“As it says in A Course in Miracles, a guiltless mind cannot suffer. One gets to know a guiltless mind through authentic self-forgiveness. You were never judged.” -Michael Jeffreys
Stephen C. Galleher (on facebook): “An intriguing idea, Michael, but is this, in fact, so? Unless you define guilt so broadly as to cover all forms of self-criticism, envy, and balking at something I don’t like. For instance, when I go into depression (certainly a form of suffering) over learning of a serious illness, am I suffering from some form of guilt. I appreciate the way you challenge and stretch my thinking!”
Michael Jeffreys: “And I like that you take the time to think about these things! Ding! Ding! Ding! This: “Unless you define guilt so broadly as to cover all forms of self-criticism.” If you didn’t feel guilty (unconscious mostly, which is why it’s so darn hard to really become aware of it–like an iceberg, the bulk of it is below the surface), why would you ever criticize yourself?”
Stephen C. Galleher: “If I insult you when we are among friends, I may come to see the rudeness and/or injustice of it and call you the next day to apologize.”
Michael Jeffreys: But that’s the point brother Stephen… It is NOT POSSIBLE for you to insult me if my mind is truly guiltless. Honest. It won’t touch me in the slightest. Not because I’m so high and mighty, but simply because there is nothing here for the “rudeness” to stick to.
I have to tell you that I had no idea how much guilt was “in me” until I actually was willing to look at it without judgment. It has a palpable physical weight to it that most of us aren’t even aware of! However, once you do become aware of it… omg, you can just see it/feel it oozing out of almost every human being, regardless of their “status” in life. Your exceptions are those that have done the work and are deeply aware of how the mind works, like Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Anthony De Mello, Adyashanti, Mooji, etc.
By owning the guilt (which has nothing to do with beating yourself up about anything in the past) and then truly FORGIVING it, you set it free and somehow, in the process, magically, and without you lifting a finger, it sets you free. How this happens is truly a miracle, hence the book’s name, “A Course in Miracles.”