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- God and the Trick Cyclist
- Low self-esteem – Due to unfair self-judgment?
- What is life like in a spirit world?
- Depressed mood – Does spiritual awareness help?
- What happens after I die?
- Anxiety – Can spiritual learning help reduce it?
- Don’t let hell push you around
- Guilt — Why won’t it go away?
- Towards a Culture of Love and Wisdom.
- Heal distress — Can spiritual practices help?
- Edmund Preston on Heal distress — Can spiritual practices help?
- Ed on Sympathy – Can I feel more warmth to others?
- Edmund Preston on Sympathy – Can I feel more warmth to others?
- Ed on Aid – Should charity begin at home?
- Edmund Preston on Aid – Should charity begin at home?
- Edmund Preston on Flaws – Seeing the shadowy side of oneself.
- Ian Johnson on Violence: How to respond to it ethically?
- kanishk on Welcome
- Ed on How to approach death?
- seema on How to approach death?
Tag Archives: guilty feelings
I must wash my hands repeatedly. Such an idea or mental picture may pop into your head unasked. Such ideas are unwanted if they are repetitive, unpleasant or difficult to resist. In addition to compulsive acts, they can exacerbate jealousy, temptation, or unreasonable guilt. Swedenborg’s account of unconscious inflow from a spirit realm can give the sufferer some confidence that unwanted thoughts can be ignored and got rid of. Continue reading
Spiritual healing can be needed for guilty feelings. Not all that is going on in our mind is the working of a true conscience. Some of us find ourselves at times on a guilt trip. Even if we have a sound mind, we may sometimes feel guilty over the smallest thing – without rhyme or reason painstakingly worried about something we have done that really is unimportant.
One example is children who, having been trained by their parents to follow certain rules, like never putting one’s elbows on the table at meal times – feel guilty when they have grown into adulthood feeling guilty if they ever break this rule. Other examples of illogical guilt are saying `sorry’ a lot of the time and unfairly criticising ourselves. Trying too hard to get friends to like us, feeling easily embarrassed when asking for favours or doing anything that might displease them.
Many hopelessly sick people feel constantly guilty. This may result from the suspicion that their sickness and fate are self-inflicted and their own fault. Alternatively, they may assume, more or less, the role of the utterly dependent child. Some consciously apologize for the trouble and fuss they are causing. (Our Western culture fosters a sense of guilt in most of us when illness places us in the dependent role). If we are dying, we may even feel as if we are forcing the living to face the necessity of their own deaths for which we suppose they will not be thankful. Continue reading