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1 I. Life Should Be Fair … (BUT It Is Not)! II. My Life Is (NOT) Your Fault! III. From Bitter to Better

2 V. The Birth of a Grievance Story I. Life Should Be Fair … (BUT It Is Not)! II. My Life Is (NOT) Your Fault! III. From Bitter to Better IV. What You Tell Yourself Can Kill You VI. Forgiveness Is a Choice

3 IV. What You Tell Yourself Can Kill You - Waiting in line to ride a rollercoaster… -The closer you get the more alert your body gets! - The body is tensed up, the heart races, the veins of your neck almost burst. - The anticipation of the event can be just as real to the body as the event itself. - One’s perspective of reality - rather than reality itself determines how the body will react.

4 THE MIND / BODY CONNECTION - I am in the woods and I shout to you: “A bear… there is a bear!” - Truth doesn’t matter to your body, because your mind saw the bear already even though I was just joking! Your mind signaled to the body how to react already! - Heart attacks occur on one day of the week more than on any other – even at a particular time of that day… - Heart attacks occur on one day of the week more than on any other – even at a particular time of that day… MONDAY MORNING – because most people don’t enjoy their jobs and the thought or returning to work can stress a weakened heart and contribute to a fatal hear attack.

5 EXPERIENCE THE PHENOMENON 1.Squeeze your fist as hard as you can for 5 seconds. BEGIN: 5…4…3…2…1… STOP Have you notices what happened to your body during those 5 seconds? -You clenched you jaw - You held your breath - You tightened the muscles of your arm - You slowed your digestions - You released certain hormones into your blood stream - You increased your heart rate and blood pressure - You altered your cholesterol levels - You suppressed your immune system

6 EXPERIENCE THE PHENOMENON Your mind directed your body to do so and that happened all below your level of awareness. We will repeat the experiment, but when you squeeze your fist, laugh at the same time. BEGIN: 5…4…3…2…1…STOP - Did you noticed anything different that happened to your body?

7 EXPERIENCE THE PHENOMENON -You didn’t squeeze as hard -Less tension in your body -You breathed - Your body released different hormones this time - Your blood pressure and heart rate didn’t increase as much - Your immune system actually have benefited from the exercise. - Even if you used the same muscles in both experiments, you could not squeeze as hard while you were laughing.

8 EXPERIENCE THE PHENOMENON WHY these different results? BECAUSE … the brain’s message to the body was not clear!!! -Y-Y-Y-Your laugh confused your mind and it wasn’t sure to feel anger or happiness! - Y- Y- Y- Your mind couldn't send a clear message to your body!

9 ANGER KILLS What you think in your mind has a profound impact on what happens to your body! This is true especially when your thoughts focus on angry or hostile feelings. - Dr. Redford Williams (Duke University) demonstrated in one of his studies that anger kills and a person’s anger can predict illness, particularly heart disease.

10 ANGER KILLS American Hearth Association Anger = risk factor for heart disease, alongside with cholesterol and nutrition. Sustained anger? … Results: -headaches, stomach disorders, joint pain, fatigue, chronic lower back pain.

11 ACUTE VERSUS CHRONIC STRESSORS Acute stress - when a threatening event appears and then is quickly resolved! Chronic stress – when the event remains constantly in your mind and it does not go away! Chronic stress will harm you – your body has no recovery phase which to rest and rebuild. In this way your body is depleted of its reserves and postpones long-term rebuilding, which causes the premature deterioration of major organ systems. Serious illness, even death may result.

12 THE PROBLEM OF REPRESSION The brain tends to repress certain things – especially what is unpleasant to you. Repression moves the idea or the emotion from your conscious to your unconscious level of thinking. Your past experiences may have shaped your habit of avoiding certain feeling by repressing them even before you become aware of their presence (especially the negative feelings). Those negative feelings are the ones most likely to damage your health.

13 THE PROBLEM OF REPRESSION People who hold anger are the most stressed individuals that the doctors see. By drawing blood and reading its chemical composition, specialists in the lab can literally measure your emotions. Your anger releases a chemical messenger called CORTISOL. -The physical effects of your anger are very real!!! - You suffer Physically - You suffer Emotinally

14 THE PROBLEM OF REPRESSION Emotional suffering: living in a world of resentment and bitterness… Many times we tell ourselves that others forced us to live in that world, but in reality we have chosen to inhabit that world of pain. Because of our anger we suffer: - Physically - Emotionally - Spiritually

15 THE PROBLEM OF REPRESSION Spiritual suffering: no purpose in life… having hard time investing in life. Because life has been unfair to them, they fail to fully experience the beauty and excitement and adventure and joy that life offers. NOT the reality, but their perception of reality makes them angry!

