“If you allow yourself to become guilty, you will reinforce the error rather than allow it to be undone for you. (T90)”
1 – Psychology in ACIM
This passage emphasizes an important psychological truth, but one that we may never have heard before reading the Course. The passage also contains some Course teaching that would preclude full understanding without our reading ACIM itself.
2 – Guilt
One of the greatest problems that we face when engulfed by the ego is the problem of guilt. We think that we have done horrendous things, and maybe we have, but only in illusion and only as mistakes–not sins. Mistakes cry out for resolution, for remedying. They do not have the attraction that a deed named a “sin” seems to have for our frail psyches. Sins remain attractive, but mistakes call out for simple correction. We probably do not realize the extent to which the ego depends on our sense of guilt when we believe that we have “sinned.” Elsewhere we learn that guilt is hell. And so we are getting into territory with this theology from ACIM that will be very, very threatening to us when we are identified with the ego.
3 – Error Undone
If we choose to eliminate guilt, we will help the error to be undone as well. But “we” do not undo the error; that is the providence of the Holy Spirit. He works in cooperation with our willingness to leave guilt behind. And, with guilt behind, the error is easily overlooked. We choose not to repeat the error as soon as we label it thusly–an error, or mistake, not a sin.
If I make mistakes, I will feel guilty when I come to myself. This feeling of guilt can be undone when we seek to be forgiven, of ourselves and of the other person whom we feel we have wronged. May I find that forgiveness now, and leave guilt behind.
Help me to turn to the Holy Spirit when I am tempted to make mistakes that will induce guilt. Thank you for being there for me.