V. The Circle of Atonement, P 3
3 Blessed Son of a wholly blessing Father, joy was created for you. Who can condemn whom God has blessed? There is nothing in the Mind of God that does not share His shining innocence. Creation is the natural extension of perfect purity. Your only calling here is to devote yourself, with active willingness, to the denial of guilt in all its forms. To accuse is not to understand. The happy learners of the Atonement become the teachers of the innocence that is the right of all that God created. Deny them not what is their due, for you will not withhold it from them alone.
What a powerful passage this is! This sentence grabbed my attention right away:
There is nothing in the Mind of God that does not share His shining innocence.
Of course! I am in the Mind of God and so I must share His innocence. There can be nothing in God that is different than God. What a relief it is to know that there is no way I could be guilty.
I can completely disregard all my errors as unreal. In the world, there may be corrections to be made and amends to be done, but those errors change nothing. I, not my ego, but I, remain in God and thus innocent. It helps me to remember that the body is ego; the personality is ego. I am not ego. I am spirit, and as spirit, I am invulnerable and I am changeless.
When I accuse myself of being guilty it is only because I do not understand. It is identity confusion that makes me think I could be guilty. My ego is guilty of many things, but I am not my ego. That bears repeating because of this; the more strongly I identify with ego, the harder it is to believe in innocence. And so I remind myself often that I am still as God created me. That has not changed just because I am confused. I also ask often, “Who am I?” Slowly, I have begun to remember.
That is why it is essential that I remember that my only calling here is to devote myself, with active willingness, to the denial of guilt in all its forms. There are few sentences in the Course more helpful than this one. This is my daily practice. I am vigilant for attack thoughts, judgmental thoughts, and the desire to project blame.
It doesn’t matter if this projected inward, or outward, if it is guilt I deny it. I devote myself to this practice. I am completely willing to do this practice. This is an active practice. It is not just something I learned about. It is not a passive idea in my mind. I act on each guilty thought that comes into my awareness. I deny that thought is true. As I allow my mind to be healed of the belief in guilt, I naturally become a teacher of innocence.