Saturday, August 30, 2008

A 90-degree shift

"The world's training is directed toward achieving a goal in direct opposition to that of our curriculum. The world trains for reliance on one's judgment as the criterion for maturity and strength. Our curriculum trains for the relinquishment of judgment as the necessary condition of salvation."
- A Course In Miracles, Manual

This is something I learned very gradually. You can't proselytize ACIM, because there is no on-ramp to it. There's is almost nothing, except for a general loving and peaceful attitude, which points in the this direction. Nothing in the field of personal development, because that all points towards becoming stronger and more independent.

2 comments:

Chris Cade said...

It's not an easy lesson to learn since it not only contradicts most of personal development, it also contradicts most of what we learned as children.

We were taught/told to succeed... most of the time because success is viewed as "good" and failure as "bad."

It's a rare parent who raises a child to simply "enjoy" without judgment.

However, as ACIM (and Buddhism) helps us realize - although judgment is actually the source of all suffering, discernment is the source of relinquishing that suffering.

We must first discern that judgment is causing us suffering, before we can move towards a place of non-judgment.

-Chris
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eolake said...

"It's not an easy lesson to learn since it not only contradicts most of personal development, it also contradicts most of what we learned as children."

And since the Self is based entirely on Fear, the only chance it has of happiness is to dominate so it won't get eaten.