Judgmentalness is a conclusion that something does not exhibit
characteristics which we believe that it should exhibit. We are
comparing the thing to an ideal, and to our personal values.
This conclusion is not merely a mental conclusion; it also
contains other factors:
Emotions (and other energy tones): anger, resentment,
A desire that the person be punished.
It is an attitude toward an archetypal behavior, not a person.
The person is merely enacting that archetypal behavior.
positive and negative aspects of judgmentalness.
The positive aspects of judgmentalness.
Judgmentalness is our attempt to discern what is beneficial
to us. For example, we might discern that a criminal is a
danger to the society in which we live. (Judgmentalness can
also be a positive evaluation; for example, we might
judge a person's behavior to be beneficial.) However,
judgmentalness goes beyond the mere discernment.
Judgmentalness is our attempt to affirm our values and our
standards of morality. For example, when we judge a person's
behavior to be "wrong," we are asserting that a different
behavior would be "right." However, judgmentalness goes beyond
the mere "values clarification."
Positive judgmentalness is our attempt to affirm a
person. For example, we are judging people when we applaud a
performer, or when we congratulate someone, or when we say, "I
approve." In those acts, we are implying that those people
comply with our values, and that they have earned our respect.
Judgmentalness is our attempt to assert that people are
responsible for their actions.
The negative aspects of judgmentalness.
It distracts our attention from the reality of the
situation. Instead of perceiving things as they are, we are
dwelling on our ideas of how the situation "should" be.
It distracts our attention from the reality of ourselves.
In order to judge other people, we must repress our awareness
that we have performed similar acts. When we judge, we are
It distracts our attention from the current moment. The
unresolved energy of our judgmental thoughts, images, energy
tones, and actions draw our attention to them such that we are
not attending to the present situation.
We are limiting our range of expression. When we implant
hateful (i.e., judgmental) thoughts, images, energy tones, and
habits in the field of an archetype, our main intent is not to
affect the person; instead, our main intent is to make that
archetypal situation so unpleasant for us that we will not want
to enter it. We are pre-emptively punishing ourselves because
our self-righteous self-image would be damaged if we engaged
that archetypal situation (i.e., if we performed a similar
act). However, life will require us to enter that archetypal
situation at some future time, regardless of the self-inflicted
pain. Indeed, we must enter that archetypal situation for
We need to discharge the energy of the judgmental
thoughts, images, energy tones, and habits which we have
implanted into that archetypal field. That charge is the
very force which creates the archetypal situation in our
life. The "punishment" for judgmentalness is that we have to
do whatever we judged someone else for doing. For example,
if we judge someone for being dishonest, we will soon find
ourselves doing something dishonest. Indeed, we become that
which we hate.
We need to understand that that archetype is an aspect
of life (i.e., spirit). Our judgmentalness is proof that we
do not yet have that understanding. Only by entering that
archetypal situation, and experiencing the life which is
there, can we learn about that archetype as a part of life.
For example, we might have damned the Aggressor archetype.
Then, when life rightly requires us to be an aggressor
(perhaps in defense of our family or country), we need to
enact our Aggressor archetype, but our ability to employ it
is crippled by the damning elements which linger in that
field. We face the following possibilities:
We do not act. We are unwilling to enact the
archetype because associate it with damnable qualities
(and thus we fail to obey intuition's guidance). To block
the impulse from intuition, we generate additional
judgmental elements (i.e., thoughts, images, energies,
actions, etc.) which will cause even more of an
energy-blockage in this field, thus rendering us
less-able to respond appropriately to intuition when we
confront this archetype again.
We act. However, our actions are inaccurate and
ineffective because we are distracted by our need to
simultaneously discharge the field's lingering energies
which we implanted during our period of judgmentalness.
Also, we are divided by guilt (regardless of whether we
act or we merely notice our intuitive impulse to
act) because we are violating the judgmental values which
are registered in that field.
Judgmentalness does not feel good emotionally. Although we
might enjoy the emotional excitement, and the adrenaline, and
other aspects of the experiences, we generally prefer to be in
a state of happiness and love. Judgmentalness changes "pain"
into "suffering"; "pain" is merely an experience of discomfort,
but "suffering" is the additional emotional distress which we
experience when we decide that "this pain should not be
Judgmentalness can lead to complacency. When we judge
someone else to be "wrong," we might feel so comfortable in our
own "rightness" (by comparison) that we do not feel motivated
Judgmentalness is not a proper role for any human being.
According to many religions, judgment and "damning" are acts
which are rightly performed only by a god. When humans judge,
we are being pretentious and self-righteous.
for dealing with judgmentalness.
Self-talk. For example: "I accept whatever I perceive."
"People are doing the best they can do in every moment." "I
forgive myself and other people."
Directed imagination. We can visualize ourselves observing
a person who is committing an act which we dislike, but we do
not respond with judgmentalness.
Energy toning. We generate the energy tones of calm,
The "as if" principle. We act as if we are non-judgmental.
Intuition. Intuition can tell us how to respond to situations
in which we would tend to be judgmental; our response includes
particular thoughts, images, energy tones, and actions.
We differentiate between judgmentalness and similar states. We
can still like or dislike. We can still discern. We can still
reject something as "not right for me," or "not appropriate for
We can practice "acceptance." We accept the reality of the
world as it is. (Of course, we can still like or dislike
particular things in the world, and we can still work to change
the things which we dislike.) And we accept ourselves when we
realize that we are being judgmental.
We avoid perfectionism. Judgmentalness is based on our
assessment that a person or situation is not perfect.
We avoid projection. When we are judgmental, we are usually
projecting our own faults.
We can do shadow-work. As we examine our shadow, we realize
that we have the potential to do the act for which we are judging
We explore humility. In any situation, we allow ourselves to
respond with thoughts, images, energy tones, and actions -- but we
realize that our response is merely a personal reaction; we do not
have a godly viewpoint or authority by which we could truly
determine the goodness of a person's behavior (even our own
We can explore forgiveness. In judgmentalness, there is a lack
We question our use of "judgmental words." Depending upon the
context, those words might include "should," "ought," "must,"
"damn," "if only," "I wish," "I disapprove," etc. And we observe
the occasions when we are exhibiting the various types of
judgmentalness: complaining, criticizing, gossiping, cursing, etc.
We accept responsibility for the judgmentalness. Regardless of
whatever we are judging, we are responsible for our reaction of
thoughts, images, energy tones, and actions. The judged thing is
not forcing us to respond in any particular manner.
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