In every moment we can only experience one of two possible states: fear or love. Fear has many derivatives including guilt, sadness, shame, worry, loneliness, anger, boredom, and every other negative emotion you can identify.
Love is simply an unconditional joy that embraces everyone and everything.
Love is our true reality. Fear is what we experience when we deny reality.
Consider this line from A Course in Miracles: “Whenever judgment enters reality has slipped away.” So when we’re not at peace, it’s because we’ve chosen to judge – which is another way of saying that we’re in our ego mind.
The ego always judges. It can’t do anything else. Even a mild twinge of annoyance is a judgment that things aren’t how I’d like them to be. The only way to escape judgment – and return to our awareness of love – is to choose against the ego mind.
Our practice for today is watch how often we’re in a state of judgment. But in a gentle, compassionate way. To judge ourselves for judging is simply more ego. Simply observe, “Oh, there I go judging again – I must be in my ego mind.”
The gentle kindness we show ourselves helps return awareness to our loving, peaceful reality.