“A merry heart works like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22)
Unforgiveness is now a recorded medical condition, and generally causes chronic anxiety. When we do not forgive, we carry around a toxic burden of anger, hatred, revenge and dislike. These negative emotions create a toxic cocktail of adrenalin and cortisol, which impact our immune system.
Recent studies indicate that 61% of cancer patients have unforgiveness issues.
On a metaphysical level this fits in with the concept that we are all one. The anger/hatred/revenge/dislike is being heaped on ourselves, not just those whom it is aimed at, with negative impact.
(The Holistic Guide to Hypnotherapy by Steve Webster CHt and others. Page 127)
Leaves of healing:
A few weeks ago I did a personal session with a trusted hypnotherapist. The session was to help me release anger around an event that happened 4 years ago.
Before the session I had done self hypnosis to contain the emotions and event until they could be properly dealt with.
During the session of release and reframing, imagery of leaves falling and how trees effortlessly let go of leaves so they can rest and prepare for the next season... was used. It was a simple yet deep session.
After the session I felt release from the event and emotions attached to it.
In the following days every falling leaf brought a smile to my face as I continued to release and let go of the past event, as memories came up.
Recently I was sorting through a box and found a brochure for a place one of the people from the event and I went to. Upon picking up the brochure, 5 presses leaves fell out.
“You are really sorry aren’t you?” I thought to myself as I smiled looking at the leaves. I remembered the good times we had at this place on the brochure and seemed to not recall the bad things much at all.
(The leaves had been placed in the brochure years before knowing this person. Funny how they should fall out just then?!)
Leaves will continue to fall and I will smile each time as I recall more of the good and less of the negative.
Hypnosis is a powerful healing tool, even for the hypnotherapist!
And yes, healing continues long after the client leaves the office.