Judgment and Organizing

“You do not need judgment to organize your life, and you certainly do not need it to organize yourself.  (T47)”

Affirmation:  “You do not need judgment. . .to organize yourself.”

Reflections:

1 – Avoid Personal Judgment

This passage is stunningly simple in its words, but has profound implications.  We are told elsewhere in the Course that the world teaches us to rely upon our judgment and to monitor our actions by judging the best action to take.  But this is false reasoning.  We cannot know the whole context in which our judgment occurs–the past, the present, and the future that we try to judge in incompleteness.  These are tenets of the Course.

2 – Depend on the Holy Spirit

If we do not need to organize our life by judgment, then upon Whom should we rely?  The oft-repeated assertion to rely upon the Holy Spirit is meaningful in this context.  How do we do that?  By listening to the still, small Voice within–what is commonly know as “feelings,” or intuition.  By “feelings,” we do not mean emotional response; emotional response, especially that made in haste and under pressure of the moment, may be the ego prompting us to undertake a false pathway.  By “feelings,” we do mean the inner sense of rightness about a given action or thought.  With practice, we will learn to distinguish the difference.

3 – A Freeing Step

But it is enormously freeing to give  up the judgment of the world.  We walk freely and peacefully as we let the moment guide us by insight not of ourselves.  We know that if there are plans to be made, we will be told of them; they will occur to us at the proper moment for planning.  Otherwise, we can walk as free spirits in a world set free from our judgments–a world lit from within by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I be led along the pathway that relinquishes judgment in favor of the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  May I be flexible, be able to turn on a dime.  May I not be stubborn in following this guidance.

Judgment, as taught by the world, is incomplete.  Judgment, as given by the Holy Spirit, takes into consideration all the variables.  I want to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  That is my intent.  Help me to stand firm in this resolve.

Amen.

2 thoughts on “Judgment and Organizing

  1. Heal Your Past Lives

    I’d like to add to the comment about listening to the “still, small Voice within”. It seems perfectly right to say that emotions are not a good enough basis on which to decide whether an action is right or wrong. I also completely agree with relying upon intuition for such decision-making. I have come to see that asking the Holy Spirit to help me think about something is a good prelude to getting that holy intuition.

    Reply
    1. Celia Hales Post author

      Thank you for your thoughtful and complete comment.

      I reread my post, and I failed to stipulate that the comment that I made about making decisions by emotions was my own interpretation of A Course in Miracles. (I try to indicate when I am interpreting something that is not stated directly in ACIM.) I was given a personal experience in saying that emotional responses can lead us astray, and I am interpreting those emotional responses as sometimes being of the ego.

      Thank you for giving me the chance to amplify my remarks a bit. ACIM does not take up the issue of an emotional response as a way that we can stray from our pathway.

      Most fondly, Celia

      Reply

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