Spirituality 103, the Forgiveness Code: Finding the Light in Our Shadows

Spirituality 103, the Forgiveness Code: Finding the Light in Our Shadows

by MD Iván Figueroa-Otero


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A battle between the light of your knowledge and the shadows of your ignorance is happening as you read this cover. Your warrior of light is receiving wounds that cause your life’s suffering.

Do you want to give your internal warrior the best weapons to reach victory?

In this book, the third in the School of Life trilogy, Dr. Figueroa-Otero helps us discover our mind’s magical mirror, where this epic battle determines where we are in the road to return to our light source. You will learn about your spiritual DNA, emotions, and where to find the healing code for our emotional scars—forgiveness.

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ISBN-13: 9781504379724
Publisher: Balboa Press
Publication date: 05/05/2017
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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And in the beginning only darkness existed, but in its dream it saw, within its Magical Mirror or primordial mind, all of the possibilities of its reflecting creation, and an enormous explosion awoke it, and upon opening its eyes it saw its image in the mirror and was no longer alone.

Where does the universe come from? In an initial unconscious state, seemingly bereft of all attributes and characteristics, similar to the Chinese Tao or Buddhist emptiness, the first dual manifestation of visible light, or Yang, and darkness, or Yin, spontaneously arises. From then on, all potential color hues of images in the universe shall manifest in infinite combinations, like in a rainbow. It's similar to the spontaneous formation of a matrix which is infinitely interwoven by hierarchical lineages, which, as they descend, become less pure and denser as they come to be further away from their origins.

This multidimensional matrix is what composes the web of our self-awareness, which we could scientifically compare to our spiritual DNA heritage. Finally, the universe could be considered as a never-ending continuity of infinite cycles of evolution and involution, like day and night, where light and darkness are in a range of hues that shift from the extremes of light and darkness. The forces that sustain the matrix in its quantum entanglement of love are both the centrifugal nature, or Yang- separates, rejects, sows, and the centripetal one, or Yin- joins, attracts, harvests. See glossary.

After the Big Bang of love, there is an expansion phase, but it includes the Yin or centripetal phase which, in its supreme manifestation, will end by gathering light in a great black hole from which another universal expansion cycle will be born. The centrifugal force, or Yang, aims to help the Warriors of Light to discover all of the treasures hidden in the shadows of creation, in the reflection of the Magical Mirror.

From this Big Bang moment, the self begins its infinite voyage of discovery in the immensity of its Magical Mirror, or primordial mind, from which the Warrior of Light, or transcendental mind, and the Warrior of Shadows or relative mind are born, who shall face off in the battles of the vast school of life, or the universe. During that mental navigation among the dimensions, the Warrior, as his mirror gets fogged up by his emotional experiences or scars, begins to lose memories of his point of departure, his home. He becomes an aimless wanderer, and loneliness leads him to the dark world of emotions. This process makes us feel like wandering travelers, abandoned in time. We will see that experience and its consequences in detail in another chapter.

Wandering Travelers in Time

We must understand the real purpose of our universal voyage, which is a multidimensional journey of inner discovery towards the most remote locations of our self, where the primordial mind or Magical Mirror turns into a time-traveling machine, and where our memory or the tour is the only map that assures us our way back. The interdimensional traveler of light must remember the mission: to convey the navigational coordinates to other wandering travelers, who have become lost in their journey and have forgotten their way back. Never forget that the beginning was like a tourist trip without a point of departure, with no pre-programmed stops and without a final destination.

More than a trip, it resembles an expedition to explore new universes, where the traveler, as if he were in an improvised comedy, chooses his stops or jokes with his free will as he best thinks them up and the audience applauds.

We are all "Mongrels."

The experience of sharing the trip with other travelers differs from the initial purity that we saw reflected in our mirror-mind when we find the divergent images reflected in other travelers' mirrors. Then, we travelers turn into "mongrels," bearing a progressively changing mental mix of our original "purebred" lineage. Remember this, since we shall need it for our return trip. This process is completed when the time traveler arrives at the third dimension, where time, space, matter, the rational mind, contrasting opposites, the human biological organism and its five senses appear for the first time.

