“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
This is a karmic law, and not telling us to avoid all judgment. HOW we judge is important. If we are emotionally judgmental, and guilt and shame others without objective facts or an objective victim who was actually harmed (where’s the body?), and without a good reason to judge them besides our own emotional triggers and upsets, and if we are projecting onto them the contents of our own unresolved issues, then from karmic law perspective, we will receive similar judgments back against us from others due to it being reflected back to us as a mirror. However, in logic, a judgment is a conclusion that is made based upon humility, empathy, confidence in reason, fairmindedness, courage, and a wide range of evidence and facts, so if we are slow to come to that judgment to ensure the integrity of the process, then in that same way, we will be judged in such a careful manner, because again it is a karmic law that we will be judged in the same manner that we judge.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
This is speaking about what the great psychologist Carl Jung called shadow projection, where one is unconscious of a thick shadow of their own, and hate it about themselves, and instead of reflecting on their own hangups and unconscious behaviors, they lash out at others when they even see a tiny bit of it. They do this because it gives them an unearned sense of moral superiority, and because hating another is easier than self-hate. When we engage in reflective processes such as shadow work, we shine the light of conscious awareness upon our unconscious beliefs, traumas, feelings, and behaviors to deconstruct them, so that we might reconstruct them in a manner that serves ourselves and those we love in a healthier way.
We have two choices in any emotional situation, to reflect inwards or to project outwards, and Jesus was implying that it is far better to reflect than to project. However, once we have gained sufficient self-knowledge and self-understanding, we become a wise judge capable of judging situations and ideas related to us in a fairminded and impartial manner, free from emotional hangups, biases, and judgmentalness.
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