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Judgment — Spiritual Message of the Day

April 18, 2011

“Sickness is not a sign of God’s judgment on us, but of our judgment on ourselves.” — Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love)

Judgment card -- Tarot of the Masters
Ultimately, our physical problems, such as illness, weight issues, and addictions, are of the mind. They are symptoms of our belief in our separation from the Divine, and that belief is the root problem. Does that mean we shouldn’t take medicine or stick to a healthful diet? Of course not. But it does mean that a change in perception, waking up to a higher reality, will change our life for the better on every front.

Also, the deeper essence of our physical problems lies not in the clinical symptoms per se—a fever, extra pounds, uncontrolled cravings—but in the suffering that results from those symptoms. We sadly tell ourselves that we’re not good enough, or smart enough, or rich enough. We think we’re fat, weak, or unlovable. This is how we torture ourselves with our self-judgments. This is not to say that there is nothing important about being at a healthy weight, for example. Rather, it means that there is a great deal of importance in releasing our judgment about our weight, which is what leads to suffering about it.

There are those who criticize this advice saying that people must be aware of their problems to be able to deal with them effectively. This confuses the terms evaluation and judgment (as I’m using it here). You can calmly evaluate a situation without self-reproach and without the suffering that comes with judging. Also, when you judge yourself and your problems, you focus your attention on a level of lack, sickness, and adversity, which brings more of that level of reality into your life. But raising your attention from poverty consciousness to prosperity consciousness brings you fortune on this impermanent physical plane. And—even more importantly—raising it from material consciousness to spiritual consciousness leads you to the enduring fortune of Spirit.

The miracle of healing that we experience as we remember our oneness with the Divine may be on a symptomatic level—we may lose that extra weight, for example—but a truer and more permanent healing comes from being released from our suffering. And this is the result of a shift in our perceptions rather than a change in our circumstances.

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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