Shame is the lowest stage of consciousness, completely devoid of truth. It is the first thing Adam and Eve felt when they betrayed God by eating of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. As they were punted out of Paradise, their consciousness spiraled downward and felt the full fury of evil, Shame.
This is the state many of us feel when we are attacked by our former wrongdoings, be they intentional or only erronious. This is the state of mind which engulfs us when we are so embarrassed by our own actions that we despise who we are. This is the stage where we are most unaware of who we truly are, beings made in the likeness of God.
Each of us have lived in these moments at one time or another. Some of us live in it entirely, that feeling of not being worthy of the life we long for. Shame is often used by those in power to subdue others into abdication, by religions, by governments, by employers, even by friends and family members. It is an awful, hopeless state in which to live.
Regardless of what any of us have gone through in the past, regardless of the actions we have taken, this is a new moment in time, full of all new possiblities, especially the possiblity of redemption. Move in the direction of that.
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