Most world religions and wisdom traditions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness. From the notion of divine forgiveness to that of humans practicing forgiveness, there are countless spiritual myths, lessons and teachings that explore the complex nature and process of forgiveness and reconciliation in their various forms.

Outside of the spiritual realm, psychologists, sociologists and doctors are among the scientific disciplines researching this perennial human need. The desire to forgive is widely recognized by the public, but they are often at a loss for ways to accomplish it. A 1988 Gallup poll found that 94% of people asked said it was important to forgive, but 85% said they needed some outside help to be able to do it.

This episode of Global Spirit explores forgiveness and healing on a personal and societal level, illuminating how spiritual practice and compassion can aid us on this most critical of journeys. Host Phil Cousineau brings together three guests who each approach the topic from a different angle. We see Ed Tick and his wife Kate Dahlstedt take a group of traumatized Vietnam War vets back to the land where they fought and killed, to help them learn the art of “forgiveness of the self” for what they did during a war almost 40 years ago. Program guest Azim Khamisa practices “forgiveness of the other” as he traces how he learned to forgive the boy who murdered his own son. Now Khamisa works with the killer’s grandfather to foster forgiveness and healing with young audiences all over the world.

He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.
-George Herbert


Soldier’s Heart veterans return and healing project
Tariq Khamisa Foundation
Azim Khamisa’s website
International Reconciliation Coalition

14 thoughts on “Forgiveness and Healing

  1. Global Spirit 12/28/2015 On Forgiveness [my words quoting Vietnamese person to U.S. military person] ‘no need for forgiveness. It was not you. You were following orders. It was not your desire to make war on us.’ I HOPE SOMEONE CAN ANSWER: When an order for war is issued, what if no one could go because they had other plans? After all it is the minority who call for war. What will they do to the millions of resisters?

  2. Definitely in the Top Ten of Amazon’s streaming documentaries. These episodes are discussions about consciousness and human potential with host Phil Cousineau and two or more renown guests. I found the entire season rich in substance and passion bringing people from different cultures and points of view creating a synergistic environment. Episode 2 especially tugged at my heartstrings by a father and grandfather of victim and murderer came together to heal themselves and bring their healing into the community. Also featured was a video of vets returning to Vietnam looking heal their emotional wounds.

    Though I didn’t learn anything new which I don’t think is the charter of the producers, rather I met new people bringing them into my living room which wouldn’t have happened another way. The producers picked guests who were open, honest and especially present. The key here is “presence” or “being” (the verb) rather than knowledge or information. If you have read Gurdjieff you might remember he posited both being and knowledge are necessary on the path of the way (enlightenment).

  3. One of the best and most needed discussions on TV.
    This should be on prime time every day.
    I will tell everyone I know about it and will look forward to the next time I can be part of this timely wonder.
    This is what TV should be about.
    Thank you so much.

    Violet Rose Gold
    Chesapeake, Va.

  4. 846 was my company commander when we where in the Battle for Dak To. I was his radio operator. He and I were both wounded the 11th November 1967 and stayed in the field. If it wasn’t for Capt Bell… none of us would have made it out alive. Most people have no idea what happened… we were being over run by North Vietnamese and we called in artillary so close the napam would take you breath. I lived because of Capt. Bell.

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