Escape the Punishment in Judging Others
Escape the Punishment in Judging Others
  • Posted: April 25, 2016
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Key Lesson

Until we see that our negative reaction toward those we judge for their mechanical, often unthinking action is equally automated -- equally predictable -- we remain little more than a machine that believes it's different from another machine because of the keen eye with which we judge it.


I know that when I look at people, I end up judging them on superficial things. I also know that this hurts my relationships as well as myself. I want to stop. How do I turn this judgmental nature off whenever I see something in someone that doesn't meet my approval?

The idea is not to try to turn off this nature, but to come awake to the actual experience of yourself that you have in these moments. Resisting thought does nothing. Learning to "taste" what judgmental thoughts bring to your inner table will teach you to leave the establishment called yourself.

It seems to me that we are always looking for faults and weaknesses in others... are we just covering up inferior feelings within ourselves?

By and large, everything we condemn in others is just a way of hiding something similar within ourselves.

The more I think I know about true spirituality, the more I become easily aggravated by the behavior of others. I will be in a conversation, or overhearing a conversation, and hear someone make an obviously false (spiritually) statement, or I observe inconsistent behavior. I sense that part of my anger is seeing the inconsistency and false behavior in myself. What is the right way for me to handle these moments?

Stay with yourself. Don't put yourself into what you observe. It doesn't matter what anyone anywhere is doing or saying relative to your potential for inner development. The expression "The buck stops here" is valuable as long as we understand it to mean that these recurring blasts of unconscious energy we experience in moments such as these are to remain conscious within ourselves. We must not attribute their cause to someone or anything else outside of us. When we work with this truth and its instruction, then we begin to die to the blame-casting nature.

Excerpted From: Seeker's Guide to Self-Freedom: Truths for Living, pages 169-171

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