When I was little, I was told how important it was to do what was “right” and not get into trouble by doing something “wrong”. Yet, as I grew up I saw that many of the rights and wrongs didn’t make sense. It all depended on the perspective and belief of the person.
When I was told that a terrorist is also a freedom fighter, depending on whose side you are on, I really got it. It opened my eyes to seeing things in a new way.
Dualistic (either/or) thinking, prevents us from seeing the whole truth.
Judging is about determining what is right or wrong, good or bad. It comes from our minds tendency to think dualistically, in terms of right or wrong. We grasp on to this to keep us feeling in control and safe. In order to maintain a stable society, religion and the law reinforce this idea.
Yet, isn’t it even more important to see clearly, rather than to apply a right or wrong label?
When we let go of judgment and embrace the idea of discerning, we move into a place of seeking clarity and understanding. We become freer to see things as they are.
Instead of asking “What is good or bad about this?” … and being quick to judge, ask “What can I discern from this? What is going on here?”
When we detach from the belief of good or bad, and discern life’s multicolors and shades, we find freedom beyond the rules and conditioning of the mind.