The more the energy shifts open our hearts to the divinity of
who we are, the more we become aware of the darker, denser energies we
carry. And we see the connections those energies have to our
limitations, unhappiness and frustration. Some of these are easy to let
go of because we can detach from the experiences that come with them.
Learning to not take others’ behavior personally makes it easier to
release betrayal and disappointment.
We can even let go of
abandonment issues when we understand that others love and give to us
from their own limited resources. But these emotions have a residue of
guilt and shame that is much harder to process and remains with us, like
a stain on our heart, until we are able to work through their personal
aspects. Guilt and shame are two of the most challenging emotions
because they are difficult to understand and are intertwined in our
physical, emotional and spiritual history.
We carry guilt over
things that we have or have not done or said, actions we have not taken
or opportunities we let slip by. When our life spirals out of control
our fear is strong but it is overshadowed by the guilt we feel at having
let things get to this point. We punish ourselves through our guilt
because we believe we could have done better and prevented this from
happening. Add to that the feelings of having let ourselves and perhaps
others down, no wonder we get depressed and are unable to make any
Those of us who suffered through the teachings of the
catholic church were fed a steady diet of guilt that included our path
of eternal damnation because we are unworthy of direct communication
with God. Our parents may have used guilt to get us to clean our dinner
plate (there are starving children in Africa), to behave (it would hurt
our mother if we embarrassed the family), and to follow the career path
they thought was best for us (how proud they would be if we became a
doctor or lawyer). So guilt became the reason we acted, not because we
were going towards what we wanted, but because we did not want to be the
reason for others’ unhappiness or disappointment.
How many times
do we say ‘yes’ when we really mean ‘no’, only because we want to avoid
feeling guilty about hurting someone’s feelings? How often do we take on
an obligation because we want to avoid feeling guilty about being
selfish and doing something that serves us? So often we say yes and then
have double guilt. There is guilt from the person who asked and self
guilt from our resentment at not meeting our needs. Guilt is a
bothersome and annoying emotion that we can overcome when we remember
that we hold the power of choice and action in our life.
an even more destructive emotion because it emanates from within us,
from a core of unworthiness that defines how we perceive ourselves. This
core feeling spreads to every area of our life, setting our energetic
vibrations at such a low level that we feel undeserving at every turn.
The person who shames us does so from their own core of shame and where
guilt is often about manipulation, shame is about destruction. Our
experience of being shamed leads to feelings of not being enough, good
enough, right, or worthy. And we shame ourselves when we believe we have
failed at something, not realizing that the shame is responsible for
As we are processing larger and larger volumes of
energy now, what has been lurking at the bottom of the barrel is now
coming up for our review. We have already processed the easier energies,
now we are prepared for these, which are the foundation of all our self
defeating, self sabotaging behavior. It does not matter how much guilt
or shame we have, all of it is destructive and challenging.
time we feel taken advantage of, misused, abused or manipulated, guilt
and shame are present in some form. If fear of success or failure
plagues you, what guilt or shame do you have that is preventing you from
realizing your true potential? How do we heal and release them? That is
our key to freedom. Everywhere we are stuck is an area where we need to
look for guilt or shame. And this is where we lose access to life’s
blessings because they prevent us from being fully connected to
ourselves, pursuing our dreams and believing that we deserve to live,
love, have joy and success and create fulfillment.
When guilt and
shame arise in your life, take a good look at where they came from, who
is involved, what messages they have for you and then remind yourself
that you are worthy, as a divine spark of Creator, of everything your
heart desires and let guilt and shame flow out of your life, to be
replaced with love for yourself, for your dreams, miracles and the joy
and abundance that are your divine birthright.
Jennifer Hoffman and Enlightening Life OmniMedia, Inc.
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