It's within the reflection of this dimension's mirror that the Warrior starts to confront the shadows that will lead him to the battlefield and, for the first time, towards fear and suffering. This is where free will gets complicated, facing all of the tempting options that our mirror reflects when confronting the emotions that influence its decision. And it's in this experience that the law of love, or cause and effect, transforms into the law of karma, to help the Warrior correct the mistakes that led him to battle and suffering.

The Smudges in the Mirror: The Origins of the State of War

We could compare the primordial mind that originates the universe as we know it with a Magical Mirror that reflects the image that the observer has created with his subjective experience during his multidimensional journey. The purity of the reflection will be influenced by the glass' transparency and by the observer's clarity of vision. Our negative subjective experiences could cloud the mirror with the smudges from our fingerprints, muddied by our emotions. It would then seem that the mind could create both paradises as well as infernos in our Magical Mirror, depending on the experiences of our journey in the battlefield.

The first harbingers that a great battle was nearing happened when the Warrior of Light started clouding the surface of his mirror-mind with the perception of apparently having a separate existence from his surrounding universe, and not being a part of it, and he started confusing his shadow with his mirror's actual image. The Warrior's cognitive process in his journey worsened his spiritual nearsightedness, to the point that the image in his mirror resembled his shadow, and here he manifests the Warrior of Shadows, his future archenemy.

We must understand that all of the attributes that the Warrior begins to recognize in his mirror were inherent in the primordial mind from the beginning, as Plato and the Buddha stated: "Knowing is remembering what we already have forgotten." They appeared in its dual manifestation of light and shadows after the Big Bang, when the Warrior of Light recognized them.

This holographic symbiosis is the climax of the multidimensional voyage whence both Warriors, love (light) and knowledge (shadows) unite and beget the Star of Peace: comprehension, Christ, Buddha. It's the Warrior of Light within the Warrior of Shadows.

What are the Attributes of those Two Natures: Light and Shadows?

Let's see them summarized in the attached table.

The Primordial Mind, the Transcendental Mind, or Antimatter, and the Relative Mind, or Matter.

You should review the concepts of the antimatter universe and the material universe in my first books, and understand that the anti material arises from the material, though science does not know how this happens. The battles between the Warriors of Light and the Warriors of Shadows only take place in the three dimensions of the material universe, and that is the process that we shall be referencing.

The more destinations he travels to on his mind/time machine and the longer the Warrior of Light's journey becomes, more memories of our origins are clouded, as does its initial purpose. Free will is born from experiences in the traveled paths.

Free Will would Seem to Be like a Frequent Flyer Coupon with Unlimited Mileage

This coupon allows us to change our bearing indiscriminately, with the only inconvenience being that it does not include living expenses. This means that we will have to work or learn in each destination to find enjoyment and to leave for the next destination.

Each new dimensional destination you arrive at on your time machine represents a horizon of new, contrasting knowledge that activates the process of choosing the new bearing, enabling free will as a learning tool. Some of these paths turn out to be more agreeable, pleasant or faster than others, and the Warrior labels them on his map for future reference.

We must recall that each new path and the creation of emotional experiences leads him further away from the light, and fogs up his mind's mirror even more. This makes his shadow seem more prominent in the mirror's reflection, where the ratio of the manifestation of the Warrior of Shadows' characteristics increases as the Warrior of Light's decreases as he progresses in his downward dimensional voyage.

One day, drawn like Ulysses by his sirens' song, the Warrior discovers the realm of shadows or the battlefield of suffering and pleasure, which is the material universe of space-time where he will meet his archenemy, the Warrior of Shadows. Here our Warrior begins an interminable series of battles where he receives and inflicts endless wounds.

The Ego: The Witch from the Hansel and Gretel Fairytale

The problem is that, same as with Ulysses in his journey, the tempting song of the emotions is similar to that of the sirens in the fable, and it is the principal cause for the creation of the ego and his firstborn, selfishness, with all of its concomitant features (see the definition for both). It implies that, as we delve into the worlds of tridimensional time, the coordinates of the places visited and those of our origins are erased even more.

