Scrupulosity (Religious OCD)
In Scrupulosity (Religious Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), an individual
is "plagued" with thoughts of their overwhelming sinfulness and/or
disobedience to "God's commandments" - usually originating from many past
lives in religious orders - that result in disempowering and unproductive
behaviors in their life now.
Most people, in the words of Martin Luther, "sin bravely, knowing that
God is merciful and forgiving." The underlying Obsession and Compulsion
of the "too good to be true" scrupulous person is that no matter what
they say and do to repent of their sins, they are "never good enough" to
be truly forgiven. The reality is that God loves and has forgiven Adolf
Hitler so there is no reason that God cannot love and forgive the scrupulous
or anyone else for that matter. Lack of self love is the root cause of
Scrupulosity. For when one truly loves themselves, they can forgive and
in turn accept that they are themselves forgiven of all "their sins".
The symptoms of Scrupulosity are wide ranging because they are as unique
as the individuals experiencing them. Still, there are several distinct
types of Scrupulosity syndromes which all inevitably result in a ever
deepening downward spiral of regret, remorse, and self-recrimination:
The original meaning of the
word sin came from archery and meant "missing the target. Like the archer,
we are meant to try and try again until, with practice, we hit the mark.
The scrupulous spend long hours racking their brains to uncover the
slightest evidence of un-repented sins. They constantly worry that they
have committed sins, forgotten about them, and neglected to repent. No
matter what they do in seeking forgiveness for "missing the mark", they
never feel forgiven. And the unbearable weight of unforgiveness makes
them repent repeatedly and extravagantly.
Rituals are meant to bring a sense
of familiarity, comfort, and order to a chaotic universe by temporarily
absorbing the individual's attention while the ritual is being performed.
Rituals are not intended to become a way of life… and when they do, these
once comforting practices become joyless, mechanistic, and destructive to
productive daily living. Like other OCD compulsions, the person often
wants to stop but cannot due to fears of "eternal damnation".
No one expects or likes the Inquisition
but that is the unfortunate result of those who are the self appointed
"Blasphemy Police". Their motives are often pure and well intentioned:
trying to prevent those daily karmic infractions that pile up and "pave
the road to hell". They obsess over every action of themselves
and others around them. It causes them mental, emotional, and
even physical pain if they have performed or have witnessed blasphemy in
action. They feel that they are the "karma police" and must do something"
to "stop the insanity" although it is not often wise to do so.
Shunned into Silence:
Those who suffer the most from
Scrupulosity are those who suffer alone in shame filled silence. Often
this has happened because those around the scrupulous individual "cannot
take it anymore" and they berate the sufferer until the individual is
"shunned into silence". Worse, the scrupulous may be so paralyzed by
fear, doubt, and confusion, that they find it best to say and do as little
as possible. For they believe "sins of omission" carry less weight than
"sins of commission".
If the Scrupulosity is left untreated, it will only get worse over time. The
obsessions and compulsions will worsen, derailing Scrupulosity sufferer's life
now... unless and until the root cause of their Scrupulosity is identified and
When the life lesson associated with Scrupulosity has been fully learned
and "absorbed" into the person's body-mind, the "disempowering" trait or
behavior will fall away. Often, the lesson is as simple as believing God
loves them simply for who they are instead how they should be or what
they must do. Going back via past life healing can free
those "afflicted" from repeating these lessons in future.
is included in the above descriptions of Scrupulosity syndromes.