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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Injury: No blame, no shame

1842 Rail Accident    (Public Domain)
When Wise Woman Susun Weed was seriously injured eight weeks ago, she did not curse the circumstances, the heavens
or herself.

She instead got right down to the business of healing by repeating this affirmation:  My body heals rapidly and well.

Many, however, would leap right into blame with statements such as these:  Why didn’t I watch where I was going?  Why didn’t someone warn me about that rock?  Why me, anyway?

Blame, in turn, leads to shame – the internal feeling of not being smart enough, athletic enough, flexible enough, pure enough, enlightened enough…

Certain philosophies, some which call themselves “spiritual,” promote this type of self-condemnation.  The “there are no accidents” crowd often taints basic karmic beliefs by (literally) adding insult to injury.

When Weed asked Elisabeth Kubler-Ross why people tend to blame themselves for such things as accidents and cancer, Kubler-Ross replied:  Because guilt is preferable to chaos…  Bad things can just happen.  We aren’t in control of everything.


Copyright March 11, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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