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. The key to a happy and fulfilled life is learning to release these burdens. 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’ll need to recognize 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. To overcome denial, you must find the courage to see and acknowledge them. These are hard steps, but freeing the mind is worth it. Everyone has their own way of coming to terms with regret, revenge, and religion.
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. 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 deals with your beliefs concerning spiritual reality. Here’s 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 effects. But the reality is most religions create boundaries that dictate thoughts and values.
Some religions use their doctrines to justify harmful actions. You will see everything from murder, war, rape, incest, and discrimination. It teaches people to objectify genders. Religion justifies hate and excuses to wage war against those who do not hold the same beliefs. These are burdens of religion that we all share. You carry them even if you deny they exist. They color your thinking and values.
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. This will help them research their beliefs. See if you can get them to meet you at a public library. Share articles like this. Please support them in investigating the boundaries of their religious programming. In the meantime, move onto 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. Its goal is to keep people hooked into their paradigm. This is especially true for the Abrahamic religions (1). These are The Western organized religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
These religions are the dominant forces in the programming of our cultural narrative. So be mindful of the sources you use for your research. Most sources that support the mythologies they teach are going to be biased. While engaging in research, two tools are helpful. We recommend the suite of logical reasoning tools, including the strategy for 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 strategy keeps you from asking the tough questions that underpin the logic and factual basis of many religions. It’s a strategy of demonizing anything that threatens the belief system, and this strategy works. So, you must take breaks when feeling emotionally overwhelmed.
Think about it. If any of your religious beliefs changed you for the better, you wouldn’t need to keep going back. Religion makes you a victim, a source of income, and an agent of social control. When you release this burden, you become a survivor and conqueror. You can 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 feel peace and serenity after working through the forgiveness of regret. So, releasing this burden is worth the effort. You must keep forgiving yourself. You can’t change the past, but you can learn from it. 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 prisons of the mind. For example, striving at a job to make a lot of money to prove your “worth” to someone who only cares about you as an expendable resource.
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 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 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 provide guidance in 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. Here, going below the superficial attributes of the conscious mind. The Shamanic Journey is a special doorway. This process has undergone rebranding to make it more marketable. Some call it 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 (2), 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 (3), Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide.
The comparative analysis is a scientific model for comparing different belief systems. It is a process similar to a comparative religious study. It reflects the six steps of the scientific process. These steps guide the process of comparing topics. The method provides consistent and accurate results.
A methodical approach like this helps us stay on track and minimize our bias. This begins with understanding our assumptions, bias, and prejudice. As we conduct the research, these elements will surface. So, this process helps us make an honest appraisal of our worldview.
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(1) Abrahamic religions, Wikipedia
(2) Michael Harner, Wikipedia
(3) Sandra Ingerman, Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide
(4) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia