David Hawkins writes about “Guilt”...in his book, “Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender.
“Ninety-nine percent of guilt has nothing whatsoever to do with reality. In fact, the most pious, meek, and harmless individuals are often riddled with guilt. Guilt is really self-condemnation and self-invalidation of our worth and value as a human being.”
“Guilt is as prevalent as fear, and we feel guilty no matter what we are doing. A part of our mind says that we really ought to be doing something else. Or, whatever we are actually doing at the moment, we out to be doing “better.” We “should” be reading a book instead of watching TV. We “should” make love better. Cook better. Run faster. Grow taller. Be stronger. Be smarter. Be more educated. In between the fear of living and the fear of dying is the guilt of the moment. We seek to escape it by remaining unaware of it through suppression, repression, projecting it onto others, and escapism.”
“Remaining unconscious of guilt (repression), however, does not solve it. The guilt re-emerges in the form of self punishment and through accidents, misfortune, loss of jobs and relationships, physical disease and sickness, tiredness, exhaustion, and the multiple ways the ingenious mind figures out how to bring about loss of pleasure, joy and aliveness.”
“Guilt represents death just as love represents life. Guilt is part of the smaller self and underlies our willingness to believe negative things about ourselves.
"The happiness and joy of the day is instantly destroyed by one negative remark from a family member, friend or neighbor. Physical disease is unlikely to exist without guilt, and guilt is a denial of our inner intrinsic innocence.”
“Why do we buy into so much garbage? Is it not because of our very innocence? Is it not because as we grew up, we trusted that what others were telling us was the truth? And even currently, do we still trust what others are telling us is the truth? Is it not so that we have bought into ten thousand lies and are willing to buy another ten thousand out of the naivete of our inner innocence? Is not that inner innocence the very reason for our exploitability? In fact, when we look deep within ourselves, is it not because of our very innocence that we believe ourselves to be guilty?”
“It is because of our inner innocence that we have bought into all the negativity of the world and allowed it to kill our aliveness, destroy our awareness of who we really are, and sell us the pathetic little smallness for which we have settled. Is not ours the innocence of the newborn that cannot defend itself, and with no capacity for discernment, could only allow itself to be programmed, like a computer.”
“To see this means to become conscious. We hear of consciousness-rising programs and weekend seminars to expand our consciousness. What does this mean? To get new complicated formulas? To get programmed with somebody else's idea of mystical truth?”
“Most of the consciousness programs boil down to this essential point: become aware of what we are buying into, what we are accepting daily. Let's look at what we have already been programmed with and begin to question it, dissassemble it, and let it go. Let's wake up and free ourselves from being exploited and enslaved by the negative programming of the world. We will see it for what it is, which is an attempt by others to control us exploit us; extract our money, our services, our energy, our loyalties; and capture our mind. The mechanisms whereby this comes about were so beautifully exemplified in the movie, Tron, in which the very function of “master control” was to enslave by progressive programming.”
“When we see the truth of how programming happens, we will see that we are the pure, blank computer. We are the innocent space in which the programming is occurring. When we look at all of this we are going to get angry. Anger is better than resignation, apathy, depression, and grief! It means to take charge of our mind instead of handing it to the television set, the newspaper, the magazines, the neighbors, the conversations in the subway, the chance remarks of the waitress, the garbage in and the garbage out. What went into our memory banks was garbage, and when we see this, we will have much less fear. We will enjoy starting to let the feelings come up, seeing them for what they are, clearing out all the garbage, and letting it go.”
“Once we have looked deep within ourselves and found that innate inner innocence, we will stop hating ourselves. We will stop condemning ourselves and stop buying into the condemnation of others and their subtle attempts to invalidate our worth as human beings. It's time to re-own our power and stop giving it away to every passing scammer who jiggles our fears and shakes loose some money out of our pocketbook or enslaves us to their cause, living off of our energy. It's easy to get away from all that fear because we have the power of choice now.”
“We fear that the inner voyage of discovery will lead us to some dreadful, awful truth. In its programming of our minds, this is one of the barriers that the world has set up to prevent us from finding out the real truth. There is one thing the world does not want us to find out and that is the truth about ourselves. Why? Because then we will become free. We can no longer be controlled, manipulated, exploited, drained, enslaved, imprisoned, vilified, or disempowered. Therefore, the inner voyage of discovery is cloaked over with an aura of mystery and foreboding.”
“What is the real truth about this voyage? The real truth is that, as we go within and discard one illusion after another, one falsehood after another, one negative program after another, it gets lighter and lighter. The awareness of the presence of love becomes stronger and stronger. We will feel lighter and lighter. Life becomes progressively more effortless.”
“Every great teacher since the beginning of time has said to look within and find the truth, for the truth of what we really are will set us free. If what is to be found within ourselves were something to feel guilty about, something that is rotten, evil, and negative, then all the world's greatest teachers would not advise us to look there. On the contrary, they would tell us to avoid it at all costs. We will discover that all the things the world calls “evil” are right on the surface; they are right on the top, as the superficial, outer thin layer. Beneath these errors is mistakenness. We are not rotten – only ignorant.” David Hawkins
What I found so very interesting is that it is our ignorance or innocence that IS what Believes in what the mind is saying. For a person who doesn't believe what the mind is saying... is no longer innocent to the ways of the mind/world. A Non-believer if you will.
We are only guilty if we are innocent enough to believe it. Once we are wise to the ways of the world it can no longer capture our minds into believing what it says. We are no longer innocent. We are no longer Believaheads!
If people only knew that guilt can only settle in, if you have no other story about yourself. You buy it because you know not who you are. Only the innocence can be guilty.
In order to lose the guilt; you have to de-bug the program that sold you the definition you have about yourself.
What are they saying and is it your truth?
“Ninety-nine percent of guilt has nothing whatsoever to do with reality.
I knew guilt was something they sold to you....what I didn't know, is that you only could accept it IF and when you were innocent. Children who don't know who they are...are easily swayed out of reality.