Release from Guilt is the title of Chapter 13 of A Course in Miracles, Circle of Atonement edition. The first section of the chapter points out:
If you did not feel guilty, you could not attack, for condemnation is the root of attack. It is the judgment of one mind by another as unworthy of love and deserving of punishment. But herein lies the split. For the mind that judges perceives itself as separate from the mind being judged, believing that by punishing another, it will escape judgment.
Yet if, as the Course often says, we are still whole, perfect and complete, just as God made us, there could not be anything to condemn or reason to attack each other. The split referred to here is the mind that has split itself off from all others and from God (for God is as much all others as God is yourself.) This split mind, thinking of itself as no longer being God (or that anyone else could be God either) is open to condemning others and attacking them, hoping to find safety from it’s own major sin in that way.
The mind believes that it itself is guilty, for not remembering that it (you) are part of God, (the major sin) and then seeks to punish someone else in the hopes of lessening its own punishment. As if to say to God, “Look, I know it was wrong to forget I am you, so I punished so and so who also forget you, just to prove to you that I know it was wrong, so punish me less, please.” This guilt – of forgetting God – drives all the ego’s actions in judging another.
Later on in the same section:
The world is a picture of the crucifixion of God’s Son.
Until you realize that the crucifixion and everything else in this world could not have happened, this is the painful world you think you live in. Yet when you realize that you are still as God created you (whole perfect, complete, love) then you also realize that you could not be guilty and could never be guilty. You deserve only love, for the truth is that you are love and always have been only love. All the things of this world, that the ego feels so angry, condemning, and guilty over never happened – you and everyone else are still as God created you – whole, perfect and complete.
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