II.  SECTION 10.  What is the Last Judgment?

Lesson 312. I see all things as I would have them be.

  1. Perception follows judgment.  Having judged, we therefore see what we would look upon.  For sight can merely serve to offer us what we would have.  It is impossible to overlook what we would see and fail to see what we have chosen to behold.  How surely, therefore, must the real world come to greet the holy sight of anyone who takes the Holy Spirit’s purpose as his goal for seeing.  And he cannot fail to look upon what Christ would have him see and share Christ’s Love for what he looks upon.
  2. I have no purpose for today except to look upon a liberated world, set free from all the judgments I have made.  Father, this is Your Will for me today, and therefore it must be my goal as well.[1]
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Today Jesus takes us a step further toward our goal of understanding the Last Judgment.  While here in the world, we set up systems of judgment.  For instance, if we visit a family member and they are polite, warm, and welcoming, we judge that they are people who love us, respect us, and make us happy to be related to them.  Conversely, if we stop to see someone and they stand at the door and do not invite us in, yell and scream at their kids or their dog, or go on a political rant, we judge them accordingly – they have bad manners, they were not happy to see us, and we are ashamed of our relation to them.  We probably will not go to see them again unless they apologize, change their ways, or in some way make amends.  That is the way it seems to be in our relationships to other people.  First we perceive and then we judge.  If the relationship is a close one, we may at times make excuses for hurtful behavior, but in every case, we perceive first and then we judge. Was is a good experience or a not so good one? 

But Jesus teaches that we have judged first and then we perceive and continue to perceive what we judged.  Taking a cue from the example above before we even get to the door of our relative we have judged what is a good reception and what is a bad one.  If we have a “good” reception, we will seem to have a lift in our self-esteem.  We will have a “good” time.  We will go away with a warm fuzzy feeling.  While it seems as if the perception of the reception brought about the judgment of whether we had a good visit or not, Jesus says that we had already made up our mind beforehand what constituted a good visit.  We had judged between “good” and “bad,” and thus allowed ourselves to be divided, to separate one part from the other.  We have judged that when others treat us a certain way they are good, or they are bad.  They are worthy, or they are unworthy.  We will be tossed about and have all kinds of circumstances thrown at us to keep us in a state of division.  Sometimes the bad people from last week have redeemed themselves and become the good guys, while last week’s good guys are now on our bad list.  Believing that perception comes before judging keeps us from seeing the truth about judgment and how our judgments about the world keep us in a state of chaos, separation, and condemnation. 

When we ask to see through the eyes of Holy Spirit, we lay aside our judgments of what is right and wrong, good and bad, naughty or nice.  We understand that it is not our place to judge because we see only in part.  We do not know the whole story.  When we practice non-judgment our sensibilities and self-esteem are no longer tossed and turned by behaviors, relationship ups and downs, and changing circumstances.  Coming from a higher standard, we offer mercy, grace, forgiveness, trust, and understanding.  We reflect God’s Love. 

When we stand with Christ we adopt His Vision.  We do not seek God’s Will; we are God’s Will!  In the Light of Christ’s Vision, we have come to the world to wash away what is false so that truth is revealed.  We are not here to get all we can from it.  We are not here to develop our self-esteem, to show people how much money we have managed to collect, or to go down in the annals of history.  We are not here to build legacies or make the world over according to our own judgment.  We are here to declare it null and void.  We are here for Real World where the redeemed of earth are one again, liberated from the dream of separation. 

Today we liberate ourselves from all that we have judged.  We accept the Last Judgment.  This is our goal, for this is the Will of God. 

[1] A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 312. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 456.

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