“Shred” the burden of judgment.
Your life could be seen as the creative process in action. Spontaneity is the essence of the creative process; judgment is what comes after it. When you judge yourself or others you temporarily isolate yourself from the effortless flow of the moment and the energy and information it contains.
Who comes first, you or judgment?
The “you” you imagine yourself to be arrives long before judgment. First “you” arrive and then all the judgments, evaluations and comparisons; all the ideas of “this” and “that”, “up” and “down”, “good” and “not good” arrive. But where is the “you” that sits in the mechanics of this process; better said, is there a “you” that sits in the mechanics of this process?
First “you” arrive then the “you” with all its ideas and judgment comes. Before the impulse of the thought is judged; it just is. A thought just is. A thought, is a thought, is a thought, and you are. We could say that no thought is really judged until the “you”, you imagine yourself to be comes along; then the thought is judged; you arrive, the thought comes, then you judge.
Prior to the judgment of a thought, an experience, a memory or a circumstance, that thought, experience, memory or circumstance simply is. Without “you”, there would be no judgment. Without the “you”, you imagine yourself to be, there would be no thought, no experience, no memory or circumstance to judge.
If “you” could step back far enough; if “you” could pull “your” attention back from the object that lies in the field of your attention, you would realize that it is only the mind itself that see’s and perceives reality as duality; that judges reality as “good” or “bad”; that even imagines the concept of reality.
If “you” could step back far enough; if “you” could pull “your” attention back from the subtext of your subjective experience that lies in the field of your attention, you would realize that even the self you imagine yourself to be is only a notion, a thought, a memory, an association; a perception of something that is judged or not judged.
The notion of judgment is a notion of the mind.
It exists because “you” imagine “you” are. You think “you” are, and then “you” identify yourself with those thoughts, those feelings and those emotions; you identify yourself as those thoughts, feelings and emotions that you then call the mind. You judge those thoughts, feelings and emotions, and you also judge yourself for identifying yourself as the mind that seemingly contains those thoughts, feelings and emotions.
“You” come first; then the story arises.
With the arising of the story, there arises all content that we call the mind. The mind is a composite of all the stories you have ever been told: the ones you tell yourself, the ones that you were told, and the ones that you will tell others. “You” imagine you are the content of the mind, and “you” then judge yourself on the content of THAT mind and all the stories that make up that mind.
Once the content of the mind has arisen; once the story has arisen: those thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, perceptions and associations; there is a good chance the content of that mind and story will be evaluated and assessed, compared and judged, indiscriminately by the mind that you think you are.
First, you are.
Then the impulse of that thought or feeling arises. That thought or feeling is then evaluated as “good” or “bad”, “right” or “wrong”, “healthy” or “unhealthy” by a nervous system that is hardwired for survival. “Good” thoughts are considered pleasant, and encouraged; “bad” thoughts are considered inappropriate, and need to be denied, avoided or suppressed at all costs.
We demonize the “bad” thoughts and we sanctify the “good” thoughts. “Good” thoughts are considered spiritual and “bad” thoughts are considered unspiritual. “Good” thoughts are considered to be closer to your “God”, and “bad” thoughts are considered to be further from your so called “God”.
A thought is a thought, is a thought. The judging “you” that you imagine yourself to be arises with each thought, which you are not. The thought, the one who is thinking, and the judgment are One.
What parts of yourself do you sit in judgment of the most?
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