When a major event such as a terrorist attack takes place, when the apparent death of so many is witnessed, unless someone is genuinely conscious, usually all kinds of emotions are experienced. And denying these emotions using the excuse that nothing is real, that this is all just an illusion leads to a state of denial which ends up being more harmful than beneficial, not to mention how unloving it would be to have such an attitude towards our brothers and sisters (illusions or not) who are being affected by the experience.
Therefore, how can
an experience like that can be used to help heal the unconscious guilt?
We should first understand the mechanism of the ego’s thought system
(unconscious guilt) so that we can consciously choose another Teacher
(Holy Spirit, Right Mind, Christ, etc.).
That being said, I
will divide this article into three parts. The first is focused on
seeing how the ego’s thought system operates so that we can clearly see
how the focus is shifted to the world of form keeping us distracted from
the Truth. That first part I'll call it, The Distractions of The Ego.
The focus of the second is directed toward denial so I'll call it: The Danger of Denying Our Experience.
And the third part will focus on how to act when we are presented with
an experience such as that one so that our actions spring from love and
Part I: The Distractions of The Ego
This first part for some people may be very difficult to understand, or
rather to accept if there is still a strong identification with the
physical experience as if it were our reality.
However if we
want to eradicate suffering and guilt from the mind one must first look
at the ego’s logical way of thinking so that we can consciously begin
to turn our attention to what is True, which is the love of which we are
a part of; the peace of God that dwells in everyone.
the same terrorist scenario, first thing we have to observe are the
emotions that arise from that experience. Those emotions are the
unconscious guilt that was hidden BEFORE the attack took place, and that
now we wants to PROJECT unto that scenario so that the guilt remains in
our unconscious and unable to be healed.
For example: I
feel angry because a terrorist has killed someone. That anger was in me
BEFORE that terrorist committed this act, and now I justify MY anger by
projecting it and continue hanging on to the guilt; hanging on to MY
unconscious desire to feel separated from God. In this case I project my
anger to the terrorist saying things like, "... that terrorist is bad,
is the executioner, is the perpetrator, and I'm the victim." That way I
can blame some outside experience as the cause of my anger not realizing
that the terrorist simply reflects the anger I do not want to see in
me. I am not talking about his actions, I am referring to my feelings.
I am afraid to see others dying. The guilt, the fear of me dying will
then be projected unto the scenes I see "outside”. That’s how I justify
my fear of dying, my fear of remember that I am one with God and not
this separate body living in a world of separation.
sadness or suffer for the families of those killed, or the loss of a
family member. That sadness is the one I use to justify my desire to
suffer, my desire to feel sad only that I project what I feel unto any
scenario so that I can continue to hang on to my suffering. Because, who
would I be without my drama, without my sadness, without my anger,
without my prejudice, etc.? Actually, who am I? That's the identity that
we don’t want to let go of.
That’s why we are reminded;
"There is no statement that the world is more afraid to hear than this:
‘I do not know the thing I am, and therefore do not know what I am
doing, where I am, or how to look upon the world or on myself. Yet in
this learning is salvation born. And What you are will tell you of
As we can see, even when we feel
anger, sadness, fear, we are in a blind alley if we believe that our
feelings have to do with what happens in the world. And again, what
happens in the world is a projection based on the premise that "I"
exist. And now as "I" exist, my "world" also has to exist, and according
to the laws of "my world," I have to feel affected by it.
And yes, as long as I continue to identify with the body I have to
respect those laws. But I can choose another thought system to at least
change my perception of the world and not suffer. It is not about
denying what I feel, it is about changing my perception of what I feel,
changing my perception about what I experience, about what I see, about
what I hear. That’s why the Corse reminds me: “…seek not to change the
world, but choose to change your mind about the world.“ T-21.In.1 7
And it is not me, the “i” that thinks its here the one who have to
change its perception. The change in perception is the natural effect of
choosing the Holy Spirit thought system. Otherwise my perception won’t
be change to undo the ego but to reinforce it. Because according to the
ego a change in perception is seeng the world of illusion differently.
The change of perception that the Holy Spirit offers us it to see that
it is an illusion and that it has nothing to do with Who I Truly Am.
