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Monday, January 2, 2023

Discharging the Past

 By Anna Von Reitz

If you have followed along and are taking my good advice, you are spending this time in January reviewing your life --- facing the things that make you sad and things that you regret, things that make you mad and things that make you ashamed-----and letting them go.  

Even if these feelings appear not to concern you directly, like feelings about a war you never fought in, or other historic event that you haven't actually experienced in this lifetime, examine it. Examine anything that provokes a feeling of pain, sadness, worry, anxiousness, or fear, anything that makes you angry, anything that makes a shadow fall.

Just pull it up, look at it like a suit of old, dirty clothes, and let it go.  Unclench your fists. Realize that you are hurting yourself by hanging onto it.  It is like a piece of garbage you've been carrying around. You don't need it.  You don't want it.  

If it ever served any purpose in your life, that purpose is long gone. 

I constantly meet people who don't know me, who, for whatever reasons, walk up to me and tell me things they wouldn't tell their Mother or their spouse.  All the horrible secrets come pouring out.

This phenomenon has always startled me.  I used to wonder -- literally-- why are you telling me this?  Who am I to know?  

The same thing happens with my Son.  We wind up with some poor soul sobbing their heart out, suddenly grappling with their demons. 

We have various theories about this, but this much is apparent.  People somehow sense that they are safe with us. So they cast their burdens down.  They let it all go. 

"I killed my brother and never got caught.  It was an accident....."  

"I cheated on my wife (or husband). I feel like I broke something precious and it can't mend...."

"I'm sick. I've got three months to live. I don't want to die!"

"I don't know what's wrong, but I am always sad."

"My own Father raped me as a boy.  I can't think about it.  I want to kill him even now." 

People carry around the most horrible secrets that cause them pain and sorrow and anger and fear and everything else, and they just bear the burden and try to cover it up, even from themselves. 

This results in living limited, truncated, unhappy lives.  

Sometimes it is something that they did, or something someone else did to them, but it yields the same results, either way.  

"My Mother hated me.  I grew up in a family of five and I was always the odd man out.  I don't know why. She was always mean to me and nice to everyone else." 

"I had this girl I loved in High School.  I left her pregnant and crying...." 

"My patrol came under fire in Viet Nam.  I was rear guard, maybe forty yards back.  I heard the guns and I froze...." 

Sometimes the wound has become what I call "a festering pet".  The pain has been buried so deep and for so long it's like a fistula of the soul, something that oozes pain like pus and provides a "familiar pain" that people use as a marker to tell them who they are, what their limitations are, and that they are still alive because they feel this pain.  

Their pain has become so much a part of their existence that they can't imagine their life without it. 

"My little Sister was on her tricycle in the front yard with me. We were playing. I went into the house to get a drink of water. She was out in the street before I knew it...." 

"My Mom was in her final illness.  She had dementia.  One day she had the runs and soiled herself.  I found her playing with it. Smearing it all over. And I just lost it.  I slapped her.  And she didn't even know what she'd done....."

"This kid was only fifteen and I killed him.  I enjoyed killing him at the time. I thought he had a gun...." 

We all carry around our share of the nasty, painful and shameful things of life, times when we failed others and times when we failed ourselves.

It's important to let those things go and to "confess" them, even if all we can manage is to admit these things to ourselves and to God, go out in the backyard or to a park or stop at the side of a country road, look up and let it all flow. Feel it pour out.  Be glad when it's gone.  Don't miss it. 

I used to go to an old-fashioned cemetery high on a windy hill, and stand among the graves of strangers, feeling what their lives had been like, and just letting it all go, spiraling upward and away like a funnel cloud of lost dreams, regrets, and might-have-beens. For myself and for all of them. 

Offer up your pain, like you offer up your prayers.  Give it to God and let it go.  Don't tell yourself that your pain or your anger or anything else that you feel is silly or invalid.  Just feel what you feel, allow it to be, and then gently set it free --- free to go where it belongs in that realm of other things we call the past. 

It's January, the start of a brand new year full of possibilities. So take out the trash and scrub your soul. Be ready to accept new life and new hope. 

