Only my condemnation injures me.
It is my own thoughts that cause me the pain that I seem to experience. If I am down on myself, I am doing it. It doesn’t matter what someone else has said, no matter what the framing of the words. If I let it effect me then somewhere deep down I am believing that what they are telling me is the truth. I have forgotten my own Truth and I have judged against myself and found myself guilty and impart severe punishment upon myself in the form of depression, anger, sadness, misery, whatever.
If I forgive all that is coming into my mind whether it seems that it is coming from outside of me or from inside, then I will simply go about my way in peace. The importance is to take everything in as information. That’s all it is. Information. It is up to me what I will do with that information. Do I judge it? May what someone be saying to me be true? Am I stubborn? Is there a lesson for me to look at?
Excerpt from Lesson 198 in our Journey Through the Workbook for Students: Divine Messages