“Something in us prevents us from remembering when remembering proves to be too difficult or painful … We are not entirely successful because the memory is buried within us and influences every moment of our growth. Sometimes it breaks through the prison and strikes at us directly and painfully.” Paul Tillich
Paul Johannes Tillich (August 20, 1886 – October 22, 1965) was a German-American Christian existentialist philosopher and theologian. Tillich is widely regarded as one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century. He is best known for his works The Courage to Be (1952) and Dynamics of Faith (1957), which introduced issues of theology and modern culture to the general public.
You know that feeling when you say or do something that just doesn’t seem ‘like you’. Use this as an opportunity to delve beneath the surface and dig out that memory that could have triggered your reaction. If if you’re totally unaware to the memory, it still affects how you behave. Use the opportunity to ask yourself what belief or what past experience could trigger your present behavior.
Dig out the roots! This is the way to change and self-understanding.