Power Of Practicing None Judgment
The practice of none judgment
is part of all purifying, spiritual disciplines. In part, it is
because it is one of the most useful methods for transforming the
mind. It is also interesting to note, that deep down in all of us we
somehow, innately know that it is wrong to judge others. Knowing
this of course does not stop us from doing it. Most of us are
susceptible to judging others even though we are really only doing
ourselves a disservice when we do so.
The truth is when judgment
is used, it is a no win exercise. Judgment assumes a position of
power to condemn or admonish, it presupposes an inferior (less than)
or superior (better than) duality, and as such grants the judge the
power to deem others inferior or superior. This is ignorance and
misguides the judge into wrong thinking. When one judges another as
less than or better than, both parties lose. The less than party is
demoted, and feels bad, the better than party is promoted and feels
good, but there are destructive consequences for both sides.
The fact is the less
than party doesn’t need to feel bad just because he has been
judged negatively. One’s thoughts and feelings are a choice. But
for most of us, our minds are not so well disciplined that we are
unaffected by others judgments. So the less than party goes off,
feels bad and perpetuates more polluting thoughts, which in turn
will be reflected in the reality of his outward life.
Similarly, the better
than party goes off and feels good, but to build oneself up on the
back of another is of no good consequence and will eventually exact
a cost. But this is not the end of it for the better than party. The
ego boost that the better than party has acquired through the
judging of another means he/she is now invested in maintaining the
stock of their ego, which is in fact illusory, and only feeds the
stream of polluting thoughts.
If we continue in our
assertion that we have the to right judge others, then we must
accept that others can judge us also. But none of us like to be
judged, it causes a whole variety of agitating, polluting thoughts,
and this is another flag to us that judging serves no good purpose.
As such, it is of great benefit to free ourselves from judging.
Developing none judgment
takes practice. Having acquired an awareness of our thoughts,
observing them, we can take action when we see judgment arising in
ourselves. We can notice we are judging and replace that thought
with something more compassionate towards the person we were about
to judge. In truth when a person is acting in a way that seems
inappropriate and would commonly cause strong feelings in us, that
person is really only acting out of fear, insecurity, ignorance.
Their minds are not working well and in the long run they are only
causing themselves misery. When one comes to understand this,
exercising compassion rather than judgment becomes easier. At the
same time, by exercising compassion instead, we are engaging the
process of purifying our minds, and liberating ourselves from the judgment
of others. We also realise that judgment of others is really only an
ineffective way to try and control our fear.
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