RISING ABOVE JUDGMENTALISM

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RISING ABOVE JUDGMENTALISM


 

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged
                                                     Matthew 7:1,2 (KJV)

I’m not sure if this admonishment from 2,000 years ago has done much in preventing us from judging others. Unfortunately, we seem to be hopelessly entrenched in this human condition. But at least this quote gives a bit of heads-up on what happens when we fall into judgementalism... and it’s not good.

The verse plainly states that we don't get by unscathed when judging others. If we don't wish to be judged, then we shouldn’t judge. After all, how often do we know everything about others and their circumstances? We don’t. Many of our judgements are lies and distortions of the facts, based jealousy, envy or cultural prejudice. Has anyone listened to the mainstream media recently?

As G.I. Gurdjieff once stated: Don't judge a man by the tales of others.

Once we get into the habit of judging everything in sight, we become judgemental towards ourselves. That’s because it's an act that brings us into a state of low consciousness. If we pay attention to how we feel when we judge, we sense how we fall into self-loathing. All in all… it's not a happy gig.

As Lao Tzu stated eight thousand years ago, what you judge in others, you judge in yourself. When a powerful leader (not saying who), evokes hatred in some, what does that say about those who hate? To paraphrase Lao Tzu: He is not who you say he is, you are what you say he is. This might take some honest introspection, but we'll find that what we loath in others, we loath in ourselves.

Further to this, the New Testament states: For on whatever grounds you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Roman 2:1 (KJV)

My observation is that those who judge most harshly, are often the most disempowered. They think they need to lash against others who disagree with their beliefs or values since their confidence and self-esteem aren’t strong enough to tolerate contrary opinions.

And so, when their overly sensitized ego is threatened, they attack all who don't agree or respect their perspectives. That's always evidence of the ego's presence. And since violence begets violence, attack turns into a vicious cycle of vengeance and no one wins.

However, for those rare beings who remain confident and secure in themselves, there is no desire to attack anyone. Even when their enemies judge them, they remain unmoved. They know who and what they are. They remain strong and empowered even when unjustly persecuted, and can say to their accusers, as Jesus did: Father forgive them; they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34).

Conscious beings are aware of their own consciousness, just as they remain aware of how unconsciousness are those who ‘know not what they do.’ Because they are conscious, they don’t judge, they love.

Of course, being the imperfect mortals we are, things are never just one way. Sometimes we win and sometimes our phantom ego wins, but when it wins, we lose. But at least we get to decide whichundefined realm of consciousness to spend our time – the domain of the ego-self or the domain of the divine Self. And yet the consequences of our choice soon becomes evident.

If we go around judging everyone, we become weak, fearful and unhappy. As the saying goes; ‘would you rather be right, or would you rather be happy? If we rise above the petty hubris of our ego, we won’t need to win the argument because we remain open-minded, secure in who we are.

Whether we’re right or wrong, it doesn't matter. If we're wrong, we remain content in learning something new. If we're right, it doesn't matter if others recognize how right we are. Our happiness is not dependent on their acceptance.

But that’s not the way of the ego. In its miserable state of fear and separation, it continues to judge everyone, especially its host. Unless we become conscious of what it's up to, it will have its way with us. Though we might embrace its judgementalism, none of these makes us feel happy, peaceful, or grateful. Rather, we feel the opposite, just as the ego would have it.

Yet, it seems we are conditioned to judge everything. Whether we know what they're talking about or not, we do it. We allow our minds to become prejudiced by the media's explicit judgements.

Added undefinedto this, we become polarized with extreme ‘them and us’ judgementalism from our political and religious systems. Perhaps that’s why, even at an early age, we become unconsciously judgemental.

So, what can we do to heal ourselves from this unfortunate psychosis that judges others? It seems once we give our power over to it, it becomes much bigger than us.

It seems there's little incentive to become more charitable in our attitudes towards others unless we become aware of how unhappy judging makes us feel. It might gratify our ego-mind, but not us; the real us. If we wish to do something about our situation, we must distance ourselves from this temptation. It might not be easy at first, but once we learn to ‘choose again,’ (as stated in A Course in Miracles), we find we have the freedom to love rather than to judge. It’s our call; it’s our choice.

