“To believe in your perfection and the equality of your gifts is peaceful, because it releases you from trying to acquire that which you previously believed you were lacking. If releases you from judgment because you know that your brothers and sisters are also beings of perfection. (A Course of Love, 20.43)”
Affirmation: “Help me to understand perfection.”
1 – Perception = Innocence
“Perfection” here is closely aligned to our understanding of “innocence.” In this concept, we have only made mistakes in perfect innocence; we are not guilty of sins that cannot be forgiven. God has never condemned us for our misdeeds. He just loves us.
2 – Christ-Consciousness
But perfection also seems to go a step forward in A Course of Love. Jesus indicates that we do not have to correct all mistakes before we are considered ready for Christ-consciousness. In A Course in Miracles, he said that he stood at the end of the path to correct all mistakes that we could not correct. I think that this same understanding holds now with ACOL.
3 – As God Created Us
How does it mean that we can see our imperfections and yet read in ACOL that we can know perfection? It is similar to the difficulty that many of us had in ACIM with our innocence. Perfection and innocence both mean that we are as God created us (an ACIM tenet).
4 – Eliminate Judgment
The benefit to believing that we are as God created us is enormous. We do eliminate judgmental thoughts about others from our minds. We do not have to put down another in order to feel ourselves more justified, a better person. This sort of nonsense is gone forever.
5 – Rid of Illusions
May we accept Jesus’s word today that we are both perfect and innocent. Any illusory self is not perfect or innocent, but we are trying to be rid of illusions forever. And this includes a desire to see the real world in place of the difficulty one in which we live as in a bad dream. Ask today to see the real world, reality as it is.
6 – Improvement in Life
And see if life does not improve immediately.
We are not perfect in that we never do anything wrong, or we never make mistakes. But our innocence is strong nevertheless, because we are as You created us. Help me not to forget this today.
May I drop any and all judgmental thoughts from my repertoire of attitudes and emotions. Judgment only hinders my return to You. And I would not have it so.
Be with me as I walk through this day in happiness. I know that it is possible, and I ask for Your help in making it so.