 3 times and dedicate your practice:

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Swaha.

I offer the fruit of my practice to the benefit of all beings.
May all beings be forgiven and free of suffering.

Let your face drop heavily, let your body be soft;
breathe deeply and let all masks fall away.

Bring awareness to the places you have been out of integrity,
the areas in your life where you feel disappointed with yourself,
the ways you have harmed yourself, another or the earth.
Welcome it all. Feel it all, here, now.

After a while, let the images and words fall away,
and just stay with the sensations and feelings.

Breathe and give space to all that arises.
Notice the heaviness, the tension. Breathe
and give even more space to the tension.

If your throat feels tight, let it clamp down even more;
if your stomach clenches,
breathe and let it be even more clenched.

Let it build, all the way, like a wave reaching its peak.

Now relax. Let go.
Ride on the energy as the wave returns to the ocean;
let it take you deep within.
Feel as if you are falling into a vast warmth,
Tara Ma holding you.

Breathe in the kindness and forgiveness
of White Tara, and with gentle, loving hands,
begin to anoint yourself. Take your time.

Begin with caressing your forehead.

Whisper to yourself:

I forgive myself…
I am forgiven…
I forgive myself…
I am forgiven…

Rest and let go…

Anoint the palms of your hands.

Whisper:

I forgive myself…
I am forgiven…
I forgive myself…
I am forgiven..

Let go of tension…let her carry you…

Anoint the soles of your feet.

Whisper:

I forgive myself…
I am forgiven…
I forgive myself…
I am forgiven…

Sink deep inside…
Into a deeper relaxation than ever before…
Take deep breaths.
Risk that she is here holding you, that
through her eyes you have always been forgiven.

Anoint the heart center.

Whisper:

I forgive myself…
I am forgiven…
I forgive myself…
I am forgiven…

Let your hand come to rest upon your heart.

Whisper:

I forgive myself for being ignorant.
I commit to awaken.

Breathe into the center of your being.
Direct all the energy into alignment with
your love and integrity.

Complete by wishing forgiveness
and integrity for all beings.
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Swaha.