Any place we feel guilt is a place we need to grow up. Feeling guilt keeps us small. Ironically, where we feel small are the places we have left our bodies. True embodiment is a feeling so big and full and complete on the inside, so whole, there is no room for anything else.
And, guilt is living in the past. Embodiment is living fully embodied in the present.
The world does not you need you small and controllable, the world needs you strong and powerful and complete.
The places where we give away our power are places where we do not yet trust ourselves. We cannot heal those places until we see them for what they are. We cannot take responsibility for our pain when we see ourselves as a victim. The antidote is to trust ourselves above all else. And embody and live from that truth.
And we trust ourselves when we listen to our deepest truth, and embody that truth faithfully.
Guilt stems from a belief that I am responsible for anyone else’s well being. Guilt is a call to self-care. Whatever the guilt is, whatever the statement is, whatever the shame is, it is a mirror pointing in words to what we ourselves actually need. A place where we need to plug our own leaky holes. I am not responsible for the well-being of anyone or anything. I am responsible for my own well-being. True well-being, which means embodying myself. When I do this, I am whole. When I am whole, I act in ways of equality, sovereignty, dignity. In that state only, do I do no harm on the outside. Wholeness on the inside means no harm done on the outside.
Norma Van Horn