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Your Past Is an Illusion: Letting Go of Past Hurts

Updated: May 29

As human beings, we all carry within us a complex tapestry of emotions, memories, and experiences that shape our sense of self and our way of moving through the world. While some of these experiences are joyful and uplifting, others can leave us feeling burdened by the weight of past hurts, unresolved conflicts, and emotional pain. Whether it's a toxic relationship, a traumatic event, or a difficult childhood, these unhealed wounds can keep us stuck in patterns of fear, anger, and resentment, preventing us from experiencing the fullness of life and the freedom of our own hearts. In my years of guiding individuals on their journeys of personal growth and transformation, I have witnessed the profound power of emotional healing and the courage it takes to let go of the past and embrace a new way of being. In this post, I invite you to embark on a journey of emotional freedom, to explore the tools and practices that can help you release the burdens of the past and step into a life of greater peace, joy, and authenticity. 

Understanding Emotional Wounds: Emotional wounds are the invisible scars we carry from past experiences that have left us feeling hurt, betrayed, or abandoned. These wounds can stem from a wide range of experiences, from childhood neglect or abuse to adult relationships marked by conflict or betrayal. When these wounds are left unhealed, they can shape our beliefs about ourselves and the world around us, leading us to feel unworthy, unlovable, or fundamentally flawed. 

Practical Tip: Take an inventory of your emotional wounds. Set aside time to reflect on the experiences in your life that have left you feeling hurt, angry, or resentful. Write down these experiences in a journal, along with any beliefs or patterns that may have emerged as a result. By bringing awareness to your emotional wounds, you can begin to recognize how they may be impacting your current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 

First-Hand Experience: For years, Rachel struggled with feelings of inadequacy and a deep fear of abandonment. She often found herself in relationships where she would give too much of herself, only to feel resentful and unappreciated when her partners failed to meet her needs. Through the process of taking an inventory of her emotional wounds, Rachel realized that her patterns in relationships stemmed from a childhood marked by emotional neglect and inconsistent love from her parents. By bringing awareness to this wound, Rachel was able to begin the process of healing and developing healthier patterns in her relationships. 

The Power of Forgiveness: One of the most profound tools for emotional healing is the practice of forgiveness. Forgiveness is not about condoning hurtful behaviors or forgetting the past; rather, it is a conscious choice to release the grip of anger and resentment and to reclaim our own peace and freedom. 

Practical Tip: Practice the "Forgiveness Meditation." Find a quiet space where you can sit comfortably and undisturbed. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, allowing yourself to settle into the present moment. Bring to mind a person or situation that you are holding anger or resentment towards. As you hold this person or situation in your mind, silently repeat the following phrases: "I forgive you. I release you. I set you free. I set myself free." Notice any sensations or emotions that arise as you repeat these phrases, and allow them to pass through you with each breath. Continue this practice for as long as it feels comfortable, and repeat as often as needed. 

First-Hand Experience: Mark had been holding onto anger and bitterness towards his ex-wife for years after their painful divorce. He often found himself ruminating on how she had hurt him, and he struggled to move on with his life. But through the practice of the "Forgiveness Meditation," Mark slowly began to release his grip on the past. Each time he repeated the phrases of forgiveness, he felt a sense of lightness and freedom wash over him. While the pain of the divorce didn't disappear overnight, Mark found that he was able to approach his memories with greater compassion and understanding and to focus on building a new life for himself rather than dwelling on the past. 

Rewriting Your Emotional Script: Another powerful tool for emotional healing is the practice of rewriting your emotional script. Our emotional scripts are the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, what we deserve, and what we are capable of based on our past experiences. When these scripts are based on unhealed wounds, they can limit our ability to experience joy, love, and fulfillment in the present. 

Practical Tip: Engage in a "Script-Flipping" journaling exercise. Take out a journal and divide the page into two columns. In the first column, write down any negative beliefs or stories you tell yourself based on past hurts, such as "I am unlovable" or "I will never be good enough." In the second column, rewrite these stories from a place of self-compassion and empowerment, such as "I am worthy of love and belonging" or "I am capable of achieving my dreams." As you rewrite your stories, focus on embracing language that is kind, supportive, and encouraging. 

