Amazing! Some studies by medical schools in major universities have revealed and are revealing that the conscious act of forgiving WILL improve your health. Today is your lucky day if you have been holding on to some pent up feelings or anger!
The unresolved conflict of a simple spousal spat or long held resentment of a family member or friend can go deeper than you realize. Chances are this situation is affecting your health in some way. There is fantastic news, though. Studies have found that the act of forgiveness reaps huge rewards health-wise. This simple action can lower risk of heart attacks, improve cholesterol levels and sleep, and reduce pain and blood pressure.
There is a huge physical burden to being hurt and disappointed. Chronic anger puts you in a constant fight-flight-freeze mode, which results in several changes in immune response, heart rate, and blood pressure by releasing stress hormones. These constant changes, and this bombardment from the aforementioned stress hormones, begin to snowball into risks of depression, heart disease, diabetes, and so on. Forgiveness calms stress levels which then leads to improving your health.
However, and this is a big however, forgiveness is much more than just saying "I forgive you"! You must make a conscious decision to release any negative feelings, WHETHER THE PERSON DESERVES IT OR NOT! This is an active, thoughtful process. Any person truly releasing anger, resentment, or hostility will automatically begin to feel empathy, compassion and even affection toward the person who may have wronged you. This process may actually remove that feeling of being victimized!
There are studies that determined some people are naturally forgiving. They lean toward being more satisfied with their lives and have less stress, anxiety, hostility, depression and anger. But those same studies have shown that people hanging on to grudges are prone to experience severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder and other negative health conditions. If you are among the 62 percent of adult Americans that report more forgiveness is needed in their lives, don't sweat it. You can train yourselves to act in a healthier manner. Remember, just because the program was written by the subconscious mind, you have the ability to re-write the code with the help of a trained, certified hypnotist. Here is a thumbnail of steps you need toward incorporating forgiveness into your life:
1. Consciously make the choice to forgive
2. Reflect and remember
3. Empathize with the other person
4. Forgive deeply, don't do it out of I have to or my religion says to
5. Let go of expectations
6. Decide to forgive
7. You must forgive yourself
As a hypnotist, I am perplexed at the number of practitioners and therapists that seek the source of an existing problem without implementing the process of forgiveness by only burying the sensitizing event(s), both initial and secondary. There are many reasons they do this, safety of the client, unqualified to handle the situation, or a list of other reasons. Don't get me wrong, not all client situations require a 5-PATH (registered trademark) hypnosis solution. However, in many situations, especially the "too much" behaviors, forgiveness 1) of perpetrators of acts against us (physical, emotional, or psychological) or of our acts against another individual(s) and/or 2) of ourselves for unnecessarily carrying the burden for all those years is very important to moving on with our life. But then again, I guess there is money to be made in continuing the visitations to the "therapist's" office, I'm just not sure.
As a 5-PATH trained hypnotist, I intuitively will recommend forgiveness of both the causer and the self when it is required. The last 2 steps of 5-PATH are Forgiveness Of Others (FOO) and Forgiveness Of Self (FOS). I take extreme pride in having gone the extra mile to be trained in this process. I also feel great joy when my client leaves after the final session knowing that she/he is once again whole and can lead a happier, freer life.
Think about the following Christian words and the wisdom a couple of millennia ago when they were written: "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us". Now add to it a couple of more important words: "And as I forgive those I forgive my trespasses against myself by holding on to the guilt and anger too long".
Forgiveness is seen, conceptualized or perceived as the process of making peace with life in general. The three sources of forgiveness another person, oneself, and a situation or circumstance are capable of freeing you from negative association to the source that has transgressed against you or another. Research studies show the mental health benefits associated with forgiveness, and I just want to scratch the surface for you today. I will present more on mental health through forgiveness which will explore roots and benefits in future articles.
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Breathe - Relax - Heal
Welcome to Lakes Region Hypnosis Center's information sharing blog
I would like to begin my blogging career (sounds funny for a 60-something to be saying) by just introducing myself and some of the services we provide. My goal is to introduce you all to me and the wonderful worlds of hypnosis and other alternative, less expensive (in the long run) healing modalities we provide and clearly work. My intention is to also educate the public through my blogging.
I am a 67 year old who refuses to retire. I have worn many hats in my many careers, one could say it took me a long time to discover what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. I will say it did take me a while though. I've been part of management team where I was responsible for a multi-million dollar communication budget in a large financial institution. I left the corporate world as a thirty something and became a healthcare worker in a county nursing home. This was a very rewarding vocation by the way, but the greedy corporate world began sticking their fingers in the proverbial pot and infesting that career with their greed and gluttony. But, that's a whole different blogging path for the politically inclined, and does not belong here. I finished my career as a political action coordinator for a national public employee union and was forced out to pasture. Yes folks, even the unions have their dark side. But, I've always wanted to help others along the way, a healer so to speak. Whether a human client or a pet client (Animal Reiki attuned), I have always been driven to open up my heart, mind and arms to those who need some assistance along the way.
I began seeking a healing path for myself and something to provide comfort to others. I entered my chrysalis stage, my transition to the more spiritual path, that of a provider of proven alternative healing modalities. I became a Reiki Master/Teacher, actually being attuned through a local Reiki Master from Gilmanton and another from the West Coast. and still felt there there was more. I began various training along the way, as a physical medium, a crystal worker, and so on and so forth. I rounded out my resume at the Thomas Institute of Hypnosis and the National Guild of Hypnotists becoming a Certified Consulting Hypnotist. And this is the "Readers Digest" version of how I got to where I am now.
Operating out of Tilton, New Hampshire, ergo the name Lakes Region Hypnosis Center; we also perform Reiki healing sessions under Peaceful Light Healing (or PLH). PLH was my first organization and is now a part of our Lakes Region Hypnosis Center operation. Effectively combining both powerful tools (Hypnosis & Reiki) and we have created a healing modality second to none and without OPIODS. Healing others is a love and passion for us. Continuous education in the art of hypnosis on a regular basis, as well as consuming mandatory reading material is part of our modus operandi and in our operations manual. We also teach healing techniques at various metaphysical facilities and institutions. Sharing information at community events and local libraries, schools, and other public and private venues is always on our agenda. So please, continue to watch this website for updated events. Maybe learn a thing or two about hypnosis, Reiki, or even a bit about physical mediumship. But, be sure to watch my blogs for upcoming information to help demystify hypnosis and bring it to the forefront of where it belongs. The subconscious mind is a powerful tool for healing; and remember this, "if you can think it, it CAN happen". And don't forget about the Reiki!
Future posts will include myths and phobias of hypnotism, pain management, healthy living, stress and stressors, encountering negative suggestions and negative self talk, self hypnotism, emotional trauma, mind-body spirit, subconscious mind, daily affirmations and intentions, circumstance or predetermined, deja vu all over again, breathing techniques, Reiki, chakra centers, Past Life Regression "real or not" and much much more. So until the next post,
Breath - Relax - Heal.
P.S. Please let me know how I performed in my first blog post ever.