I am about to get a little Catholic on you all. I’ve been thinking lately about the Catholic sacrament of confession. Several days ago, on my Facebook page I asked my friends what was one thing that they would never, ever want anyone to know about them? “Post it here,” I demanded. Not shockingly, only one person responded with any degree of seriousness.
I wonder a lot about confession. Is whether it’s a priest Catholics confess to an important factor whatsoever? And for that matter, does confession have any spiritual value to begin with. To get back into the Hindu frame of reference, let’s say, can confession actually unburden one of accumulated “negative” karma?
Given that, as I noted in my last post, “It’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s what you do about it”, I would say yes. In this context it is really something like “It’s not what you’ve already done that matters, it’s how you move forward in the wake of said action.” And the choices are clear. You can either (1) make your life more miserable due to guilt or just continue to deepen of the impressions of samskara by repeating the action, OR you can (2) unburden yourself and become more mindful of negative tendencies by facing up to them, owning them…verbalizing them even. I know this is starting the sound a little 12-Step. But it really is about recognizing themes within and in your behavior, and knowing your personality and how to manage it from a place beyond the personality, the individual. The deeper, higher Self. And it needs not be a confession to God. Because God does not dole out punishments or rewards. You, yourself, are God enough.
Jai Hari Aum.