Guilt feelings are the preservers of time. They induce fears of retaliation or abandonment, and thus ensure that the future will be like the past. This is the ego’s continuity. T-5.VI.2:1-3
A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition.
The ego dwells in the past rather than in the present, the eternal now. Dwelling on the past engenders fears of retaliation and abandonment. These fears make the ego real for the person experiencing these fears. To eradicate the fears we must see the illusion the ego creates that attempts to make it real.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. This inherent worth and dignity is not based on the belief in the ego but rather the belief in the Divine Spark that animates every person's consciousness.
Today, it is suggested that we name the producer of our guilt and recognize and acknowledge that mistakes have been made and that we are better than our worst mistake.