I've been doing it for over 20 years. I AM DONE.
Why do you want to live
with guilt? It does not serve any purpose at all except to make you miserable.
Can you see that your mind becomes your true enemy in that it keeps reinforcing
feelings of guilt about things you did in the past.
You can use these simple
pointers to stop the mind from victimizing you through guilt
Past does not
define your present – If you are willing to be really honest you will see that past is just
memory. You reinforce it by thinking about it in your present. What you are now
is not what you were in the past. In reality you are a different person
everyday and every moment. Guilt can only arise when you associate with who you
were in the past.
“Wrong” is only an
idea – In
truth there is nothing right or wrong. Everything is just a manifestation in
this world of form. Circumstances are neutral until the mind labels it. You can
simply ignore your mind when it tries to make you feel guilty. Know that your
mind is just a computer that is running a conditioned script. Stop having a
guilty conscience by knowing that it’s only an idea of the mind.
“Forgive them for
they know not what they do” – A beautiful pointer given by Jesus which can be applied
to our lives. All our actions are mostly unconsciously driven by instinct or
impulse. Can we forgive ourselves for being unconscious? Of course, there is
nothing personal about human unconsciousness. Life is forever forgiving.
You can learn
without feeling guilty – So you did something “wrong”, does it serve any purpose to punish
yourself continuously for it? Why not just use the experience to become more
mature. Everything in life is an opening towards growth. Embrace the message
that your guilt brings you but don’t associate with the feeling.
Stop believing in
Guilt can easily provide an opportunity for growth. Look deep within to realize
the dysfunctional belief or thought that causes you to feel guilty and be open
enough to see through its silliness. All beliefs are ultimately silly.
Guilt can also help us
become more righteous and virtuous as long as we are not deluding ourselves.
The greatest virtue is to stay true to our heart and not to our mind. But
forgive yourself first before you hope to learn something from the experience.
Your heart is always willing to forgive, it’s the mind that always places the