A few years ago when I was having
dinner with a friend (who happens to be an
accupuncturist), I mentioned, in passing,
that for the previous 18 months I had this
nagging, on-and-off-again pain in the left
side of my chest.
The diagnosis I received from an M.D. was
simple: Matt, the pain is musculoskeletal. You
probably injured it while working out or doing
some other task.
Maybe so, but I could not put my finger on
what would have caused it. I got massages
for it, put herbs and linaments on it – and
so on. There was some relief from this practice,
but the pain would show up a day or two later.
Finally I got hooked up to a slew of electrodes
to have my heart examined. When the procedure
finished one word summarized the findings: PERFECT.
Okay, so what’s the pain all about?
Back to dinner with the accupuncturist. After
hearing me describe the pain, he asked,
‘When did the pain begin?’
‘About 18 months ago,’ I replied.
‘Okay, and was there anything
significant, emotionally speaking,
that took place around that time?’
At first I wanted to say no. That’s
normal. We don’t always want to
admit when we’ve been hurt.
But after a few minutes I gradually
began to unwind and tell him a story
about a situation that occurred with
a family member who was working with
me on a project that went sour.
After a few minutes of listening to the
tale, the accupuncturist looked at me
and said, ‘You may not realize it, but
that event affected you. You’re carrying
some resentment about it. Why not just
release the whole experience and let it
As I sat at the table I dropped my knife
and fork, paused to feel the sensation in my
chest and when I experienced it, I thought of
the negative event and said, ‘Okay, I release this.
I’m letting it go.’
When I said this it literally felt like I was dropping
something from my body. Instantly I started to
But over the next couple days the pain would come
back at various times. And each time it returned
I felt the sensation again and said, ‘I release this. I
let this go.’
Within three days the pain was gone for good, and it
hasn’t returned. It’s now been over three years since
I had that pain.
I do not claim to be a master of forgiveness, but I
will say that everytime that I have ‘let go’ of past
hurts or wrong doings, I have emerged all the better
This is something Dr. Maltz understood when
he wrote Psycho-Cybernetics. In strengthening
the self-image he advised:
1.) Forgive others
2.) Forgive yourself
He did not simply advocate visualizing.
And this is one of the reasons that Dr.Maltz,
himself a world-renowned plastic surgeon, said,
‘Forgivenss is a scalpel that removes emotional
When you let go of emotional scars, aches and pains
in the body leave with them. And when the negative
energy leaves, it’s replaced by energy at a higher
level – energy that can help you transform your
present situation into one with purpose, passion and
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