Fortunately, with our divine (Christ) Self, love is not only possible… it's all there is. That's our salvation over fear and judgementalism. By going within, where our divine essence resides, we are empowered with what resources we require to heal and become whole. But first, we need to stop our ego from indulging itself by taking control of our words and actions. Then we can view life with gratitude, love and peace through the eyes of our divine Self, rather than with the ego's judgement

In closing, I wish to clarify that the above is meant to be a brief discussion on the personal qualities of judgmentalism rather than considering the merits of political dissent. I don’t dispute that social inequity and injustice need to be addressed and condemned. Yet, in such situations, if we are to achieve our ends, we must respond by critiquing with wisdom, rather than reacting with anger and hatred

The question is if we can protest and agitate for change without becoming compromised by the scathing bitterness that festers within? I think most would agree that’s not always easy, especially when victimized. Still, we have countless examples of role modes throughout history such as Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandala and Mahatma Gandhi and Jesus who did just this.  

Each had the wisdom to take the high road when addressing right over wrong. Often, they suffered and some even lost their lives. Without wallowing in hate, they brought revolutionary change to their societies by empowering the oppressed. I’m not sure how many could have done this.  

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For more discussion on this topic, I have included several excerpts taken from the novels I have drafted for future publication.

Elysium's Passage: The Ascent

‘As you consolidate this union, you will see things differently because now your mind will engage with your heart, just as your heart will engage with your mind. Then, as you become whole, your world will change. Judgment will no longer be judgmental, but discerning, just as you will act, rather than react. By this, you will create heaven, not hell, for yourself and others. 

‘When your heart and mind remain united, you remain in perfect equilibrium and perfect harmony. Unfortunately, this state seldom holds for long on earth, as the separate ego-mind continues to go about creating new hells for its host and those it can draw in. But then, the mind on its own can do no other.’

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Elysium's Passage: The Summit 

‘The problem is,’ he said, ‘that the mind is incapable of knowing what it means to live a life that’s worthy of living. It judges only by external achievements, but the heart knows what’s real. As Pascal stated, the heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of...  we know the truth not only by the reason but by the heart.’[1]

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Elysium's Passage: The Summit 

While taking my customary afternoon hike, I became increasingly aware of how my ego-mind had conscripted my rational faculties to collude against my heart. Why hadn’t I noticed this before? Whenever a woman walked out on me, my ego-mind became inveighed with judgment, convinced it was right. Always, it was “that bitch’s fault,” not mine. Then later it would turn on me, accusing me that everything was my fault.

With the ego-mind, you can never win. At least not until the mind and heart become engaged. On its own, the mind becomes an insane phantom of the ego, while the heart, on its own, can easily be blinded by passion. I had been duped over and over, but then, that’s often the way it is with those of us who become fragmented by our intellectual hubris on one side and on the other, the wanton lusts of our heart’s unbridled emotions.

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Elysium's Passage: Quantum Leaps

‘Life review; is that anything like the infamous final judgement that many religious people fear?’ 

‘There’s nothing to fear;’ he said, ‘no angry and capricious Zeus god in the sky or anyone else that would judge and condemn you for your shortcomings except possibly yourself… until you get over it.’

‘I called it my audience when I first got to Elysium,’ Eli said. ‘The review was with specific guides that had been close to me my whole life. We reviewed the relevant parts utilizing what might be described as a holograph projected from my mind.

‘Through this review, I was able to understand my past life in another way that made perfect sense to me. I could see where I made progress, and other ways I still had some consolidation to do in unifying my mind and heart. After all, no one arriving from the earth is perfect, not even so-called saints or sages. We all bring some spiritual dissonance with us from the world.

‘But then, what does perfect mean when the universe is eternally perfecting its perfection, that it may be more of what it is.’

‘Ah, yes,’ I said, ‘growth, not completion… that’s what’s perfect! So, what else did you learn?’

