What if I told you that guilt is an anchor? Most of us experience some sort of guilt daily. Small pangs in our souls – eating meat, eating too much, white lies, jealousy, etc., these things are almost unavoidable and likely not permanently damaging.
Although I don’t subscribe to most tenets of Christianity, the basic principles laid out in the Ten Commandments are a pretty universal guide on how not to be a douche. Don’t murder people, don’t steal, etc. are all basic truths to all religions everywhere – except for maybe Satanism which we will discuss later. Guilt in general comes from personal violation of one or more of these. They are what keeps up us at night, scared of the police, afraid of ourselves – resulting in a mass of mistakes that lay unsettled in the pit of our stomach and forcing themselves out in alcoholism, drug abuse and even our bad dreams.
But what else??? Aside from addictions, dreams, etc., the physical body experiences any number of side effects from guilt. These can include, but certainly not limited to, hair loss, high blood pressure, diarrhea and/or constipation. We think we can work through it guilt by owning up to our crimes, talking to counselors, ministers, etc. But these individuals are not suited to discuss and counselor through what some might call Karma, the cosmic consequence. Now I am not suggesting that you visit a Yogi or some crystal cleanser to quell your cosmic debt. I actually don’t believe you can. But what I do believe is that you can choose to let guilt go, by acknowledging, addressing and healing those affected as much as possible.
Although most of us will not commit the most heinous of crimes like murder or rape, it does not spare us from the eventual outcome of our lesser “sins” if you will. If we cannot find a way to forgive ourselves and make retribution, there is a good chance that your next life will carry the stain of that guilt. (Oh Discordia) What if I told you that you were doomed to reenact your crimes in multiple lives until you understand that it isn’t just about the action but also the reaction that matters?
The new Mindful moment encourages you to be aware of your body, of your feelings and thoughts. While that is all well and good, healing and helpful no doubt, thinking of only this moment can be dangerous. We should encourage ourselves to think about the lives we have touched, the places our souls may (or may not) have been. While I know some do not believe in Past Lives per se, the concept of effect is still a vital part of self discovery and healing. It is not enough to say you are sorry, to make promise to go forward and sin no more, but to truly move through the guilt, we must understand the effects in a universal manner.
Example: Children of abusers will often abuse themselves or at least be unable (without much therapy) to maintain healthy relationships of their own. This is the rippled effect, by one bad deed, all subsequent generations are changed.
If we can’t move through the steps, find a way to heal our soul and let go – we will carry it with us upon our death. Holding on to this life too hard can mean terrible things – the creation of a restless spirit, hauntings – but it can also mean that, like a birthmark, you are doomed to carry that shame, that guilt with you when you begin anew.
As we emerge, most of us with no memory of the before, we have the opportunity to live again, anew with the chance of making better decisions, of learning new things about the universe around us. Bearing a mark at rebirth can shape the way in which you think, feel and react to the new life presented to you.
Example: If you beat your wife, never recovering – never cleansing that guilt, the next life you may be forced to face yourself. This could manifest as being born a woman who gets beaten or being forced to watch and understand what that felt like to the other person – that the guilt you felt was selfish, and the pain was never yours – but your victims.
In essence, it’s imperative to your soul that you go to your end without regret or guilt, letting go of this shell, secure in the knowledge that the universe has a plan.
But what about those whom guilt does not exist? There are definitely individuals who possess no ability to feel guilt. Serial Killers, sociopaths, those suffering from other forms of mental illness, are not exempt to universal law. Real Satanists, not the “anti-Government” type who claim no real affiliation with the Dark Lord, revel in the idea that nothing is taboo if it suits them. It is not necessarily evil by biblical sense but certainly by society’s. I would also argue that most of our politicians and preachers subscribe to their own self-serving form of Satanism.
I must admit that these individuals puzzle me – or at least their outcome. Is their doomed lives, without human emotion or remorse, their punishment for heinous previous lives? Or is the universe giving them a “soft reset” because they have punished themselves life after life, unable to shed guilt – so much so that a lifetime with a fractured psyche is their only escape, finally able to shed guilt by being unable to access it entirely.
The dark side to this is that they are unable to exist in life normally, peacefully and without malice. Sadly they often unleash chaos in the world. Ahhh but the Universe is destruction as well as creation is it not? Binary systems, ying/yang, etc., all understand the nature of opposites.
It is in human nature to deny what we fear. We fight to live forever. We lock our doors and leave the lights on to stave off the dark. Violence happens and in the darkness our fears live and thrive. When death happens it often comes as sudden, leaving our souls confused and hanging onto what we feel we have left unfinished. We should take time out in our lives, while we still can, to be Mindful yes, but to also work through our guilt, giving ourselves permission to love ourselves again.
Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, letting go of the past allows us to focus on the future without restraint.