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The End of Guilt

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  • medit8ionsociety
    This posting was prompted by emails we have received dealing with guilt. It is taken from our web site Meditation Station; http://www.meditationsociety.com
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 3, 2008
      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.
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