Recovering from a painful memory

I have had a lovely lady ask me the following question… ‘I am still hurt from my past and can’t let it go. How do I let it go? How do I get over my past?’

First off, big hugs and kudos to you for asking the question! I want to say that I don’t have all the answers however here are some suggestions.

Take one finally visit down memory lane, even though it is painful and brings the remembered vibration back, it is important to do this one final time. However this time, look very closely at the situation and own what part of it you played. No blaming anyone else here. No victim story or poor me story… Just the pure honest thoughts of what did I do to contribute to this situation. It is time to be brutally honest with yourself. If you look hard enough you will find the part you played. Usually this is a behaviour or trait within ourself that we dislike and don’t wish to own. Once you have identified the behaviour and owned it as yours, it is time to learn to love that part of yourself.

You can do this by writing a list of all the negative ways this behaviour has played out in the past. We then can write a list of all the positive ways this behaviour has played out in our life for the better. By recognising that there is a positive in every ‘percieved’ negative behaviour or emotion we may have, is the way to loving all the parts of us. It is the way to bring the shadow side of our personality out from the basement and love that part of us too.

Please remember here too that we are and have been all things. Everyone can be obnoxious, or needy or controlling, or antagonistic or opinionated or mean or agressive or hostile or weak or ….. fill in the blank. So there is no negative judgement on you for owning something that you dislike about yourself.

As you work on this, you will find that the gift of this painful experience has now taught you a lot more about you and helped you to love that part of yourself. The more you work on this, the easier the memory will be to relive as now the past has been a gift. The gift of having you know and love yourself more. You can then ultimately be grateful for the experience.

I hope this helps and send you love to help you to take this important step in seeking greater love and happiness in your life.

 yours in love, Jane, Social 8 Adelaide

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