Your Brothers’ Meaning Is Lost to You Precisely because You Are Judging Them

“When you recognize what you are and what your brothers are, you will realize that judging them in any way is without meaning, In fact, their meaning is lost to you precisely because you are judging them. (T47)”

Affirmation: “their meaning is lost to you. . .because you are judging them”


1 – Obscure Meaning

This passage is a bit obscure. What exactly do we recognize (in our brother and ourselves) that we are? The answer of A Course in Miracles is that we are Sons of God (and Daughters); we are innocent in the inner essence of who we are. We have not “sinned,” but the self which lives in this world has, instead, made mistakes–easily corrected when recognized. We are said to want to correct mistakes in a way that we don’t want to correct “sins”; there is a attracting feature to sin that sounds irrational and that encourages that sin to be repeated.

2 – A Way to Understand

But there is a way to read this passage that makes a good bit of common sense, along with the focus emphasized from ACIM. When we fail to forgive our brother or sister, we are not seeing them as they are. We recognize this lack of seeing rightly, however obscurely, and as a result we don’t make much progress on our own pathway. Our brothers and sisters, according to ACIM, are our way home. So when we think badly of them, we block ourselves from the better way. We don’t, as said, make much progress when we are mad at them.

3 – Philosophy of ACIM

This is part of the philosophical basis of A Course in Miracles. Judging by ourselves is always tainted, impossible in essence. We cannot know all the circle of causes and effects that we sometimes find ourselves judging. We give up judgment to the sure judgment of the Holy Spirit, which is only that God’s Son is guiltless, and that sin does not exist.

4 – A Darker Side

There is a darker side to judgment as well. We are told elsewhere that attack, judgment, and making defenses against contingencies to come will make us lose our way again. These actions can accomplish nothing, and they will divert us from our pathway to light. So let us give up judgment (i.e., relinquish it to the Holy Spirit, Who sees truly), and find the real meaning of ourselves and our brothers.

5 – Not Seeing Accurately

When we don’t see our brothers accurately, and this accuracy can come only with forgiveness of all that they have not done to us, then we lose our way. Why have they not done anything? Illusions. Yes, that is our fate in this world. And when we choose to give up illusions, and along with illusions the ego, we will see God reach down and lift us up to Awakening and the reality that we all long to see.


Dear Father,

May I give up attack, judgment, and making defenses against contingencies to come. If I do these things, I will surely lose my way. While the way can and will be found again, we lose much time, and we may suffer much.

May I completely relinquish attack in all its forms. This is the ego personified, and only in the relinquishment of the ego is peace found. Thank you for your help, for I will surely fail unless You walk with me.

May I drop grievances entirely from my group of emotions, my range of emotions. Holding grievances will never get me where I want to go, and holding grievances is eminently unfair to our brothers and sisters. Let us treat all others fairly today, however much we may be tempted to blame them for something.


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