An amazing project: Postsecret.
People write a secret on a postcard, a secret they have never told anyone, and mail it to this guy who puts them on his website. They are amazing and extremely revealing about what people are carrying around with them. Sometimes they are happy things, but often they are secrets and problems that are really are destroying them.
One of the most amazing things of being here at the seminary (but is true of the church universal) is that we are in a ‘hospital for souls’. I can say that I have uncovered and pulled up all kinds of things from my own past that I’d never told anyone or realized were affecting my decisions. The worst part about mistakes, tragedies, and pain from our past is that until they find healing, we become trapped under their weight and influence. They secretly and subtly influence our decision making and loving others.
We are not really free in our life until we have found some peace and healing with them. As I was examining my own freedom and how my own life is going, I got exposed to theosophic prayer – which is a way of bringing Christ into our pasts and help heal those things that we still blame ourselves for or have trouble letting go of. It is interesting that Christ is present not only today, but through all time. He can, and is, and was present for all the things that happened in our life. He is willing to journey to those places with us now that we are ready to receive the healing from those events of our past. It’s been an amazing experience of growth and healing that I’m still journeying through.
It’s just fascinating that in a modern world where we deny religion and God, people still have a craving for the very things that confession provides.