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Learning to See Everyone’s Innocence

If you did not feel guilty you could not attack, for condemnation is the root of attack. ²It is the judgment of one mind by another as unworthy of love and deserving of punishment. ³But herein lies the split. ⁴For the mind that judges perceives itself as separate from the mind being judged, believing that by punishing another, it will escape punishment. ⁵All this is but the delusional attempt of the mind to deny itself, and escape the penalty of denial. ⁶It is not an attempt to relinquish denial, but to hold on to it. ⁷For it is guilt that has obscured the Father to you, and it is guilt that has driven you insane.

The acceptance of guilt into the mind of God’s Son was the beginning of the separation, as the acceptance of the Atonement is its end. ²The world you see is the delusional system of those made mad by guilt.

[The Holy Spirit] seeks to remove all guilt from his mind that he may remember his Father in peace. ³Peace and guilt are antithetical, and the Father can be remembered only in peace. ⁴Love and guilt cannot coexist, and to accept one is to deny the other. ⁵Guilt hides Christ from your sight, for it is the denial of the blamelessness of God’s Son.

In the strange world that you have made the Son of God has sinned. ²How could you see him, then? ³By making [God’s Son] invisible, the world of retribution rose in the black cloud of guilt that you accepted, and you hold it dear. ⁴For the blamelessness of Christ is the proof that the ego never was, and can never be. ⁵Without guilt the ego has no life, and God’s Son is without guilt. (A Course in Miracles, T-13.in.1:1–2:2;I.1:2–2:5. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We have taught ourselves that we are separate and alone in a dream where the oneness of Love is absent. In this dream, harm and guilt appear real and God’s Love is unknown. We have imprisoned ourselves behind a wall of denial. We have become accustomed to this prison. It feels familiar and we believe it is our home. Yet the key to open the prison door is in our hand.

We have taught ourselves to believe in what could never be real in truth. Now we need to be taught that our belief is mistaken. We have a Teacher in our mind Who recognizes we dream but does not believe in our fantasies. We can call on Him in any moment for help to see beyond our mistaken beliefs to the truth of Love’s presence beyond our prison door.

The key we hold in our hand is the willingness to be taught the truth of Love’s changeless presence. With our willingness, our mind is open to Christ’s vision, which overlooks what bodies seem to do to see the radiant innocence of God’s Love shining everywhere and in everyone. As we accept this vision, we learn of the innocence of Love in us.

Today we ask the Holy Spirit to help us open our prison door and see the guiltless real world in which we dwell in peace.

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