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Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
I write a lot about living outside of judgment. At the core of our confusion, judgment is both the beginning and the end of what keeps us from having a true, meaningful relationship with God. In judgment, we divide Humanity and separate our thoughts into the good/bad camps. We've invented the concept of a judgmental God in order to convince ourselves that our judgmental ways are absolute, but in truth we find that an all-knowing, all-loving God has no use for judgment. And this chasm between us and God defines the separation we desire to close.
So one must ask, "If we were conceived by a perfect Creator, why are we inherently judgmental?" After all, if judgment keeps us from a true relationship with God, then why on earth would He (excuse the gender reference) design life with this flawed way of operating in the Universe?
You could conclude that judgment is divine and thus to judge is to act as God intends. However, this rather simple deductive reasoning doesn't stand up to real life consideration. So many of our most ugly acts against Humanity are rooted in judgment.
So too you might conclude that living outside of judgment is impossible. Each and every day we make choices between two or more options and judge one choice to be better than all the rest. But there is a difference between choice and judgment. We assign meaning to so many of our decisions in life but upon closer review we find that we simply made a choice. Sure we considered many facors that resulted in our conclusion, but the subtle difference in assigning meaning or not to our choices is the fine line between choosing and judging.
Thus to live outside of judgment is not the definition of living a divine life but rather to live outside of judgment is the aspiration of living a Spiritual existence. Only God is capable of being non-judgmental and as we seek a true relationship with God, we aspire to be non-judgmental too. Living in a free-will environment requires making choices in order to survive and thus in order to live in this environment we must exist in a judgmental reality.
So we're brought to a correlation between judgment and free-will. What is the benefit of living in a free-will environment that would be enhanced by judgment? For me, the payoff of living in a free will environment is the wondrous creations that result from surviving in a world where not every choice is good for us. In finding more than one option, we are called to find the poor choices unacceptable. Thus the purpose of judgment is not to comdemn, but rather to fuel inspiration.
In finding a choice unacceptable, we are called to be in action to create a better alternative. Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity to contribute and create. The result of living in this exponential reality is that we find purpose in how we navigate through life. When conscious of divinity, we operate in judgment as a means to embrace life and bring meaning to our purpose. We aspire to not let judgment become our way of life, but rather as a means to sharpen the pencil.
Ever present in our lives is a grounding connection to God that pulls us away from living a judgmental existence. The Mind craves judgment but our Spirit calls us to let judgment be but a tool that we employ rather than a way in which we live. Thus we can never really live outside of judgment for this is the nature of the Universe in which we are intended to thrive within. But we are called to lead a Spiritual existence in which judgment is a sword we both respect and fear in fulfilling our purpose.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I'm struck by how much we accept as truth without ever considering the details behind the stories. From politics to religion and further into the fabric of everyday existence. We're sold a story, we ignore the facts and then we embrace the pitch as the truth.
Before you start thinking that I'm referring to 'other' people being duped by the allure of the pitch or that I'm attacking your ideology, take a step back and consider how our brains take in and process information. We are incapable of considering every bit of information that we experience, let alone store everything for a later consideration. As such, we ignore much more than we experience so that we can cope with the overwhelming amount of information we take in. And this is why we quickly assess a situation, make our conclusions and move on.
What this means is that we are quick to make conclusions so that we can free up our Minds to consider other situations. Our survival instinct seeks to keep our Minds uncluttered so that we can think through the next situation presenting itself to us (e.g. a tiger trying to eat us). No wonder we are hardly willing to reconsider conclusions we've already resolved. To do so would be wasteful of the precious energy we consume thinking.
And so when our politicians tell us a story of our survival being in peril (e.g. weapons of mass destruction, nearby countries conspiring against us, swine flu, etc.), we quickly take in the available information, consider the available options and render a conclusion which then represents the truth.
Do you remember when people were banning the purchase of products from France because the French opposed our war against Iraq? Are those same people still not consuming French products now that more information is known about our tactics and motives?
My point is not to judge Humanity for quick conclusions or to say that we're all dopes. I'm more of the opinion that slowly we're becoming a nation of awakened beings. The ways of the past are slowly eroding with more and more people questioning. By asking questions, those that are entrenched in their beliefs will be uneasy. For our questioning undermines the foundation upon which their (maybe your) beliefs are based.
So I ask you, "What if it all were untrue?"
How would you cope if everything you believed to be true were revealed to be untrue? Not just those that believe in established ideology, but also those of you that have branched out to consider alternatives. What if it all were untrue?
Would you still find meaning in life?
Could you still have a passion for living?
Might you still bring forth creativity?