This is why we have to be very cautious not to confuse the levels, form
and content, or Body and Mind, or Illusions and Truth.
the course reminds us that there is no hierarchy of illusions such as
when it says, "This principle evolves from the belief there is a
hierarchy of illusions; some are more valuable and therefore true," T
-23.II.2: 3 what it tells us is that in a dream some scenes cannot be
more “real” than others, but that all are equally unreal and therefore
has no power to affect the Holy Son of God (the one how is dreaming).
That's what it is meant by: " Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing
unreal exists." T-in.2: 2-3.
That doesn’t justify in any
way, shape or form anyones’ behaviour. However, if we are not conscious
of the ego’s mechanism, we will spend our lives blaming “others” for
what we feel therefore keeping the unconscious guilt locked in OUR mind
experiencing the eternal fear and suffering that takes place as a result
of choosing the ego as our teacher.
Let's look at it this
way: What is the difference between the anger I feel when there is a
terrorist attack and the anger I feel when my partner does not do what I
asked? Anger is anger.
What is the difference between the
fear I feel when a person is dying because of an attack of violence and
the fear I feel as a result of not knowing whether I will be able to
grab the taxi to get to work on time? Fear is fear.
the difference between the sadness I feel when I see victims of a
terrorist attack or when I see my son leaves home to study at the
university (if I am attached to him)? Sadness is sadness.
And we could use the example of what would be the difference between the
pleasure I feel when I eat a chocolate cake and the pleasure I feel
when I seek revenge or attacking someone. Pleasure is pleasure.
Notice again that what I'm talking about are emotions not events. About what we feel, not about what’s “happening.”
What I am saying is, every event in and of itself is neutral. The
emotion that I feel is the unconscious guilt that I now want to project
unto any event in order to justify my fear. And that's why no matter how
"big" or how "small" the event is, if our peace is being disturbed is
simply because we are making the experience real in the mind, which
makes us feel as separate beings from God, we feel separated from love,
and that is why we need correction on a ¡different level! Level of the
Mind, not the form. The correction occurs in the mind, and it can only
be welcomed when our attention is inward no outward.
what the Holy Spirit does for us, if we let it. "Undoing is not your
task, but it is up to you to welcome it or not." T-21.II.8 5
And it's impossible to welcome it if we are judging, if we are
interpreting. So we are reminded again and again, in different ways
throughout the course that "When your peace is threatened or disturbed
in any way, say to yourself: I do not know what anything, including
this, means. And so I do not know how to respond to it. And I will not
use my own past learning as the light to guide me now." T-14.XI.6: 6-9
We are not asked to deny our experience, as the course puts it: "The
body is merely part of your experience in the physical world. Its
abilities can be and frequently are overevaluated. However, it is almost
impossible to deny its existence in this world. Those who do so are
engaging in a particularly unworthy form of denial.“ T-2.IV.3: 8-11
We are asked to stop ¡interpreting it!
Therefore, when we read excerpts from the course such as; "You have
been told not to make error real, and the way to do this is very
simple.... Understand that you do not respond to anything directly, but
to your interpretation of it. Your interpretation thus becomes the
justification for the response, "T-12.I.1: 1,4,5 what is that statement
That we never respond to anything in particular
but to OUR interpretations. Those interpretations come from the thought
system with which we are identified with in each moment. The thought
system of the ego (fear) or the thought system of the Holy Spirit
If I’m identified with guilt, which by the way
guilt in the mind is what projected this whole experience, I'l make real
the world in the mind corroborating what I believe about myself. As a
result I will interpret each and every experience in accordance to what I
want to in order to justify my feelings, in order to justify my
anger, my rage, my bitterness, my sadness, my suffering, including my
pleasure, in other words, my identity as an individual, my identity as a
separate being from everything and everyone. My identity as a separate
being from God.
If on the other hand I’m identified with the
thought system of the Holy Spirit every experience will be perceive
just as they are, free of interpretations, free of judgment, and the
result is that I experience peace.
