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Are You Handcuffing Yourself to the Past?

Posted Jan 02 2013 9:48am

Handcuffs In the posts before the holidays I talked more about cellular memory and stress and its effects on us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. According to many well-respected experts, including Dr. Bruce Lipton, beliefs and cellular memories are in control of our cells – not our DNA. We also know that stress causes mutations in our cells – cell “suicide.” There are all different types of stress – physical like injuries, accidents, surgeries, abuse; emotional like guilt, shame, fear and anger; and mental stress like worry, low sense of self-worth.

And we also know that stress is unique to each one of us. What stresses me out may not even affect you at all! But it all must be addressed internally. You cannot solve your problem, regardless of what it is, outside yourself. You cannot “blame” God or anyone else, even if they are the cause of the problem.

So besides praying that Prayer of Transformation , possibly the most essential step is forgiveness. This is critical physically as well as spiritually. Think about what we most often do when someone offends or hurts us – we feel that emotionally and unless the person comes to us and apologizes and we are able to release that offense, in order to “get over it” we bury it – we just ignore it in order to stop continually feeling it. However, it’s not gone – it’s just hidden inside us.

Dr. Richards explained that the original meaning of the word forgive is to send away. So let’s look at John 20:23 from the Amplified: “… if you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained.” If I substitute Dr. Richard’s definition it reads: “If you send away the sins of anyone they are sent away; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained.” Obviously retained means they are held on to but it also means to give them mastery! So you could say: If you send away the sins of any, they’re sent away from you (!); if you retain them, then they have mastery over you. Wow! That is worth thinking about.

Well that hit me like a ton of bricks! So we are to forgive or send the offense away – not ignore it or pretend it doesn’t bother us any more – because if we don’t send it away, our bodies assume we want to keep it. It has less to do with the person who hurt us than it does the feeling it causes us because whenever we get into a similar situation, that buried feeling from the offense is triggered. In fact he says we are to send the offense away and to treat the person with “mercy” and wisdom – in other words, be more kind to them than they deserve but you don’t have to necessarily trust them or spend time with them.

Are there sins or offenses that have been committed against you that you have not sent away?

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