The Unconscious Mind is Not Fooled

In normal persons, deviation from truth and honesty results in the accumulation of guilt that is then repressed because of its unpleasant, painful nature.  Thus, over time, a sizable reservoir of guilt accumulates, which escapes attention or awareness unless discovered by periodic, fearless inventories.  This is a very common condition that contributes to social discord and contention. Moral/ethical lapses are often excused by rationalization, but the unconscious mind is not fooled by deception and innately knows when it is being lied to by self or others.

… The capacity for forgiveness arises from accepting with honest humility the limitations inherent in the human condition itself, which is, after all, merely on a learning curve of the evolution of consciousness.

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, p. 65-67