“Judgment is but a toy, a whim, the senseless means to play the idle game of death in your imagination. But vision sets all things right, bringing them gently within the kindly sway of Heaven’s laws. What if you recognized this world is a hallucination? What if you really understood you made it up? What if you realized that those who seem to walk about in it, to sin and die, attack and murder and destroy themselves, are wholly unreal? Could you have faith in what you see, if you accepted this? And would you see it?
“Hallucinations disappear when they are recognized for what they are. This is the healing and the remedy. Believe them not and they are gone.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-20.VIII.7-8)
We all too often lapse into judgment, even though this is one of the handful of emotional reactions that will keep Awakening far in the future. It is easy to judge, easy but so wrong. As this quotation makes clear, we are judging an illusion, and how much sense does that make? To judge an illusion is to make wrongs for ourselves, and the wrongs are based on nothing more than a bad dream. Our brother has not done the thing that we are inwardly (or outwardly) criticizing. The action is only illusory, and so it has not really happened at all.
If we can refrain from judging and make sense of our dream, we will realize that we are seeing something that is only hallucinatory. And what good does it do to denounce an image in one’s mind? The image has no credence at all. It is totally unreal. But in the denunciation we are ruining our chance to heal our minds, and with a lack of healing, Awakening is still a long way off.
Our minds need healing, and this comes only through forgiveness of the wrongs that have not really happened in the real world at all. This is the way of A Course in Miracles. Forgiveness of our brother. We take his hand, and we also take Jesus’s hand, and together we walk through this illusory world, and on to the real world. It doesn’t have to take any time at all, though it frequently does take time, sometimes a long time. Pray today that as our judgments cease, the time will be shortened, and we will be healed of our mental sickness. Our insanity. Our madness.
When we overlook the words or deeds that our brother says or does, we will have overlooked what had been keeping us from our blessings. We don’t make real, in our minds, what has been said or done, because then it becomes impossible to overlook.
We would not have it impossible to overlook. Take time today to turn aside, gently, from judging our brother. He needs a holy relationship with us to heal himself, and we need our holy relationship with him to heal ourselves. Forgiveness is healing. Judging is not.
It is just that simple.