‘I saw where,’ he said, ‘unbeknownst to me, I was being helped in some rather dicey situations on earth. However, what surprised me most in that review was how they could condense parts of my life into what seemed just moments. That was my first real introduction to no-time and non-locality.’

‘Were you a bit concerned at first, wondering how they would rate your earthly life?’

‘Not at all, since that’s hardly the point of a review, unless, of course, you want to rate yourself. Most taking in my show had some involvement with me, and so there was plenty of laughter and joking. Even I had to laugh at some of my antics. Not to say my life was a joke, it only seemed that way at times. However, there were lots of things I wish I had realized before. But at least now I know.’

‘Like what,’ I asked?

‘For one, I could have treated others a lot better. But then, most everyone comes away feeling that way. Even so, I could hardly believe some of the stupid things I did. I guess that’s what made those parts so funny. But none of that matters anymore; I got what I needed. There’s no judgement, just lessons learned.

‘I’ll say this, though, what I came away with, at least from Elysium’s perspective, is that we live so much of our lives in fear. But, in reality, there’s no reason to take life so seriously. Anyway, the whole review was a blast, more than worth the price of admission. The only thing missing was the popcorn.’

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Elysium's Passage: Quantum Leaps

‘Yes, and this why,’ he said, ‘compared to the world, Elysium might seem supernatural. But it’s not. It’s only the earth plane that is less than what is natural to Elysium. While you remain conditioned by the world’s Flatland perspectives, Elysium remains unapproachable, since its dimensions transcend earth’s natural order. Only when life becomes intuited by the heart, does one experience what mystery lies beyond rational understanding.

‘That’s why it’s important not to get caught up in the world’s stale, low calibre thoughts of fear and judgement. By embracing your heart’s true affections, you can’t help but enter into the divine mysterium, far beyond the earth’s flat plane. That’s also why Elysium can never remain static but remains a divine unfolding of creation that expands from each ripple of affection.’

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Elysium's Passage: Quantum Leaps

‘I’m not a mystic, and so I’m not sure what you mean by that,’ I said. ‘But at least I understand, as you said, these celestials might be able to transduce themselves down to my level if they wish.’

‘Indeed,’ he said. ‘They’re so unassuming you would never suspect who or what they were if it weren’t for their overwhelming presence of love. Of course, not everyone would sense this if they weren’t open to receiving it.’

‘So, you’re saying, even though they are my higher-ups, I wouldn’t be judged by them for my past indulgences, transgressions… not to mention all my sexual iniquities,’ I grinned.

‘Lesser beings on earth might judge you, but they won’t. There’s not a judgemental bone in their celestial bodies. But then, why does anyone need to judge anyone, since we all eventually bear the consequences of our deeds?

‘Rather, these are your friends, far more than you know. They witness your progress, and what might seem stalls and retreats. They are always prepared to intervene, but just as frequently, they allow you to make your own mistakes that you may learn what you need to learn in life.’

‘Even if it means watching me fall into the abyss?’

‘Fall, fail or flail… they see it all, but without judgement. That’s love’s way… the way of freedom.’

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Elysium's Passage: Surreal Adventures

After passing into Elysium, he said he often wanted to hit the rewind button during his life review so he might live out his life with more love and less fear. He learned, however, what he needed to learn was not by what he got right, but what he didn’t get right. His life on earth hadn’t lacked but was just as it should have been.

He also indicated that the reviews were never conducted in judgement, but were to help him become more aware of his past life’s journey as it related to his ongoing spiritual evolution.

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Elysium's Passage: Surreal Adventures

Since my previous philosophical beliefs no longer served me, my challenge now was to realign my focus with the broader perspectives of my heart’s understanding. This adjustment required me to leave the narrow judgements of my past that I might open my heart to it’s higher wisdom. To quiet my mind, I found it helpful to shut everything out by listening only to the surf.  At times, while listening to its rhythm, I could feel a strong urge within to be at one with nature’s majesty and beauty.[2]  

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Elysium's Passage: Surreal Adventures

‘Consciousness varies considerably, often influenced by what levels reside within families, communities, tribes and nations. These collectives create their perceptions of reality along with what conditions they manifest.’