This is what happened in the Hansel and Gretel fairytale, when the breadcrumbs' map was eaten by the birds, because the witch charms the birds to obstruct the way back to our home, tempting us with the candy house of the material world to trap us in the light's shadows.

This is the way in which the Warrior of Light starts sinking into the shadows, as the light's reflection in his Magical Mirror clouds up. This will advance to the point when all he will see in his mind's mirror are Warriors or Shadows, even in his image. At that moment the Warrior has forgotten his luminous origins and the purpose of his voyage.

As within, without. Our worst enemy is created in the mirror of our mind by our negative emotions, and that is us!

The Warrior of Shadows and the emotions that imprison him in this universe help him erase all memories of the coordinates he saved in his time machine to be able to return to his origins.

The Origin of Emotions

Emotions arise from the Warrior of Light's subjective interpretation of contrasting experiences during his journeys in his time machine. These, based on his previous experiences, may be classified as good, bad or neutral. The observer tends to repeat the good ones, avoid the bad ones and ignore the neutral ones. Repeating or keeping good experiences generates happiness, and not obtaining or losing the good ones causes suffering.

The desire to always keep experiencing good emotions is known as an attachment (see glossary), and this attachment to the better emotions generates suffering when we don't get them.

The Warrior of Shadows will Never Be Happy

Our tridimensional universe is the realm of the Warrior of Shadows, where the laws of time and space apply. In this universe, the laws of thermodynamics place the process of matter into a continuous flux of matter to energy, and every physical structure separates into its components due to its entropy (see glossary). That is when we see deterioration, aging, and oxidation. This creates insecurity or fear in the observer, due to the changing or cyclic nature of the universe, augmented by the lack of control in the avoidance all of these changes.

This insecurity and the attachment to good experiences generates suffering in the Warriors inhabiting this realm. If we amplify the experience with the subjectivity of every observer as to what is good or bad, we will realize why the Warriors in this realm disagree so much.

The Origin of the Suffering of the Warrior of Shadows

The Warrior who does not understand where he comes from and who he is feels lost in an unending battle with time and change that he has created with his habits. He also suffers a disagreement with other beings regarding what happiness is.

Living, if we go about it with selfishness and lack of awareness of our interdependence with the universal laws and other people, turns into a nightmare of suffering, with brief moments of happiness.

We can finish the chapter understanding that the origin of the Warrior's battles is selfishness and competition for power, to obtain that which grants us pleasure and the capacity to preserve it.


Exercises to find the universe's invisible matrix that reflects our mind-mirror.

1. Let's observe everything that surrounds us with our five senses, like the image in a mirror. Can we see, smell, feel, hear and taste everything that we know exists? We are aware we can't. Let's think about the things we know exist but can't perceive. Have we ever seen the wind that moves the tree's branches? Has anyone seen or felt X-rays when they're taken, or seen or felt the infinite emissions of the sun's rays, which bombard us and pierce our bodies? Have we ever seen the incessant thoughts that our minds generate? Can anyone tell us precisely where the mind is and describe its configuration? Can anyone see and locate where our emotions happen? Do we see all of the millions of microscopic and submicroscopic organisms that live throughout the surface of our bodies? Gazing at the body from the outside, we can't see all the types of cells that constitute all of our organs. No one doubts most of these things, but no one has ever seen them without special instruments.

2. These simple observations make us realize that not everything that exists is perceivable and that perceivable things are not the only ones that exist. Are you already finding where the rest of the universe is?

3. Observe your image in the mirror and take note of all you see without judging and seek its origin. Visualize everything you think, see, smell, touch, savor or hear as reflections of your mirror-mind. Observe how your image changes as you recall disagreeable and pleasant events in your past. Try to see or hear the electrical currents that the nerve conduction of those thoughts creates. Feel the surface of your body and that of objects surrounding you. Observe their texture, solidity, and elasticity. See your hands and understand that they are made of muscular tissue, cartilage and bone, which in turn is composed of invisible cells, of molecules and organic compounds and, in the last instance, is made out of invisible subatomic particles.

