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Seeing the Light of Innocence Within

Guilt makes you blind, for while you see one spot of guilt within you, you will not see the light. And by projecting [guilt] the world seems dark, and shrouded in your guilt. You throw a dark veil over it, and cannot see it because you cannot look within. You are afraid of what you would see there, but it is not there. The thing you fear is gone. If you would look within you would see only the Atonement, shining in quiet and in peace upon the altar to your Father.

Do not be afraid to look within. The ego tells you all is black with guilt within you, and bids you not to look. Instead, it bids you look upon your brothers, and see the guilt in them. Yet this you cannot do without remaining blind. For those who see their brothers in the dark, and guilty in the dark in which they shroud them, are too afraid to look upon the light within. Within you is not what you believe is there, and what you put your faith in. Within you is the holy sign of perfect faith your Father has in you. He does not value you as you do. He knows Himself, and knows the truth in you. He knows there is no difference, for He knows not of differences. Can you see guilt where God knows there is perfect innocence? You can deny His knowledge, but you cannot change it. Look, then, upon the light He placed within you, and learn that what you feared was there has been replaced with love. (A Course in Miracles, T-13.IX.7-8. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The ego’s defense against guilt is to project it onto others. It does not tell us that seeing guilt in others reinforces our own guilt. We hide from our guilt by making it unconscious and seeing it only in others.

The perception of guilt in a politician, co-worker, friend, family member or anyone, boomerangs back to us, reinforcing our belief in our own guilt. It is the ego’s mechanism for keeping us believing that we deserve pain and punishment, now and forever.

The antidote for this mistaken belief is to let the Holy Spirit help us look within. He will show us the perfect innocence our Father knows is the truth in us. We will be shown that we all remain perfect Love as Love created us, united as His one Son. With the Holy Spirit’s help, the perception of guilt will be transformed into the vision of Love’s innocence.

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