‘But who are we to judge what other cultures believe?’ I said.

‘You are right, Sebastian, it’s not for us to judge others, only to observe. Including, most importantly, ourselves. Yet, never lose sight of the fact that only truth is truth, it is not relative, regardless of what’s projected in your world. Lower calibrations of egoic thought forms see separation rather than unity, which explains why the world remains so fragmented. It’s the basis for tribalism, hate and war. 

But tell me a bit more about the big life reviews, since I too shall be participating in this seminal event one day when the fall guy finally breathes his last.’

‘There’s nothing to be concerned about… as long as Eli isn’t involved,’ he said chuckling. 'Just think of it as more a go-forward orientation session that gives context to one’s past life.’

‘But I’ve heard some religions refer to this as the Judgement Day when whatever you’ve said will be shouted from the rooftops.'[3]

'Now that’s scary, like having someone post your uncensored life story on social media for the world to see.’

‘Nothing remains hidden from God,’ he said. ‘All the repressed pain, guilt and regrets of the past must be acknowledged, forgiven and released if there is to be healing after one’s life on earth? Still, none of that is anyone’s business but yours and the Divine.’

‘That’s jolly,’ I said, ‘but how about those in the lower regions that remain determined to hold on to their past?’

‘It’s whatever it needs to be to bring whatever clarity might be necessary to lead these dissolute souls into a greater awareness of their actual state of being. This review might seem to be only a few minutes, but for others, possibly a few millennia, depending on how attached they remain to their past.

‘For some, it may seem like God’s judgement, only because they can’t stop judging themselves. But in reality, no one condemns them but themselves. That’s what they must get past before they can move onward and upward. The shame of guilt is the lowest vibratory experience one can hold on to, and with that spiritual inertia.’

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Elysium's Passage: Surreal Adventures

‘So obviously,’ I said, ‘the life review process must not bring release to every soul.’

‘No, not necessarily, at least not right away. As with Nero, not everyone can accept their freedom while clinging to their shame. Nowhere is the ego delusion more evident than in this state of self-betrayal. There is no need for anyone to suffer, yet shame causes many to believe they must pay for their transgressions, whereby they might appease what they assume to be a wrathful God.

‘Over thousands of years, religion has done much to advance this mistaken belief. For the countless souls who choose to believe in judgement, it’s no surprise they seek restitution. It’s rather pathetic when beliefs become so twisted that divine love becomes distorted to mean something it could never be. But until the phantom of the ego-mind is released, thoughts of condemnation continue to persist because that’s what the ego-mind must do to sustain its insane illusions.'[4]

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Elysium's Passage: The Elixir

Many seem to be more concerned with being properly perceived in promoting socially relevant, axe-grinding issues, giving intellectual legitimacy to whatever ‘progressive’, politically correct issues are making their way around at the moment. Whether their cause is noble, ignoble or just plain ignorant, the judgements made are generally caste in a Hegelian adversarial dialectic of ‘master/slave’, ‘victim/victimizer’, ‘us/them’ polemic.[5]

I was one of these ‘warriors’ up to five years ago, I said, and I must say, it was very easy to be a hero when already safely ensconced on the ‘correct’ side where everyone else thinks the same way. It’s very safe to be smug when no one will seriously oppose your cause because they are afraid of being ridiculed for being out of touch.

And so that’s at least part of your mission, said Jan. To call into question what few have the courage to question. Then to provide new premises based on spiritual reality, rather than fashionable ideas based on temporal expediency. You can now demonstrate how our holon’s octave is the fountainhead for all material perception rather than the other way around. Higher sees lower, lower only sees only itself; within sees without, without sees only without; spirit sees matter, matter sees only itself. Maybe try putting it that way and see what happens.