4. All of the other parts of your body are made up of the same elementary particles - atoms. But why do we see them so differently? How did we learn to differentiate our universe? Are the names granted to these attributes the same in every language? Observe how, during your lives, your actions have influenced other persons, and other persons' have influenced your own.

5. Finally, meditate in silence about what you have observed and answer yourselves: Where's my visible me or individuality? Where's my invisible part? Where is what suffers and loves? Observe if there are changes in your image in the mirror. If you find it, send me an e-mail and tell me where you found it!

Bonus Questions

1. Why is it suggested in this chapter that learning is only remembering what we have forgotten?

2. What would seem to be the purpose of the Warrior of Light's voyage?

3. What is the reason, if any, for experiencing suffering?

4. Why can't light and shadow live without one another?

5. How can we recognize the enemy in our battlefield?



Although the law of cause and effect exists in the dimensional planes that continually connect with the primordial mind (Magical Mirror, light and love), the free will concept that rules the dual and contrasting manifestations that occur in our tridimensional space-time universe does not exist in those higher planes.

The Smudges that Cloud our Mirrors: The Causes of our Confusion and Disconnection from our Origins

In the previous chapter, we said that the purity of the reflection would be affected by the transparency of the mirror's glass and the clarity of vision of the observer. We also implied that these smudges were made by our five senses, like fingers muddied by the toxic emotions that we experience in our battles in earthly life. It's as if every emotional scar from the battlefield was reflected like a crack in the mirror of our minds. The more battles there are the more scars and less purity in the mirror's reflection.

Same as happens in the tridimensional plane, where time and space rule, in the antimatter universe's multidimensional planes there are "languages" or codes to promote communications between its inhabitants. But we must understand that in the higher realms only one type of communication or common language existed, which allowed their parts to communicate among themselves and with their source of light, the Magical Mirror, without interference. This connection is later lost during the Warriors' journey in the tridimensional material universe.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments, xv,
The Melodious Silence of the Cosmos, xvii,
Introduction, xix,
Glossary, xxiii,
Epilogue, 171,
Bibliography, 181,
Biography, 183,

