In this chapter, it is explained that having a feeling of guilt is a good thing. It’s not uncommon for anyone to have a feeling of guilt; no matter how good or bad a person may be.
Hill and Stone tell us that we are only in trouble if we don’t ever have a feeling of guilt. The authors of, “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude,” say this is because we don’t have the ability to distinguish right from wrong; more than likely suffering from a serious psychological condition.
Many guilty feelings are inherited, while only a few are acquired. Stone and Hill tell us that emotional conflicts within the self occur when the ethics and standards of one environment are at odds with another. However, the best way to handle such conflicts is to make the choice between them that leaves us feeling guilt free.
Guilt feelings are good when they are accompanied with a Positive Mental Attitude. Guilt feelings have a way of causing people to go out and make a positive difference in their own life, and the lives of others; making amends with those they have wronged.
“However,” if one has guilt feelings with a Negative Mental Attitude; this is a different story. We are told by Stone and Hill that the subconscious mind never forgets. Therefore, when guilty feelings meet NMA, in the arena of the subconscious mind, the body that mind controls will likely suffer.
Not only that though; people with NMA and guilt feelings tend to develop destructive habits. It’s as if they have a need to suffer.
The authors of, “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude,” suggest that joining a religious organization, and engaging in daily prayer, is an effective way to avoid feeling too much guilt in one’s life. If we do feel guilty about something, one can first start out by counting their blessings and expressing their thanks to God for what they have. It would then be a good idea to sincerely ask God for forgiveness.
Memorizing the Ten commandments, plus other rules of positive conduct within the culture we live, will help to keep us going the right way in our lives. In a nut shell, Stone and Hill tell us, “Guilt is good.”
“However,” the authors stress that we should, “Get rid of that guilt feeling!” If we have it, and just let it stay there, it’s going to influence our lives in negative ways. The negative impact of which Hill and Stone speak, will not only be with regard to impeding our path to success. We are warned, for the millionth time over, that the guilt we feel will negatively impact us physically and emotionally, as well!