At one seminar, I heard about an ancient Indian story that says that when we judge someone, we take part of their bad karma and put it on ourselves.
This may sound too banal to you at first glance, but let’s try to explore judgment through a different prism.
Where does our need to judge others even come from?
Seen from a metaphysical perspective, it stems primarily from our own sense of inferiority that we are largely unaware of.
Judging others, in our eyes we try to diminish their value in order to alleviate the pain in ourselves caused by the activation of feelings of inferiority.
Think about it, you probably don’t need to judge people you feel are worse than you in some way, but you see the need to judge people you consider as better or more successful than you. You have it compared to those who have or have gotten something you would also like but don’t have.
Our tendency to diminish the values of others in order to protect ourselves from the pain that is created for us is, basically, a natural defensive reaction and we should not be ashamed of it. In this way, our brain tries to reconcile the excessive emotional imbalance that is created in us as a result of the mismatch between our desires and the real situation.
However, it is one thing to feel the urge to judge, and it is quite another to allow such an urge to dominate our view of the world.
It’s okay to have defensive reactions, but keep in mind that we didn’t come to Earth to protect our weaknesses and seek legitimate justification for their existence, but we came so we could grow and develop and maximize our potential and the inner strength we have at our disposal.
As long as we agree to judge others, we thereby blind ourselves and remain trapped in a perception that does not allow our soul to develop and grow.
And so the next time you feel the need to judge someone, remember the story of taking bad karma on yourself and ask yourself the following two questions: do you want to be trapped in your existing mindset or do you want to use the situation that makes you need to judge ways of thinking and looking at the world?
The choice is yours…
© Tomislav Tomic – 2021.