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Jan 15

Guilt and Other Bad Habits

Watched the movie Vision about the life of Hildegard von Bingen, the Medieval Mystic, Prophet and Visionary.  At the age of 8, in the year 1106, she was sent to a 400 year old Benedictine monastery in what is now Germany.  She was put under the care of a noblewoman called Jutta who eventually became the abbess of the convent.

This was a time when within the Benedictine movement there was stress on the inner experience, personal meditation, an immediate relationship with God and visions.  The act of self flagellation is shown in the movie as a method of purifying the  person and inflicting wounds and suffering to honor Jesus.

Thankfully we have come a long way since then.  The challenge in our time is to focus on using positive thoughts and feelings.  In my childhood it was common to use guilt, control, fear, not good enough, shame, anger, jealousy, envy and judgement to shape, form and control behavior.  Hitting, slapping and  physical abuse was considered appropriate.  Thankfully we have come a long way since then also.

The  use of guilt  and judgment may be the most challenging to use appropriately.  We are imperfect and what will we use to prevent unwanted behaviors and guide us.  For a long time I used not being good enough as a backdrop which motivated me to achieve, until I realized that passion and desire worked so much better.  There are so many side effects to negative thoughts and feelings.  Louise Hay wonderful little book,  Heal Your Body lists the mental causes for physical illness with the metaphysical way to overcome them.  All of the causes are combinations of negative thoughts and feelings such as blame, guilt, anger, fear, not good enough, etc.

The feeling of Guilt in particular is a common byproduct from situations.  We use it all the time to do what needs to be done or accepting that we did not do what we should have.  Guilt as a positive feeling  is a message meant to teach and help us. In its negative form it makes you feel bad and serves no rational purpose.  Using our feelings as messengers we acknowledge the feeling, identify the problem, modify the behavior, forgive self/others and move on.  The moving on is the most important part of the equation.

Letting things bother us, remembering and letting situations accumulate all contribute to bad feelings and taint future responses. Heavy baggage to carry around. Focus only on what you want not what you don’t want.

 

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.mental-physics.com/2012/01/15/guilt-and-other-bad-habits/

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