What does judgment mean?

QUESTION: Masters what could be characterized as judgment? For example? Does the child come home with attitudes the mother doesn’t like, if she complains, isn’t she judging his behavior? Wouldn’t you have to let it do what they want? An example of judgment? Does a person begin to comment on other people’s attitudes towards you? What to do? How to answer? ~Beto, BRAZIL

ANSWER: Judgment is the tool the human ego uses to decide where it rates in the scheme of the societal hierarchy. Is the person better than, richer than, smarter than, or more important than someone else? When looking at the activity of another, does their behavior match what your opinion of the right type of action should be, or do you believe they should do things only the way you decide is correct?

Judgment is a type of control over another, and since you are not within their body, not living their life lessons, it is really not for you to say what they should do. There are circumstances – for instance, needing to show an uninformed person what is acceptable in society – in which judging someone’s current behavior in order to teach them is a necessity. Judgment is taking place; however, it is not to control but rather to inform, and the one being corrected has the freedom of choice to accept the criticism or ignore it.

In the dual negative/positive environment of Earth, judgment rules. Only if you are concerned with developing your spiritual values does judgment become the enemy. You then recognize that each and every other soul is having their own journey of learning, and trying to tell them what to do interferes with that process.

Many people dealing with lessons about control are the worst criticizers on the planet. They continually tell everyone what to do and use judgment to show that the criticized person is doing something wrong. Judgment also has a negative energy impact on others. But this is neither right nor wrong in a spiritual perspective because learning is accomplished through using your freedom of choice to direct your own path.

Don’t worry about others judging you. Take a look at what they are saying and see if it has any instructional value; if it does, then pay attention to it. If what is being said makes no sense to you, then choose to ignore it and move on.

When it comes to your own actions, judging doesn’t help you learn a thing because you are restricting the possibilities. Instead of judging something, just ask yourself what you can learn from the situation. Evaluate the teaching involved and make future choices based on the knowledge you gain from the material that resonates with you.