“The three greatest burdens are; regret revenge and religion. Release yourself from these weights and then your heart will open to the virtues of the spirit.” — Guru Tua
You don’t know the weight of something 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.
Let Go of Your Burdens
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.
It’s one thing to say let go of your burdens, but it’s another to do it. Many people say it takes some serious inner work, but the goal is worth the effort.
The Three Greatest Burdens
The first step is learning to see these harmful loads. Denial can be a powerful coping strategy, but it doesn’t solve the underlying burdens. To overcome this, you must find the courage to see and acknowledge them. It’s a hard step, but freeing the mind is worth it. Everyone has their 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 vital for your well-being. 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.” It 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. Their faith can become 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 that the deeply religious own even if you deny they exist. They color your thinking and values, and you can see them if you do an honest self-appraisal.
You must come to terms with religious doctrine as a burden. Sadly, many people are content to stay entrenched and protective of their religion. But, it’s possible to help these people by planting the seeds. Help them research their beliefs. See if you can get them to meet you at a public library. Let go of your burdens and set an example for others to follow. 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 on their paradigm. It is especially true for the Abrahamic religions (1). These are The Western organized religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
The best way to release this burden is to use the mind’s analytical tools. Logical reasoning is the platform to see how arguments are misused to get us to buy into superstition. Learning to use deductive and inductive logic will help discern the facts from fiction. When an idea upsets your emotional equilibrium, stop and take a break. You need to realize that religions want to trigger your instinctual “fight, flight, or freeze” reaction. It makes you vulnerable to any solution they suggest.
Organized religion does not want you to start using common sense and logic. These critical thinking skills undermine their control. They don’t want you asking tough questions that underpin the factual basis of their superstitions. So, they often use the strategy of demonizing anything that threatens the belief system. They even program believers to help them defend this sacred ground. It’s one reason they want to keep you in a state of anxiety and fear. When you are emotionally overwhelmed, you are much easier to manipulate.
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 a spiritual path of your own. 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.
You can have regrets for things you’ve done or something you didn’t do. Either way, it brings guilt, shame, and self-condemnation.
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 message “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. Forgiveness is the key. Forgive yourself and keep on doing it until it sinks in. 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 negative motivations are prisons of the mind.
Motivations driven by revenge are not fulfilling. When you act in response to vengeance, 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 essential 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 scientifically validated questionnaire to determine your default personality profile, a combination of 3 out of 9 basic types, with one being your dominant (default).
The Shamanic Journey
It is humankind’s first spiritual tool of inner discovery. It can help you identify and remove all of the three greatest burdens we’ve discussed. Here, we use a universal process to go below the superficial attributes of the conscious mind. The Shamanic Journey is an impressive 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 using visualization to open the door to another 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.
You can find this process in almost every indigenous culture. This ancient practice is more than likely the source of modern religion. You may know it as “creative visualization” or “guided meditation.” The Shamanic State of Consciousness is significant for several characteristics. While in SSC, you control when, where, and how long to 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 process we call “Comparative Analysis” is a structured approach to 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 systematic approach like this helps us stay on track and minimize our bias. It helps us to understand 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