With the end of another year in sight, now’s the time to determine what emotional baggage it truly worth carrying through to 2020.
Words Dr John Demartini
Just like the notorious feuds between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, Taylor Swift and Katie Perry, when the actions or words of another are perceived as hurtful, such perceptions can initiate feelings of anger, sadness and disappointment.
Getting angry is one thing, but dwelling on those so-called hurtful events can lead to a cascade of concomitant emotions, such as bitterness, resentment or even holding a grudge. It may seem like those partly self-imposed painful feelings are here to stay, but it is possible to loosen their grip and neutralise their impact.
Resentments or grudges can occur through interactions with others in any area of our life – financial, vocational, familial, social, physical, spiritual or mental, and are based upon the perception that an individual has displayed behaviour that you perceive has challenged your highest values or priorities. You then unwisely assume that it has ‘caused’ you more pain than pleasure, more loss than gain, more negatives than positives, or more disadvantages than advantages. As a result, you can form a grudge that can linger irrespective of time.
The longer this resentment remains, the more it can initiate ungoverned subconsciously induced behaviours, such as seeking anything associated with its opposite or avoiding anything associated with the initial resented behaviour. This is because anything you resent will occupy space and time in your mind and will run your life, until you dissolve or rebalance its underlying misperceptions and re-experience a more meaningful state in which you feel appreciation and love.
When you hold onto resentment it is stored in what has been called your subconscious mind and/or subcortical brain physiology, both electronically and electrochemically. It also initiates epigenetic changes in your gene expression, which results in physical symptomatology designed to awaken you to the original imbalanced perception that you now resent or have a grudge about.
The good news is that once these feelings have been neutralised through deeper reflection and answering intuitively guided questions, it will balance out your mind’s inherent neutral love equation and you will be able to dissolve resentments and grudges.
Here are some questions and methods you can use to initiate this process:
By prioritising your daily actions, you can begin filling your day with the highest priorities and most meaningful actions. This elevates your own self-worth and reduces your emotional reactions, which lead you to ever wiser daily actions. You become the master of your destiny and not a victim of your history, and you’ll be less vulnerable to resentments, fantasies and grudges.