SOUL ISSUES: The End of
By Reverend Liz Petipren
“The Truth in you remains as radiant as a star, as
pure as light, as innocent as love itself.”
A Course in
Not long after September 11, 2001, I had flown to Australia to attend a National Convention. In the
aftermath of the terrorist attacks, American airports were heavily militarized. Soldiers with machine guns
walked the terminals, and security measures were prolonged and extreme.
During my trip, I had to take a flight from Sydney to Melbourne; and in light of my experience leaving
the States, I anticipated stringent security procedures. Yet the scene at Sydney airport was much more relaxed.
When I presented my ticket to get my boarding pass, I was not even asked for any identification. On my way to
the gate, I had to pass through one metal detector, I did not have to remove any garments or shoes, no one
searched me, and no one seemed concerned about me. My security screening took only seconds, and I went directly
to my gate.
had the strangest feeling that I was getting away with something, after such a light screening. In an odd way, I
felt guilty. That made no sense, since I had done nothing wrong. Yet something in me felt like this was all too
easy. Then I realized that all guilt is learned. Like all air travelers at that time, I had been the subject of
suspicion and regarded as a potential threat. That experience had become ingrained to the point that I accepted
it as the norm. When I was treated as innocent and trustworthy, that experience felt foreign. Guilt and innocence had been reversed in my mind and
child is born feeling guilty. Children recognize their original innocence until adults teach them that there is
something wrong with them and they have to earn or prove their worth. Nothing could be further from the
Our Easter Sunday experience is all about rising above
our programming to a higher consciousness where we are free to excel and remember who we really are, perfect in
the eyes of God.
Affirmation: “I am innocent,
freedom is my natural state. I claim it now.”