Feeling guilty is much more than remembering a past regret. Guilt can take many forms, such as in low self-esteem, an inability to take action on your dreams, and can at its worst, cause depression.
But lifting yourself out of this condition is not only entirely possible, in fact, it is your purpose to do so.
So, I'm not going to go into the roots of guilt or shame here, what I am going to attempt to do is to shed some light on the way it is affecting you now, so you can identify it, know that it is not the true Source of who you really are, and offer you support on the steps to transforming, and eventually releasing all of your guilt.
Tall order, I know. But it is inevitable that you will do so. Its not a matter of if, it is a matter of when.
Some people can take lifetimes to release their guilt. Others, are completely unaware of it at all! Others still, continue to feed into it, adding more and more to the pile. I would say that you can count yourself lucky for even reading this, because awareness of anything is always the first key to being able to change it.
I know talking about guilt is not the brightest and lightest subject you may be interested in reading about. Let's face it: aren't all of those posts about making your dreams come true, fulfilling your life purpose, making $10K a week sound much more exciting and powerful?
Yes, they do. But here's the thing: you're not going to be able to achieve all of those results you desire, in anything, unless you tackle this annoying, underlying, problem: the guilt of unworthiness.
As you can see above, the dictionary tell us that guilt is, "the fact of having committed a specific or implied offense or crime", or "a feeling of having done wrong or failed in an obligation".
These are the dictionary's definitions, but I'm going to take this one step further and introduce you to the concept of guilt as it is discussed in A Course in Miracles. The Course makes the release of your guilt one of its primary objectives so, it is really clear about how pervasive it is throughout humanity, and how much control it has over our lives individually. It is one of the ego's most effective tools at keeping you down, and out of your greatness and unlimited potential.
The 'definition' in the dictionary around "feeling", hints at what the Course means, as it is beginning to refer to a sense, a state of being, a feeling or embodiment, that is all too often, completely subconscious. The Course further identifies this as "the guilt of un-worthiness", one that we all carry around.
You see, we don't realize how magnificent, powerful, all-encompassing our true identity, and Source of very being truly is. It is just beyond a very thin veil. The Course continues further in informing us that our guilt is not even real. It is not the truth about ourselves. In fact, we are completely innocent, always have been, and always will be.
There is no wrong-doing. There are only beliefs in weakness and in frailty, and by believing that, we act in fear, and get off track from being in Love. We often realize we have gotten off track, and then come back again, into the Light. We can take ourselves off track as many times as we want, until finally, we come back to the Light and are assured we can stay there if we'd like.
So this subject of guilt may be eluding you, because it is underneath. It is not something up on the surface of who you are. You may be going around with lots of joy and happiness in your life, but when it comes time to stepping into your true power, you somehow freak out for reasons you don't understand, and then remain hidden, where you feel a lot safer. I mean, who would want to go and put themselves out there, at risk of getting attacked?
In your life, if you're holding guilt from something in your past, or you were brought up in such a way as to not have much confidence in your true Self, the thing is guilt has a way of being magnetic. With that so being, you will continue to attract people, events and circumstances that are going to trigger that guilt, and make you feel even more guilty!
Believe it or not, here is where the power is. This is when you get to see that guilt right up front and center in your life, and transmute it.
This is a process, and patience is needed with yourself while you embark on this journey. Now that you know that it is there, you can start having more awareness around when and how it is showing up, and then set to work in healing and releasing it.
For more guidance on how to do just that, you can read or listen to my previous blog post, dated August 6, 2016. There are guidelines for the step-by-step there.
"You are here to create the good, the beautiful, and the Holy.
Do not forget this."
They do what they feel impulsed to do. It doesn't mean it isn't a little scary for them, it's just that the fear doesn't grip them to the point of completely halting them from doing anything. They are guided by a higher, more powerful force that implores them to take their next steps, to have faith, and ride the wave. And they do.
When you do this inner work, when you find, identify, lift and transform this darkness into light, you will be the same. Your questions then become,
How high can I fly?
What will You have me do next?
Where should I go, and what would You have me do?
Your inner guidance becomes so clear and strong that, all you can feel is, 'Wow, this is going to be fun!'
Because filling yourself with the Light of your soul is the most fulfilling and invigorating thing you can imagine.
It is what you are here for.
It is what you came here to be, do and have.
It is entirely your function and purpose here, all day, everyday, in every way.
All my blessings,