Original sin is a paramount belief in Christianity and many religions of the world. It says that the basic nature of human beings is is morally flawed and full of sin. And that it is only through prayers and God's guidance and grace that we can manage this deficiency.
But what if the opposite were true? What if we are light, love and innocence on the inside and our moral flaws and deficiencies are wrapped around it like layers of an onion? And then after there are enough layers, we cannot access the love and innocence anymore. After a while we
might forget what we are and and all we can access are the layers of deficiency. So we just figure we are rotten to the core.
The original sin and deficiency described above seems a lot like the deficiency of our negative self-beliefs that we pick up during childhood. They all have some variation of being deficient: I am unlovable, I am unworthy, I am inadequate or not enough, I am incapable, etc.
So could we be confusing our negative self-beliefs with our essence? The enlightened spiritual teachers that have reconnected with their essence claim that there is nothing but light and love in there. Perhaps original innocence or original purity would be more accurate than original sin.
This deep core belief of original sin makes it really difficult to trust ourselves. Accordingly, we tend to not trust our instincts and intuition. Instead we reroute important decisions through our intellect, because our natural inclinations are not to be trusted. Yet our intellect is not very clear and objective due to it being affected by all those negative self-beliefs.
That is why trusting your heart, gut, and instincts is so courageous. It goes against everything you are taught to believe.
Who would've thought accepting that we are innocent and beautiful inside would be so hard?
About the Author
I, Michael Hoffman, am a licensed psychotherapist, teacher, and author with 25 years experience in counseling and teaching experiential workshops. I have maintained this blog since 2009, and my second book Natural Way of Being will published in 2019.
I offer in-person and video-conferencing counseling, intensive workshops, and online courses to allow participants to directly experience their natural way of being and the life they would have for themselves.