Feeling Guilty? Stuck in Guilt? Would You Like to Live a Guilt-Free Life?
Feeling Guilty, Feeling Bad Question
What is guilt and how do I get rid of it? K. M.
The Defintion of Guilt and How to Deal with Guilt
is the worst experience known to humans. Guilt ties you up in knots and makes you
feel unworthy and miserable. Contraary to what you may think, guilt is not a real, authenic human emotion. Instead, it is a "feeling" that you have committed a sin, therefore, you are bad and wrong.
Therefore, guilt is a conditioned response, not an
authentic emotion. You learned to feel guilty when someone in your past told you that you were bad or wrong.
A child does not "feel guilty"
until someone punishes her and makes her experience guilt. When an authority, teacher or parent tells a child that she has offended someone or hurt someone's
"feelings," she feels guilt.
someone is offended by your behavior, they accuse you
of doing something wrong or bad. You may or may not have done anything wrong or bad. As a matter of fact, most of the time, you have not done anything that would be considered to be bad or wrong.
As an adult, guilt is caused by thinking
that you have done something wrong. You think you have done something wrong because
you judge yourself based on a judgment that you learned in your past.
When you feel guilt it could be your own judgment against yourself or someone else's judment against you. For example, if your mother wants you to come home for the hoidays she may judge you as a bad daughter if you do not come home to see her. The fact that you do not go home to see your mother does not mean that you are a bad daughter.
In other words, you are taught to feel guilt when someone judges
you--about anything-- how you dress, how you move, how you think, what you do. Guilt is a form of manipulation.
In reality there is no right
way to dress, move, think or do! The more creative you are, the more ways
there are to dress, move, think and do!
you "feel guilty," you think that you have done something wrong and are judging
yourself. The result is your energy becomes totally tied up in knots and pulls
you in different directions at the same time, with no resolution possible.
have committed a "sin" and you need to be punished. Pretty awful stuff. So of
course being the "good person" that you are, you punish yourself for being so
bad by making yourself miserable.
You are stuck; no matter what you do, you feel
bad. Guilt is a losing battle, an inner conflict where you lose no matter what you
It is easy to see this
no win situation is crazy and guilt need not guide any decision you make in your
life. Never, yes, never trust guilt!
If you have done something you really regret,
apologize and stop doing it, otherwise dispense with guilt. Do not let guilt rule
When I hurt someone's
feelings, I usually sense it because I feel bad, not guilty. I take a deep breath, feel my
feelings and go back and apologize to the person.
The last time I did this was
in Sweden with one of the students. I told him what I was feeling so he could
understood what was happening inside of me that made me be abrupt and insensitive
to him. At first he said it was all right, so I had to apologized three different
times before he accepted my apology. I felt better as soon as I talked to him,
but I didn't feel complete until he accepted my apology.
Taking responsibility for
yourself is very different from guilt.
Here is a secret to the emotional dynamics that are doing on when someone guilt trips you.
When a person judges you as wrong, they are defending
against their own authentic emotions. They choose to judge you and think bad thoughts about you because that is what they do to themselves to to control themselves and avoid feeling their authenic emotions.
Your behavior puts them in touch with feelings inside
of themselves that they are blocking, denying and repressing. Therefore they do not want to feel them and will do anything to avoid feeling them.
It is the ego that
is offended and it is the ego that wants control. The ego wants you to do
what it wants you to do, so it uses guilt trips to accomplish this. The real self is never offended because being offended is a defense behavior.
cultures and societies over the centuries have used guilt, shame and blame to
control their children. The Jewish culture is famous for their guilt and indeed
they have developed it to a high art. I was full of guilt myself so the southern
families have obviously used it very successfully as well! Guilt is used to condition
children to behave as expected.
how do you get rid of guilt?
conscious of your judgments of yourself, so you have the means to stop judging yourself. Once you stop making yourself wrong, it will be easier to deal with other people's judgments of you.
attending to your own needs and honor them, rather than making them
wrong. Open your heart so you feel your real emotions and feelings. Then you will know what is
best for you rather than what you have been conditioned to think
you should do.
will find you have been conditioned to think badly of yourself for
many, many healthy things. The only way to resolve guilt is to cease the judgments, then you will be able to relax and
aware that making someone else wrong is the same thing as making yourself wrong. Forgiveness is really nothing more than giving up your judgments
There is no
right or wrong, only experiences to learn from. So get out there and enjoy learning
and living and growing. Toss guilt out. Trust yourself and love yourself.
the life you want and the relationships you want. Try a guiltless way to start
the New Year. Hope this helps.
Learn the skill set you need to eliminate
guilt and judgment from your life so you can enjoy guilt free living.
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