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SOUL ISSUES: The End of Guilt 

Rev Liz Petipren

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 Miracles 


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.  

I 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 experience. 

No 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 truth. 

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.” 

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