Retrospection Sumerian

A Retrospection Exercise from an Ancient Mesopotamian Text

Dialogue between a Man and His God tells the tale of an afflicted man in prayer and reflection. One part of this narrative describes a retrospection exercise.

Dialogue between a Man and His God, an ancient Babylonian cuneiform tablet dating from c. 2125 BCE, tells the tale of an afflicted man in prayer and reflection. One part of this narrative describes a retrospection and a personal confession of the deep issues weighing on this man’s chest:

57-63. “My god, …… before you. I would speak to you: my tears are excess and my words are supplication. I would tell you about it, would unravel to you like a thread the evil of my path.
75-81. “In the overwhelming bitterness of my path I never see a good dream — but unfavourable (?) visions daily never stop for me.
120-129. The man’s god heard his bitter weeping. After his lamentation and prolonged wailing had soothed the heart of his god towards the young man, his god accepted the righteous words, the holy words he had spoken.

~ A Man and His God

This exercise can be done by allotting time for a quiet reflection. By being honest with ourselves and by turning our attention inwardly and reflecting on the way we have passed our life, any wrongdoings we may have committed, any difficulties we are unable to overcome, and so on, we can gain a deep insight into the very nature of these issues. Also, praying for further understanding and clarity can provide further insights and guidance.

Please note: While we recommend this practice, the text that it comes from requires further research and therefore is not currently on the recommended reading list of The Spiritual Sun.

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  • There is something special about confessing one’s defects to God….
    But why? Doesn’t the divine already know all the sins we carry inside?

    It seems to me that by us communicating our inner faults to the divine we make it known that we choose for the spiritual and no longer want those inner defects that harm ourselves and others.
    There’s so much of a subconscious mess in us that separates us from the divine… By seeing how our thoughts and emotions mechanically drive our lives and make us miserable, we get to know and understand those thoughts-and-emotions, become conscious of them. And when we have understood our defects deeply and truly don’t want to be like that anymore we can be given to be freed of them. Taking us one step closer towards the divine. (If that makes sense)

    The quoted paragraph in the text also mentions this: “….. His god stretched his hand away from the hostile words. He …… the anguish which had embraced him though he was not its wife and had ……, and scattered to the winds the grief which had spread its arms round him. He let the lamentation which had swept over him as if it were a southerly wind-storm (?) be dissipated. He eradicated the fate demon which had been lodged in his body. “

    To me this reads that God, after hearing the man’s sincere prayer and knowledgable confession of his inner defects, got rid of the man’s sins and afflictions. What an amazing thing! really, to be freed of the inner states that make us miserable, changing us.
    I’ve found that from all the things we could be taught about in the astral dimension by the divine, there always seems to be a great emphasis on learning about our inner states. Well if they regard it as very important, then I guess it is. 🙂

    But yeah, first we must see the things that drive us inside and make us miserable, for which a retrospective exercise is a great help!

    • Thank you Karim for sharing about the importance of sincere acknowledgement and repentance for our wrongdoings.
      And I agree that “overthere, in the asteal plane”, our willingness to change seems to be a priority too! 🙂

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