Guilt

Guilt is "a failure of duty, delinquency, offence, meriting condemnation and reproach of conscience, of having wilfully committed crime or heinous moral offence, criminality, great culpability."

Guilt is a soul taint, at worst, rooted in self-pity. In the best light, guilt is an indicator that one feels a sense of failed responsibility for an action or inaction.

Some souls entertain such a deep-seated, pervasive sense of guilt that it injects itself into their every relationship and project. Such guilt most likely began in a prior existence and will continue until that soul tracks it to its source and lifts it into the Light.






Edna Lister on Guilt

Go to the Master in your weak moments, but not to another, lest you become guilty of disturbing another's soul peace, or of putting out another's Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 11, 1938.

When a vibration is at an end, press forward without regret, although with great gratitude for the vehicle which has brought you thus far. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 6, 1938.

When push comes to shove, you must have your head on your shoulders, not your heart. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 8, 1942.

Anyone who dares to allow another to take all the blame is judging, and so is guiltier than the guilty party. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 1, 1944.

When law is self-used, soul knowledge of guilt always causes terrible wear and tear upon the body. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 2, 1944.

If you break one of the least laws, you are guilty of breaking all. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 7, 1944.

Don't go to bed with a cloud over your head, but under it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 22, 1945.

If you are insulted by reprimand, you are found guilty of self deceit. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 6, 1947.

Conscience cannot be born until a sense of remorse awakens, and an albatross of guilt plagues the guilty one. One who rehashes his guilt is unconsciously remorseful. He begins "doing" when he tires of "chewing the cud." – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

You wear guilt like an albatross. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

Regret is repenting quietly and alone, after remorse and grief make self sorry. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

Many dwell in a "prison" of guilt because they do not know how to lift their regrets to a cloud continent of Light. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

The exaltation of the Elect is inevitable. Some will deeply regret that they did not stand steadfastly through the heat of the day. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 4, 1952.

Those who stand on the 33rd Degree stand on law and regret the time they have wasted. What thousand golden offerings of self-sacrifice will you bring, without regret, but in full knowledge and joy? – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 22, 1952.

You may never charge a debt of blame to anyone. Always admit your guilt. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 23, 1952.

Don't bother with clinging to guilt or you create a guilt complex. All guilt complexes are rooted in self-pity, so go up to God and pay your debt while you release Power. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 14, 1953.

Consider the hours you have wasted in regret before you waste any more time on it. – Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954.

It is time to climb without backsliding or feeling guilty. If you keep falling back, you will not have accomplished much during this life, but will have worked backwards, which is retrogression. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 23, 1955.

Your conscience is guilty when your soul consciousness reminds you of your vows. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 14, 1956.

You cannot ascend with a guilt complex or a hair shirt. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 9, 1956.

"Covering up" is how guilt complexes start. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 22, 1956.

You take Light into your own group or family and they hate the Light that causes change and gives them a guilt complex. They cannot hide from the Light, so they fight you. The Light shows up what is in the dark place. – Edna Lister, The Way: Your Path, October 14, 1956.

Exorcize the demon of regret, which is born of self-condemnation. – Edna Lister, Metaphysical Correspondences, November 6, 1956.

Your soul record contains everything you have thought, heard, seen, said or done, along with every vile name that others called you, the wicked along with the good. You identify with these records, then build a sense of guilt. Lift whenever evil touches your lines of Light, triggers a record, and you feel guilt. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 4, 1957.

One who has touched the Oversoul I AM consciousness in a marriage of the Lamb, then fallen, will have a guilt complex about it. He will never be happy until he climbs back. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 6, 1957.

Lift grief and guilt, which is nothing more than being afraid of showing love for God. Sacrifice of self means to give up opinions and prejudices, guilt and fear. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 30, 1957.

A vague or whining tone of voice is an apology for buried guilt. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 9, 1958.

A guilt complex results when one excuses self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 9, 1958.

Do not alibi. Take the blame. If you descend in consciousness, you descend in the body. Admit guilt and lift it high instantly. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 3, 1958.

Moths represent people who bite your ego. Everybody has "moths" of doubt, regret, boredom and resentment that nibble at their highest ideals. You exalt self when you allow a moth to chew on you. – Edna Lister, Brainwashing, Inc., October 19, 1958.

Declare your guilt perfect and Light will absorb your guilt. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 17, 1959.

Your detractors carry heavy guilt, so they voice platitudes to escape. They will mock you, but in their hearts they weep that they do not have what you have, because they are unwilling to accept. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 7, 1959.

Guilt is often the unvoiced demand for approval from God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 7, 1960.

A guilty feeling attracts all the guilt in the neighborhood. The parable of the man who had the unclean spirit cast out illustrates that he was lonely and attracted seven spirits more wicked than the first. Others, especially children, reflect your self-indulgence in a personal sense of guilt as lack of respect. – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life, June 7, 1960.

The world must be released from many devils – persecution, anxiety and guilt complexes are among the worst. Psychiatrists relieve people of the little devils that beset them through private and group therapy. Ministers do it through prayer and advice. – Edna Lister, What Is Your Measure of Power, June 12, 1960.

A guilt complex disturbs your faith in God. Give Him the mess, and stop rolling around in guilt. – Edna Lister, What Is Your Measure of Power, June 12, 1960.

When a guilt complex devitalizes and confuses you, your spirit of adventure goes to seed. – Edna Lister, Do You Trust Your Own Decisions, June 20, 1961.

What if another is guilty? Your darkness in judging unrighteously covers his dark treasure and buries it deeper. You may bury his debt so deeply he can never see it until you become perfect and blameless. People get so involved in hurt feelings about what grieves them that they descend to "an eye for an eye." – Edna Lister, Your Contact With Cosmic Power, October 8, 1961.

Reconciliation begins when you regret your disobedience and desire to learn what law means. – Edna Lister, Fourteen Stations of the Cross, April 24, 1962.

Self-righteous evangelists curse people who sin, and make them feel so guilty that many don't return for ages. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 16, 1962.

The minute you feel guilt, you challenge yourself to pay your debts. You need not challenge yourself when you have done all. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 17, 1964.

Suffering from self-guilt is different from mentally kicking yourself. Giving yourself a good mental kick is legal under a just appraisal. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 26, 1966.

Ignore the past. You may not waste time with regrets. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 7, 1967.

Lift the dregs of earth, the unbearable guilt complexes from minds and hearts, to the high place, without removing them from memory. Lift the sordid memories of everyone on earth to contrition, which is the highest point under Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 29, 1967.

We must release the world from demons of persecution, anxiety and guilt complexes. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 10, 1968.

Our job is to lift the world's guilt. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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New Testament on Guilt

Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. – James 2:10.

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Etymology of guilt: Old English gylt, "crime, sin, fault, fine."


Guilt is a soul taint.



References

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).


Recommender Reading

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.


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