The big exhale

Lynne McTaggart

We are all now in a febrile state over Covid, everyone claiming that everyone else is wrong.

Celebrities (who might have marched against the censorship of McCarthyism back in the 1950s) are now clamoring for the censoring of Covid ‘misinformation.’

Those who don’t agree are trolling them with threats on social media.

Views about Covid have become so highly politicized that anyone (including scientists and university professors) simply raising questions about the official line has been demonized as a member of the far-right.

And families are ostracizing other family members who haven’t yet got vaccinated.

Things have gotten completely out of hand.

It’s time to take a big exhale.

Not only is all this anger bad for the country – it’s also terrible for everyone’s health.

A case in point: Dr. Quinton Fivelman, the Chief Scientific Officer at London Medical Laboratory, announced that he’s seen some 19 percent more men and women with significant ‘hormone imbalances’ – both reproductive and thyroid hormones – than before the pandemic.

He attributes it to stress and fear over Covid, lockdowns and enormous changes to routines.

Now, it could also be the result of Covid itself or even the Covid vaccine –but at least some of it is likely to be caused by feelings of anger and powerlessness – against them (‘them’ being anyone who doesn’t happen to agree with your point of view).

In our forthcoming feature in What Doctors Don’t Tell You (March 2022), journalist Justin Ballis writes about the dangers of ‘rumination’ – chewing over an ongoing anger or grudge.

One of the many effects of elevated cortisol caused by constant anger is an upset in the balance of cytokines in the immune system. And the right balance of cytokines happens to be exactly what you need to fight Covid.

Getting angry over Covid. . . may make us more susceptible to the harmful effects of Covid. 

Anger is also bad for our hearts, our brains – you name it.

But Ballis’s story is also about the healing effects of forgiveness over a long-standing hurt – even, in this instance, over a long-standing difference of opinion.

As co-director of the Social Healing Project, James O’Dea, former director of the Washington, D. C. office of Amnesty International, spent many years smoothing the way for warring sides to reconcile and forgive.

For 10 years he and Dr. Judith Thompson co-hosted ‘compassion and social healing’ dialogues, in which members of highly divided social and political groups — Republican and loyalist Northern Irish, Turkish and Greek Cypriots, Israelis and Palestinians — meet in an attempt to heal shared wounds.

Their method drew upon the work of theologian Geiko Müller-Fahrenholz and his book The Art of Forgiveness.

Born in 1940, Müller-Fahrenholz was too young to have any memory of the Third Reich or Hitler, but like so many post-war Germans, he grew up haunted by Germany’s terrible legacy and so began to consider forgiveness from the perspective of both victim and perpetrator.

O’Dea believes that deep dialogue is the most powerful of healers because it allows each to acknowledge the deep truth of an experience.

I’ve told this story before, but it’s worth repeating.

O’Dea discovered the power of deep truthfulness during a social-healing meeting that included Mary Rothchild, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and Gottfried Leich, who’d been a member of the Hitler Youth Movement during the Third Reich in Germany.

Early in the dialogue, Rothchild turned to Leich and said, “There are many people in my extended family who were killed in the Holocaust.  What was your role in it?”

Oh, I beat up a few people and set some buildings alight on Kristallnacht, he replied, referring to the night of Broken Glass in 1938, when Nazi storm troopers smashed thousands of Jewish homes, shops, and synagogues.

“But I was only sixteen,” he shrugged.

“So, if you had been 10 years older, would you have taken my relatives to the gas chamber?” she asked.

Leich took a very long time to reply. “I just don’t know,” he said finally.

Oh, God, he seemed to be thinking, ‘I could have been a mass murderer.’

Then he broke down and cried.  “I am a grandfather and my grandchildren are the grandchildren of the Nazis.  I am in the abyss, the dungeon of history. I always will be connected with this.”

His complete candor released something inside of Rothchild. She stood up, walked over to him and took his hand.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” she whispered to him, “I will fear no evil for thou are with me.”

According to Judith Thompson, forgiveness in Greek literally means ‘untying a knot,’ so both sides are free from hurt or shame – the legacy of the past – to carry on with their lives.

Seen through this perspective, a disagreement as we’re having with Covid is an interrupted connection, and forgiveness a re-establishment of the connection.

Division is, as Müller-Fahrenholz puts it, a “sin against the whole” and deep truth an end to the “war of the world with itself.”

Only history will finally sift between what is true and what is false in Covid, what is actually ‘misinformation.’

It won’t be arrived at by suppressing dissenting voices.  That’s why for two years, our job at What Doctors Don’t Tell You has been to scrutinize what governments tell us, what the science says and to try to discern some semblance of truth between the two.

To do so, we’ve needed to consider information from all sides and to offer up what you’re not hearing from politicians and the medical establishment.

But if a Jew and a former Hitler Youth Movement member can heal their terrible division during a single conversation, so can all of us over Covid.

It’s not only good for the soul, it’s essential for our future health, not to mention our ability to fight Covid.

But first we need to start talking to each other – and allowing others to speak.

And then we all have to start listening.

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Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist and the author of seven books, including the worldwide international bestsellers The Power of Eight, The Field, The Intention Experiment and The Bond, all considered seminal books of the New Science and now translated into some 30 languages.

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8 comments on “The big exhale”

  1. Amid the gloom and despair which surround us, you are a powerful beacon of light, and deep source of spiritual wisdom.
    Thank you, dearest Lynne.

  2. refreshing and welcome to read your article on Covid. As I have been impacted and been frustrated by the charged way, the anger has been expressed on both sides. Not recognising how this contributes to polarisation: our world in division, functioning on the basis as if there are only two positions: the black and white of being wrong or right. Ultimately playing out the dis-ease of lacking the ability to tolerate another person's viewpoint and live with insecurity. Not being able to realise that we cannot reach an ultimately 'safe right' in terms of Covid protection. We only can do the best we can in our personal circumstances. In the end I see this Covid process is ultimately an integrative part of the transformative cosmic process we are all in.

  3. A nudge, a shove, an invitation, an apology, a story, a hug, a deep breath of surrender, all of it and more is what it might take. A Power of 8 group holding a clear intention, Ho'oponopono. We have so many entry points into healing. Turning away does not seem to be one that works. Thanks, Lynne.

  4. In reading your blog and thinking about all that has happened and is happening - it seems to me that this needs to happen for our awakening and the birth of new consciousness

  5. Thanks very much for this valuable post. It is very helpful in getting a clear view of the current situation regarding covid.

    And it was very moving to read about the conversation which James O'Dea recounted,between Mary Rothchild, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and Gottfried Leich, who’d been a member of the Hitler Youth Movement during the Third Reich in Germany.
    It remiinded me of a great quote about forgiveness which I have come across:
    "People who cannot forgive others, destroy the bridge that they themselves will need to walk across."

    As you say,, it will be history which will reveal the truth about covid.

  6. To forgive does not mean to endorse or condone a wrong done to us, or to others.

    Forgiveness is to 'let go and let God' or the Universe, or however you refer to
    the Source of All that Is, to take care of it.

    Forgiveness is to acknowledge that those who hurt others are oten in massive pain and despair.

    Forgiveness is to remember that we are all vulnerable to 'brainwashing', 'programing',
    and being fooled.

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