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Throwing These Sticks and Stones Will Break Your Bones

Key Lesson: The rush to judge some character flaw in another human being is one and the same as the speed with which the false self races to hide from itself a similar imperfection.

Transcending Judgment

In order to transcend those qualities of character we have seen as limiting us, we must become a living example of what we would further understand...

Perhaps we have worked hard to be more aware of ourselves in the Now, and for this effort we catch a glimpse of how quick we are to judge others, to criticize them for their "failings." This pain that strains us -- and those we touch with it -- is itself a creation of a false sense of our own perfection. But our awareness of its punishing presence within us is the same as our invitation to transcend the negative nature that is responsible for it. So, if we want to realize the higher level of Self that reveals the need for further transformation, then we have work to do. We must actualize this new level of ourselves by acting from our new understanding in a whole different way.

It is not enough to just passively receive the lessons we are given. We must act upon their revelations and further clarify their import. This is why our willingness to teach for the purpose of learning is every bit as important as is our willingness to learn what we must in order to grow.

Following is just one way to teach others, even as we ourselves are transformed by our own actions. It is vital for us to remember that this suggested practice is designed to help us achieve an enhanced spiritual balance in ourselves, even as, through this same action, we teach those around us about the possibility of living from a whole new order of self-understanding.

We teach others when we refuse to make snap judgments. The world around us receives the lesson that it's possible to handle being "between a rock and a hard place" without crushing someone else with the pressure we feel.

Our lesson -- if we will teach it -- is that this same pain pushes us to pounce on others because that's how it keeps its conflicted presence hidden within us.

This article is excerpted from Let Go and Live in the Now (pages 194-196).

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