What am I talking about when I say “suppression of a wound?” That suppression is when a wound is closed before the healing process begins. The proper care of a wound is something we are all aware of but not necessarily in a spiritual context. We know how to doctor a cut we encounter from doing routine tasks in a day. We want the wound to remain open long enough to allow the bleeding to flush some of the germs existing in the incision. After that we want to flush the wound by allowing running water to irrigate the opening to provide further cleansing. From there, we begin to wash the wound with soap and water to begin the disinfection process. With the completion of that cleansing we then apply antibiotic ointment to seal the wound from further infection while simultaneously purging the cut from any bacteria. We can now apply a band-aid. In contrast, closing a wound before the cleansing and healing process begins is a hazard to our health. Just wrapping a cut tightly in a bandage closes the wound with germs still inside the incision, which leads to infection. That infection can enter the blood stream and become detrimental to the welfare of the body. I might add, using vasoline to cover a wound serves to seal in all of the germs as well, but even though antibiotic ointment has the same texture as vasoline it seals in the germs for the purpose of disinfecting the area. In this light, we know suppression of a wound is hazardous to our health, but openness in the incision is beneficial as a process within the healing. Likewise, we have wounds that are within our soul that we must allow a certain amount of openness to while also applying the sealing ointment of “antibacterial” cream. In contrast, closing up the hurt that exist within us without the benefit of a healing process is detrimental to the welfare of our inner life. Let’s delve deeper into this article, “Suppression of Wounds Is A Health Hazard.”
Suppression of our inner wounds is a hazard due to closing out the divinity existing in our soul. We tend to believe there is nothing divine living within us when the feelings of shame, regret, and hurt is given a dominant place in our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. We shut out spiritual fruitfulness because we fear the shunning of past unfruitfulness, or we are too hurt to allow peace and forgiveness. In that process, we lose a feeling of inner tranquility that can only come through the divine presence which overrules the failures of the flesh. Tragically, unresolved conflict of our inner being loses sight of the sanctity of life resulting in destructive behaviors to self and others. In essence, as shame, regret, and hurt blinds us to our divine worth we waddle in the dismal purpose of existence. That negative energy comes from the vasoline of earthly or materialistic gains to bolster our esteem. What we need is the healing ointment found within the divinity of the soul, which humbles us in the midst of agony, to put us in touch with the positive energy of spiritual fruitfulness. In the presence of the divine being within us is the healing ointment to overrule shame, regret, and hurt to restore inner fruitfulness, peace, love of life, and optimism in our self-expression.
Suppression of our inner wounds is a hazard due to closing out the blossoms of the spiritual fruit. The feelings of shame and regret tends to rob us of the fruit of joy, faith, and goodness, but the sealing ointment of the fruit of the spirit gifts us with optimism while diminishing despair. We feel the loving kindness the divine presence has for us by the goodwill of not exposing our past hurts in a way that devastates us through unbearable humiliation. There is the purpose of compassion in sealing our failures while making them dissolve from our thought processes, feelings, and responses to others. The meek spirit of peace gently washes away the ugliness we feel within ourselves as tranquility begins to manifest and we humbly relate to the fleshly nature of humanity. We begin to feel an optimism like seeing a rainbow after the rain, or the radiant light of the silver lining around a dark cloud. That enables us to persevere in the spirit of goodness amidst our hurt, regrets, and shame. In addition, the sealing ointment supplies self-control to help us endure the insults, rudeness, and ill-intentions of those who thrive on the shortcomings of others. With that, we experience patience as the softness of the spiritual fruit washes away the rock-hardness that unresolved conflict creates.
Suppression of our inner wounds is a hazard to our health. That suppression closes the hurt, regrets, and shame encrusted within. Our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors become unhealthy with turmoil. The “vasoline” we use to seal those wounds include alcohol abuse, extreme eating habits, tranquilizers, inhalation of mood altering substances, and obsession with cleanliness (Obsession with cleanliness is like a prison environment that is very clean in appearance but houses unfruitful inner life). What we need is to be open to the shortcomings and failures of human flesh while sealing those faults with spiritual fruitfulness. In other words, instead of masking our wounds with synthetic substances, we need to seal the wounds with the ointment of the spiritual fruit. The healing ointment enables us to be patient with ourselves when we fail miserably, to have self-control in the use of earthly comforts, and to persevere in the goodness of the soul. Let’s always keep ourselves open to the inner resources allowing us to be spiritually fruitful amidst hurtful, shameful, and regretful situations.
Suppression of our inner wounds is a hazard to our safety. The suppression of inward hurt, regret, and shame causes the festering of conflict boiling in our mind creating hostility when interacting with others. That hostility brings the consequences of violence towards those who are “intrusive,” brings domestic abuses in an effort to shut out insult to injury, and brings instability from the chaos of trying to cover up the wounds. The cover up includes the vasoline of being technically “justified” and within their “rights” to “defend” their ground, but healing properties are not present. Furthermore, that vasoline includes third party people who will use intimidation and force to remove the “intrusive” threat of those offering the healing ointment. The ointment of the spiritual fruit seals the inward shame, regret, and hurt, that causes conflict while simultaneously allowing the spirit of peace, meekness, and gentleness to cover and diminish inner turmoil. In essence, the spirit of tranquility soothes our soul to keep at bay primitive impulses while enhancing serenity of mind and instilling security within our environment.
OUR PLACE OF BELONGING
Suppression of our inner wounds is a hazard to a desirable place of belonging. That happens because we allow unresolved regrets, hurt, and shame to rebel against caring friends, causes us to betray devotion to a loving community of people, and hinders our ability to share compassion. We are left in a population of people who use intolerance, hatefulness, exclusion, and various abuses to detour others from reaching the wounds lurking within. The vasoline covering the social wounds includes a superficial form of acceptance, tolerance, love, and intimacy which perpetuates the festering of an undesirable place of belonging. Even so, the ointment of the spiritual fruit covers and eliminates social shame, hurt, and regret with the spirit of love, kindness, and goodwill. In that light, we are able to be hospitable to a wide range of people, renewing our devotion to to community cohesion, and allowing us to be charitable in our day to day interactions.
Suppression of our inner wounds is a hazard to the light of our divine worth. If we calculate the value of our worth based on the shame, regret, and hurt that exist in the flesh, what would be the level of our self-esteem? Our self-esteem would be very low to the extent of feeling too ashamed to feel worthy of any good praise that might flow our way. In addition, basing our value on the hurt within the human flesh would cause us to avoid loving affection while excusing physical abuses of various forms. Furthermore, when the human animal is full of regrets there are feelings of being worthless thinking we would botch things up if we became involved in any way. Alternatively, the light of our worth is found within the divinity of the soul which is a healing ointment that seals our shame, regret, and hurt, to allow spiritual blossoms, inner peace, love for life, and positive energy to flourish. The divine presence living in us bolsters the value we place on ourselves through the inward esteem of contributing to the welfare of humanity, while downplaying the vasoline of earthly rewards and accomplishments.
Suppression of our inner wounds is a hazard to the expression of who we really are. Unresolved hurt, regret, and shame short circuits our ability to draw from the radiance of positive energy. In essence, the future is plaqued with the negativism of despair, ominous evil, and an overwhelming pessimism due to the turmoil churning within the soul. The vasoline perpetuating the festering of that negative energy implies that’s the nature of the human animal, that’s who we are, and therefore our self-expression mirrors the hurt, shame, and regret of our dismal existence. Even so, the sealing ointment of the spiritual fruit produces joy, faith, and goodness to minimize and heal the agony of the human animal. By the fruit of the spirit, there is a wealth of radiant energy to generate positive energy in the expression of who we are as members of humanity.
We can assess that openness to the unfruitful wounds existing in us allows the application of the sealing ointment of the spiritual fruit to heal our relationship with the divinity of the soul. The diagnosis is that closing ourselves to the hurt that fills our inner being spreads like a hazardous infection in our thought processes, emotions, and behaviors. Even in the midst of our inner turmoil, we plan to maintain an openness to our past regrets in a way that allows the blossoms of the spiritual fruit to seal us with an ointment of healing. We implement that plan by allowing love for ourselves and others, having faith in the goodness existing in us, responding to un-forgiveness through the spirit of peace, and persevering in soft and moist attitudes that brings healing to our inner life. We know healing of our inner wounds are in progress as the spiritual fruit begins to flower where regret, hardness, and shame once infected our soul.
Some people want to deny you the benefit of inner healing by perpetuating the wounds of hurt, shame, and regret that infect your inner life. They do that by focusing on your turmoil then hurling anger and hostility towards your shortcomings to rob you of the peace that comes by the sealing ointment within the spiritual fruit. Simultaneously, they want to steal away the joy you feel within the healing of the wound by frowning upon your past with pessimism and sadness towards the frailty of your flesh and blood nature. Their idea of negotiating in conversation is to give rise to your inner turmoil for the purpose of positioning themselves as a superior entity. Even so, we know healing of our inner wounds come by openness to the idea that experiences in life will cut and hurt us, while accepting the sealing of that wound by the ointment of the spiritual fruit which is a gift from the divinity of our soul.
There are reservoirs of people who want wounds of regret, hurt, and shame to fester within your soul perpetually. The attitudes exiting those reservoirs are words that add insult to your injury for the purpose of preventing healing by ridiculing the faulty nature of the flesh and blood. In addition, their behaviors are like vasoline which seals in germs by approving of, encouraging, and pacifying the festering of unfruitful sentiments without the benefit of inner healing. Those attitudes transfer directly through people who strive to be a superior and dominant influence over those who suffer shame, hurt, and regret of past mistakes. Indirectly, those attitudes transfer through people who feel they have too much to hide as they lash out with unfruitful sentiments towards the “judgments” of others while rejecting the healing ointment of the spiritual fruit.
The attitude of suppressing inner wounds enter us because we want to bypass humiliation while being surrounded by people who will be accepting of the festering wounds that produce unhealthy thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. The effort of packing the wound with the pacifying nature of “vasoline” serves to enhance a bolstering feeling of self worth, something like narccisism, while rejecting the sealing ointment of the spiritual fruit which provides a humbleness within the light of our divine worth. In that event, we discover a place of belonging among those who feel dominant over those who are open and rely on the healing of inner hurt through soft and gentle qualities of the spiritual fruit.
People susceptible to the suppression of their inner wounds are those who cannot bear the hurt, shame, and regret of past events and rely on people who can lead them away from exposure to the light shining from the goodness of the environment. In essence, they feel they need the sealing of vasoline to bury their wounds, but they turn away from the sealing ointment of the spiritual fruit which simultaneously provides healing. We can interrupt the cycle of suppressing wounds by realizing the difference between a “vasoline” that seals a wound by burying the hurt, shame, and regret, and the ointment of the spiritual fruit that buries the wound while bringing healing through faith, perseverance, love, and peace. The ointment of the spiritual fruit enables us to be open within ourselves towards past unfruitfulness but in a way that replants the horrible experiences with the blossoms of kindness towards self, a tranquility that puts a sign of R.I.P over human shortcomings, a faith in the divinity of the soul, and perseverance in the spirit of goodness.