16 THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF YOUR MIND Think about that no-good snake in the grass who did you harm! Every time you see or you think about that person you experience your anger anew. - BUT… if you interpreted the situation differently, would you react in the same way? - If you re-shape your memory of the event, your body will react in a complete different manner. - For some people “the snake in the grass” is a friend. Different people have different perceptions of the same reality.

17 THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF YOUR MIND It is not reality, but your perception of reality that affects your body. While you can not change the reality you can change your perceptions!! Carl Jung - (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology. He is the first modern psychiatrist to view the human psyche as "by nature religious" and make it the focus of exploration. “It all depends on how you look at things, and not how things are in themselves.”

18 THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF YOUR MIND When two people see a snake… - One may jump back and scream in terror… - The other one may reach out in delight and pick up the creature. - The same snake… different reactions! All depends on how the reality is interpreted by those who see it! The snake does not mean the same to both of them…

19 THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF YOUR MIND What do you see? - Your perspective really does determine your reality and you really can use your mind to change your perspective! By changing your perspective you keep your anger from destroying your life. LET YOUR THOUGHS HEAL YOU RATHER THAN KILL YOU!

20 THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF YOUR MIND The Power of Forgiveness - Your perspective really does determine your reality and you really can use your mind to change your perspective! Forgiveness had the power to bring healing to the whole person: body, mind and spirit. “A MERRY HEART DOES GOOD LIKE A MEDICINE!” - King Solomon

21 V. The Birth of a Grievance Story I. Life Should Be Fair … (BUT It Is Not)! II. My Life Is (NOT) Your Fault! III. From Bitter to Better IV. What You Tell Yourself Can Kill You VI. Forgiveness Is a Choice

22 V. The Birth of a Grievance Story “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” Marcus Aurelius - 121 AD – 180 AD -Roman Emperor (161-180) -Stoic Philosopher

23 V. The Birth of a Grievance Story The quality of your life is largely the result of the stories you believe! When a person offends you… - You start repeating yourself a story that emphasizes the negative features of the event – this is what is called a grievance story. This story fuels your hostility toward the person who offended you.

24 V. The Birth of a Grievance Story The reason you construct your story is to gain a sense of meaning and control in your life. But… this process leads you down a self-destructive path. -You repeat and listed to this story over and over again until you convince yourself that life is miserable and there is nothing you can do about it. -You feel trapped- every time you recall the event you experience the original anger all over again.

25 V. The Birth of a Grievance Story The reason you construct your story is to gain a sense of meaning and control in your life. If you want to ever escape the trap of victimization, YOU MUST TELL YOURSELF A DIFFERENT STORY. Forgiveness allows you to reframe your story!


27 1. You suffer some kind of wrong – something happened to you that you don’t like! -Maybe a comment -Perhaps a broken promise -An unexpected loss 2. You attach a specific interpretation to the event. You feel hurt and begin to blame. The offense becomes secondary to the meaning you assign to it.

28 HOW YOUR STORY TAKES SHAPE? 3. You take the offense personally. -That person hurt a vital aspect of your life. Grievance stories always involve things that you consider very important. - You begin to exaggerate the personal nature of the offense. HE TARGETED ME! HE PLANNED THE ASSAULT! 4. You retell the story to yourself and others. You repeat the story again and again to all sorts of people. You explained it Dissect it

29 HOW YOUR STORY TAKES SHAPE? 4. You retell the story to yourself and others. -You lay bare the evil motivations and wicked forces behind the hurt you’re suffering. -You keep rehearsing the story until the offender changes and makes things right or until the score gets even. -The story stays with some folks en entire lifetime.

30 THE PROBLEM WITH GRIEVANCE STORIES Time does not heal all wounds! -Each time you mentally rehearse your grievance the story, you reopen the old wound. -When you refuse to forgive you handcuff yourself to the person who offended you. -While you wait for that person to unlock the cuffs, you are holding the key in your own hands. “To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it!” Confucius

31 NURSING A GRUDGE TAKES ENERGY What grudges actually do to us: 1.Consume our lives – we spend more time focusing on our grudge than we do on living productively. 2.Deplete our energy which could be used for more important activities. It is not the unfair event that keeps us miserable, but our grudge. 3. Make us repeatedly feel the old pain. To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by a single bee.

