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Guilt is a Prison; Let Go and Be Free

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This is for those in the blogosphere who struggle with guilt, and an inability to forgive themselves for the life they’ve led and for the people they’ve hurt. It is a wonderful place to have arrived at when we can feel remorse and realize that we will never repeat our hurtful behaviours. It is a terrible place to be anchored to when remorse and right action is accompanied by the heavy weight of guilt. Guilt comes from an idea that preaches our inherent evil, that says we have to pay penance for our ‘crimes’,  that we have to earn love, that we can never do enough to repay society and the people that we’ve wounded. Guilt, like every other belief, is just an idea. It isn’t real.

I used to believe in all sorts of nonsense about Life, God, and the rules of human social behaviour, and all that nonsense was taught to me by my parents, my religion, my community and the numerous schools I attended. Over time, I learned something profound. I discovered that beliefs, ideas, thoughts; they are all just constructs, like Lego pieces.  They have no real substance, and they vanish into thin air when we tire of them. New cultures, new religions, new social dogmas, the places we go when our current beliefs no longer serve us, are no more than different Lego constructs.

In my own journey towards God, I learned to look within myself to a place far beyond the mind and its over-stuffed warehouse of ideas. There I found the True Self, the God that had no resemblance to the one of the religious books that I had been exposed to. I found that the divinity I had sensed amidst all the nonsensical beliefs of the world was actually within me. In moving my mind directly into that Truth I saw the lies of the world, the dream that we are living. I understood that when we remove all of our beliefs, we are pure and beautiful, and extremely simple beings. I learned that we do not have to search for divinity. We are IT already. We do not have to seek redemption for the bad things we’ve done; we just have to remove the beliefs that made us do those things in the first place. Our beliefs are not who we are. Divinity is who we are. Beliefs are just a game that we play and when we find ourselves in trouble, we simply stop living that belief.

Love is already who we are, we do not have to earn it. We don’t have to say mantras, feed the poor or say a thousand Hail Marys. We do not have to seek forgiveness. We are already beautiful and perfect. We simply have to let go of our unkind beliefs – beliefs that make us ugly on the outside, that make us hate ourselves and in turn, hate others.  Beliefs are akin to clothes; they can be put on and removed at any time.

Having said all of this, I have to add that I also learned that we cannot be taught by other people about God, about our divinity. My word is inadequate; all I can do is relate my experience. To know God and to know true self-love, we have to enter into the direct experience of the Truth. For those who carry guilt, for those who are desperately trying to get out of a dark experience of feeling stuck, I urge you to move into the space of the inner world and find God inside. There is no technique, no process. All that is required is that you find a moment in which to be quiet and in that space drop every belief you have ever had. Be brave enough to do that. When you finally reconnect to the essence of love, you will find it impossible to hurt yourself, let alone others. Beliefs are games in which we become entrenched, believing we have to do something deeply meaningful to free ourselves of them. The situations that we find ourselves in are God’s way to get you to confront them. All that is required is that you let go.

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About Yaz

Hi Everyone! Please check out my site. There you'll find a range of subjects on which I've expressed my world view. I always challenge myself and others to move out of their point of view and try seeing things from another perspective. Your point of view will always be there if you don't like mine! And I'd love to hear from you. Perhaps you'll shift something in me. This is the journey to the True Self and I love it. Lots of love to you all!

Discussion

12 thoughts on “Guilt is a Prison; Let Go and Be Free

  1. Thanks yaz all I have to do is put these words into practise! I’ve really enjoyed your writing in the last month. Thank you:-)

    Posted by Greg | December 6, 2012, 1:51 pm
  2. Yaz, my God, this is so so meaningful to me today. I’ve wrestled with this and wrestled with that, & do you know, it wasn’t until a clinical psychologist said to me that I needed to forgive myself – “forgive myself” – that a new perspective dawned. I REALISED I felt guilty, absolutely guilty. I MYSELF had not done harm, but had not watched out for harm diligently enough. And I just couldn’t forgive myself (I have now, but I REALISED at that time, I had not).

    These words, Yaz – and even that your “word” is not enough – all very meaningful.

    Ah, I hope you’ve been well. I haven’t been visiting any blogs for about a week – seems like ages, really does. I’ve missed ya! 🙂

    Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes | December 6, 2012, 2:11 pm
  3. That last sentence holds the simple answer doesn’t it? I spend a lot of time trying to let go. I love the concept of dropping every belief you have, especially as today a lot of beliefs that really don’t serve me have been bubbling up. I missed your blog. And what is a hubpage by the way?

    Posted by Joy is now | December 6, 2012, 3:41 pm
  4. Beautiful post Yaz. I sure needed to read it this morning. Thank you hon.

    Posted by rheath40 | December 6, 2012, 4:22 pm
  5. I so needed just this today. Thanks Yaz…you’re my rudder 🙂 huge hug

    Posted by journeyman1977 | December 6, 2012, 5:27 pm
  6. Marvelous Yaz absolutely beautiful and to the point! As so within never without!

    Posted by Clark Kent | December 6, 2012, 6:34 pm
  7. Such wise words Yaz ~ isn’t so much about ‘letting go’ ~ I was working on this with the phsyical side just yesterday …. realizing how the chronic pain causes what they call “gripping” and “guarding” in the body as a reflex against unstable joints… but your essay here shows how this same phenomena takes place in the emotional body as well… fascinating! thank you dear one ~ Robyn

    Posted by Robyn Lee | December 6, 2012, 7:44 pm
  8. Simply overwhelming brilliance! Thanks, Richard

    Posted by goldennuggetde | December 6, 2012, 11:22 pm
  9. Reblogged this on Zurück zur Einfachheit / Back to simplicity.

    Posted by goldennuggetde | December 7, 2012, 1:27 am
  10. From the heart, Yaz; as always…!

    Posted by carolynpageabc | December 7, 2012, 3:55 am
  11. So much wisdom in your post Yaz. For too many years I looked everywhere outside of myself for all of my answers… taking classes… going from one teacher or master to another… never a sense of finding what I was looking for. Since letting go and simply allowing I am having much deeper connections to the God within me. Blessings! This was beautifully written once again. xo

    Posted by Suzanne McRae | December 8, 2012, 2:52 am
  12. Yaz, I love the way you write from experience, with an openness, wisdom and compassion. I think many of us have found that after all the searching, the books, the classes that Truth is already within our hearts. Thanks for reminding us of this and for the contributions you share.

    Posted by sufilight | December 8, 2012, 10:37 pm

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