In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians he states, in his famous, beautiful treatise on Love, ‘…Love… believeth all things…’ (1 Cor. 13:7)
We appear to be in a cynical, unbelieving state of consciousness, demanding ‘proof’ of what we do not see before being willing to believe it. Yet it is the veil, or blind (a truly apposite term) of unbelief that prevents our vision from being restored. Unbelief, or lack of faith, in eternal truth, therefore, rendered us sightless; caused our soul vision to be substituted by bodily eyes that show us what we have chosen to believe: unreality, a world of death. Judgement arises from unbelief … unbelief that this person or that person – or our self – are the Light; perfect, just as God created us.
In this world judgement is considered ‘wise’. Yet judgement without command of all pertinent details cannot be wise, but rather, foolish. Insane, in fact. Here is what Jesus has to say about this:
Judgment was made to be a weapon used against the truth. It separates what it is being used against, and sets it off as if it were a thing apart. And then it makes of it what you would have it be. It judges what it cannot understand, because it cannot see totality and therefore judges falsely. Let us not use it today, but make a gift of it to Him Who has a different use for it. He 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. (From ACIM, W.311. My emboldening and italic, for emphasis.)
For any unfamiliar with the totally benign, loving (not fearful) nature of Papa’s judgement of His beloved Son (us), here it is, as stated by His Anointed Messenger, Jesus of Nazareth:
This is God’s Final Judgment: “You are still My holy Son, forever innocent, forever loving and forever loved, as limitless as your Creator, and completely changeless and forever pure. Therefore awaken and return to Me. I am your Father and you are My Son.” (ACIM, W-pII.10.5)
Just about every day we are likely to encounter someone making statements with which we do not agree. Ego is then in there like a shot, proclaiming in our head that he is wrong; doesn’t know what he is talking about; I am here to put him straight… And when he doesn’t agree with our pronouncements, how easy is it for us to dismiss him as an ignorant, misguided fool? Such are not, cannot be, the observations of Papa’s beloved, perfect, all-Loving, all-embracing, all-forgiving, all-blessing Son.
Most of us would prefer to be thought of as that Son, yet still those judgemental thoughts crowd in, spontaneously, uninvited, so it seems, and even though we may not like them, or ourself for ‘owning’ them, there seems to be little or nothing we can do to prevent them. They seem to be uninvited, but somewhere along the line we allowed them in. This was due to forgetfulness of our truth. That forgetfulness began at the moment we accepted the myth of separation from Papa as reality. That was a long time ago. And we reaffirm that forgetfulness every time we take another body.
Forgetfulness is the engine that drives the carousel of birth and death. For, by forgetting Who we really Are, we make up and act out all manner of erroneous ideas about who we are, and religionists call them ‘sins’. This is a game of make believe, and to give greater plausibility to that game, we don costumes; we masquerade as ‘this’ character, or ‘that’ persona. And when each act comes to its end without a satisfactory outcome we feel compelled to try another, and yet another costume. We seek fame and fortune, power and glory because we believe they will bring us happiness.
Little do we realise, in our state of amnesia, that we already have all those things, but we set them aside when we left Home for a far country to start a career on the stage of make believe, play-acting that we are what we are not. But in every act we keep fluffing our lines, causing confusion and misperception, and getting reactions that we didn’t anticipate, causing us to become even more confused about our identity. And the more we play-act, the deeper we move into forgetfulness of our true Identity and the more convoluted, sinister and fearful becomes the plot.
That other player (our brother), keeps altering the plot, making it harder and harder for us to remember our lines and which way the story is supposed to be heading, so that it ends up way off base from our intended direction. And it’s all his fault. So our role- playing would have us believe. But a closer look shows us that it is we who have forgotten our lines and that is causing our brother to appear to us as not playing the role we thought we had assigned to him. So, how can it possibly be right, or sane, to accept Paul’s counsel that says Love believeth all things…?
By choosing, steadfastly (as distinct from intermittently) – even when deluded ramblings and judgements emanate from a brother – to see past what we inwardly Know is unreal, and therefore doesn’t exist, to his true Self, we can recognise the Christ Identity within him. And in so doing, with practise and unwavering commitment, not to even notice – and especially not to be affected by – the nonsense that issues forth. We can do this because we have chosen to accept truth in place of illusions. Thus do we see only the face of Christ in him and remember it is a reflection of our self.
The unreal does not exist; it is no-thing. We can choose to continue believing in no-thing and remain feeling miserable, lost, lonely, fearful, or we can choose to believe all things. Love believeth all things… That is our true, God-given, natural estate, in which we can only be happy and peaceful. Not too hard, really – especially as, when that is our choice, the evidence, the witnesses to reality come immediately in to attest to us its truth. Why? Because we have lifted the veil of unbelief, allowing Truth to enter into our awareness; something our unbelief was previously denying us.
So, we can overlook the judgements, grievances, attack, misperceptions and thus be kept from the pitfall of believing such are our brother’s nature. For what we believe of our brother is what we believe of ourself. How easily, how quickly does a mind enthralled by ego’s yoke, ego’s lies, forget the truth. Here is a reminder from Jesus in the long ago, from Luke’s Gospel, chapter 6:
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
These statements have been perceived as meaning God will judge us and condemn us if we judge and condemn; that He will forgive us only if we forgive. But He knows nothing of judgement or condemnation, nor even of forgiveness. In His sight there is nothing to judge or condemn, and therefore nothing to forgive. For He is but Love; unconditional, perfect Love. No-one judges, condemns or forgives us save ourself, by our own thoughts and acts of judgement or forgiveness – of our brother or of ourself, for in truth we are one. When we see that we set ourself and our brother free.