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Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
Ivan Figueroa-Otero’s Spirituality 103: The Forgiveness Code is the third installment in a succession of self-help books that focus on spirituality, mindfulness, and self-understanding. This installment more specifically deals with the power of forgiveness. The reader is encouraged to connect with his or her inner ‘Warrior of Light’, meaning that in order to confront the negativity around us we must look into ourselves and examine the negativity that we harbor internally. Figueroa-Otero employs the use of Buddhism and Chinese-Tao concepts to help the reader get on a path towards connecting with him or herself and to understand that forgiveness is necessary for progress and growth. One thing that I found helpful about the novel was the glossary that was included in the beginning. It gave the author’s expanded definition for various specific terms that was used throughout the book, such as ‘Warrior of Light’, ‘Warrior of Shadows’, and so on. Figueroa-Otero also provides homework questions at the end of chapters to help the reader review and fully understand the concepts discussed in each chapter. I found this helpful as it allowed me to exercise my understanding what I just read. Another helpful aspect to the novel is that the reader does not necessarily need to read the first two installments in order to comprehend and fully practice the message and lesson that the author communicates. Figueroa-Otero does an excellent job in the introduction at summarizing what the readers have learned from the first two books and how that might be applied to this book. Overall, I enjoyed this novel. I’m all about a good self-help book, and it’s refreshing to see one written on the power of forgiveness. However, the prose was so dense with poetic and figurative language that I would have to reread some sections to understand what was said. Along with amble use of metaphors I felt that I sometimes had to apply my own meaning rather than being told what things meant. This would be a great book to read for anyone who finds themselves bitter or harboring hateful feelings towards others. I love the lesson presented within the book and you can really feel the authors passion for the subject matter. And in the end, with a self help, what you’re really looking for is an author that cares. And I think I found that in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spirituality 103, The Forgiveness Code: Finding the Light in Our Shadows by Ivan Figueroa-Otero is a spiritual book heavily laden with metaphors to navigate through the mind. The book not only uses metaphors, but uses scripture from The Bible, quotes from famous people, and other literature to describe people and their journey in life. The book’s main purpose is helping the reader find their light in the shadows, and shadows are the ignorance, and the light is our reflection of who we really are. Figueroa-Otero uses this third installment of his series to help the Warrior of Light for betterment. The book gives another meaning and perspective to what it means to be ignorant, living in shadows, of our light, or who we really are. The mirror is a part of our mind in which we see ourselves or reflection of ourselves. When we are in the dark of who we are, that mirror is not clear, and we have to use the “Windex” of the mind to make the reflection clearer. This book gives perspective what to do to get that clearer mind. The book is well-organized and provides a lot of examples and details into what it means to be a Warrior to regain the light and defeat the shadows. Some of the book’s layout makes it easier to read and follow, such as using lists and charts. When having information this dense, it is great to have ways to break down visually to not only help the reader understand the information better but also to break up the writing. Another interesting aspect of the book is that it included a quiz at the end for anyone who may want to make sure they absorbed the information. I also found it useful that the book included a bibliography. Many books of this nature do not include where they got their inspiration or ideas from. The author takes the reader on a journey of discovery of through the creation of his metaphors and his vocabulary. Luckily, he provides us with a glossary where he defines what the words are. One phrase, in particular, I had some issue with, “Battle-originated schizophrenia.” This word is to describe mental confusion that leads to a “dual personality.” One of my issues with this is that it co-opts an actual mental illness, the other is that it misrepresents it. Schizophrenia is commonly misunderstood as having more than one personality, and this reinforces it. However, this was my only real issue with the book. Despite the intensity of the writing, it is interesting. I usually do not read books of this nature, but it was thought-provoking. I noticed some of this was psychology inspired or used aspects of psychology, which I enjoyed. I would recommend for people to read this book if they like spirituality, especially spirituality with religion interwoven into it. Some of the greater points of the book is being open-minded and getting in touch with yourself for the betterment of your person.
Anne Trodden More than 1 year ago
