It is difficult for us to practice forgiveness while using the ego’s perception to decide where it is needed. In ACIM Jesus tells us that nothing we now see in the world is true. He summarizes the purpose of what ACIM teaches this way: “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” Throughout our history many wise teachers have echoed the same thought. Eight hundred years ago Rumi expressed it like this: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.”
We have made the world from thoughts of sin that are not true. That is why it is not real. Yet we persist in perpetuating this world and the perception that has made it by judging what happens there as though it were real. Forgiveness is the tool we can use to withdraw those judgments and consciously express our desire to find our peaceful, loving Self and so see a peaceful, loving world. Using Jesus’ measure that there is nothing real in the ego’s vision of the world, we can forgive everything that seems to “happen” there simply because it is not real. In other words, nothing we now see deserves to be judged.
I am proposing we adopt Jesus’ reason not to judge. Today, the first time we are tempted to judge, say simply, “I will not judge this because it is not peaceful and loving and so it cannot be real.” No other ego justification, just “I will not judge it because it is not real.” We can anticipate our ego’s resistance and be grateful for the opportunity to bring what has been hidden to the light of truth.
Then let’s come together by sharing our experiences. Share your feelings here of what you experience as you free yourself from making judgments. Lets happily anticipate meeting in that field beyond all thoughts of wrong or right doing.