Why is the word guilt used and talked about in the Course almost 700 times?
Why does the Course insist we have to look at it, admit it, and let it go, if guilt isn’t real in the first place??
What is guilt anyway, and where and why is guilt hiding???
The good news: there’s only one internal kind of guilt that all external behavioral guilt is a reflection of… and it’s not real.
The bad news (from the ego’s point of view): there’s only one internal kind of guilt that all external behavioral guilt is a reflection of… and it’s not real.
What does that mean? All seeming guilt in the world, whether it’s your guilt for what you did, or it (maybe sometimes) is my guilt for what I did… has nothing to do with what and where the “real” guilt is lurking. The “real” guilt is always in the mind, and we feel it because we have chosen the internal teacher of separation (ego) rather than the Voice for forgiveness (the Holy Spirit). And instead of admitting that, we project that guilt (we call it blame, resentment, anger, whatever) onto other bodies, or our own. It is always simply a distraction from the actual source of guilt in our own mind. So believing now we are bodies, we wind up thinking we don’t feel guilty, but the other guy sure should, because look at what he did. I may not see my own guilt, but I certainly see yours.
It is the Holy Spirit’s job (and His only) to help us look at it and realize what we are doing. Then He helps us let that internal guilt go by seeing we made it up and it’s not even real… Don’t try to do this by yourself… cause you can’t.
For references to guilt, and practical insights into the process of letting guilt go, check out some of these pages in the Course…
What is guilt?….
T p.84 par.2-3 (belief in attack on God);
WB p.161 par.1, p.166 par. 2 (descriptions of horror of ego’s guilt)
Where is it?…
T p.86 par. 8 (in the mind);
T p.236 par.1-2 (acceptance of guilt into the mind);
T p. 261 par.6 (always in your mind)
Why look at it?…
T p.202 par.1-2 (escape guilt by looking at it);
T p.219 par.4-5 (Little child remove the covers);
T p.220 par.9 (looking at fear);
T p. 242 par. 1-2 (crucial to look);
T p. 243 par.4-6 (you must look);
T p.262 par.7-8 (guilt makes you blind);
T p.262 par.1-3 (projecting guilt on others);
T p.317 par.3(guilt attractive only because you have not looked);
T p. 660 par.1-4 (cost of guilt)
How to look at it?…
T p.85 par.6 (2 choices in teachers);
T p. 168 par.2, 3,4 (seeing brothers as guiltless)
T p.169 par 2, 3, 6 (it’s the HS job, not yours);
T p.280 par. 5-6(HS does it, not you);
T p.288 par.6-7(Bring your dark secrets to HS);
T p.289 par.1 (bring Him your dark denial of innocence);
T p.422 par.12-14 (seeing past our brothers’ guilt)
For further in-depth discussion on the how’s and why’s of guilt, see these Ken Wapnick CD sets or MP3 downloads…
“The Gifts of Christmas” ACIM Retreat