The Angel of Space Clearing has shown up in your reading today to help you clear the negative thought patterns and feelings which have surfaced recently as a result of your dwelling on past mistakes and regrets. These unconstructive thoughts and feelings are the primary source of stress in your life at present. Not only are they causing you to feel confused, they are also preventing positive new energies from entering your life.A couple people commented that sometimes we aren't hanging onto the past, the past is hanging onto us.
I don't have a lot of Difficult Past Memories, but some of the friendships in my life have shown me that prying off the Past's fingers is easier-said-than-done. Negative experiences wire themselves into your brain, so the traditional talk therapy approaches used in the past aren't enough to deal with them (hence characters in Woody Allen movies who've been in therapy for 20 years.) In fact, traumatic memories are even experienced as though they're happening right now (flashbacks). It might require a mix of talk, talk with friends, cognitive behavior therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, and techniques that actually change your brain. In other words, dealing with a difficult and complex past can require hard work.
The discussion made me think of a song by, of all people, Jim Steinman. Steinman wrote Meat Loaf's best sillodramatic songs, and came up with a great metaphor for the way the past sometimes feels like it still has a grip on us: Objects in the rearview mirror may appear closer than they are.
And though the nightmares should be over,
some of the terrors are still intact
I'll hear that ugly, coarse, and violent voice,
and then he grabs me from behind, and then he pulls me back
But it was long ago, and it was far away
Oh God, it seems so very far,
and if life is just a highway, then the soul is just a car
And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are...
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