Reference: ACIM Circle of Atonement Edition
Chapter 5 VI. The Ego’s Use of Guilt
The ego’s primary purpose is to create fear. Fearful people attack. We attack ourselves with shame and guilt. We project our own shame and guilt onto others and attack them with judgment and blame. Attack divides us.
Guilt’s primary message is,
“I did something wrong.”
Sometimes here in the illusion on planet earth we do need to own a behavior that is not loving.
Shame however says not that I did something wrong but that “I am something wrong”.
“I can’t let you see me or know me because you will realize I’m no good and you’ll reject me.”
It’s an underlying thought that says,
“I can’t let you see me.”
The word for this phenomenon is SEPARATION.
Shame and Guilt – They’ve Gotta Go
Guilt and Shame keep us divided from our True Self which is the knowledge of the divine creations we innately Are.
One of the ways to clear out shame is through the removal of the word “should”.
First, we must recognize the “shoulds” in our internal dialogue.
“I should (fill in the blank).”
Once recognized, we can become conscious of these shaming thoughts and the toxic energy they bring.
There are no “shoulds” in Love.
There are no “shoulds” in Heaven.
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Shoulds are generally ideas we learned from others. We took on their rules based on their own “shoulds”. Ask yourself,
“Whose rule is this and do I still believe in it? Do I still want to follow it? Or am I too afraid to disappoint? Am I too afraid to stand in my own truth?”
If so then we simply numb ourselves to our real Truth because we’re too afraid to listen to it.
That is separation.
Oftentimes, we use food, shopping, sex, medication, alcohol, etc. to numb our separate selves from Truth. The result is that we lose the Heaven that is ours. So instead we live in hell.
The choice to be in heaven is ours. The price is courage. Courage to be the Light that we Are. Courage is to feel the fear and do it anyway. Jesus is our example.
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