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Elysium's Passage: The Elixir

I ask myself now, isn’t that what our earthly sojourns are about, to leave a divine presence behind us, to give loving contrast wherever we go in the grit and grime of earth’s less auspicious environments. And in doing so, help redeem the earth by bringing heaven’s light to infuse the earth’s squalor and despair with hope and happiness.

But without us making space for the light, it won’t happen. The world needs the translucence of pure uncluttered souls to shine their light into the darkness. It just takes ordinary souls across the planet who willing to serve as apertures for the divine light. Each kind word and act, each decision of non-judgement, each expression of beauty; all draw love’s light to the earth plane. When and as this happens, Christ has come.

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Elysium's Passage: The Elixir

'In fact,' Eli said, 'you may find that at least for some in the Hill Country you may be considered an annoying pariah, completely out of favour with them and God for not agreeing with their parochial views. And since they see God as a harsh judge, they feel they should get to be harsh judges too, especially when it comes to anyone who is perceived as a threat to their beliefs. They suppose God is relying on them to quash the infidel, who is defined as anyone who is not one of them.'

'But what may surprise you, Jan said, 'is how many there are on earth without vested religious or secular agendas, who might want to hear your message of eternal hope, peace and love. As for those who react against your messages, don’t be discouraged if they wish to remain bound to their limited perspectives. That’s fine, they are on their journeys too and need to evolve through their own stages of conscious development at their own pace.

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Elysium's Passage: Mystical Romance

As I closely examined the faces of all the assembled beings here, including Mo and Eli’s, it felt as though no judgment towards me or anyone could possibly exist in this place as long as these spirits were present. You could feel the elevation of spirit and enlightenment from this assembly.

And it seemed to me, if judgement should enter here through someone outside, it would immediately be subdued and transmuted into divine love. An all-inclusive love enveloped the room, extended out to cover all the fears I had or ever had, to be no more.

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Elysium's Passage: Mystical Romance

So humanity projects its collective insanity into a fearful ‘reality,’ after the illusion coalesces into a world of pain, despair, hate, judgement --- and that’s just a start. And then he blames God for what he has created in His own self-image.

And these images are of his ego’s distorted judgements on everyone, including himself, and then he wonders why his world feels judged and condemned. Then next he presumes upon God to do all the condemning for him. That’s why man needs God to create a burning hell of everlasting flames to vent his vengeance and anger. And unfortunately, when religion falls into this low state of consciousness it often becomes very powerful in exploiting man’s collective self-loathing psychosis. This is religion as its worst, while seemingly outwardly powerful.

By promoting and exacerbating the problem of sin and shame, it presumes to appoint itself as the solution to the problem it created. Hence, as a glaring example, the sale of ‘Indulgences’ in the medieval era allegedly allowed otherwise damned souls through the pearly gates. A scam contrived to ostensible pay off a sadistic God. Nice work if you can get it. And without fear of class-action lawsuits against Rome!

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Elysium's Passage: Mystical Romance

''Without a sufficiently high consciousness to appreciate our oneness, we inevitably judge each other’s differences rather than celebrating our complimentary qualities.

Seeing ourselves as separate from Source, perhaps due to anthropomorphic religious teachings, or denial of God altogether, we begin by harshly judging ourselves with self-loathing and then projected it out on to everyone else too. And so we separate ourselves into isolated religions, cultures, tribes and families. Throughout history, it’s always about the ‘them and us’, the ‘slave and master’, the ‘victim and victimizer’, the ever prevailing class warfare, aggravating even more anger and hate towards one another.

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[1] Pensées n. 277, Section IV
[2] Regarding this desire for oneness, C.S. Lewis wisely observed that: We want to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of ourselves
[3] In reference to What you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in an inner room will be shouted from the housetops. Gospel of Luke 12:3 (New Century Version)
[4] Rhom was aware of the contextual meaning Mo, Eli and I had given the ego term. Since I was never religious, I wasn’t that comfortable with terms like fallen and sinful.  
[5] Hegel was Marx’s inspiration to overthrow societies prevailing order. He said he just had to turn Hegel on his head to put everything in an economic materialist context, rather than Hegel’s more subjective approach.

 

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