To judge is to make hell real for myself
tl;dr: All I’m seeing is the projection of my own state of mind.
I still believe there is a meaning to life beyond mere physical existence. And I believe true happiness is not only possible but absolutely natural.
It cannot be achieved or found because in reality it is what we already and forever are.
But that’s something we seem to have forgotten and now we are collectively living a dream in which our world is entirely out of touch with reality. It has its own reality and, like every dream, that kind of reality is very convincing, but it’s not the truth.
I do indeed believe there is a truth that is not personal, not even human but absolute. And yet it is our truth, because what we really are, is totally not of this world.
There is a simple way that may seem difficult to follow because it asks for a willingness to let go of all concepts and images about ourselves and even about reality, or God.
The thick and heavy cloud of illusion we’ve laid upon ourselves can be lifted anytime and any moment exactly because it is not real.
That is what unconditional forgiveness does.
My judgments may seem right in every way, but there is no way that they will make me happy.
To judge others only reinforces the illusion of separation.
Happiness is knowing we are forever One.
Hell is believing we are separate and born to die.
What I perceive in others is what I have projected onto them.
To forgive others is to forgive myself because all I’m seeing is the projection of my own state of mind.
If my projection shows a wicked world there must be a lot I feel guilty about, but we are One Eternal Life and what is One cannot sin against Itself.
Therefore sin is an illusion and so is guilt.
My sense of guilt separates me from what I truly, really am.
In reality this separation never happened but a little story in illusionary time says it started when a part of Oneness for an infinitesimal short moment came up with the impossible idea that it could be separate from God and – as “A Course in Miracles” so beautifully says – forgot to laugh about it.
That’s where the illusionary idea of sin and the guilt about it have their basis.
It’s not religious but existential.
No need to believe in God to acknowledge my disturbed relation with the supreme reality I belong to.
It just so happens that God is the only Reality and I am That.
Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God [All of us because we are created One] remembered not to laugh. In his forgetting did the thought become a serious idea, and possible of both accomplishment and real effects. Together, we can laugh them both away, and understand that time cannot intrude upon eternity. It is a joke to think that time can come to circumvent eternity, which means there is no time.
– A Course in Miracles, T-27.VIII.6.