ACIM Workbook Lesson 301 – for Friday, October 28, 2011
“Father, unless I judge I cannot weep. Nor can I suffer pain, or feel I am abandoned or unneeded in the world. This is my home because I judge it not, and therefore is it only what You will. Let me today behold it uncondemned, through happy eyes forgiveness has released from all distortion. Let me see Your world instead of mine. And all the tears I shed will be forgotten, for their source is gone. Father, I will not judge Your world. (WB450)”
1 – Judging = Lose Our Way
Judging is one sure way to lose our way. We can see the happy dreams of the Holy Spirit for years, even, and then drop into judging, and feel lost again. We are not lost, actually; we never are. But we will feel lost, and we will not feel the “felt presence of Being” (from Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now).
2 – No Weeping, Pain, Feeling Abandoned or Unneeded
This is a reassuring passage if we see that we cannot weep, suffer pain, feel abandoned or unneeded–unless we judge. This statement seems almost too good to be true.
3 – Vow to Judge Nothing that Occurs
But try it out. For one day, vow to judge nothing that occurs. If we start to judge, we must say firmly (even shout) inwardly, “Stop!” And watch to see if the day does not unfold better than any previous one in which judgment has gotten a toehold.
I would not judge today. I know that I tend to judge when I am stressed–as I tend to get angry or to attack when in that same frame of mind. All of this foolishness, and it is foolishness, is the extent–on any given day–that I have forgotten You, that I have let the ego rule again in my little world. I would choose anew today, on this day that you warn me against judging. The solution is always to allow my Guide, the Holy Spirit, to judge the right pathway for me to take. His is also the means by which other people ought only to be judged. It is never for me to do. Help me to remember this truth wherever I walk today.
I would leave aside pain in all its forms. I especially would leave aside anxiety, which is a particularly potent form of pain for me. I would turn to You for the equanimity that allows a free and easy walk through this world.
Help me to stay close to You all day long. Thank You.