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Forgiveness Also Brings Physical Healing

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The Amazing Power Of Forgiveness Reaches Beyond The Spiritual

At The Lotus Times, we are big fans of the idea and practice of radical forgiveness.   We’ve been practicing a form of it for years, ever since we learned of it from “A Course In Miracles.”   We certainly knew that forgiveness helps on the spiritual level, but what we didn’t realize is how simple forgiveness can actually support physical healing.    This article illustrates how it works…

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Forgiveness has always been equated to spiritual growth and healing, with Christianity and other religions teaching the value of not holding a grudge against others. Doctors, however, recently found out that forgiveness may also help relieve the body from physical difficulties and treat diseases. Dr. Michael Barry, also a pastor, conducted a research on cancer patients and found out Power-of-Forgiveness1that about 61 percent of them had trouble forgiving.  Barry, who also authored the book called “The Forgiveness Project,” explained that carrying bad feeling toward another person can lead to chronic anxiety, which in turn can negatively affect the human body.   “Harbouring these negative emotions, this anger and hatred, creates a state of chronic anxiety,” the doctor explained.  “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 added.

Dr. Steven Standiford, chief of surgery at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, agrees with Barry. He also believes that refusing to forgive can cause and breed illnesses. Because of these, doctors such as Barry are now trying a new technique called “forgiveness therapy” to help alleviate the bad effects of certain diseases….  Jayne Valseca, who has Stage 4 breast cancer, tried forgiveness therapy and found relief not just physically but also spiritually.  “It was as if this huge ton of bricks, this weight of the world, was instantly lifted from my shoulders,” Valseca shared…

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