First-Hand Experience: Growing up, Sarah had always been told by her family that she was "too sensitive" and that she needed to "toughen up" to succeed in life. As a result, she often found herself suppressing her emotions and pushing herself to excel in every area of her life, even at the cost of her well-being. Through the practice of "Script-Flipping," Sarah began to rewrite her emotional script. Instead of telling herself that she was too sensitive, she began to embrace her sensitivity as a strength and a gift. She rewrote her story to one of self-acceptance and self-care, reminding herself that she deserved to honor her emotions and prioritize her own needs. As Sarah continued to flip her script, she found that she was able to approach her life with greater self-compassion, resilience, and authenticity. 

Cultivating Self-Compassion: One of the most important aspects of emotional healing is learning to treat ourselves with kindness, understanding, and compassion. When we have experienced hurt or trauma, it can be easy to fall into patterns of self-blame, self-criticism, and self-neglect. But by cultivating self-compassion, we can begin to heal our wounds from the inside out and develop a deeper sense of self-love and acceptance. 

Practical Tip: Practice the "Self-Compassion Break." Whenever you notice yourself experiencing difficult emotions or engaging in self-criticism, take a moment to pause and place your hand on your heart. Take a few deep breaths and silently repeat the following phrases to yourself: "This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is a part of life. May I be kind to myself at this moment? May I give myself the compassion I need?" Allow yourself to feel the warmth and comfort of your touch, and to offer yourself the same kindness and understanding you would offer a dear friend. 

First-Hand Experience: For years, David struggled with feelings of shame and self-loathing related to his struggles with addiction. Whenever he experienced a setback or relapse, he would berate himself for being weak, worthless, and undeserving of love and support. But through the practice of the "Self-Compassion Break," David slowly began to shift his relationship with himself. Each time he placed his hand on his heart and repeated the phrases of self-compassion, he felt a sense of warmth and comfort wash over him. He began to recognize that his struggles with addiction were not a reflection of his worth as a person, but rather a part of his human experience. As David continued to practice self-compassion, he found that he was able to approach his recovery with greater resilience, self-acceptance, and hope for the future. 

Seeking Support: Emotional healing is not a journey that we are meant to undertake alone. While the work of healing ultimately comes from within, having the support and guidance of others can be a powerful catalyst for growth and transformation. 

Practical Tip: Build a "Heart Team" of supportive individuals and resources that can help guide and sustain you on your journey of emotional healing. This might include trusted friends and family members, a therapist or counselor, support groups, or holistic healing practitioners such as acupuncturists or massage therapists. Remember, seeking support is not a sign of weakness, but rather a profound act of courage and self-care. 

First-Hand Experience: After years of struggling with the emotional fallout of a toxic relationship, Emily finally reached a point where she knew she needed help to heal. She had tried to push down her pain and move on with her life, but she realized that she could no longer carry the weight of her unresolved hurt and anger alone. With the encouragement of a close friend, Emily began seeing a therapist who specialized in working with survivors of emotional abuse. She also joined a local support group for women who had experienced similar traumas, where she found a sense of community and validation that she had never experienced before. As Emily continued to build her "Heart Team," she found that she had more resources and support than she ever imagined possible. She began to approach her healing journey with a greater sense of hope and empowerment, knowing that she was not alone and that recovery was possible. 

The path to emotional freedom is a journey of courage, compassion, and self-discovery. It is a journey that invites us to confront the pain of the past, to release the burdens of anger and resentment, and to embrace a new way of being that is rooted in self-love, authenticity, and wholeness. While the journey of emotional healing is not always easy, it is one of the most profound and transformative experiences we can undertake as human beings. 

As you embark on your own journey of emotional healing, know that you are not alone. Through the resources, workshops, and supportive community at Restoration Academy, we are here to guide you in releasing the past and stepping into a life of greater peace, joy, and freedom. Visit us at or to learn more about how we can support you in reclaiming your emotional well-being and creating a life of profound healing and purpose. 

"May you always remember that your emotional wounds do not define you, but rather reveal the immense strength, resilience, and capacity for love that lies within you. May you approach your healing journey with self-compassion, patience, and an open heart, trusting in your innate ability to heal and thrive. And may you always find your way back to the truth of who you are – a being of infinite worth, beauty, and potential, deserving of all the love and joy this life has to offer." 

With love and unwavering belief in your capacity for emotional freedom,  

Trey Malicoat, M.S. 


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