Lay down the cruel sword of judgment that you hold against your throat.A Course in Miracles

Presence of Peace

by Anthony Gold

We are all our own worst enemies. Yet it’s an enemy we made up.

The reason we judge ourselves – the reason we look down on ourselves – is because we believe we are sinful. We aren’t good enough. All the mistakes we’ve made, all the ways we’ve let other people down, all the misery simply prove this is so.

But it’s not so. It’s a mistaken belief. Purposive, but still mistaken.

The purpose of choosing such negative thoughts is to perpetuate the ego’s belief that we are separate from one another and separate from our source – which is love.

We can heed this guidance from A Course in Miracles: “Lay down the cruel sword of judgment that you hold against your throat.”

The Course helps us understand the source of all negative self-perception: “Call it not sin but madness, for such it was and so it still remains. Invest it not with guilt, for guilt implies it was accomplished in reality. And above all, be not afraid of it.”

By laying down all defenses and self-judgment we enter into the presence of peace.

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