Some new clients come to me for their first session and tell me that they have been in pain for a long time and nobody is able to help them. For some, as they share their story, I realize that they will be stuck in their pain until they forgive. They are blaming themselves or others for difficulties in their lives and it is keeping pain trapped in their physical body.
Forgiveness of others doesn't mean you agree with their behavior or plan to have lunch with them. Forgiving others claim back your energy from the story of them harming you. Forgiving others frees your to enjoy your life.
Forgiving yourself releases your from regret and suffering over past choices. We have all made mistakes. Wisdom is learning from our mistakes and moving forward with new skills. Guilt is the choice to suffer over past choices without growing and learning. Guilt is the egos way of preventing joy in our life. Guilt serves no purpose.
If another person tries to keep you in a place of guilt for past behavior, that's their problem. They are stuck in a past story and are trying to keep your their as well. They have a choice to forgive and so do you.
The link below is to an amazing seven day forgiveness practice. I have done this practice several times over the years. The first two days can feel like a grind but around day three it gets amazing. The process helps you access forgotten events that need to forgiveness. It is like cleaning out a deep closet full of old grudges and guilt that hasn't seen the light of day in years.
Give yourself the give of forgiveness. What do your have to loose other than pain?
Louise Hay wrote a groundbreaking book call Heal Your Body many years ago. Hay lists the thoughts that create dis-ease and pain. She believed anger and fear are at the root of all dis-ease. As we forgive and love ourselves and others we welcome health and joy our lives
Dr. John Sarno, a medical doctor from New York City, wrote several books on the mind/body connection to pain. Sarno specifically focused on back pain to being with. Over the years he came to believe that the mind can make split second decisions not to deal with an emotion. The mind files the emotion away and the body responds by creating pain. We aren't even conscious that this has happened. As we learn to ask questions about the pain, we connect to the emotion and have the opportunity to release the pain.
One of Sarno's patients is a documentary filmmaker who created the film, All the Rage. He bravely documents his struggle with chronic pain while interviews Sarno and other patients.
Elizabeth Bosse is a licensed massage therapist practicing in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Her blog posts reflect her life experiences. She shares humor and wisdom to support others on their journeys.
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