“I choose to see the beauty in everyone and everything.”
“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” Mt. 7:1-2
Some of the what the Bible teaches can feel challenging and difficult … why should we not judge when it seems so obvious that what people are doing is wrong!
Yet the judgments we make, when attached to strong feelings of right and wrong, inflict tension in us that cause our suffering and deepen our experience of separation. It is true that what we give out we experience and therefore receive.
Let me give you an example: At times I feel very sad and concerned about the amount of plastic pollution we put into our oceans and landfill without even knowing we are doing it. This concern could easily take away my joy and if I let it, all pleasure in simply being alive. However I can acknowledge the concern, release the feelings and thoughts of ‘wrongness’ and do something about it – which I am doing for me.
I know that as I take steps, and speak to others to encourage wise action, together we make a difference. Rather like the activity of prayer but with feet on!
So, can we together, refuse to judge by appearances but choose to see through and beyond to the beauty that lies in each of us even if it seems to be buried deep? I am convinced that as more people become aware of what is happening with the plastics in our physical world, that we can and will make a positive difference.
And, very importantly, the more we release and let go of our judgments, with ourselves and each other, the more positively we can act, in a way where all are blessed.
If you would like to practice and deepen your awareness of these principles, you may like to take part in Unity’s annual World Day of Prayer and/or attend our September retreat. As two or more come together in willingness and faith, we find ourselves.
Everything we do in Unity is designed to help us all come to know ourselves and God as love, life, wisdom and grace more fully.