Spirituality 103, The Forgiveness Code: Finding the Light in Our Shadows by retired Dr. Ivan Figueroa-Otero, is essentially a spiritual self help book. For those seeking for spiritual guidance without organized religion on how to make oneself happier and more at peace, Dr. Otero’s book may be a good starting point for your spiritual journey. Although I appreciated Otero’s use of a narrative story to help break down his ideaology for the reader, I found his termonology overly confusing at times; and many of his ideas simply a reformulation of traditional Eastern spirituality and religion. Spirituality 103, The Forgiveness Code: Finding the Light in Our Shadows begins with a rather lengthy glossary. This is necessary to read, especially if you have not read any of his previous works as Otero frequently uses terminology that is very specific to his ideology. For example, ‘Mind Mirror’, ‘Luminous DNA’ and ‘Primordial Mind’. All of these terms are to help Dr. Otero tell his narrative about using forgiveness and acceptance as a tool or ‘weapon’ against our own inner demons or ‘Warrior of Shadows’. After explaining that all of us have an inner ‘Warrior of Light’ and ‘Warrior of Shadows’ that are constantly dueling for supremacy, Dr.Otero then provides his readers with a breakdown in how to prepare oneself for battle against the shadows, how to heal the wounds of an injuries sustained on our magical mind mirror, as well as ‘battle tactics’ on how to subtly influence and conquer our Warrior of Shadows and become a Star of Peace. Many of these techniques are based in meditation and traditional Eastern philosophies. While overall I found this book to be a bit too wordy and essentially just Eastern philosophy such as Buddhism and Taoism repackaged; Dr.Otero’s writing style is very lyrical and at times quite beautiful. I especially liked the passage, “The weapons of a true Warrior of Light are compassion and the patience to wait for the other person to learn what he has already learned.” While I do believe having a background, or at least a basic understanding of Eastern philosophy is highly beneficial for anyone reading this book, I do think it is an interesting and often quite poetical read for someone looking for perhaps a new way of looking at how to find inner peace and happiness.
EmersonRoseCraig More than 1 year ago
Spirituality 103: The Forgiveness Code by DR. Evan Figueroa Otero is the third installment in this trilogy of books that explore the idea of spirituality. This book delves into Otero’s ideas regarding the self and specifically in this book the importance of forgiveness. Otero is particularly interested in Chinese Taoism and Buddhism. Although this is the third book in the trilogy, this was the first that I have read. Otero makes it easy for readers to jump in by the way in which the book is organized. The part that I found most helpful was the glossary at the beginning of the book. The list of words has the definitions that Otero is using when speaking of them which helps get the reader into his mind and way of thinking about the subject of the book. He also wrote an introduction that helps somewhat explain both the ideas leading up to this book and the ideas he tackles within this book. “And in the beginning only darkness existed, but in its dream it saw, within its Magical Mirror or primordial mind, all of the possibilities of its reflecting creation, and an enormous explosion awoke it, and upon opening its eyes it saw its image in the mirror and was no longer alone.” The other interesting parts about this book that separate it from others like it is the poetic way in which it is written, making it a beautiful and interesting read, and the interactive form of the book. The writing style creates the feeling of being told a story in its poetic verse as the book takes you on a journey through idea and discovery. The interactive elements include things like homework, questions, and tests that allow the reader to really think through the information they are being given. I really liked this because it helped keep me both engaged in the material and encouraged me to think about how the information in the book relates to me. I found this book to be a fascinating read that took me on a weaving journey. I definitely think I am going to check out the first two books to continue building my understanding of this ideas. This is one of those books that I think you can take what feels right to you and use it to center yourself and work on self-discovery particularly in the way you view love and the healthiness of finding forgiveness. I would give this book 4 stars.
RaeCapri More than 1 year ago
Understanding that we are half-light and half-shadow is the first step to realizing that everything we do, think, become, all begins with balance. As said, “for every action brings a reaction,” we must make sure to think prior to making any form of decision. Whatever we think has the potential to be manifested into our waking life, so we must mindful of our thoughts. In “Spirituality 103 The Forgiveness Code”, author Ivan Figueroa-Otero informs his readers that everyone is originally Warriors of Light and Shadows and it’s up to each individual to maintain a level of lightness within them. Several times he refers to our consciousness as a magical mirror, where one sees our inner shadow trying to overpower us in our real-life situations. It then goes into a description of what we must do in order to develop a better life for ourselves, it all starts in our subconscious mind. No one is discouraged from making life better for themselves and others and we must be more in tuned to our inner thoughts. Affirmations are encouraged to be stated directly towards ourselves in front of a mirror, as this would allow us a greater chance of conquering each day. Many might not believe this, but we are constantly fighting inner battles as well as battles that can be visibly seen in our reality. I agree with what this author is saying because at the rate things are going in this world, the darkness of shadows can completely take over. Life is a battlefield and depending on how balanced you are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually will determine your survival. Our magic mirrors