Forgiveness for Freedom
By Cristy Cali
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The act of forgiveness is a choice and a quite powerful one. Forgiveness is not just an act of love, it is a selfless act, one which reflects our integrity and self-love. We are ourselves conduits of energy. Without forgiveness, we slow down and impede the natural flow of life force energy that lives through us. What you resist will persist. Until you make a conscious choice to do something about the unease, disappointment, heartache, betrayal, and any other harmful emotion, you will continue to suffer the ramifications of these low vibrational emotions.
Let’s talk about emotions for a moment. Emotions are energy in motion (e-motion). This energy in motion takes place within the energy centers of our bodies, known as chakras. You may have heard of this term before, but perhaps you have not fully understood the role of the chakras and why they are important to our awareness.
Since we are speaking on the topic of forgiveness, I am going to focus on the most relevant chakra, which is called “Anahata” in Hindu. In English, we identify this as the Heart Chakra. Imagine an energy field expanding eight to ten feet around you, spinning in a spiral motion. It is said that if one is in good holistic health, this energy spins in a clockwise motion, which makes sense because the clockwise motion propels forward (growth).
Simply put, the heart chakra is the energy center of love and relationships. When our relationships are in a state of disharmony, the exchange of energy between these two individuals clashes and quite literally creates discomfort and dis-ease that can be felt. I know you know what this feels like.
For a more scientific point of view, consider the findings from this 1991 discovery published in a peer-reviewed journal. The article was titled “Neurocardiology,” which explored the intimate relationship between our hearts and our brains.
A team of scientists, led by Dr. J. Andrew Armour of the University of Montreal, discovered that about 40,000 specialized neurons, called sensory neurites, form a communication network within the heart itself. What made this discovery so incredible is that the neurites in the heart duplicate many of the same functions found in the brain.
In simple terms, Armour and his team discovered what has come to be known as the “little brain” in the heart. And it is the specialized neurites that make the little brain possible. A key role of the heart is to detect changes in the body, such as levels of hormones and other chemicals, and then communicate those changes to the brain so it can meet our needs accordingly. The heart sends a form of electrical linguistic messages that the brain can understand. The heart’s coded messages inform the brain as to when we need more adrenaline in a stressful situation (fear, rage, anger) or when it is safe to create less adrenaline and focus on building a stronger immune response.
If the heart communicates to the brain, the organ responsible for releasing hormones & chemicals into our entire system, then matters of the heart are of great importance and extremely relevant to our overall health.
When we fail to forgive, we are failing ourselves. The low-vibrational emotions we feel in our hearts as a result of a betrayal, an insult, a heartache, etc. hurt us directly, not those who have caused the hurt. Trust me, they have their own issues to deal with. But you are responsible for your own. Waiting for an apology is creating a dependency of resolution outside of yourself and your own control; thus, you have willingly given away your own healing power of forgiveness to someone or something else.
“While intelligence or ‘mental energy’ is generally considered superior to emotional energy, actually emotional energy is the true motivator of the human body and spirit. Love in its purest form – unconditional love – is the substance of the Divine, with its endless capacity to forgive us and respond to our prayers. Our own hearts are designed to express beauty, compassion, forgiveness, and love. It is against our spiritual nature to act otherwise.”
If you wish to be truly free, take the first step to unlocking yourself by reaching deep into your heart to discover the key of forgiveness to forgive yourself first.