“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and then discover that the prisoner was you.” – Lewis B. Smedes
Did you know on PubMed there are at least 100 scientific studies showing the healing power of forgiveness? One of the common findings is that forgiveness has important health benefits for the forgiver.
We need to be very clear about what forgiveness is not. It is not condoning the behavior that hurt you. It is not saying to the offender that what they did was okay. In many cases, the forgiver doesn’t have to confront the offender in order to forgive.
While researchers look at brain function to see the effects of forgiveness, we need to learn what to do to forgive someone.
This is a process that is enhanced greatly by the use of essential oils. Inhaling Young Living’s essential oils, such as Forgiveness, has a direct influence on the brain because the sense of smell is the only sense directly wired to the brain. Olfactory nerves transport the aroma of essential oils to the limbic system and the olfactory sensory center at the base of the brain. The impulses are passed next between the pituitary and the pineal gland and move to the amygdala, which is the memory center for fear and trauma. Healing and forgiveness can then take place.
The following is one suggestion on working through a hurtful act to let go and experience the healing powers of forgiveness.
GROUNDING: As the memory rises to the surface of your mind, apply the blend Grounding to the back of the neck and on the temples.
FORGIVENESS: Quietly tell yourself that you are forgiving this person and letting go of the hurt. While saying this, inhale deeply the blend Forgiveness.
JOY: Inhale the blend Joy and know that you have released all anger and hurt, and are now allowing yourself to feel happiness.
PEACE & CALMING: When you go to bed that night, apply Peace & Calming to the bottom of your feet and tell yourself you have done a wonderful thing.