There is a power in not allowing guilt to control your actions and behavior. It is a human superpower to be able to choose wisely and not allow emotion to hijack your choices. I encourage my clients in recovery to tap into their ability to choose their actions in this present moment, free of guilt. Every human has this power, and some use it to completely change the direction of their lives. I like to use the story of Paul to illustrate the power of not allowing guilt to keep you stuck on an old path that cannot serve your highest good.
The apostle Paul was once named Saul. Saul was a mass murderer and a violent man. Had he allowed guilt and his unchangeable past to define him—and thus rule his present moment choices—he would never have made it off the road to Damascus. He would never have transformed and thus allowed the truth of his Divine Source and Being-Becoming to manifest and become Paul. Had he chosen to succumb to guilt from past life choices that no longer represented his new growth and direction he would not have transformed. Instead of learning from past errors in thinking and perception, he never would have written anything, much less become an apostle of Jesus. His writing inspires people today to make positive life choices. His writing is a direct result of his ability to embrace a new way of being in the world, a new life, and new choices. Paul became a new man due to his choices. He could no longer be separate from his Divine Source. He left Saul behind because his old way of life was invalidated by the demands of new growth required for his Being-Becoming. He had free will, and he used it. If Saul can choose to listen to Source and leave behind a life of mass-murdering and hatred to become the truth of his being, out-picturing his Divine Source through himself as Paul, you too can leave your past behind. Such is the transformative power of Divine Source. Use your free will and choose wisely. You can become an entirely new person. Others have done exactly this, and so can you.
You are not your past.
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