Judgment or Non-Judgment
A huge emphasis is put on judgment or non-judgment in NTI and ACIM.
Although the destructive nature of judgment, whether it is directed to self or others, is fairly obvious, just what judgment or non-judgment is can be confusing.
If I decide to eat a corn muffin instead of a blueberry one, isnít that a judgment? If I choose to wait for the light to turn green, isnít that a judgment?
The line become more blurry when I am confronted with a situation where I have to choose between two negatives. It becomes even cloudier when the decision I make is going to affect other people.
THE ESSENCE OF THE JUDGMENT WE SPEAK OF IS THAT IT PRODUCES SEPARATION. IT IS HURTFUL. IT SPEAKS WITH THE VOICE OF FEAR, GUILT, AND BLAME.
Judgment makes us or someone else into what we are not. Judgment attempts to prove we are not Godís Son.
When we start intellectually analyzing substance from NTI and the Course, we are creating ego based excuses for either doing what we want or not doing what we donít want. In this case, eventually I will begin to rationalize my judgments again.
When I start thinking of exceptions to trusting the guidance of the Spirit, I am fully back in my mind again allowing my ego and intellect run the show.
From traffic lights, to breakfast, to when I get up and go to bed. It is all about listing to you inner guidance. Listening to the Spirit. Listening to the Truth of who you are.
I believe there will come a time when we will be so in the flow of life that there will be no need of thought as to this being good or bad, right or wrong. All will be one as we are One. Under the guidance of Spirit we also know we are Spirit.
Until that time of realization or Awakening or Atonement, we are encouraged to be aware; to listen to the energies of the heart which will tell us if a decision or direction will open our heart or close it, whether it will produce separation or enhance Oneness.
Now how do we take that into our everyday life?
If we are at a traffic stop, the decision to run the light or wait for could be based on the criteria of right or wrong, good or bad, or fear that I might get caught.
The decision could also be based on knowing what the is most loving, safe, and respectful action to take. Notice the difference.