happen to be a reflection of our inner thoughts and emotions, if we don’t manage them appropriately they can manifest themselves in our reality. Treating others with the level of compassion despite how they act in return only shows us which warrior they choose to feed. I got an understanding that our mirrors can get smudged from anything negative, that puts a strain on our warrior of light. This book also talks about our DNA and how our external influences can have the ability to alter our DNA, which was shocking to learn about. With that new found knowledge, we then gather a better understanding that our body gives off signals to alert us when our inner warrior when we’re under attack. This takes on the form of illnesses, diseases, that can manipulate our DNA that could be possibly passed down to the next generation. This also reminds me a bit of the “generational curse” that seems to be all too common. At the end of each chapter, you’re provided with tips and/or suggestions to identify which warrior you’re supporting, followed by questions you can answer for yourself. I learned so much from this book, in particular about why people are so easily angered, have massive sized egos, and are extremely selfish, it’s because they’re feeding their inner warrior shadow instead of their warrior of light. This shows how empathic individuals, such as myself, have to protect our light while continuously spreading positivity to others. There’s enough information from this book along that can provide the necessary comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. We have lots to learn and improve, but only if we truly believe that others will consider it as well, giving the world a fighting chance to keep revolving around the sun. I recommend everyone to read this book series, there’s much new knowledge to discover about spirituality.
Dgunner254 More than 1 year ago
Spirituality 103 the Forgiveness Code by Ivan Figueroa-Otero Often as humans we are faced with occurrences that just refuse to be forgotten. Occurrences that stay ingrained in us for longer than necessary. The result is anger, hate and bitterness. These conditions can effectively get in the way of happiness and personal growth. If only you forgive and forge forward then all will be well. Then comes the next hurdle, actual forgiving. This is a difficult part because most people do not realize that it is more about them than the person who wronged them. When you you do it for your own peace of mind. As such, it is important to look deep inside oneself and reflect. Ensue that when the moment finally comes for you to let go of the garbage, you are ready body and soul. Forgiving transgressions is a very important part of physical and mental health. This book will teach you to effectively get on a path towards healing of your emotional scars. It will force you to ask pertinent questions like what exactly is meant by- a broken person. Understanding this is especially important to determine if you yourself are broken. You will also find out how to fix it if it turns out that indeed you are. Ivan Figueroa-Otero has done a great job of breaking through the barrier of religion. Forgiveness is usually a religion based element. The author has made it into a spirituality thing which is excellent as it makes this book appealing to people of all religions. That is a special quality and far more apt with a view to the inherent nature of forgiveness. This book is not preachy as it would be expected with a subject such as this. No. It relays the message quite nicely with simple language and cute little sentences. The author is not looking to bore you with a holier than thou attitude but rather talks to the reader as he would a close friend who seeks counsel. With the talk of warriors of light and darkness, one is reminded of the works of Paulo Coelho. It is obvious that the fellow author should have been paid homage to somehow but is not mentioned. This seems to be a recurrence as the author fails to give clear details of references in many instances. It is quite annoying and deterrent to anyone who might want to explore the subject further through the author’s sources. It is well structured and flows just fine allowing the reader to flow through the author’s thought process. This is advantageous to the reader as they understand the subject better. It is a peek into the mind of the author. Spirituality 103 The Forgiveness Code is written by a medical doctor who quite intelligently ties forgiveness and its positive effect on mental health to physical healing. This is a more interesting ideal than the above concern. That is to say the little matter above does not get in the way of the message. It is still an excellent read with a heavy message relayed eloquently without being condescending.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Dr. Ivan Figueroa-Otero’s Spirituality 103: The Forgiveness Code – Finding the Light in Our Shadows is a spiritual work of great depth that sheds a fresh light on and offers powerful insights to the whole experience of forgiveness. The author shows great mastery of spiritual themes and identifies the sources of the pain and suffering that most people go through, while proposing a path towards healing. I loved the idea of forgiveness as the healing of our relationships with ourselves, with our universe, and with our fellow human beings. When we are dominated by our emotions and feelings of hurt, the light of our mind gets drowned; we fail to appreciate the beauty of our life which is intrinsically linked to where we come from. This book will help readers to become better warriors of light, becoming aware of the inner battle taking place in their minds, and allowing the spiritual energy of forgiveness to move them towards reconciliation and healing, towards the path of compassion and love. Dr. Ivan Figueroa-Otero writes with moving simplicity. There is a lot of jargon in the book as well, but it is handled by the glossary of terms offered at the beginning of the book. Our world needs a lot of light. Our world needs healing. Our world needs love. There is a lot of negative energy in and around us, and at times we feel submerged in our suffering and despair. Spirituality 103: The Forgiveness Code – Finding the Light in Our Shadows offers the path that readers need to heal themselves and the world. It was a timely book for me.