What is the Last Judgment?
The last paragraph of our special theme is an invitation to make the same decision that Buddha and Jesus made, and to make that decision as completely as they made it. The last paragraph says:
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.”
Today, please contemplate what you are. Let your mind reflect on it throughout the day. Here are the words used to describe you from the last paragraph of our special theme:
“as limitless as your Creator”
If it feels helpful to you—if it feels like it would deepen the experience of realizing what you are—ask a question and then write (or speak into a recorder) to let the answer come. Example questions are:
What am I?
How is it true that I am forever innocent?
How can I see myself as God does?
What can I do differently that will help me realize my changeless nature?
What is the best question for me to ask?
I came for the salvation of the world.
Anyone who knows the story of Buddha’s life or Jesus’ life accepts that this statement—I came for the salvation of the world—was true for them. This was undoubtedly their purpose, and it is what they are remembered for.
How did they complete their mission?
They completed their mission through ego death. As Jesus put it, “I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Consider this teaching from NTI 2 Corinthians:
As you accept that the world is not real, and therefore can have no effect on you, the mind will begin to awaken by seeing for itself that a dream cannot affect the reality of existence as it is.
This service that you perform of not believing in the world and of not acting as if the world is real, is a service you provide for yourself and for the entirety of the one mind that you are. No part of the mind is left out of the benefits of the service you perform.
Through your service and your true dedication to this service, the mind is awakened to truth through what it learns. Through your faith, you are a teacher. And through your teaching, you are awakened by all that you learn.
Our special theme ends with an invitation—a calling, actually—and that invitation is echoed in today’s workbook lesson. Buddha and Jesus are two well-known examples of accepting this invitation. It’s helpful to have human examples to look to.
Being right where you are right now and seeing as you see, how can you say ‘yes’ to this call?
Buddha’s first step was to start at the beginning with the search.
Jesus’ first step was purification for 40 days and nights in the desert.
Ramana Maharshi went directly to merging through unending meditation.
What is your current step?
And with this in mind, what is your focus today?
If it feels helpful to you—if it feels like it would deepen your realization of the answer to the previous question—ask the question and then write (or speak into a recorder) to let the answer come.