Step Three Hundred and Twenty-Four
Step 324. I Will Not Judge Another Today.
Do not judge another today. Learn to see. Learn to hear. Learn to look. There is not one person in the world who cannot give you something beneficial if you will not judge them. There is not one person in the world who, through their accomplishments or their errors, cannot confirm the importance of Knowledge and cannot demonstrate its need in the world. Thus, those whom you love and those whom you despise all offer gifts to you of equal value. Those who you think are virtuous and those who you think are not virtuous all offer what is essential to you. The world in truth is demonstrating everything that this preparation is providing for you, if you will but look upon the world without judgment or condemnation. To the extent that you look upon another with judgment, you will judge yourself. You do not want your judgment upon yourself, so do not judge another.
Remember upon the hour. Do not neglect your practice today, for it is essential for your happiness. It is essential for the well-being and advancement of the world. In your two deeper practice periods, re-enter stillness. Come to give yourself to practice. Come to give yourself. You will feel your strength as you do this. Here the power of decision is yours to utilize. As you do so, it will become more potent and effective in dispelling everything that stands in its way. Remember you are a student of Knowledge, and students must practice to advance and to proceed. Do not judge another today and you will proceed in truth.
Practice 324: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
This Step advises against judging others. I am to see that I can learn from everyone, even those I do not appreciate. There are people I resent. Is judging the same as resenting? It is easier not to judge people on a wider spectrum, people in general, or individuals who are not in my personal orbit. It is easy to think I don’t judge, when I probably do, because judging is an ingrained habit. What does it feel like not to judge? I think I don’t judge, because I am willing to see that people act out of ignorance, they can’t help it. They are without Knowledge, so how can they know what to do and how to act? Like it says in Step 207 – how can a person not fail if Knowledge is not available to them and they are not available to Knowledge? They are bound to fail, but this is not a reason to judge them. When they finally get around to entering into relationship with Knowledge, they too will understand the error of their ways.
I do not really understand how those I resent and those I do not find virtuous can be beneficial to me, apart from showing me how I do not want to be, showing me the contrast between people who recognize Knowledge and those who do not.
However, I appreciate what it says about when I judge others, I am judging myself. This I understand. I do not wish to judge myself, so I will not judge another. If I do not find fault with myself, I cannot find fault with another.
And yes, I too agree that "being in judgment is sometimes kind of habitual" - it is a hard habit to break, because it comes so naturally. It seems to me that it is part of the human makeup to judge, rather than not judge. So much unlearning is required to get out of the judgment mode.