There is No Judgment
Based on the teachings of
A Course in Miracles – Original Edition
published by COURSE IN MIRACLES SOCIETY
The idea that there is No Judgment will be challenging for anyone to accept.
The immediate reaction will most likely be in the defense of judgment as if judgments were not only a given but a requirement in this world.
Our minds will say: Of course, there is judgment. There has to be judgment. How could there not be in this world of choice? Some choices are judged as bad and some are judged as good, but there must be judgment in order to navigate this world and fix it.
And yet, do we really?
Is there another way of looking at it?
A Course in Miracles-Original Edition tells us that there is.
Recently, a message was delivered to me as if it were from somewhere outside of me and yet it also felt as if it were from deep within. I was just walking from one room to the next and I ‘heard’ the words, “There is no judgment”. The words were tied to the thought and the words were the thought. Yet, what accompanied that thought was a tremendous feeling of release.
I have always judged myself harshly. Every second must be filled with me doing something worthy. All my activities, every second, must qualify as useful. There must be no slouching, no misuse of time.
It is fine and good to want to be productive, but when there is a sense of judgment and guilt from seemingly being unproductive, that’s where the mark is missed.
And now I hear: “There is no judgment.”
Those words wash over me like a forgiveness shower. If guilt is missing the mark [i.e. sin], then forgiveness is restoring that which will never change: my sinlessness, my guiltlessness, my immortality, my Eternal Soul. That is what I am feeling.
Forgiveness, … is still and quietly does nothing. It offends no aspect of reality nor seeks to twist it to appearance that it likes. It merely looks and waits and judges not. He who would not forgive must judge, for he must justify his failure to forgive. But he who would forgive himself must learn to welcome truth exactly as it is.
ACIM OE Workbook PII #4. What is Forgiveness
In those moments of truly realizing There is no Judgment, I was free of self-condemnation and knew, to the very depths of my being, that all is well; that there is nothing outside of me anywhere that judges me. There is nothing that needs to change or be different. Everything is as it should be and “All things work together for good.” ACIM OE TX.4.69
I knew that I could now integrate the following Lesson:
Lesson 268: Let all things be exactly as they are.
Let me not be Your critic, Lord, today, and judge against You.
Let me not attempt to interfere
with Your creation and distort it into sickly forms.
Let me be willing to withdraw my wishes
from its unity and thus to let it be as You created it.
For thus will I be able, too, to recognize
my Self as You created me. In Love was I created,
and in Love will I remain forever.
What can frighten me when I let all things be exactly as they are?
Yet, how could this be? How could I let all things be exactly as they are? Should I let poverty, sexual abuse, murder, rape, theft, and war be “exactly as they are?”
When I ask these questions within, I realize that A Course in Miracles – Original Edition is offering a radical, new way of looking at this world. As the Course tells us: The fruits of any curriculum should bring peace. If they do not, then go the other way.
Perhaps to know deeply the meaning of this Lesson, we must seek within, past all our prior learning, past all our surface, limiting thoughts that tell us that we are separate, that we were born, and that we will die.
Can we let all those thoughts go for just a few moments and sit quietly, doing nothing, allowing the meaning of this Lesson to filter through us from the part of our Minds that has never left our Source?
From the study of ACIM OE, I am realizing that letting something be exactly as it is, is not condoning it, but it is seeing past the distortion of what is Real. Letting something be as it is, is letting it be “as You [Love] created it” and not as I am perceiving it. [see quote above]
This is also what Forgiveness means to me from my study of A Course in Miracles-Original Edition [ACIM OE]. For me, forgiveness means to see everything as God [Love] would see it, which means to see what is Real about everything. I’ve learned that ONLY LOVE IS REAL and if something changes, it was not Love. What is Real about Who I AM will never change, for “Love Created me like Itself.” ACIM Lesson 67
Thus, to let things be exactly as they are is to know that:
What is Real is the Love in the midst of hate.
What is Real is the Light in the midst of darkness.
What is Real is that which is Changeless in the midst of change.
When I know there is no judgment and see myself and everyone and everything with the eyes of love, I need do nothing for I have accepted the Atonement.
Lesson 337: My sinlessness protects me from all harm.
My sinlessness ensures me perfect peace, eternal safety, everlasting love,freedom forever from all thought of loss, complete deliverance from suffering.And only happiness can be my state, for only happiness is given me.What must I do to know all this is mine? I must accept Atonement for myselfand nothing more. God has already done all things that need be done.And I must learn I need do nothing of myself, for I need but accept my Self,my sinlessness, created for me, now already mine, to feel God’s Loveprotecting me from harm, to understand my Father loves His Son,to know I am the Son my Father loves.W2:337.1
My worthiness is guaranteed by God and All is well!
Now I know “I need do nothing of myself, for I need but accept my Self, my sinlessness…”
There is no judgment …for there is only God’s Love.
And so it is.
*Reverend Reja Joy Green is one of the founding members of the Course in Miracles Society [CIMS] publishers of A Course in Miracles – Original Edition; She is the CIMS webmaster, produces & distributes the Daily Lesson & Text mailing, and facilitates the Course in Miracles study group in Omaha, NE Rev Reja Joy was ordained by Community Miracles Center and was a presenter, with her husband Chris, at the 2018 Annual ACIM International Conference in San Francisco.
As a registered Yoga Instructor, Rev. Reja Joy teaches Yoga from the perspective of A Course in Miracles. She also initiated a Daily Conference Call Study Group that began in 2013 and hosts several social media groups for those who wish to share this journey.
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