ACIM Lesson 243 Today I will judge nothing that occurs. Lesson 243 teaches us to be honest and realize we cannot judge and so we shouldn’t. Thus I free myself to be in peace.
Today I will judge nothing that occurs.
1. I will be honest with myself today. ²I will not think that I already know what must remain beyond my present grasp. ³I will not think I understand the whole from bits of my perception, which are all that I can see. ⁴Today I recognize that this is so. ⁵And so I am relieved of judgments that I cannot make. ⁶Thus do I free myself and what I look upon, to be in peace as God created us.
2. Father, today I leave creation free to be itself. ²I honor all its parts, in which I am included. ³We are one because each part contains Your memory, and truth must shine in all of us as one.
To Judge Is to Invite Chaos
This is a good plan! I have so little to go by that it is ridiculous that I should try to judge, and trying to do something I cannot do often leads to a bad outcome. It also keeps me feeling separate from others and separate from God. I think one of the reasons it took me a long time to give up the bad habit of judging is that I thought I needed my ego to make decisions.
I thought I really could put together enough information to make a good decision and that I had to do this. But here is what Jesus says about this. ⁶You are afraid of this because you believe that without the ego, all would be chaos. ⁷Yet I assure you that without the ego, all would be love. (ACIM, T-15.V.1:6-7) I have discovered for myself that he is right.
Here Is an Example of Moving Out of Judgment
My son is staying with me right now. New Orleans, where he lives, doesn’t have any power anywhere in the city and they don’t know when they will. Main transmission lines fell into the Mississippi and when you lose main transmission lines it could be a month or more before you get electricity back. He has no plans yet, and I told him he could stay here as long as he needs to and his girlfriend could stay as well.
I mean that, but I also had a lot of thoughts about what that would mean to me. I began to feel uneasy and then I remembered that I don’t have enough information to judge this situation and I felt immediate relief. The tension left and peace returned. Thank you, God, for A Course in Miracles and for the truth that set me free.