The Past Is Only an Idea
There is to be no repenting. When you make an error, correct it and then keep going. Don't weep over it. Don't rue it. A mistake, no matter how serious or how ridiculous, is an error. Even if you did do something averse on purpose, it was an error.
If you committed a deliberate action that was hurtful, now in your higher consciousness an action you would not commit, don't belabor it. At the time, you thought you were right. You didn't know better. Now you know better. Congratulate yourself, and free yourself from aching regret.
Undo the deed by letting go of it. Get out from under the yoke of guilt. Guilt doesn't behoove you or anyone. Now come from a higher place. Do not identify yourself with a past action. There is no profit in it. Be glad you have grown, and keep going forward.
The act of nurturing your conscience and feeling bad about the past is not elevating. Be done with the past. Expiate the past with the present. For Heaven's sake, this is the right thing to do. Agonizing over the past is not the right thing to do.
Feeling guilt is a not a beneficial state of consciousness. Go, make the world a better place now with you in it. You are you now. You are not you back then.
Listen, do not sweat the past. Do not occupy your heart or mind with the past. Daily, let go of the past. Do not harp on your past mistakes. Not harping on your past mistakes is not the same as excusing or babying yourself.
No one can undo what has been done. Take care of now. Give yourself a break. Even within yourself, let bygones be bygones.
As for embarrassment, let go of it. As for shame, you have to let it go. Be glad you know better now.
Do you know how much energy is accumulatively spent on agony over past mistakes? This energy can be better used on something more viable than the past.
I am telling you strongly to get out of the idea of the past. The past is an idea. You are to get off that idea. The future is not exactly the opposite of the past either. Where are you right now?
There are good people who can't sleep, for they rue even a nothing event when they were in first grade. The teacher made it big. The class laughed. They were humiliated. What a waste of time to flip the pages of the past and rue it.
In fact, the future doesn't exist either. The future, like the past, is only an idea. Have a higher picture of yourself right now, and sleep at night.
You know I tell you to dream big. You may debate that this is future-oriented. Dreaming big is recuperative. Dreaming big is not effort. Dreaming allows you right now to climb higher. Dreaming big is part of the present.
Nothing is idle in Life. Life in the world is about change. I am telling you to absolve yourself from the past. I am suggesting that you live right now in peace and harmony with yourself. For anything in the past that lingers, no matter how big or how small, forgive yourself and move on. This is very practical advice I give you. This is Realistic.
If you have made an error, don’t make it again. And this is the same as to say to move on in Life. Move on in Life itself. Don't stagnate in a pool of guilt or anger or anything unworthy of a Child of God. Let go. Once and for all, get the past off your mind.