What is the Last Judgment?
Our special theme says, “God’s Judgment is the gift of the Correction He bestowed on all your errors, freeing you from them, and all effects they ever seemed to have. To fear God’s saving grace is but to fear complete release from suffering, return to peace, security and happiness, and union with your own Identity.”
When we read that perception, the world and bodies all disappear in the final awakening, a thought might cross the mind that says something like, “I don’t want that!” I know I’ve seen this idea, and I suspect you have too.
It is hard to want to let go of everything you know for something you cannot even imagine. It is especially hard to let go of everything you know if things are going well for you right now.
I am reminded of a line from the movie, Revolver. The line is, “It’s hard to think about losing when you are winning.”
That line is similar to Jesus’ statement, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:23, 24)
That fact is, duality is like a swinging pendulum. When the pendulum swings to the right, life is pretty good. At least it is acceptable. To the mind, the known acceptable is much better than the unknown.
However, every pendulum that swings to the right swings back to the left to an equal degree, and the left is suffering. In other words, “good” or “acceptable” doesn’t last in duality. Whether it is in this lifetime or another lifetime, duality affects everyone who has not yet awakened to the unaffected Self.
It may be hard to think about losing when you are winning, but it is wise to do so. Why wait for extreme suffering before wanting awakening with “all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your mind.” Why not take advantage of this relatively easier time and awaken without so much pain? (Matthew 22:37)
Today may be a good day to review Choice A and Choice B from Chapter 5 of The Most Direct Means to Eternal Bliss.
All gifts my brothers give belong to me.
Today’s lesson speaks of the gifts our brothers give to us. It speaks of positive things like smiles, words of gratitude and awakenings. However, that is only one side of the gift coin.
Use writing (or speaking into a recorder) to find the answer to this question:
What gift is present in my life now that I do not see as a gift?
What would you tell me about it?
Let the writing come regardless of whether it feels like you are writing from your knowledge or it feels like an intuitive answer comes right away. If you write to the boundary of your knowledge, hold at that boundary until something intuitive comes in answer to the question.
Also, continue to let go of judgments in this way today:
- Look when judgment happens.
- Silently inquire to discover the past in this current judgment. (e.g., “What idea did I believe in the past that has caused this current judgment?”)
- Notice the perception of separation that is caused by judgment.
- Remember your desire to see without separation or confusion.
- Let go of your judgment simply because it conflicts with what you truly want.