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24 comments:

  1. no.
    where was all this mercy and forgive-ness for the past hundred/s of years, as pertains to other mans?
    where was even being honest about a fellowman who had done no wrong?...
    it was missing.
    but false claims were made up against him or her, and under force and violence, even death, man who have done no wrong to another man have been lied about and punished, robbed, tortured or even murdered for the purposes of evil, rejected, unworthy, lazy, lying, men and women robbing that man of his God given natural gifts.

    so, no.
    when man decided to participate in evils such as this, he waived his naturalborn standing being man made in Gods image, to ask for or require mercy or forgiveness from other man or God.
    its ridiculous to even suggest mercy and forgiveness, or even just moving on when even God does not forgive these men and women without their sincere repentance before him and man (Ref.: matthew 3:8: ...bring forth fruits meet for repentance...) and even when repented of, GOD STILL DOES NOT REMOVE THE CONSEQUENCES/ PUNISHMENTS; AND ALSO, SUCH MEN ALSO LOSE THEIR REWARDS IN HEAVEN.

    so, no.
    man has done what man has done.
    his doings are with him.
    they are his creations, and he only will stand for them, on earth and in heaven and in the courts of both, i:woman say
    the time for mercy and forgiveness is past.
    its time to open the books and return to every man and woman what they used their own time, talents, and treasures to create.
    and it is so.
    woman:janmarie.

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    1. woman:janmarie, what you are speaks so loudly I can not "hear" what you say.

      Furthermore ms "shadow boxer," "our" Anna's essay is about "discharging," from one's own being/soul/spirit/etc., that which locks one into "emotional versus analytical functioning". Your "shadow boxing" is not accomplishing anything other than keeping your own firey furnance belching - unproductively toward what could be good.

      A rule of thumb for you woman:janmarie - in a challenge "who becomes emotional first loses.
      FYI

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    2. oh...and post scrip - per your revenge-fullness? As per one author(?) (rightly or wrongly) when it is served, maybe is a dish best served cold?

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    3. i would not think any one wise would invite a rapid dog to a picnic.

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    4. . . ."rabid dog." As "Fat Bastard" said in an Austin Powers movie "...and its making me gettin' all emotional"

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    5. no.
      except for disability, a man who refuses to deal with other men who cause harm are either:
      1. cowards
      or
      2. are one of the man causing the harm to itgers.harm to their fellowman.

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    6. screen froze up while commenting:
      that is:
      no.
      except for disability, a man who refuses to deal with other men who cause harm are either:
      1. cowards
      or
      2. are one of the man causing the harm to their fellowman.
      woman:janmarie.

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    7. generally- speaking:
      people who have been harming others need to FORGET ABOUT BEING FORGIVEN, ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
      woman:janmarie.

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    8. AnnaMarie, This topic is exactly where I, for one, am at! I woke up this morning hearing myself being told that I’d been given all my pain to guide me and to learn to forgive. To turn those things over for my God to handle, and my God would have an Angel watch my things now while I step forward and partake in life.

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  2. John, 20 21-23
    [21] He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. [22] When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. [23] Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.

    The necessity of Confession

    https://www.newadvent.org/summa/5006.htm

    The Sacrament of Penance

    https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11618c.htm

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  3. This is for information: You may delete it if so desired.
    I had a doctor friend who directed me to look into training in what is called Traumatic Incident Reduction. Which falls under Metapsychology. This was developed by a Italian doctor named Frank A. Gerbode MD, and others over time.
    This involves a step(s) procedure you fallow which has the viewer (client) going over the incident in his/her mind, (quietly). Then again, telling you ( the facilitator) about it. This is gone over a few time's, or as many as is needed. The viewer can stop anytime if it is too traumatizing. Or they can plow thru it, you will see this as they will show indication of release, (feeling better) or totally free and over what they have been carrying around with them for so long. I hope this will be of value!

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  4. the only sin that can't be forgiven is the forgiveness rejected,

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    1. not true.
      suggestions??: read your bible for yourself and stop following blind guides.
      start with the book of jude. the study the epistles of john, 1, 2, and 3. also peter 1 and 2. then get back with us...

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    2. You are your own worst enemy.

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    3. your comment is about your own condition.

