“But Shame is like a wound that is never exposed and therefore never heals.”  – Andreas Eschbach

img_0464Shame and Guilt block our path to growth more than any other emotions.  Each and every one of us have done things we are not proud of, and self forgiveness is the most difficult to give.  When we hesitate to forgive others we fear that in the forgiveness we will open ourselves up to being hurt again by that same individual.  The same is true for “self forgiveness”!  If we give up our guilt, we are afraid we’ll make the same mistake again.  Our guilt binds us down and keeps us from repeating the same mistakes over and over again.  We even bind ourselves with shame from beliefs we had decades ago, the church ideals we were raised with, or the unforgiving pressure that was imposed upon our childhoods, that we no longer embrace in our lives today.  The judgement we held for ourselves then, is the same judgement we carry today.  We need to free ourselves from the hold of Shame and continue on our journey of growth  Forgive ourselves as we forgive others.  

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