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Why the Atonement Undoes Guilt

Whenever you are not wholly joyous, it is because you have reacted with a lack of love to one of God’s creations.

Decision cannot be difficult. This is obvious, if you realize that you must already have decided not to be wholly joyous if that is how you feel. Therefore, the first step in the undoing is to recognize that you actively decided wrongly, but can as actively decide otherwise. Be very firm with yourself in this, and keep yourself fully aware that the undoing process [Atonement], which does not come from you, is nevertheless within you because God placed it there. Your part is merely to return your thinking to the point at which the error was made, and give it over to the Atonement in peace. Say this to yourself as sincerely as you can, remembering that the Holy Spirit will respond fully to your slightest invitation:

I must have decided wrongly, because I am not at peace.
I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise.
I want to decide otherwise, because I want to be at peace.
I do not feel guilty, because the Holy Spirit will undo all the consequences of my wrong decision if I will let Him.
I choose to let Him, by allowing Him to decide for God for me.
(A Course in Miracles, T-5.VII.5:1;6. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Our guilt seems to be justified because we are convinced that we did something that caused harm. Only in the illusion of the world of separation does this appear to be true. Yet illusions are not real and are therefore not true. This is the key to our release from guilt.

Because only Love is real, harm is impossible. Love is one and cannot hurt Itself. Nothing but Love exists. When we make the decision to choose God’s plan for our Atonement, we are choosing the oneness of Love instead of the separation of the ego. We are choosing Reality instead of illusion.

The decision for God, for Love’s oneness, undoes the justification for guilt because it unites us with Love’s oneness. We only have to be willing to accept the Holy Spirit’s help to correct our mind. This willingness allows the Holy Spirit to shine away the mistaken perception of harm, which undoes the guilt. It returns us to the joy of joining with the eternal extension of Love. The decision for God is the decision to be Love.

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