No one can judge on partial evidence.
That is not judgment. It is merely an
opinion based on ignorance and doubt.
Its seeming certainty is but a cloak
for the uncertainty it would conceal.
It needs irrational defense because
it is irrational. And the defense
seems strong, convincing, and without a doubt
because of all the doubting underneath.
You do not seem to doubt the world you see.
You do not really question what is shown
you through the body's eyes. Nor do you ask
why you believe it, even though you learned
a long while since your senses do deceive.
That you believe them to the last detail
which they report is even stranger when
you pause to recollect how frequently
they have been faulty witnesses indeed!
Why would you trust them so implicitly?
Why but because of underlying doubt
which you would hide with show of certainty?
How can you judge? Your judgment rests upon
the witness that your senses offer you.
Yet witness never falser was than this.
But how else do you judge the world you see?
You place pathetic faith in what your eyes
and ears report. You think your fingers touch
reality and close upon the truth.
This is awareness which you understand,
and think more real than what is witnessed to
by the Eternal Voice of God Himself.
Can this be judgment? You have often been
urged to refrain from judging, not because
it is a right to be withheld from you.
You cannot judge. You merely can believe
the ego's judgments, all of which are false.
It guides your senses carefully, to prove
how weak you are; how helpless and afraid,
how apprehensive of just punishment,
how black with sin, how wretched in your guilt.
This thing it speaks of, and would yet defend,
it tells you is yourself. And you believe
that this is so with stubborn certainty.
Yet underneath remains the hidden doubt
that what it shows you as reality
with such conviction it does not believe.
It is itself alone that it condemns,
it is within itself it sees the guilt,
it is its own despair it sees in you.|
Hear not its voice. The witnesses it sends
to prove to you its evil is your own
are false, and speak with certainty of what
they do not know. Your faith in them is blind
because you would not share the doubts their lord
can not completely vanquish. You believe
to doubt his vassals is to doubt yourself.|
Yet you must learn to doubt their evidence
will clear the way to recognize yourself,
and let the Voice for God alone be Judge
of what is worthy of your own belief.
He will not tell you that your brother should
be judged by what your eyes behold in him,
or what his body's mouth says to your ears,
or what your fingers' touch report of him.
He passes by such idle witnesses,
which merely bear false witness to God's Son.
He recognizes only what God loves,
and in the holy light of what He sees
do all the ego's dreams of what you are
vanish before the splendor He beholds.|
Let Him be Judge of what you are, for He
has certainty in which there is no doubt
because it rests on Certainty so great
that doubt is meaningless before Its Face.
Christ cannot doubt Himself. The Voice of God
can only honor Him, rejoicing in
His perfect, everlasting sinlessness.
Whom He has judged can only laugh at guilt,
unwilling now to play with toys of sin,
unheeding of the body's witnesses
before the rapture of His holy Face.|
And thus He judges you. Accept His word
of what you are, for He bears witness to
your beautiful creation and the Mind
Whose Thought created your reality.
What can the body mean to Him Who knows
the glory of the Father and the Son?
What whispers of the ego can He hear?
What could convince Him that your sins are real?
Let Him be Judge as well of everything
that seems to happen to you in this world.
His lessons will enable you to bridge
the gap between illusions and the truth.|
He will remove all faith that you have placed
in pain, disaster, suffering and loss.
He gives you vision which can look beyond
these grim appearances, and can behold
the gentle Face of Christ in all of them.
You will no longer doubt that only good
can come to you who are beloved of God,
for He will judge all happenings, and teach
the single lesson which they all contain.|
He will select the elements in them
which represent the truth, and disregard
those aspects which reflect but idle dreams.
And He will reinterpret all you see,
and all occurrences, each circumstance,
and every happening which seems to touch
on you in any way from His one frame
of reference, wholly unified and sure.
And you will see the love beyond the hate,
the constancy in change, the pure in sin,
and only Heaven's blessing on the world.|
Such is your resurrection, for your life
is not a part of anything you see.
It stands beyond the body and the world,
past every witness for unholiness,
within the Holy, holy as Itself.
In everyone and everything His Voice
will speak to you of nothing but your Self
and your Creator, Who is One with Him.
So will you see the holy Face of Christ
in everything, and hear in everything
no sound except the echo of God's Voice.
We practice wordlessly today, except
at the beginning of the time we spend
with God. We introduce these times with but
a single, slow repeating of the thought
with which the day begins. And then we watch
our thoughts, appealing silently to Him
Who sees the elements of truth in them.
Let Him evaluate each thought that comes
to mind, remove the elements of dreams,
and give them back to you as clean ideas
which do not contradict the Will of God.
Give Him your thoughts, and He will give them back
as miracles which joyously proclaim
the wholeness and the happiness God wills
His Son as proof of His Eternal Love.
And as each thought is thus transformed, it takes
on healing power from the Mind Which saw
the truth in it, and failed to be deceived
by what was falsely added. All the threads
of fantasy are gone, and what remains
is unified into a perfect Thought
that offers its perfection everywhere.
Spend fifteen minutes thus when you awake,
and gladly give another fifteen more
before you go to sleep. Your ministry
begins as all your thoughts are purified.
So are you taught to teach the Son of God
the holy lesson of his sanctity.
No one can fail to listen when you hear
the Voice of God give honor to God's Son.
And everyone will share the thoughts with you
which He has retranslated in your mind.
Such is your Eastertide. And so you lay
the gift of snow-white lilies on the world,
replacing witnesses to sin and death.
Through your transfiguration is the world
redeemed and joyfully released from guilt.
Now do we lift our resurrected minds
in gladness and in gratitude to Him
Who has restored our sanity to us.
And we will hourly remember Him
Who is salvation and deliverance.
As we give thanks, the world unites with us,
and happily accepts our holy thoughts
which Heaven has corrected and made pure.
Now has our ministry begun at last,
to carry round the world the joyous news
that truth has no illusions, and the peace
of God, through us, belongs to everyone.