Part II: The Danger of Denying Our Experience
Becoming aware of how the ego’s thought system operates is not so that
we can deny our emotions pretending they are not there and use all
concepts we learn in the course to fool ourselves. That can be seen a
lot when one is experiencing fear, anger, pain, including pleasure and
then hides it under the carpet of, "This is an illusion, nothing is
real, this does not exist, blah, blah ...". That is the fear of feeling,
That is the mechanism that the ego
thought system uses to avoid looking at the content of the mind, which
is what is projected outward. As someone once said, “what you deny you
project.” Although the course explains very clearly that this is an
illusion it NEVER asked us to deny our experience but to choose a
different Teacher (Holy Spirit) so that we can look at the obstacles to
peace. And yes, I said LOOK at the obstacles. Without looking we are
denying. If we were not so afraid to look, this dream would be over ¡in a
second! And although it was over long ago, since you believe you are
reading these words, it is real to you now.
those emotions that arise from the belief in separation, we must look at
them, we must feel them. That’s why we are told; "The escape from
darkness involves two stages: First, the recognition that darkness
cannot hide. This step usually entails fear. Second, the recognition
that there is nothing you want to hide even if you could. This step
brings escape from fear. When you have become willing to hide nothing,
you will not only be willing to enter into communion but will also
understand peace and joy." T-1.IV.1: 1-5 "Remember that you will have to
go through the clouds before you can reach the light." W-pI.70.8 5
So we must look. We must feel. What we don’t want to do however is justify them. That’s the key.
So if a terrorist attack such as the one in Paris or any place takes
place and all fear comes out, we are not asked to pretend that the
experience is not taking place by avoiding our feelings. What is asked
of ourselves is not to make the mistake of believing that our feelings
have something to do with any outside “cause” because that is how we
identified with the ego thought system and therefore we are caught
between a rock and a hard place. There is no way out within the ego’s
thought system. There is ONE way out, however, Inward; through the
practice of True forgiveness.
So when emotions rise up to
the surface, which the ego’s thought system wants to justify them by
looking for victimizers, by blaming, by looking for a place, a person, a
circumstance where they can be projected on to, we bring our attention
to the cause, which is internal, which is the unconscious guilt that we
are unaware of so that the Holy Spirit can correct our perception. Thus,
as with every event, "large" or "small”, they are now used to heal.
They are now used to practice forgiveness.
Once again, using
anger for example, forgiveness applies to the anger that comes when
there is a terrorist attack as well as the anger that comes when our
partner leaves without making the bed if that’s something that would
bother us. That’s why we are reminded: “I am never upset for the reason I
think" W-pI.5 Because this anger that is coming out, regardless of the
"reason”, it is employed to testify to the belief that this experience
is our reality, that we are helpless beings separated from God and that
the world has an effect on us.
Part III: How to act:
As the unconscious guilt is being eradicated from the mind events no
longer has the power to distract us, and if they do is because there is
some forgiveness opportunities to heal. We will then start to identify
with the love of God which is our nature. And thereafter we will do what
we feel inspired to do in any circumstance. Not because one feel guilty
or obligated but because that's what love naturally would leads us to
If for example an organization is established that
requires financial resources to support individuals whose being affected
by such circumstances, love itself will lead us as to what to do, which
in some cases may be to offer financial support, or we may feel led to
help with our talents, with our time, who knows.
who has been affected by that experience asks us to go to church and
pray with him/her we do not judge his/her experience. We connect with
the love within and may feel inspired to go to church and pray.
As we can see, the Holy Spirit does not ask us to stop being human nor
to be cold. The Holy Spirit simply ask us to identify with His thought
system so that the unconscious guilt is not the one dictating our
But the important thing is always to observe how
we react to the world because in the end, since there is only One Mind,
and we are all a part of It, what we perceive either reflects back to us
the love that we are or the fear that we believe in. According to that
we either respond or react to the experiences in the world. We don’t
react or respond to what is "happening" but to how we are interpreting
it. And that interpretation, once again, will always give testimony to
the teacher we are choosing in each moment, the Holy Spirit (Peace) or
the ego (conflict).
Choose the ego and the interpretation
you’ll have about the world and about yourself is that the world is real
and so are you. Choose the Holy Spirit and the interpretation that
you’ll hear from Him is that, “You are at home in God, dreaming of exile
but perfectly capable of awakening to reality.” T-10.I.2:1
Meanwhile, from my "humanness”, my wish is that the peace of God reign in the minds of everyone.