“How can God’s Son awaken from the dream? It is a dream of judgment. So must he judge not, and he will waken. (T622)”
Affirmation: “I will judge not, and thereby ready myself for Awakening.”
1 – Challenge
This is a great challenge to those of us who have not yet awakened. The advanced teacher of God does not see challenge, but it is there for the vast majority of us. Jesus would caution us that the advanced teacher of God takes what comes in his/her day, not seeing anything as a challenge, because he/she knows that the Holy Spirit is the Guide. Following Him corrects the potential errors of the day. A Course of Love takes the concept a step farther, believing that we have entered the time of Christ, a time which follows the time of the Holy Spirit. This time will come when there are enough awakened ones to create a new world. (There seems to be some overlap currently, but this is an interpretation, not stated in either ACIM or ACOL.)
2 – Stop Judging Immediately
We can choose to stop judgment at the point that we first notice it. This takes practice, but it is not outside our will, with the help of the Holy Spirit or the Christ-consciousness. Indeed, we need to be mindful that attack, judgment, and unguided planning are errors that will cause us to lose our way. Attack is mentioned first in the Text, but judging then follows in the same sentence, indicating its importance as well.
3 – A Promise
There is a great promise in this passage. “Se must he judge not, and he will waken.” What a blessing it is! And how easy does Jesus make it sound. Is it that easy? It can be, but Jesus indicates in the Manual to ACIM that most of us are given slowly evolving programs of study. Most of us do not change our whole life situation immediately.
4 – Does the Way Seem Long?
But when the way seems long, perhaps we need to recall the idea for today: Judge not, and we will awaken. This assertion is akin to the biblical injunctions not to judge. So why do we, reared in the Christian faith, find non-judgment such an elusive trait? May we pray for the help that we need to leave judgment behind forever. Its value as a defense is the basic problem. But we need to leave defenses behind as well, for that make what they would dispel (from ACIM).
What a great joy it is to learn that if I only refrain from judging others and myself, I will awaken–because You have chosen that I am ready. Prepare me today to spend a day without judgment. Surely the day will bring instances in which I will have judged already, before I get a “stop” to control myself. I would limit these times as much as is humanly possible, and I would ask You for help in what, as a human being, I cannot seem to control. You are my Control, as well my certainty that once begun, the end of the journey is certain.
So I would not judge today. To effect this, I will need Your help all along the way. I will need to stay calm, tranquil, serene–because stress brings out the worst in me. May I have a peaceful, walking in Your light.