“You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourselves and your brothers totally without judgment.” …ACIM
What would we humans do if we couldn’t judge? We judge everything. We make judgments about other people, and we judge ourselves. Our whole existence seems to depend on the ability to judge. And for those who believe they’re physical beings their existence actually does depend on it. For The Course informs us that judgment is one of the devices by which the world of illusions is maintained,
There’s nothing that contains more power to divide people and societies as much as judgment does. Every judgment we make must set the subject of the judgement into a special category. It’s placed into a category in which it’s either likable or unlikable, loved or hated, black or white, big or small – the list could go on almost forever.
“It takes great learning both to realize and to accept the fact that the world has nothing to give.” …ACIM
The world has nothing to give; is this statement based on judgment? It sure seems as if it could be at first glance, but the answer is an absolute no, it’s not! I’m absolutely certain it’s not, because I have accepted the idea that Jesus Christ is its Source, and he speaks from the realm of knowledge – not judgment.
Even though the quote may seem to lead a bit away from my subject, which is judgement, I’ve used it here because of its teaching that it takes great learning. For I believe that for us humans to get to the point of not judging also requires, relatively speaking, great learning. Or maybe I should say, unlearning, because judgment is a learned characteristic. And being learned, it can also be unlearned.
“Judgment, like other devices by which the world of illusions is maintained, is totally misunderstood by the world. It is actually confused with wisdom and substitutes for truth.” …ACIM
How does this happen; how is judgment actually confused with wisdom and substituted for truth? Again it’s because we judge everything, even the judgment itself. When someone does something that benefits himself or others, we say something similar to, he used really good judgment there – he’s a really wise person. But, on the other hand, if someone does something which seems to us as being detrimental to herself or others, we say something like, she used really poor judgment there – she needs to watch what she’s doing. And so it goes, people are wise or unwise, right or wrong, depending upon our judgment of their judgment.
As mentioned earlier, we humans judge everything, it doesn’t matter what it is, we judge it. It can be a place, an animal, an inanimate object, a work of art, the weather, a circumstance, another person – the list goes on and on. But the most destructive judgment of them all happens when we judge other people and ourselves. The Course informs us about the consequences of such judgment: “All of the ugliness he sees about him is its outcome. All of the pain he looks upon is its result. All of the loneliness and sense of loss, of passing time and growing hopelessness; of sickening despair and fear of death—all these have come of it.”
The Course also informs us concerning judgment, that “The teacher of God lays it down happily the instant he recognizes its cost.” And by looking at the costs pointed out above it’s easy to understand why he does so. But now the question arises; what about those who don’t see themselves as teachers of God?
We are all teachers, and we are all students. There’s not one of us that is not a teacher, and we’re teaching all of the time, as The Course points out, “you are always teaching.” The only decision to be made concerning this fact, is whether we’re teaching from the ego’s thought system or from God’s. And it is a decision, as The Course says: “A teacher of God is anyone who chooses to be one.”
“…For never will another road be made except the way to Heaven. You but choose whether to go toward Heaven or away to nowhere. There is nothing else to choose.” …ACIM
And here lies your choice; the one and only choice available to each and everyone of us. We must choose which direction we’re going to travel in – that’s it. We’re all traveling on one road, even though we may believe there are many. The thing is, most are traveling in one direction while a relatively few are traveling in the opposite direction. One of these directions leads to Heaven and therefore, back to God; the other follows the ego away to nowhere, and this is the direction in which judgment leads those who practice it.
And now we’re faced with another question, which is; how can a road lead to nowhere? Well the answer is, outside of God there is nothing except illusions. While we’re traveling away from Him we’re traveling through a world of loneliness, loss, suffering, hopelessness, despair, sickness and death. All of these things which seem so real, but in truth they’re all illusions. The main characteristic of illusions is, they cause you to believe something is real even though its not – in actuality they’re nothing and they’re nowhere.
“A teacher of God is anyone who chooses to be one. His qualifications consist solely in this; somehow, somewhere he has made a deliberate choice in which he did not see his interests as apart from someone else’s. Once he has done that, his road is established and his direction is sure.” …ACIM
The title, teacher of God can be very intimidating for most people, because we judge it as the world does. In the world’s judgment a teacher of anything has to be formally educated in the subject he or she desires to teach. But God’s judgment is not the same as the world’s – He judges no one as unworthy or unqualified.
Even though some may not admit it, everyone in this world desires and needs to be loved. And when one can look upon another human being as having the same need and desire to be loved he or she has become a teacher of God. His or her descension into misery has begun to slow, and will eventually change to ascension back toward Love (God) – a new and sure direction has now been established.
But, that being said, it doesn’t mean there’s not going to be some learning involved. For those who insist on holding onto judgment the return trip back to God will be rough and long. In fact, it will seem to be endless until judgment is laid down – and that can be relatively easy for some, but for others it can take great learning. Even so, they can take great comfort in the assurance that “his road is established and his direction is sure.”
I’m going to close this post with this Good News from The Course: Remember this: In this world you need not have tribulation because I have overcome the world. That is why you should be of good cheer.” …Jesus