PART II. SECTION 3: WHAT IS THE WORLD
Today I Will Judge Nothing That Occurs.
- I will be honest with myself today. I will not think that I already know what must remain beyond my present grasp. I will not think I understand the whole from bits of my perception, which are all that I can see. Today I recognize that this is so. And so I am relieved of judgments that I cannot make. Thus do I free myself and what I look upon, to be in peace as God created us.
- Father, today I leave creation free to be itself. I honor all its parts, in which I am included. We are one because each part contains Your memory, and truth must shine in all of us as one.
In the world, we have to make judgments. Lover and I were discussing this very thing early this morning. Listing both the physical and the personality traits of a potential employee, we decided that no, although he might be better suited to another job – it was not this one. The same goes for all kinds of judgments that we make throughout our days: Was this tomato okay to pick or should we let it ripen on the vine? Is our marriage a special relationship or a holy one? Does the money we save at Costco justify the membership cost? Should we take the Jeep or the car? Are we getting burgers or having the chicken? Do we tuck this windfall away for a rainy day or blow it on a cruise?
After spending a big part of my life with a person who took the Scripture to heart and tried to live it to the letter, I grew weary of the constant check-in with God for every single decision presented! “Honestly,” I griped, “Don’t you think God is too busy to tell you if you are supposed to shop at Weis or Giant? Doesn’t He expect you to grow up and practice making your own decisions?”
In the Course, we learn about the levels – the ego world and God’s Kingdom. In the ego world in which we live inside our bodies, we make decisions based upon the knowledge we have about the situation, our experience with other similar cases or people based on the past and future projections, and (hopefully) expert opinion. This is the best we can do.
It is not the same in the Kingdom. In the timeless Kingdom, we are freed of the past and an anticipated future. It is what it is, now. Hence, we do not judge our brothers according to their past experience or their personality traits as we know them. And we certainly do not go about collecting information on them to validate our judgment of their worth and worthiness.
Today, Jesus is asking each of us to do that here, in our hearts and minds. To me, Jesus says:
“Eckie, be honest with yourself today. Refuse to believe that you understand what still remains beyond your grasp. Realize that you will never understand your fellows the way I know your fellows. You have bits and pieces of information about them, while I know them in their entirety. Recognize this, and today judge nothing and no one. Relieve yourself of judgments about this one and that one, this situation and that situation. Free yourself and free what you look upon. Be in peace as God created you to be.”
And so today I leave creation free to be itself. I honor all parts of creation, even the ones I do not particularly like or understand, knowing that I am only a smidgeon of the whole, and yet one with it. My part and your part, his part and her part, all contain the memory of God, and truth shines in us. Amen.