This is good advice Hunter, thank you. Over the last couple of years I have been doing just that. Putting aside my past experiences, and working through a few tough problems I've had with wanting to hang on to beliefs and opinions, that were no longer doing me good. Its been a very long hard road to travel, but its something that has been a great benefit to me. This was part of the healing journey I have been on, both physical, and spiritual.
Through this process I realised that I'd been very angry (mostly with myself), and held a lot of resentment towards people who have hurt me in the past. Letting go of all this anger, resentment and hurt, has been wonderful, forgiveness is a beautiful gift to be able to give yourself and others. It has been a healing experience, and one I would reccommend to everybody.
I do think that once a person has peace in themselves, they are much more able to see, think and act, clearly. This has been my experience. This is the time to explore new ideas, and new concepts, and to ask a lot of questions :)