Is it possible to rid yourself of bad memories? According to spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth and The Power of Now, it all depends on how you approach those memories. If you recognize that a bad memory is just a type of thought that pops up in your mind, you don't need to identify with it any longer, he says.
"Memories are thoughts that arise -- they are not reality," Eckhart says. "It's only when you believe that they are real [that] they have power over you."