— Carol K., Arlington, Virginia
Family relationships trigger childhood wounds, and those wounds often trump our rational thinking. We can't "rationally" transcend the kind of primal pain that such relationships can arouse.
Such issues are often our motivation for taking a deeper spiritual journey into the heart of God's love. I recommend that you take every person with whom you have a forgiveness issue and pray for his or her happiness for a minimum of five minutes every day. Do this for at least 30 days, and definitely pray for them and for your relationship with them whenever you are about to see them. Actually visualize God's arms around them, and around you both.
And yes, these issues apply no differently to people who have died. For in God there is no death.
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Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer who has published several books, including New York Times best-sellers A Return to Love and Everyday Grace. A popular guest on numerous television programs such asThe Oprah Winfrey Show and ABC's Good Morning America, Marianne has lectured professionally since 1983. For more information, visit her official website.
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