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 Atone: "At One" to Prosper

by Marilyn Jenett

Yom Kippur

We are in the midst of the Jewish High Holidays and the final night ends with the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar.

In reflecting on the meaning of this holiest of days in Judaism, I ask myself, do we have to be Jewish to benefit from the meaning and the message it provides? The meaning is a universal one, a human one, not just a Jewish one. More specifically, it's a spiritual one 
very much aligned with our prosperity work in the areas of forgiveness and release and our oneness in Spirit.

I have written at Christmas about the birth of a new "anointed" consciousness and the importance of being a good receiver as well as giver; at Easter as a time to resurrect our dreams and desires and nurture them with prosperous and life-enhancing thoughts; at Independence Day about our personal freedom from the tyranny of negative thinking and past conditioning.

Born a Jew, I removed myself from the practice, culture and tradition early in life in order to follow my chosen spiritual path instead of a religious one. I have no affiliation to religion, but have always believed that the common denominator in all religions should be the love for the Creator and love for all mankind (and that includes ourselves), and religion should serve as a path to a personal connection to the Source.

I feel drawn to reflect on the powerful wisdom that this Jewish holiday provides and ask you to reflect on its meaning for your own spiritual growth and prosperity consciousness.

From www.answers.com/topic/yom-kippur:

Honest self-examination, communication with one's Maker, commitment to become a better person  all these are encouraged throughout the year in various religious systems, but there is one day on the Jewish calendar that is tailor-made for such activities: Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur is celebrated on the tenth day of Tishri, i.e., ten days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is the culmination of ten days marked by increased levels of prayer, charity and other good deeds, and the seeking of forgiveness from anyone one has harmed, purposely or inadvertently, during the previous year.

This day, the holiest and most solemn in Judaism, is also among the most joyous, as it affords one the opportunity to rectify past wrongs and face the future with a slate wiped clean.

Formerly on www.everythingjewish.com:

…Everyone's reason is different, but what doesn't change, is the acknowledgment of the power and awesome consequences of Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur makes you stop and consider your behavior toward man and G-d. Too often, our lives, our families and our businesses get in the way the rest of the year. Immersing oneself in the day's prayers and confessions helps to level the playing field.

In the synagogue, you can sit next to the head of a giant corporation or you can sit next to a clerk in a store or an office. It doesn't matter to G-d, and that is something too often forgotten in the hectic pace of life.

On Yom Kippur, we are reminded that what we do for a living has no correlation to our worthiness before G-d. Everyone is equal. The only thing that matters is our behavior to our friends, our spouses, our parents, our children, and our community. Succeed in these areas, and the reward in the world to come and in your lifetime, will outweigh even the richest and most famous.

Maybe that is why Jews all over the world dedicate Yom Kippur to their spiritual well being more than any other holiday in the Jewish calendar.
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Atonement: Amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong

Atone: To make amends or reparation

Atone: To bring into unity, harmony, concord, etc. (obsolete)

I like the obsolete definition of atone. And my definition: Atone = At One

Here is something that I would like you to contemplate…

In our prosperity work, it is often easy for us to recognize those hurts and resentments that we harbor or have buried as a result of the wrongs – perceived or real – that others have done to us. Lesson Four of the Feel Free to Prosper program deals with the release and forgiveness of the thoughts and emotions that prevent us from becoming open channels to the prosperity that we want in our lives and that interfere with our mental and physical health.

Do we give as much thought to whom WE may have hurt in the past and the effect it may have had on their own consciousness as well as ours? The fact that we all have situations to atone for – and these may be minor infractions or they may be of major consequence – means that buried in our own consciousness are the remnants of those deeds and the negative emotions (guilt, sorrow, unexpressed remorse, etc.) that also serve to interfere with our ability to grow and prosper.

Do we give thought to how we have hurt ourselves in the past and how the lack of self forgiveness also interferes with our growth?

Isn’t this holiday a good reminder for all of us – Jewish or not 
to “face the future with a slate wiped clean?”

Sometimes we can make physical amends and connect with those we have wronged in the past. I have a good friend who told me one year about a situation in high school when he had treated a female friend badly while they were out socializing and it ended the friendship. Now in his 30s, he couldn’t stop thinking about what he had done, which was not in line with his character, and he went on a search to find her to apologize. I have great respect for him for doing that. His soul needed to be free of the buried emotions connected with the event but he was truly sorry for the pain he may have caused her. I recall the movie Flatliners some years back that dealt with this very theme.

It is not always possible to make physical amends to others if they are no longer in our lives or have died, but we can atone in Spirit, ask their forgiveness through Spirit, and release in our consciousness the burdens that are holding us back. We are all connected in Spirit and they will hear us in Spirit. And Spirit will smile on us. We will be At One.


Many situations in life can be resolved and healed, and peace and harmony expressed, by a special spiritual practice known as "release." It is the fastest, surest way to turn situations around in human relationships 
at home or in business  and also to "let go" to allow the Universe to manifest our desires in all areas of life. Read about the Release is Magnetic Audio Program here.



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