The three greatest burdens are; regret, revenge, and religion. Release yourself from these weights and open your heart to the virtues of the spirit. — Guru Tua
You don’t know the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release. Releasing these three heavy burdens is important for living a happy and fulfilled life. Some people carry these burdens for their entire lives.
You carry them so long you become unaware of the weight. As a result, you identify as a victim. You are a victim of circumstance, choice, and inheritance. Thus, never attaining the personal power or grace of a survivor, conqueror, and victor. If you carry these burdens, releasing may be difficult. But once you do, the freedom you receive is worth the effort.
Releasing the Three Greatest Burdens
You must recognize the acknowledge them to deal with them. The first step is learning to see them. Denial can be a powerful coping strategy. But it doesn’t solve the underlying burdens. So, to overcome this common tendency to deny them, you find the courage to see and acknowledge them. These are hard steps, but freeing the mind is worth it. How you come to terms with regret, revenge, and religion can be slightly different for each personality type. So, why should we do it?
Releasing these burdens is the key to accessing the virtues of your spirit. These include gratitude, joyfulness, happiness, love, thankfulness, blissfulness, appreciation, mindfulness, and serenity. For that reason dealing with these three burdens is important for your wellbeing. These are the keys to living the “beautiful life” no matter your circumstances.
Sometimes people have an existential crisis known as the dark night of the soul. This forces us to deal with these burdens.
Freeing the Mind from The Burden of Religion
The first of the three greatest burdens to deal with is your beliefs concerning spiritual reality. Heres the first hurdle. Everyone who identifies with a religion doesn’t see it as a burden. Religion becomes so much a part of their identity that they don’t feel its weight and its effects. But the reality is most religions create boundaries that dictate thoughts and values.
Some religions use their doctrines to justify actions like murder, war, rape, incest, gender, and all types of discrimination. It teaches people to objectify gender, to hate and wage war against those who do not believe in the same supreme being. These are burdens preventing you from thinking.
You must come to terms with religious doctrine as a burden. Sadly, many people are content to stay entrenched and protective of their religion. You can help these people by planting the seeds about researching their beliefs. See if you can get them to meet you at a public library. Share articles like this. Support them in the process of investigating their boundaries and religious programming. In the meantime, move onto releasing the other burdens of regret and revenge.
Overcoming Religious Programming
Releasing the burden of religion takes conscientious research. Religion uses groupthink manipulation and other psychological programming tools to control. It aims to keep people hooked into their paradigm. This is especially true for the Abrahamic religions. These are The Western organized religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. That’s why so many people are involved in these religions. Because of this, you must use sources from outside the paradigm you are researching. While engaging in research, two tools are helpful. To deal with this burden, you must use logical reasoning tools with emotional breaks.
Learning to use deductive and inductive logic will help discern the facts from the fiction. When an idea upsets your emotional equilibrium, stop and take a break. You need to realize that religions want to trigger your fight, flight, or freeze reaction. This makes you vulnerable to any solution they suggest.
This is a strategy to keep you from asking the tough questions which underpin the logic and factual basis of many religions. It’s a strategy of attaching anything that threatens the belief system with something negative. And, it works. So, you must take breaks when feeling emotionally overwhelmed.
Think about it. If any of this religious activity opened your heart, you wouldn’t need to go back. For this reason, religion makes you a victim. You are a commercial resource and an agent of social control. When you release this burden, you become a survivor and conqueror. You survive religious indoctrination and conquer it. You can then forge your own spiritual path. More about this later on.
Freeing the Mind from The Burden of Regret
The burden of regret is one of the three greatest burdens that can affect your entire outlook on life. If you don’t deal with the root cause of regret, it often grows to intrude continually in your thought life. It grows to taint your values and block you from the virtues of the spirit.
Forgiveness is the key to releasing the burden of regret. Step one, realize everyone makes mistakes. We all have things we wish we didn’t do, and things we wish we had not done. Forgive yourself. Do it until you forgive yourself. Put sticky notes on everything to remind yourself by saying something like “forgiveness works”, or “I am forgiven.” Set a reminder on your smartphone with the note “I forgive myself.”
Once you release this burden, you become a conqueror, enabling access to the virtues of the spirit. Many people identify strongly with a feeling of peace and serenity after working through the forgiveness of regret. So, it’s worth it. Keep forgiving yourself. Tell yourself you can’t change the past. Ask yourself what lesson did I or should I have learned?
Freeing the Mind from The Burden of Revenge
Revenge is a fire. Once you start it, it is hard to extinguish. Revenge is a response to pain. And, they often intertwine this with regret and religion. And, like regret and religion, it blocks your heart. Revenge takes many forms and ranges from short-term impulses to lifelong underlying motivations. Short-term revenge impulses are like “flipping off” someone for cutting you off in traffic and wishing they would have an accident. Long-term motivations are like striving at a job to make a lot of money to prove your “worth” to someone.
Most noteworthy, motivations driven by revenge can never be fulfilled. When you act in response to revenge you make yourself a victim of past situations or circumstances. The victim mentality means you’ll never be victorious. The only way to overcome it is to lay this burden down.
Tools for Freedom
We recommend the use of the following tools to assist you in the process of releasing these burdens:
Enneagram Of Personality
We highly recommend the Enneagram Personality Profile. It’s a part of the basic tools of our blended learning process. This tool can help you identify your burdens and also provide guidance on how to go about laying them down. The Enneagram Personality Profile is a set of scientifically validated questions. This process will identify your default personality profile, a combination of 3 out of 9 basic types with one being your dominant (default).
The Shamanic Journey
This is another ancient tool that can help you identify and remove all the three greatest burdens. In this case, going below the superficial attributes of the conscious mind. The Shamanic Journey is a special doorway. It has undergone rebranding to make it more marketable. Thus, it is called creative visualization or guided meditation. It’s a tool of the subconscious mind and doorway into other realms of reality. Our spiritual essence and soul are dimensions accessible through this spiritual technology. When you use this technology, you enter a separate state of consciousness known as the Shamanic State.
Shamanic State of Consciousness
Michael Harner, anthropologist and shaman calls this the Shamanic State of Consciousness (SSC). In this state, the brainwaves are also in the theta-wave area. Besides being self-aware, you project yourself into a “visionary state” of consciousness. You are both the director and participant within a landscape of non-ordinary reality.
This state is probably the most ancient form of spiritual practice. You can find some version of this process around the world. This ancient pagan practice is more than likely the source of modern religion. We see modern versions re-branding it as “creative visualization” and “guided meditation”. The Shamanic State of Consciousness is significant for several characteristics. The person in SSC controls when, where, and how long they travel. By setting the goal of their journey, they provide a level of freedom and control.
We use this ancient technology in our blended learning process. The best way to learn is through personal instruction with drumming. However, many audio tools are acceptable. One source we recommend is the book and audiotape by Sandra Ingerman, Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Abrahamic religions, Wikipedia
Michael Harner, Wikipedia
Sandra Ingerman, Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide