Bad History

Have you heard? There’s a question out there about statues. Statues of prominent people who were intimately involved in the goings-on during the time of slavery in the United States. It’s a big deal for some and not so much for others. The question? Should we preserve or annihilate the statues? I’m of the opinion that we need to adequately answer this question once and for all because although the subject may fade away from the news cycle when we focus on the next story of the day, it’s not gone, it’s just in remission, like a cancer. 

People make light of bad history. “Get over it.” “Stop whining about the past.” “Grow up!” Maybe we should face our bad history instead of demeaning the people who are genuinely concerned about it.

Bad history is a disease that gets worse when we ignore it. You gotta face the ugly to be able to heal from it.

Bad history has to be detoxed out of the collective psyche. I’m not joking and I’m not a so-called “snowflake.” I speak from personal experience. The *painbody lives on in us, in all of us, whether we believe it or not. Ignoring this fact will not make it go away. It’s likely to metastasize. The ugly can and will get uglier before it gets better if we don’t figure this out.

Emotional pain passes from generation to generation without overt signs of distress until something or someone triggers its existence. Once its triggered, the bullets fly and they make really ugly holes in the heart and soul of their victim. The only thing that can be done once the bullet strikes is excise it out and heal.

We can overcome if we make the effort to do so, but it will take a concerted effort by our country as a whole, acting as one, to acknowledge and kiss the wounds of the past goodbye.

Healing will begin in the soul of the people and it will grow in the people in a positive way, like luscious green moss on a redwood. Call me crazy if you must. Be assured, I’ll still call you friend if/when you do.

Hugs from the Heart,


*Painbody: an accumulation of painful life experience that was not fully faced and accepted in the moment it arose. It leaves behind an energy form of emotional pain. It comes together with other energy forms from other instances, and so after some years you have a “painbody,” an energy entity consisting of old emotion. – Eckhart Tolle

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