Guilt is a masculine wound. It says, “How could I do that? I wish I had not done that. I could have done it better. Now nothing can be done. I am doomed. I am helpless. I am powerless.”
Shame is a feminine wound. It says, “Why am I like this? Why couldn’t I be like others? What’s wrong with me? Something is wrong with me. I am good for nothing. I am hopeless.”
Shame is a deeper wound because it is at the level of ‘being’. Our feminine essence usually suffers more than our masculine essence.
It helps to remember that the guilty and the ashamed are forever trying to instil guilt or shame in you; if you let them.
Be aware. Honour yourself.