ACIM Workbook Lesson 243 – for Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Affirmation: “Today I will judge nothing that occurs.”
“I will be honest with myself today. I will not think that I already know what must remain beyond my present grasp. I will not think I understand the whole from bits of my perception, which are all that I can see. (WB415)”
If we do not have “present grasp,” then how do we know anything? We do not know from our perception, for perception is projected from within and is illusory. We can “know” when we have invited the Holy Spirit to show us the real world. This real world will arise before our eyes, and it is composed of joy, truth, beauty, happiness, peace, and the like (an interpretation, not stated directly in ACIM).
Perception and knowledge are quite different. And it is knowledge that we seek. May we turn to guidance of the Holy Spirit for that knowledge. And let us not be misled by egoistic thinking that parades as guidance. We need to test the indications that we receive to be sure that they pass the test of love. Do nothing that fails this test, for it is not of God (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).
We are not to be the judge of what may happen. We are to leave this judgment to the Holy Spirit, Who alone can see the whole picture. We do not know all from the past, the present, or the future. And we have been wrong many times, when we thought that we were right. Would we use such faulty reasoning as our own judgment to make decisions? No, we would not. (These are all paraphrases from the Manual.) Turn all decisions over to the Holy Spirit, and we will walk in peace.
May I judge nothing today. May I recognize that there is One who knows all the circumstances–past, present, and future–and it is only He Who therefore can judge wisely. This is Your Communicator, the Holy Spirit. May I not fall into judgment, for to do so is surely to invite the ego into my doings.
Be with me today as I seek to lead a good life amid individuals I love, some of whom have reason not to forgive me for the mistakes that I have made. May I be patient, knowing that You will right my errors, and also bring my loved ones into an acceptance of me as a person who tries, but sometimes fails.