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Freeing Ourselves from Guilt Forever

But to achieve this end [beyond all limits into timelessness] you first must learn, before you reach where learning cannot go. Forgiveness is the key, but who can use a key when he has lost the door for which the key was made, and where alone it fits? Therefore we make distinctions, so that prayer can be released from darkness into light. Forgiveness’ role must be reversed, and cleansed from evil usages and hateful goals. Forgiveness-to-destroy must be unveiled in all its treachery, and then let go forever and forever. There can be no trace of it remaining, if the plan that God established for returning be achieved at last, and learning be complete.

This is the world of opposites. And you must choose between them every instant while this world retains reality for you. Yet you must learn alternatives for choice, or you will not be able to attain your freedom. Let it then be clear to you exactly what forgiveness means to you, and learn what it should be to set you free. The level of your prayer depends on this, for here it waits its freedom to ascend above the world of chaos into peace. (A Course in Miracles, S-2.I.9-10)

Our experience in the world certainly seems real. Yet its seeming reality rests on our belief that we have separated from the oneness of God’s Love. Beliefs can change and thus the seeming reality of the world is unstable. This unstable “reality” must be constantly defended by the ego. The ego must find ways to divert our attention from Love’s oneness with slight of hand that offers appealing substitutes for Love. This is the best the ego can do — offer imaginary substitutes that could never be real, dressed in appealing images.

Forgiveness to destroy is founded on making illusions seem real. Its central figure is the body, which defines separation and differences and is only capable of seeing differences. Thus the body sees separation or sin as real and then offers deceiving forms of “forgiveness” that do not forgive at all. They maintain the separation while seeming to assuage the perceived guilt within. 

To free ourselves from this perpetuation of guilt, we must learn to recognize the ego’s disguises for what they are. To learn these lessons, we must turn to the Teacher within with willingness to receive His healing insight. He will bring the lessons that free us forever from guilt. We will learn to set the ego aside and return to our Home in Love.

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