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The Role of Judgment in Mind Healing

We said before that the Holy Spirit is evaluative, and must be. He sorts out the true from the false in your mind, and teaches you to judge every thought you allow to enter it in the light of what God put there. Whatever is in accord with this light He retains, to strengthen the Kingdom in you. What is partly in accord with it He accepts and purifies. But what is out of accord entirely He rejects by judging against. This is how He keeps the Kingdom perfectly consistent and perfectly unified. Remember, however, that what the Holy Spirit rejects the ego accepts. This is because they are in fundamental disagreement about everything, being in fundamental disagreement about what you are. The ego’s beliefs on this crucial issue vary, and that is why it promotes different moods. The Holy Spirit never varies on this point, and so the one mood He engenders is joy. He protects it by rejecting everything that does not foster joy, and so He alone can keep you wholly joyous.

In the mind of the thinker, [the Holy Spirit] is judgmental, but only in order to unify the mind so it can perceive without judgment. This enables the mind to teach without judgment, and therefore to learn to be without judgment. The undoing is necessary only in your mind, so that you will not project, instead of extend. (A Course in Miracles, T-6.V.C.1;2:3-5. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The ego established judgment as a tool to maintain the appearance of separation. But all judgments directed by the ego are projections of what we believe is true about ourselves. Being projections, the ego’s judgments appear to be about something outside ourselves. But projections always have a source, which is beliefs held in the mind that projects. Thus any judgment of an “other” is also a judgment against the ego self that is projecting. This process keeps the ego in place, for it retains the guilt in the mind that projects.

The Holy Spirit gives judgment a difference purpose. He uses it to undo the ego thought system. The ego’s judgment is always based on the simple evaluation of whether or not it is real. Only Love is real. A thought that is not an extension of Love is not real and therefore of the ego. If we let Him, He will help us purify our thoughts by showing us what is real and what is not real.

As we accept His lessons and learn to distinguish between real and unreal, we undo the ego. Thoughts recognized as unreal are freely dismissed as meaningless. Sometimes our thoughts are a mixture that partially extend Love but include remnants of belief in separation. The Holy Spirit purifies these thoughts by dismissing the unreal and bringing fully into our awareness the reality of Love.

Our role in awakening to Love’s reality is to put the Holy Spirit in charge of evaluating all our thoughts. The purified thoughts He returns to us will guide us in being truly helpful by extending Love in the world in forms that bless and heal.

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