Judge Not ... Lest Ye Choose Not Wisdom

September is the month of Virgo, and if you know people who run Virgo energy they will tell you they have struggled against the ego-temptation to be judgmental. In fact, Virgo energy or not, we are all judgmental ... unless we train our minds otherwise. Our elder brother, Jesus Christ, has always taught that attempting to judge based on what appears to surface perception is a mistake, and a source of pain. Here is how Jesus addressed the issue to Pharisees: "For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of Man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of all her children." (Luke 7:34-35)

To be sure, Jesus is telling the Pharisees they have no basis for judgment. He covers this teaching very strongly in his revelation for the 21st Century, A Course in Miracles:  

Judgment, like other devices by which the world of illusions is maintained, is totally misunderstood by the world. It is actually confused with wisdom, and substitutes for truth. It is necessary for the teacher of God to realize, not that he should not judge, but that he cannot. The aim of our curriculum, unlike the goal of the world's learning, is the recognition that judgment in the usual sense is impossible. This is not an opinion but a fact. In order to judge anything rightly, one would have to be fully aware of an inconceivably wide range of things; past, present and to come. One would have to recognize in advance all the effects of his judgments on everyone and everything involved in them in any way. And one would have to be certain there is no distortion in his perception, so that his judgment would be wholly fair to everyone on whom it rests now and in the future. Who is in a position to do this? (ACIM Teacher's Manual)

Throughout his modern revelation Jesus encourages us to just give up judgment. Not only do we not need to judge, it actually hurts us. Jesus compares our judgments to a child attempting to imitate the father:  

There is a time when childhood should be passed and gone forever. Seek not to retain the toys of children. Put them all away, for you have need of them no more. The dream of judgment is a children's game, in which the child becomes the father, powerful, but with the little wisdom of a child. What hurts him is destroyed; what helps him, blessed. Except he judges this as does a child, who does not KNOW what hurts and what will heal. (ACIM Chap.29)

But wait! What will take the place of our judgment? If the Pharisees are to give up judgment, what do they have to rely on? Jesus doesn't leave the Pharisees comfortless. He also invites the minds of the Pharisees to change their focus and give attention to God's wisdom, which is indeed a basis for righteous judgment.

Say to the Holy Spirit only, "Decide for me," and it is done. For His decisions are reflections of WHAT GOD KNOWS ABOUT YOU, and in this light, error of ANY kind becomes impossible. Why would you struggle so frantically to anticipate all that you CANNOT know, when ALL knowledge lies behind EVERY decision that the Holy Spirit makes FOR YOU? Learn of His wisdom and His love, and teach His answer to everyone who struggles in the dark. (ACIM Chap. 13)

In A Course in Miracles, Jesus gives us this prayer to use:

“Father, I give You all my thoughts today. I would have none of mine. In place of them give me Your Own. I give You all my acts as well, that I may do Your Will instead of seeking goals which cannot be obtained, and wasting time in vain imaginings. Today I come to You. I will step back and merely follow You. Be You the Guide, and I the follower who questions not the wisdom of the Infinite, nor Love Whose tenderness I cannot comprehend, but which is yet Your perfect gift to me.”

So in this day and age Jesus asks us, just as he once in essence asked the Pharisees, to practice following these few steps:
(1) Pay attention to what our mind is doing.
(2) If we catch ourselves judging, say firmly "Stop!"
(3) Remind ourselves that we have no true basis for our own judgments, because we cannot possibly know everything.
(4) Also remind ourselves that the Voice of Wisdom speaks inside of us.
(5) Disengage our intellect, listen quietly inside, and let God give us Wisdom.

This last step is often called, "Letting God do the judging." And indeed, everything is gained by starting every day during September's Virgo energy with a smile and a prayer that gives our day over to God:

Heavenly Father, today,
Every moment today,
Let any judgment I would make,
Be replaced by the judgment
of Your Wisdom.

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