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  5. Says: You can't truly call yourself "peaceful" unless you are capable of great violence.
    If you are not capable of great violence, you are not peaceful... You are harmless!
    Important Distinction!.....Vengeance is the Creator's so how do we know if these criminals still have cooperative destiny to fulfill before Creator exacts His justice! Stand for justice with clean hands- we do not condone of crime/harm...but where it's not always possible to prosecute, just pray that Creator's true justice is perfect & quiet your Soul! Creator/Consciousness sees all!!!
    Ask that Creator let you see your enemy's downfall if it sanctifies ethics...

    If someone still walking after they have crimed or trespassed me an innocent benevolent, it is sign they are forgiven....

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    1. not true at all.
      read jude. john 1,2, and 3. peter 1 and 2 to start.

      people have had their heads filled with what the OldTimer Pentecostals used to refer to a "Greasy-Grace", where everybody just slides into heaven by the skin of their teeth.
      how about: turn off the podcasts. sit yourself down in a quiet place.
      ask God to clear your mind of any spiritual trash put into it by any people who might just want your time, money, and ultimately your soul. and ask God, yourSELF, to show you who he is.... just between you and him for the time being.
      then get ready to have alot of what youve been taught be thrown out the window because there are some snakes behind some of the PULL-PITS and they can be very spiritually seductive, but dead wrong.

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    2. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sSSqc1qG238
      "If" by Rudyard Kipling🙏💕🙏

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  6. Refs.:
    "...and the recompence of a mans hands shall be rendered unto him."
    proverbs 12:14.

    "Be not deceived. God is not mocked:
    for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
    galatians 6:7

    imprecatory prayer (invoke God's judgment) from psalmist:
    'Destroy thou them, O God;
    let them fall by their own counsels;
    cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions;
    for they have rebelled against thee.'
    psalm 5:10
    (also psalm 69, 109, 5, 6, 11, 54, 56, 83, 137/others).
    5:11 '.... but let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:
    let them ever shout for joy,
    BECAUSE THOU DEFENDEST THEM:...
    ...12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous;
    WITH FAVOUR WILT THOU COMPASS HIM AS (WITH) A SHIELD.'

    time to be like job?
    "... though he slay me, yet will i trust in him." job 13:15
    "...i know that my redeemer liveth..." job 19:25
    or david?
    " ....who is this uncircumsized philistine, that he should defy the armies of the Living God?" 1 samuel 17:25.
    or esther 4:16?:
    "... and if i perish, i perish."
    its hardly mentioned anymore that jesuis said:
    matthew 10:38:
    "...and he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me."

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  7. Please, consider the value of this scripture. James 4:6-10 describes how to interact with our Father in order to grieve and let Him offer healing from life's pains. The instruction implies to "take off your happy face"; turn your joy to sorrow, cleanse your hands, heart, and mind... Lament, mourn, and weep and our Father will "lift you up". . Over years I've laid hands on many people to teach this. We are not as skilled as our Father at throwing bad juju in "The sea of forgetfulness" however, this Lamenting, mourning and weeping can be very effective at removing the sting of things that bind us. Sometimes its worth repeating this special trysting with our Father but that's not to wallow in tears, its to make sure the job is finished. When we approach our Father in repentance and sincerity, He is ALWAYS there.
    James 4:6-10 pasted in, but reading the entire chapter is always my preference.

    Drawing Near to God 6. But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
    7.Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Humble, I intend to be.

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  8. Re: "Discharging the Past" - IMO this idea is essentially a most pertinent one and therefor worthy of consideration.
    If it is considered as one perspective then that could allow for eleven other perspectives toward a possible 360 degree view on this subject matter. Negating this one perspective does not allow for a possible "synthesis" of the whole.
    Another perspective is: "The Past Is Not Here"! (Lesson 8 of A Course In Miracles) and:
    https://www.pathwaysoflight.org/acim_lessons/insights/lesson_289
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  9. You've written some amazing essays. According to Clif High's definition, you conduct sixth generation warfare: expose the enemy (5th) and create a new narrative (6th) which will create a new state. I loved your old white men/ women contrasts. I laughed at your comments on the standard white men are the best cliches and demand for proof. It nudged me further awake. Keep it up!

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