The Past Is Over and Done But We Can Benefit from It

The Past Is Over and Done

Some light shed on the past can help us understand the present.

Warning for people with a mental illness: Do not try any of the techniques mentioned below, without consulting your psychiatrist first. It might not be the right time for you yet.

As Louise Hay repeatedly points out: »The point of power is always in the present moment.« But what about the past? Should we just forget about it? Surely it would not be wise to think about the past all the time and thus miss the exciting present. But we can learn from the past by analyzing it, when we reserve special time for analysis – now and then of course, not too often.

I analyze the past in my daily meditations – usually just the last day. Sometimes, however, old memories pop up and I need to dig deeper. I started analyzing my past according to Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life in 2004. After 2 years of this work, I ran into an ad for a seminar held by Phyllis Krystal. Her method is oriented in the present, but it deals with the past in order to become free of it: cutting the ties to people that have hurt us, cutting the ties to painful memories, inner child meditation to heal the emotional or mental wounds, dream interpretation to make us see, what we should work on. After having freed ourselves from past, we can really concentrate on the ‘here and now’.

I would like to say a few words about the inner child exercise. In this meditation it is shown to us, when and how we were hurt in the past. We then visualize the child at the age at which the trauma happened and take care of the child during the same meditation. Sometimes, however, the trauma is so intense that we are not shown, what exactly happened to us. All we get to know is that something bad happened to us at a certain age. It does not matter. We can still take care of the child as instructed. Krystal says that some things are meant to remain forgotten. That is why we do not remember the trauma, we suppressed due to its intensity at the time it happened.

In the fourth chapter of my self help book, I give an example of an emotional wound healed through the inner child exercise. I remembered a trauma that happened right after I was born. The interesting point is that this trauma appeared to be the origin of my fear of doctors. This kind of fear is especially problematic in psychiatry, where it appears so often that it might be called a symptom of mental illness. I felt the fear of doctors also at times, when I was stable though. Thus I explored deeper, found the root of the fear and got rid of it.

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