Many tools are developed throughout life, but the ones that keep the mind quiet so someone’s story doesn’t become ours, are the most essential. This is so one can remain at peace and keep our own stories to a minimum.
Using the scripture “forgive them for they know not what they do” as a tool has been paramount in learning how to quiet the squirrel cage mind. To me how this works is it doesn’t allow the mind to make up a story when someone isn’t acting in a way one thinks they should be. The story of another person is just a product of one’s own conditioned mind, it has nothing to do with the other person. It’s all a judgement that creates separation from others and it stems strictly from one’s I. There’s no reality to this separation except in the thought of it, but its not a true separation, it’s just the idea of it.
When one comes from a place of I whether this is realized or not, there is internal suffering, so this scripture allows for the cause of this suffering to be seen as it truly is and not make another’s person story into your own. “Forgive them for they know not what they do” allows for the mind to remain quiet even though someone else may be full of noise and not give that person’s unconsciousness the energy needed for the story to become an epic novel, yours or theirs.
This is but one tool to keep the squirrel cage mind from controlling one’s thoughts, but it’s priceless because of how it keeps stories to a minimal. And when any story is denied energy to expand, it will eventually dissipate and one will be left with peace. The more this is done, the more peace there will be in one’s life because there won’t be a story that takes it away. So forgive them, because they know not what they do or not and be a part of knowing not what they do.