Did you know that unforgiveness is now classified in medical books as a disease? I certainly know it causes dis-ease and stress, which are known to be key contributing factors in many diseases. Here’s a short article about the part forgiveness plays in the healing process…..
Unforgiveness is classified in medical books as a disease. According to Dr. Steven Standiford, chief of surgery at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, refusing to forgive makes people sick and keeps them that way.
With that in mind, forgiveness therapy is now being used to help treat diseases, such as cancer.
“It’s important to treat emotional wounds or disorders because they really can hinder someone’s reactions to the treatments, even someone’s willingness to pursue treatment,” Standiford explained.
Of all cancer patients, 61 percent have forgiveness issues, and of those, more than half are severe, according to research by Dr. Michael Barry, a pastor and the author of the book, The Forgiveness Project.
“Harboring these negative emotions, this anger and hatred, creates a state of chronic anxiety,” he said.
“Chronic anxiety very predictably produces excess adrenaline and cortisol, which deplete the production of natural killer cells, which is your body’s foot soldier in the fight against cancer,” he explained.
Barry said the first step in learning to forgive is to realize how much we have been forgiven by God.
“When a person forgives from the heart – which is the gold standard we see in Matthew 18, forgiveness from the heart – we find that they are able to find a sense of peacefulness. Quite often our patients refer to that as a feeling of lightness,” he said.
Barry said most people don’t realize what a burden anger and hatred were until they let them go.
As it mentions in this very short video, forgiveness is not the same as condoning what someone did. It’s about letting go of the anger and hurt so you are free to move forward with your life:
This excerpt from an article by Vishen Lakhiani of Mind Valley has even more about the power of forgiveness….
Through this process of quantifying meditation they discovered that forgiveness meditation is far and away the best meditation to further your practice, get you into more and more favorable brain waves – and basically all of the benefits we’ve all been hoping to get out of meditation all along!
So much so that they ONLY do forgiveness meditation at this center!
“Having collected a vast amount of data, they discovered that different brainwave patterns were associated to different types of people. They studied highly creative people, Zen monks, billionaires. All of them showed very different and distinct brainwave patterns.
What’s really exciting was that he found a way to train people to replicate these patterns.”
“We had to forgive every single person in our lives who had wronged us. Even if it was in the slightest way imaginable.
I had to forgive high school teachers. Business partners. Family members. Everyone I could think of that I believed wronged me, big or small.
And every time I did a round of forgiveness, my alpha waves would spike. The people behind the program discovered that the single biggest factor suppressing alpha waves are holding on to grudges and anger. So it was critical for us to be able to release every last bit of it out of our system.”
First you imagine the person and the scene of the event where the hurt took place, next you feel the hurt or anger, and finally you move on to forgiveness through seeing what the situation taught you and fostering compassion for where that person might be in their own life.
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