By my reckoning, Judgement is an emergent property of human sentience, and thus is inescapable. And it’s also fundamentally error-prone, creating separation between the human mind and the human experience, leading to confusion, unnecessary pain, and suffering. So what can we do about it? How can we escape this “original bug” (Is it a bug or a feature? Well…both…) in our wiring? For me, the walk is a quiet one, forward towards truth, and back towards innocence. A challenging walk to be sure, but a beautiful one. In the video I cite a portion of a poem by Rumi. Here’s the whole thing:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense.
And the reason “each other” doesn’t make any sense is because out there, everything comes back into unity – a dexterous, fluid, endlessly fascinating interplay of experience and sensation; in this place, judgement – attempting to discern Good or Evil – shatters the magic.