32 NURSING A GRUDGE TAKES ENERGY What grudges actually do to us: You hear many men and woman tell their grievance story with such energy, tears, and emotional favor that make you to say: “That’s terrible! When did it happen?” “Oh, it did happen thirty years ago!” A grievance story keeps you stuck in a dark and painful spot while the offender goes on with life.

33 THE ELEMENTS OF A GRIEVANCE STORY Two significant ingredients baked right into it: 1.I see my story as reality. -When we tell our stories, we believe that we’re just telling the truth. -We want other people to know the facts so they will understand why we are the way we are. 2. Someone else controls my story. “He is the one exercising the most control over my life!”

34 THE ELEMENTS OF A GRIEVANCE STORY Your grievance story:... Blames the offender for your emotional needs, so you’re requiring the other person to change before you can feel better. … it hopelessly traps you. As long as you keep telling yourself the sad tale of how someone messes up your life, that person remains in control and you remain stuck. CHANGE THE STORY!

35 IT IS BIBLICAL 2 Corinthians 10: 5 ” NCV “We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.” NCV “…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” NKJ “…we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” NASV

36 THE ELEMENTS OF A GRIEVANCE STORY PAST IS PAST No matter what happened in the past… YOU are responsible for the present! YOU NEED TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE!

37 MOVE TOWARD THE TRUTH CHANGE THE STORY Forgiveness does not ask you to forget the truth, but to remember it more fully. Forgiveness does its work best when the story you tell yourself grows more accurate, not less. 1. Your story is not a tale of reality, but it is a warped version of reality. Your version is not the whole story. You remember only those things that fit the story you created. You have selective memory.

38 MOVE TOWARD THE TRUTH PRESENT The present is the ice that shows at the surface, and stored memories comprise the huge, icy mass just under the surface. Your brain processes what you see in relationship to everything below surface. You relate to people in the present through the eyes of your past experiences. You use the past events to interpret current circumstances. But this creates a problem because you see each new experience as a repetition of some past experiences.

39 MOVE TOWARD THE TRUTH The Nature of Memory - We select the information that reinforces our beliefs while ignoring other evidence. - We, in effect, choose our memories. The difference in perspective various individuals have on the same event. - Victims exaggerate the severity of the event, downplay their responsibility and see the offense as damaging their future. The Magnitude Gap:

40 MOVE TOWARD THE TRUTH The offenders, however, minimize the same event, increase the other’s responsibility and see the offense as primarily over and in the past. Most victims also believe that they are owed more than the offender is willing to pay. When you are hurt the focus is on everything is negative about the incident. The Magnitude Gap:

41 MOVE TOWARD THE TRUTH The guy in front: “This dummy behind me wasn’t watching where he was going and slammed into the back of me.” To that, the guy in the back responds: “I was driving behind this individual who didn’t where he was going. Suddenly he slammed on his brakes for no good reason. Still, I barely touched him.” Ilustration:

42 MOVE TOWARD THE TRUTH 1.It is not the tale of reality. 2.Supports evil motives that you can’t verify. You can observe an act, but you can never know for sure the real motive behind it. You can hardly identify your own motives, how can you pretend to get in someone else’s head and determine his or her motives? Your grievance story:

43 MOVE TOWARD THE TRUTH 1.Our own negative behavior to external causes: “The devil made me do it!” 2.Others people negative behavior to internal causes: “That person just likes to hurt people!” BUT you don’t know what prompted the hurtful act, so stop pretending you do! We tend to attribute…

44 Change Your Perspective “The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” The goal of forgiveness is to remember in a different way! Forgiveness challenges you change the way you think and to minimize the distortions that warp your view of reality. Thomas Szasz - Psychiatrist

45 Change Your Perspective What you have been telling your self is not only inaccurate, but it is causing you to act and think in ways that sabotage your own growth and well-being. In order for forgiveness to be most effective, it must revise and correct the inaccurate story you have been telling yourself.

46 Change Your Perspective Truth and reality are the only effective cures for healing the distortions of your grievance story. Forgiveness helps you to accept that truth and reality. 1.Evaluate the incident more carefully. How important is this one event in the big picture of all that's going on in your life and in the world?

47 Change Your Perspective 1.Evaluate the incident more carefully. How important is this one event in the big picture of all that's going on in your life and in the world? 2. Act – don’t react. “Actors” can enjoy life because they make it what they want it to be, but reactors must take life as it comes to them.

