Contrary to the idea that we are born as sinners, being judgmental of something or someone's behavior is not part of our essential nature: we have learned to be judgmental in order to navigate the ebbs and flows of life, so we can discover who we really are.
We have acquired the capacity to be critical, opinionated, cynical, judgmental, and so on — psychologically oriented in the sense that we filter information and basis our judgments not on what is actually objective, but primarily on how it affects us. This implies that we are not at all objective nor are we really evolved, which means we function at an evident level of consciousness.
All the better when we recognize that these evolutionary imperatives are the way in which we promote understanding, but not in the truth of the matter. All our life we have been stripping away the greater layer of the psyche, thus involuting it more and more, and it is now time to bring it back.
All our evolutionary imperatives — the very reason why we are doing this at this time in the universe — are about to faithfully resurrect elemental life; bringing it back to its original light and power.
We are all sincerely interested in better understanding and accepting who we truly are.
Let's move on to another layer of consciousness, that being the layer of ethics, or the sense, that everything is inherently or essentially sacred, good, lovely, and true.
In this layer there is just enough ego remaining to allow us to wonder about the significance and meaning of what appears to be happening, i.e., the appearance of the world.
Although we have been, and are being, primarily dismissive and disdainful, the ego still has a role to play in this it's where integrity, courage, honesty, warmth, and the desire to be noble, to make a stand for something — for truth — whatever the consequences of that stance might be.
It is important to remember that with its bold legalism, religions have a point when it comes to human foibles, and though we need to be gentle with ourselves when it comes to such stuff, we need to take a serious look at the stuff in order to advance our understanding, lest we lose what precious opportunities lies ahead in understanding.
It is all very well to tell people what they want to hear, but if we as individuals are to advance our own hearts we need to be honest with ourselves to determine what role our egos are playing in all this.
And we may not even see the point of doing so either; the point isn't to understand everything, but to master some small piece of it — although any piece of knowledge is of supreme value.
Therefore, let us begin with a premise that any rational person can fathom.
We are surrounded by a circle of transcendent, indescribable love and wisdom that is genuine and cannot be compared to anything else in this universe nor any other — nor to be considered “of this world.”
This circle of love and wisdom within each soul must be allowed to develop in its “natural” perspective, and the process begins with the soul's choice to honesty, integrity, responsibility, and compassion — in other words, self-awareness.
Our natural way of seeing things is also our natural intelligence, and through it, the universal intelligence, God.
Through what we choose to ignore, this intelligent bridging of our fuller potential and love for life, we miss what should be here for us — Infinite consciousness, absolute love, divinity — and finite time, space, energy, space, self-awareness — the whole nine yards.
But we can choose to look with honest eyed benevolence toward the beautiful custodianship of an infinitely creative God, and in that honest allowance, we might envision that God has indeed helped us along — yes, even some of the endlessly difficult problems that plague us, and no doubt continue to plague us.
Whether we come to believe in Jesus in our childhood, or not, spiritual culture loves us no matter what.
The general character of God is seen in people who have encountered and overcome the biggest problems the world has known, and the history of the Bible is littered with many such people: Job and His friends (Job 1:9-10), David (1 Samuel 5) and King David (2 Samuel 7) and Moses (Exodus 4).
Image by PublicDomainArchive