Angst, de basis van angst is controle. Verdriet is blijven hangen in het verleden, aan de top van de golf die al voorbij is, daar blijf je hangen, dat is het verleden. Angst is de anticipatie, het vóór willen zijn van die opkomende golf.

Dus angst leeft in de toekomst en schuld leeft in het verleden. Alle angst is te herleiden naar angst voor de dood.


‘Laat geen enkele pijnlijke plek voor Zijn licht verborgen blijven, en doorzoek je denkgeest zorgvuldig op elke gedachte die je misschien niet aan het licht durft te brengen. Want Hij zal iedere nietige gedachte die je behouden hebt om jezelf te kwetsen, genezen en zuiveren van haar nietigheid, waardoor ze wordt teruggebracht tot de grootsheid van God.’



Stukje gechreven door Jon Mundy, vroeger christelijk predikant en nu interreligieus predikant. Zelf vertalen, via DeepL translate (hele goeie) of Google of andere vertaalmachine, of nieuwste: chat GTP.


The Attraction of Guilt


The Attraction of God


God does not believe in retribution.

 His Mind does not create that way. 

He does not hold your "evil" deeds against you.



I worked as a traditional christian minister for twenty-eight years before becoming an Interfaith minister with a primary focus on A Course in Miracles. One of the differences between the Course and traditional Christianity concerns ‘the forgiveness of sin.’ Simply put, God (Love) does not forgive sin because (Love) God does not condemn.


The major difficulty that you find in genuine forgiveness

 on your part is that you still believe

 you must forgive the truth, and not illusions.



Traditional Christianity is dualistic. It posits the existence of Heaven and Hell. Yet, the Course is clear, ‘There is no Hell.” There cannot be an opposite to that which is all-encompassing and God’s Love is all-encompassing. 


“Guilt is the thought that I have done something that is beyond forgiveness. I deserve to be punished and there is no way

 of eradicating this guilt from my mind.”

Dr. Ken Wapnick


Choosing the ego as our teacher, instead of the Holy Spirit, is simply a repetition of the original choice for separation we find in the story of the Garden of Eden. It is inevitable. We always feel guilty when we harbor and/or act out attack thoughts. A friend who was subject to outbursts of anger once said, “I hate myself when I do that.” Seeing ourselves as ‘sinners,’ guilt is inevitable. Guilt says, “I am awful and terrible.” And, God says, “You are now, always have been, and will be my blessed child.”

This you must remember;

the attraction of guilt opposes the attraction of God.

His attraction for you remains unlimited,

but because your power, being His, is as great as His,

you can turn away from love.

What you invest in guilt you withdraw from God.



Having ‘split’ minds, we try to follow two masters, sometimes giving our attention to God (love); sometimes we are seduced by the attraction of guilt – and we allow the ego to guide our way. Jesus in both the Gospels and the Course tells us we cannot serve two masters. We cannot follow God and mammon (the ways of the world). Trying to do so places us in an ambiguous position and leaves us feeling guilty, anxious, unfulfilled, out of sorts, and clearly – not the Self we want to be. Put simply, we never lost Heaven. We never can and we never will. 


The Grab Bag of Guilt

Ken (Ken Whapnick helped publish the Course) talked about what he called ‘the grab bag of guilt’ we carry with us through this world. My mother, Milly, was with consistency one of the most loving people I ever met. One day when she was already in her 80’s, we were talking on the phone; and she said, “I feel so guilty.” And I said, “About what, Momma?” and she said, “I don’t know.” What she was feeling was the unconscious existential guilt that we can ever now and then dip into. It is a feeling of the wrongness of being separated – i.e., being an ego/body outside of the Mind of God.

Guilt comes as a defense against the truth of who we are. As we practice the principles of the Course and seek to become ever more right-minded, our egos become afraid that our special separated self is going to disintegrate – i.e., that we will lose our ego identity. Our ego identity will indeed be lost because there is no eternity (no Reality) in it. This is, however, nothing to be afraid of, quite the opposite. The loss of the ego and all of its fears is a blessing and never a curse. 

The purpose of guilt is to keep us from remembering that we are Mind. The good news is, we can always choose once again and see things differently. The issue is not what is in ‘the grab bag of guilt.’ The question is why are we so often seduced by the attraction of guilt? Simply stated, “We feel guilt when we decide to join with the ego – we feel great when we join with God.”


God or Guilt – You Choose

"Zodra je besluit te vergeven, zet je het genezingsproces in gang. Vergeving geeft je ziel toestemming om verder te gaan naar de hogere en gezondere grond van emotioneel herstel. Vergeving is voor je ziel wat antibiotica zijn voor infecties. Het is het genezingsmiddel dat zal helpen om je ziel volledig te herstellen. Het verwijdert niet meteen de pijn van de verdediging, maar het brengt je wel op de weg naar herstel." ~ Will Davis


Ik ben onuitsprekelijk dankbaar dat ik een geheel nieuwe definitie van vergeving heb geleerd, een die van mij eiste dat ik mijn onkwetsbaarheid in Waarheid accepteerde. Je kunt me niet kwetsen en vergeving leert me dat ongeacht wat je denkt dat je gedaan hebt, wie ik ben door niets daarvan werd en kan worden aangetast. Liefde is een beetje als goud: het kan niet aangetast worden. De essentie van jouw wezen, mijn wezen is Liefde, het zuiverste van goud. Vergeven is dan ook de Liefde erkennen die je bent.

Liefs, Diederik


"Once you decide to forgive, you initiate the healing process. Forgiveness gives your soul permission to move on to the higher and healthier ground of emotional recovery. Forgiveness is to your soul what antibiotics are to infection. It is the curative agent that will help to fully restore your soul. It doesn't immediately remove the pain of defense but it does start you on the road to recovery." ~ Will Davis


I am beyond words grateful that I learned an entirely new definition of forgiveness, one that required me to accept my invulnerability in Truth. You cannot hurt me and forgiveness teaches me that regardless of what you think you may have done, who I am was not and cannot be affected by any of it. Love is a little like gold: it cannot be tarnished. The essence of your being, my being is Love, the purest of gold. To forgive, then, is to recognize the Love you are.