Wisdom From Arkansas
- From a Meditation Society of America member in Arkansas:
Jesus said "Judge not, that you may not be judged."
But the refusal to be judgmental applies not only
to others, but to our selves, as well. In fact,
all of our judgment and all of our condemnation is
really leveled against our selves. Now, many times
this manifests as anger toward other people, other
things, or other situations. But the assumed sin that
we see in the eye of our brother, is really our own sin
projected onto the world. So it is important not to
simply forgive our neighbor, but to forgive our selves
as well. As we begin to lift the burden of "right versus
wrong" off our shoulders, we see that we are simply acting!
out of our own "programming", be that genetically,
environmentally, miraculously, or whatever. Thus, we are
not "wrong" or "evil", but simply naïve, and making the most
logical decisions we can, based on what we know at the time.
Through forgiveness, both inside and out, we are able to
lift the burden of fear that arises from the fallacious
concept of "otherness". There is nothing to fear, as the
universe is one.