ACIM Lesson 311 I judge all things as I would have them be.
Judgment was made to be a weapon used against the truth. ²It separates what it is being used against, and sets it off as if it were a thing apart. ³And then it makes of it what you would have it be.
I Judge All things as I Would Have Them Be
1. Judgment was made to be a weapon used against the truth. ²It separates what it is being used against, and sets it off as if it were a thing apart. ³And then it makes of it what you would have it be. ⁴It judges what it cannot understand, because it cannot see totality and therefore judges falsely. ⁵Let us not use it today, but make a gift of it to Him Who has a different use for it. ⁶He will relieve us of the agony of all the judgments we have made against ourselves, and re-establish peace of mind by giving us God’s Judgment of His Son.
2. Father, we wait with open mind today, to hear Your Judgment of the Son You love. ²We do not know him, and we cannot judge. ³And so we let Your Love decide what he whom You created as Your Son must be.
Judgment was made to be a weapon
This is the clearest and easiest to understand lesson on judgment. The very act of judgment ensures that we will continue to believe in and suffer from separation. To judge someone is to make them separate. As an example, if I say that you are unkind, this implies that there are others who are kind. And so there must be separation, those who are kind and those who are not kind.
Judgment is rampant in our minds. We know this is true as we see the effects of judgment, rampant separation. The world is filled with separate individuals, separate things, separate experiences and on and on. The truth is that there is nothing separate from All That Is, so it must be that we use judgment against the truth.
³And then it makes of it what you would have it be.
In judgment, we separate a thing apart and then make of it what we would have it be. In the case of judging someone as kind or unkind, our judgment separates everyone out according to their level of perceived kindness. To do this we must decide what kindness means to us. It follows that we must then decide what the person means to us according to our perception of kindness. In this way, we decide that this person is what we would have him or she be.
⁴It judges what it cannot understand
This business of deciding what someone should be and then deciding what they are based on this random criterion is exhausting. The truth is, we cannot understand anything because we cannot see the totality of it all. If we could see the totality of the Sonship, we would be struck dumb at its perfection and magnificence. We would also see that it cannot be split apart as it was created whole and creation cannot be altered. In other words, we would see that our judgments are wrong no matter how we judge.
Let us reassess the idea that this one is kind and that one is not based on the undeniable fact that separation is impossible. Obviously, there cannot be one or another. Let us further consider that we are created as an extension of God and God is Love. Each aspect of the Whole is only Love. One can be kind only as it is perceived as a reflection of Love. What happens as my mind adjusts to perception that is closer to the truth, I realize that not only is judgment tiring, it is impossible.
He will relieve us of the agony of all the judgments we have made
Instead of continuing this clearly insane and destructive behavior, let us give judgment to the Holy Spirit. In doing so, we will be relieving ourselves of the agony of judging. In giving judgment to the Holy Spirit, we will be judged according to the truth. He will re-establish peace of mind by giving us God’s Judgment of His Son. Only God knows His Creation. May we finally step aside and let Love decide what His Creation must be.
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