Step Three Hundred and Twenty-Four

                "Lift the Veil" by Stanka Kordic
Step 324. I Will Not Judge Another Today.
Again practice affirming this idea. Again apply it to your real experiences. Again strengthen your understanding that Knowledge is with you and does not require your judgment or evaluation.

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.

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May 12, 2014 Round One: I spent the past few days out in the countryside again. The environment is very conducive to practicing stillness and meditating.

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.

Originally Posted by Adria (another Steps student on the Free School Forum):

“What I learned today is that through me not being judgmental I bring healing - to my family, friends, difficult situations I encounter everywhere.”

Wow, Adria, yes, this is so true! I realized this is my experience too.

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.

June 30, 2015 Round Two: I still judge to some degree, probably without even realizing it. I still agree with what I wrote the first time—it is part of human nature and ingrained, a habit that is barely noticed most of the time. I think that having an ego and being in a body make it inevitable that judgment pervades. But I also have a strong sense that everyone is different and has their own traits and foibles, so I accept rather than criticize and judge. I also think that people often do the things they do out of ignorance. I do not use the word “ignorance” in a derogative way, but in the sense of “knowing no better.” How can a person be judged for not knowing any better? It is better to lift the veil of delusion, take the blinkers from one’s eyes, try to see behind the shroud that covers the mind to gain a glimpse, albeit fleeting, of the truth.

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