The common thread of those who successfully heal from chronic pain and other symptoms of Neurophysiologic Disorder (NPD) is letting go of anger through deep forgiveness. Anger and pain are inextricably linked. For many of us forgiveness involves somewhat of an intellectual process and is focused on many small “wrongs”. I eventually realized that as long as you are holding on to your deepest wounds you are still trapped.
Dr. Fred Luskin out of Stanford conducted several research studies regarding the effects of forgiveness on the human body and mind. His results were consistent and dramatic. Forgiveness heals. Two of his studies involved the parents of children who had been murdered.
Dr. Sarno who conceptualized NPD (his term was TMS) over 30 years ago used the word “rage”. Being trapped by any unpleasant situation for years will create it. His observation was that many of his patients by just recognizing this link would experience profound healing.
A good friend of mine sent this video to me aired on NPR. It is story of forgiveness and healing. You are the one, and only one, who has the capacity to heal yourself.
NPR audio podcast: “Finding Health by Letting Go of Hate”