As it is said in the bible… “Thou shalt not judge, and thou will be judged not.” – Luke 6:37.
Great way to go about life isn’t it? For the past few months, I’ve been analyzing this bible verse more in depth which has lead to a great revelation that must be shared.
Growing up, most of us, if not all of us, have been taught not to judge others because it’s not nice and can hurt people’s feelings.
But why must we always associate “judging” as a negative thing? Isn’t a complement a form of judging just in a positive light? I sure think so.
The honest truth though, is that we all judge. Judgement is a thought, and thought is where our egoic self (false self), lives. The only way to escape from judgment is to separate or at least become more aware when the ego is present.
From the time we open our eyes, to the time we rest them, we are constantly judging… Funny thing is – you are judging right now as you’re reading this profound blog.
If you don’t believe me, I challenge you for the rest of this morning, afternoon or night – whatever time it is that you’re reading this, to go the rest of this day without making a single negative judgment about anything or anyone. You may feel more peaceful by the end of this challenge.
Now I know you are probably mind blown right now, and may feel a little bad, because this amazing revelation has been brought to your attention. If you are religious, don’t fret, you don’t need to repent because it’s not your fault, it’s the ego of your false self.
As mentioned before, once you separate yourself from ego, you will not have the desire to judge, complain, argue or compare. If you find it difficult to separate from your egoic self, simply be aware of your thoughts and the emotions behind them.
If you find yourself attempting to defend a thought or statement you’ve made, other than facts, then that is a tell tale sign of the presence of ego. Be aware and kindly tell yourself, “ego, please be quite.” Or silently remind yourself “these are the good opinions of others.” This helps reduce the effect to judge or even be judged.
But if you do find yourself in a judgmental state, provided that you are aware or separate of your egoic self, judge in a positive light, whether it is towards yourself or another. This is also known as, compliments.
Coming upon this realization, it has made a tremendous change in my life, from how I treat and talk about myself, to how others treat and talk to me. It’s these types of simple, but effective, small changes we make in our lives that generate the greatest enhancements to our overall well being.
When we judge another, whether it’s positive, neutral, or negative, we are only judging ourselves in the end.
– Damien Williams