Turning “lemon into lemonade” is the second lesson we learn about ending guilt. What I mean is: Make your mistakes into a story of redemption, not guilt. Failure is inevitable. We all make mistakes, and sometimes the mistakes are grave.
How can we journey back to innocence where guilt has ended? For the next three days, I will share three valuable lessons about how to end the cycle of guilt.
Guilt cannot coexist with unconditional love. In my situation, guilt pushed me further away from awareness of the eternal love-union that is the ultimate truth. I was spiritually a failure and for days and sometimes weeks, I would slip further and further into a spiral of self-hatred, manifesting as unhappiness and even depression.
To give you a personal example about the ego, religion, and sin, I go back into my early 20s—a period in my life that seems almost absurd today. Yet it was my reality back then, and sadly enough the reality of many sincere seekers of God. I was deeply committed to the religious system I was part of at the time.
To achieve the goal of being “good,” the ego must resort to fighting off evil impulses, and temptations. Unaware of the divine union of love, it’s, however, incapable of being good.