V. The Ego’s Use of Guilt, P 2
2 In Heaven there is no guilt, because the Kingdom is attained through the Atonement, which releases you to create. The word “create” is appropriate here because, once what you have made is undone by the Holy Spirit, the blessed residue is restored and therefore continues in creation. What is truly blessed is incapable of giving rise to guilt, and must give rise to joy. This makes it invulnerable to the ego because its peace is unassailable. It is invulnerable to disruption because it is whole. Guilt is always disruptive. Anything that engenders fear is divisive because it obeys the law of division. If the ego is the symbol of the separation, it is also the symbol of guilt. Guilt is more than merely not of God. It is the symbol of attack on God. This is a totally meaningless concept except to the ego, but do not underestimate the power of the ego’s belief in it. This is the belief from which all guilt really stems.
We cannot create while in this separated state. Healing is as close as we can get to creating here. But that will not be so once the Atonement is complete. The Holy Spirit will undo what we have made and we will return to truly creating. Actually, I see that Jesus says we continue to create. I wonder if he makes that distinction because, this being an illusion and separation not being possible, creation remains uninterrupted. We remain unaware of Reality because, in our mind, we have separated ourselves from it, but that changes nothing. Creation cannot be disrupted, only our awareness of creation can be affected. And so the part of the mind that imagines itself separate is healed of this belief, and is restored, and creation continues.
Guilt stands between us and the healing of the mind. Ego says that we are too guilty to be healed. It says that our guilt has made us unworthy of healing. It says that what we have done in separating ourselves from God has not only been accomplished against God’s Will, but God is aware of our transgression and is not about to overlook it. It says that our guilt is real and punishable and permanent.
Because we believe what the ego says, we believe in guilt. Guilt is the filter through which all things must pass. It is the foundation on which we built the world we see, including our bodies and our identity with these bodies. All the stories we make that we think of as our lives are based on this belief. So what happens is this. We believe in guilt. Our belief makes up stories of guilt. These stories prove our guilt. We feel guiltier with each story. The ego has us in an endless cycle of guilt. No wonder we live in fear.
Because we believe in guilt we cannot undo guilt on our own. If I believe something, I cannot teach myself the opposite. The way out of the guilt loop we have made through our belief is to accept help outside the loop. We listen to a different teacher and learn that guilt is not real. Jesus calls this solution the Atonement. It is through accepting the Atonement that all we made is undone and we return our mind to the Kingdom. And all continues as it always has.