This posting was prompted by emails we have
received dealing with guilt.
It is taken from our web site Meditation Station;
Wasting energy on Guilt is taxing, and
in this day and age, we have enough tax already!
The End of Guilt
Once upon a time there was a spiritual seeker
named Jiva. After trying many different ways to
become pure and holy and attain enlightenment,
he had gained a great degree of self-control. He
was no longer blindly reactive to the actions of
people, places and things he came in contact with.
Nor did he squander energy with unnecessary
physical or mental tension. Selflessness and
humility had replaced greed and egoism and thus
he spared himself any of the suffering that is
the automatic result of those behaviors. And yet,
Jiva still felt uneasiness within himself. Despite
being able to experience states of bliss while
sitting in meditation, he recognized that there
was a sense of desperation deep inside that even
feelings of ecstasy and glorious visions couldn't dissipate.
Recognizing his need for help, Jiva journeyed
to see his teacher, Moksha. After reaching his
destination and being warmly welcomed, he proceeded
to tell of his frustration, anxiety, and how this
made him feel that he was a spiritual failure.
Moksha at once knew the cause and cure of his
student's problem. "My beloved Jiva, you have
attained great things. You have understood what
actions are beneficial and which are not, and on
a conscious level, no longer do those things that
diminish your serenity and well being. Your problem
is a very common one and is on a subconscious level.
You are suffering from feelings of guilt and
unworthiness. This comes from identifying with an
illusionary vision of who you are. Long ago you were
told you had to act in certain ways and believe in
things that you no longer do.
For instance, it was impressed on you that if you
didn't sit exactly the way you were taught was
proper in first grade, you were being "a bad boy".
Similarly, you were expected to believe in Santa
Claus and were led to believe that this and other
fairy tales were the basis of whether you would
find life enjoyable. As a matter of fact, you were
taught that many of your actions were "sins" and
would doom you to hell for eternity. There were
also times in your life that your actions caused
pain or suffering to others and are proper to
regret and never repeat. You have kept these things
within you and have never dealt with them. Much
like someone who has a tooth that looks white and
healthy on the outside but has an abscess within,
you have a need for spiritual dentistry to cleanse
the dis-ease process within you." Moksha then taught
Jiva the End of Guilt meditation technique. Jiva
sat in meditation and soon purged himself of all
subconscious feelings of guilt. He then realized
the purity, wisdom, and bliss of his infinite,
eternal Real Self, and lived happily ever after.
The End of Guilt Meditation Technique:
Sit in the position of comfort that you have come
to know is best for maintaining meditation. Relax
your mind, body, and emotions. Attain a rhythm of
effortless breathing. Refocus your attention on
your breath if you get distracted from your
meditation. In your mind's eye, visualize your
Deity. If it is one that has no human form, see
the holy, infinite, all-powerful pure energy that
represents the divine. If your Deity has a form,
see it in as great detail as possible.
For instance, if it is in a human male form, see
its body, face, hair, eyes, hands, robe, all, as
clearly as you can. See yourself in front of and
facing your Deity, in a sitting, standing, or
prostrating position. Visualize yourself covered
with many, many layers of ultra fine energy, much
like the layers of skin on an onion. Each of these
layers were created by the process of labeling your
actions as sins. In reality, nothing you've ever
done has been either "good" or "bad". They have just
been things that occurred in your life. If they could
be labeled or judged, what they would be are
opportunities to appreciate your universal identity
and oneness with the divine. Misinformation and
inappropriate conditioning has caused you to have
the illusion that you have sinned by your physical,
mental, or emotional actions and have acquired layers
of negative energy that now cover and soil your
pure Real Self.
Realize that with every breath you receive, the
Highest Power, your Deity, sends you forgiveness
and blessings. Know that every interaction you have
had with anyone else that you may have thought caused
them to suffer, had the potential to help them become
a stronger person and evolve in consciousness. Most
importantly, acknowledge that not everything you were
conditioned to believe was a sin, was one, and that
the conditioning itself may have been the sin.
See your Deity remove your guilt and convert your
so-called sins into love. Visualize your guilt
coatings melting off and the forgiveness and blessings
of the Divine cleansing and healing the wounds and pain
they caused. As they peel off, you may remember specific
things that you have been carrying within your
subconscious. Witness the events and the suffering
they represent fade away and dissolve forever.
As the final layers are peeled away, you realize
that there is nothing left within and thus no
separation from the Deity who is all powerful,
present infinitely and eternally, all knowing and
all love. Just like a bird that has escaped its
shell, with no more guilt to bind you, you are
forever free to soar the heavens and swim in the
universal ocean of bliss. And live happily ever after.