48 Change Your Perspective Forgiveness had more to do with recognizing the other person's needs and shortcomings than your own personal injuries. The other person’s inappropriate behavior is a survival mechanism that kicks in when that person’s needs are not met. Their behavior is their issue, not yours!

49 V. The Birth of a Grievance Story I. Life Should Be Fair … (BUT It Is Not)! II. My Life Is (NOT) Your Fault! III. From Bitter to Better IV. What You Tell Yourself Can Kill You VI. Forgiveness Is a Choice

50 “The Only Freedom that cannot be taken away is the freedom of choice.” Victor Frankl Simon Wiesenthal – prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp One day a dying German solder asked for a Jew – any Jew to be summon by his bedside. The solder asked Simon if he would forgive him for what he did.

51 VI. Forgiveness Is a Choice - Whether out of surprise, revulsion, fear, bitterness, or something else entirely, Wiesenthal remained silent. The conscience-stricken German solder died without receiving the forgiveness he sought. -Should he have forgiven the murderous soldier? (The Nazis had murdered 89 members of Wiesenthal’s family, including his wife’s relatives).

52 VI. Forgiveness Is a Choice -The book publishers asked 53 prominent individuals – theologians, jurists, psychiatrist, Holocaust survivors, escapees of genocides in Bosnia, personalities like Dalai Lame, talk-show personality Dennis Prager: “What would you have done if you would be in Wiesenthal place?” -Some said yes to forgiveness, some said no.

53 VI. Forgiveness Is a Choice “It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny.” Jean Nidtech “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” Napoleon Bonaparte The Power of Choice confronts you every time you are wronged. Will you chose to BLAME? Or will you chose to FORGIVE? Psychology teaches us that basic human behavior is largely determined by a variety of stimuli that trigger our response.

54 VI. Forgiveness Is a Choice STIMULUS RESPONSE You act ------- I react Your grievance story My life is your fault BUT… we can REFLECT on our available choices and determine how we will respond! We reflect – draw upon our values, morals, and core values (right and true?). The choices we make today will determine who we are tomorrow.

55 VI. Forgiveness Is a Choice STIMULUSREFLECTIONRESPONSE Our choices are shaped not by the event, but by the interpretation we give to the event.

56 The Elements of Choice 1.Intentionality about a desired result. -We select one course of action over another because we believe that choice will benefit us more than the other available options. 2. Belief that the goal is attainable - We choose courses of action that we believe really have a chance of accomplishing

57 The Elements of Choice 3. Actions that make your intentions reality -Choices are more than mere wishes. A choice implies the determination to act. 4. The desire to minimize internal conflict with core values and competing desires - We make choices that are consistent with our most deeply held beliefs and strongest values

58 Which Road Looks Better 1.Is the hurtful experience worth sacrificing my peace of mind? 1.How much space in my mind am I willing to set aside for this person I don’t even like? 2.Am I sufficiently focused on my life goals so as not to allow this event to distract me from what is truly important to me? Ask yourself three critical questions:

59 Which Road Looks Better What is more important for you? - TO GET EVEN? - TO LET GO AND MOVE ON? - TO EXAMINE THE HURT? - TO SEEK HEALING? - TO CHANGE THE PAST? - TO IMPROVE YOUR FUTURE? Critical decision to make: When is the right time to forgive?

60 Forgive When You Are Ready No one can tell you when to forgive. You alone make the decision to forgive. Forgiveness is a choice; it is YOUR choice! Forgiveness can not happen automatically or when someone insists that you should forgive. You can only forgive if you want to, when you want to. And you will forgive when you realize the price you pay for not forgiving. You can not forgive unless you choose to.

61 KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN Plan forgiveness on list of options. If you don’t recognize forgiveness as an option, you will never choose to forgive. In the end you will make good and bad choice throughout your life; everyone does. But when you make a bad choice you can go back and review it. If you want to live with freedom and joy, at some point you must choose to forgive.

62 CHOOSE A BETTER WAY VICTIMS have no choices. They simply end up allowing others to determine their circumstances. VICTIMS blame other people around them for who they have become and complain about their miserable life, and then they fail to recognize that in fact they have the ability to chose a different life for themselves. VICTIMS are stuck in the past. A VICTOR learns from the past and then moves toward a desired future.

63 CHOOSE A BETTER WAY TO FORGIVE TO LIVE ………………………………… NOT TO FORGIVE DEATH To forgive or not to forgive; that is the question.

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