"Separated from God"
A Course in Miracles says that your one problem is that you feel “separated from God” and that you feel guilty for this. But it’s fairly common for students to tell me that they have a hard time getting their minds around this concept. They don’t go around thinking “I’ve separated from God and I’m bad for this” and they even believe in God. The concept is too abstract for them to grasp.
The belief in separation from God is largely unconscious and it is the source of all guilt. It is actually the consciousness into which you think that you are born into in your identification with a self. The concept is there at the core of the ego (personal thought system) in your mind. It is the idea that “proves” that the ego is real and that also protects the ego by keeping you from looking inward. You are not meant to see it consciously because then you’d be motivated to undo it and therefore undo the ego. Because the belief in guilt is the consciousness of the world, the world reinforces guilt, overtly and covertly. Rather than question this experience of inherent guilt the world’s (ego’s) religions try to explain it with concepts like “original sin”. They reinforce guilt as valid and true. (All of this I go into in depth in my book “Releasing Guilt for Inner Peace”).
So, practically, what is really meant by feeling “separated from God” and how does this lead to guilt? Since God is your True Being then to think that you are “separated from God” means that you are not aware of your True Being. You are not in your natural state. Perhaps it is easier to understand that you are unhappy and conflicted and just uncomfortable in general because you are not in your natural state rather than “separate” from some abstract concept of a god.
If you think of “separated from God” as “not in my natural state” then where does guilt come into it? Since you are not in your natural state you feel that something is “off” or “wrong”. And, to preserve itself, the ego (personal thought system) tells you that this feeling is because you are inherently “wrong”; you have done something “wrong”. And if you did something wrong there must be something against which you did something wrong. In your unnatural state of identification with the ego your True Being seems outside of you. The ego tells you this Being outside of you – this “god” – is that against which you did something wrong. In your identification with the ego you fear your True Being as though It is something else: a god outside of you with power over you and which sits in judgment on you. No wonder you do not want to approach your True Being!
So guilt is the ego’s distortion of your discomfort when you identify with the ego. And the ego makes a god out of your Reality but telling you that It is outside of you and sits in judgment on you. This distortion is to protect the ego from your looking inward into your mind and looking past the ego. It tells you that if you look inward at all you are not to look too far or you will find out how truly “wrong” you are. But, of course, if you do look inward, after you get past your belief in guilt, you realize that you are uncomfortable not because you are guilty but just because you are not in your natural state. And that’s easy to remedy by welcoming your True Being back into your awareness. This is the “one solution” to your one problem. This is the “Atonement” or correction of your perception that you are separate from God, which A Course in Miracles teaches.
Learn about the books The ACIM Mentor Articles, The Plain Language A Course in Miracles, 4 Habits for Inner Peace, and Releasing Guilt for Inner Peace at www.acimmentor.com.