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Spirituality 103 The Forgiveness Code: Finding The Light In Our Shadows by Ivan Figueroa-Otero is one of the most comprehensive books I have ever read about the nature of forgiveness, a work that delves into human nature, exploring what constitutes human brokenness and how to heal it. Instead of looking at the message of this book as one of mere forgiveness, I understood the author’s work as one of deep healing. This book will help anyone understand why they are broken, feeling sick, bitter, and in pain. The author identifies the sources of the inner conflict taking place within the individual soul, and offers insights on gaining awareness, identifying the path of light, and embracing the journey towards forgiveness and compassion. This is a book for those who want to experience wholeness in themselves and peace with the universe and with others. Ivan Figueroa-Otero’s voice is very powerful, and his writings remind me a lot of Paulo Coelho’s work, The Warrior of Light, in its core message. In this book, the reader will find the path and the wisdom (light) to experience inner freedom from the darkness that enters the human mind. The writing is excellent and it features a glossary that helps readers understand the core concepts in the book. The work also features relevant references to scripture and psychology. Spirituality 103 The Forgiveness Code: Finding The Light In Our Shadows is a well-crafted book that will become a valuable tool for anyone who wants to improve their relationship with self, experience true forgiveness, and improve the quality of their lives.
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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Spirituality 103 The Forgiveness Code: Finding The Light in Our Shadows by Ivan Figueroa-Otero is a ground-breaking spiritual treatise that offers a road map to genuine, real forgiveness. It’s the first time that I've seen the question of forgiveness approached from an ontological perspective, a perspective that offers clarity on who we are, where we come from, and the place we occupy in the cosmos. In fact, the author, referring to readers as “Warriors” of light, shows how they can understand the power and workings of the mind, and how to use this power to overcome the emotions causing the negative vibrations that threaten their emotional, psychological, and mental health. Only a healthy person can genuinely forgive another person, and the way to becoming healthy is to learn the path of self-forgiveness. This book shows readers this path in very powerful and evocative language. Ivan Figueroa-Otero observes that “The Warrior who does not understand where he comes from and who he is feels lost in an unending battle with time and change that he has created with his habits. He also suffers a disagreement with other beings regarding what happiness is.” The author then goes on to show how forgiveness becomes a journey towards compassion, our connectedness with what is most essential, life-giving, and creative in us. Spirituality 103 The Forgiveness Code: Finding The Light in Our Shadows is a book filled with the spiritual wisdom that will help anyone to gain inner freedom and to live meaningfully. It’s a book to read and share, to discuss in groups, and to carry along. Its message is timeless.
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Spirituality 103 The Forgiveness Code: Finding The Light in Our Shadows by Ivan Figueroa-Otero is a spiritual masterpiece, a self-help book that will help readers to descend to the very core, to the center, and beginning of their being. When I picked this book up, I felt that I would be reading some tips on how to bring ourselves to forgive people who have hurt us in life, but the core of the book is something else. It is about forgiveness, but forgiveness as an essential element in the spiritual journey that restores, heals, and situates us on the right path towards the mission of our life. In language that is very powerful, lyrical, and suffused with symbolism, the author offers compelling and insightful advice on self-discovery and the path towards compassion and reconciliation with ourselves. There are very beautiful passages in this book and some undeniable facts. I read this book twice and went back to underline some key passages. One of the expressions that hit home was: “Living, if we go about it with selfishness and lack of awareness of our interdependence with the universal laws and other people, turns into a nightmare of suffering, with brief moments of happiness.” But we can change that and re-invent our happiness by walking the path of forgiveness, by understanding how our emotions hurt ourselves. In fact, most of the suffering people experience does not come from outside. It comes from within, when their mind mirrors the hurts and pain they have suffered. But they can set themselves free by choosing to bathe in the light of forgiveness. After reading this book, you’ll never look at yourself in the same way and the world, including those around you, will have a new significance in your life. Spirituality 103 The Forgiveness Code: Finding The Light in Our Shadows was the perfect gift I needed.