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The Significance of Making a Moral Inventory and Forgiveness List

Updated on September 14, 2011

The Moral Inventory List

Many of us carry a lot of baggage. We seem to hold on to our hurts and hang ups of the past. Sometimes, we feel angry and sad without knowing how it manifested. Our emotions come out in bits and pieces. The reason why this happens is because of the things that we don’t want to remember, our secrets, are stored in our memory banks. Just a simple sound or smell can bring these memories out. In order to move into the next steps of our lives, we need to address the issues that we are hanging on to.

A good start is to make a moral inventory list. The list should contain all of the things that someone has done to hurt you and things that you don’t want anyone to know about you. After you create your list, you can share it with your higher power, someone you trust or you can simply burn it. If you decide to burn your list, you can use the following words to say as an example:

“I release all of my secrets and negative energy into the fire.”

You will find that it may be a big release. All of the secrets that you have been holding on to for years will be released because it won’t be a secret anymore.

The Forgiveness List

Once you have created your moral inventory list, you can create a list of forgiveness. The list should include all of the people that you would like to forgive for hurting you. Then add all of the people that you have hurt and would like for them to forgive you. It’s important to forgive. Holding grudges will only make you sick. If you can find it in your heart to forgive; it could release a lot of negativity. You should also forgive yourself for any blame that you have placed on yourself for something that someone has done to you as we do not have control over anyone's actions.

There are many ways that you can ask for forgiveness. I have found that writing a letter is easier than a face to face confrontation. You can avoid an altercation. A handwritten letter is personal and it can stand as a heartfelt apology. You can also write a letter to yourself asking yourself for forgiveness. If you are unable to ask forgiveness or if you are unable to forgive someone, you can share it with your higher power or you can simply burn it, and use the following words as an expample:

“As I place this in the fire, I release myself from any and all grudges that I have against the people who have hurt me. I don’t mean them any harm.I also forgive myself for hurting others and blaming myself for the things that I have no control over.”

I hope this will help with releasing some of your past hurts and hang ups. Dealing with your hidden secrets can release you from a lifetime of emotional pain.

Thank you for reading my hub.

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    • sassyk73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A. Harris 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Hey Sharon,

      Thank you so much for stopping by. It is a wonderful thing to cleanse your mind. Your comments are always welcome. You take care as well.


    • Sharyn's Slant profile image

      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Great hub Sassy,

      I personally have made lists and burned them to help get something out of my system. I've also had a kind of "ritual" burning cards and letters from the past that need to be let go of . . . Take care,



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