I was sitting on the side of a mountain at the weekend, on an island, looking out at the sea, waiting for my husband who had gone in search of more archaeology (rolls eyes)…just fed up with walking around in the heat looking at more big rocks. I had been grumbling (mildly) about someone I knew, as she had said something unpleasant to me, and as I sat there, still a bit grumpy, I remembered this post I had read from Tau Malachi some time ago. I find it a useful teaching, and it made me buck up. I went back and tightly hugged the woman I had grumbled about, and told her I love her, and, well, life looked better.
( P.S. Tau Malachi is struggling with illness at the moment. He is a wonderful teacher and it would be nice to have him around for a long time. He could do with prayer/good energy and good intentions at this time.)
Edited Extract from http://www.sophian.org/
Justification and Sweetening Judgements by Tau Malachi.
“First, take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye” (Matthew 7:5).
We love ourselves, and therefore when we see a negative personality trait or fault, or we make a mistake, we tend to justify ourselves. The opposite is often true, however, when we see the negative personality traits or faults of others, or we see others make a mistake. We can tend to focus on their faults and mistakes, and judge them harshly, and we may even do so with thoughts of superiority that are not true, as though we are better than others. This passage teaches us to reverse this tendency, and instead to pay attention to our own negative personality traits or faults, and our own mistakes, and to seek to work them out and overcome them, and to judge others in a favorable light, seeing the good that is in them.
When you see the faults of others, consider them your own, as though your are looking into a mirror, and go within and look within yourself for that fault, that very klippah (impurity), and seek to root it out or overcome it in yourself and your life. At the same time, when you see the faults of others, or mistakes of others, seek to justify them, and to “sweeten judgment,” and look to see the good that is in them, and pray that the good grows and increases.
This tendency to justify oneself and judge others severely is a common form of negativity, and it’s very important that we actively strive to overcome it, reversing this tendency. If you consider the practice of giving and receiving, in which we give to others our good, our light, and our joy, and we take upon ourselves their negativity, their darkness, their pain and suffering, you will understand that this reversal of our tendency to justify ourselves and judge others is an extension of giving and receiving.
In various situations, we can let go of our need to be “right,” and let others be right, and so on. We need to understand that it is not enough to pray and meditate about noble ideals, such as forgiveness, compassion, and love, but along with prayer and meditation we need to actively cultivate, and enact, these noble ideals, or positive qualities.
As we seek to cultivate and enact positive personality traits, or the Divine Attributes, so we need to actively labor to address and overcome negative personality traits. This is integral to our inner work.
This is not a popular subject or teaching, but it is very important, for without it we cannot experience God Consciousness. In much the same way that Jacob wrestled with the angel of Esau, or Yeshua went out to face the temptations of the Satan, the Adversary, so we must struggle to overcome the evil inclination, and our negative personality traits born of self-cherishing, attachments and aversions. Joined with the cultivation of positive personality traits, right thought, right speech and right action, struggling to overcome negative personality traits is integral to an active and dynamic surrender to Divine Grace, the Holy Shekinah and Holy Spirit, and it is how we co-create the conditions necessary for the Shekinah to rest upon us.
Understand, if we do not strive to overcome negativity, inner shades and shadows, the Holy Shekinah cannot rest upon us, and the Holy Spirit cannot take up her Divine Action in us – she cannot give in to the darkness or evil, for that would defeat her purpose and mission!
Dear brothers and sister, the message being given in many mainstream churches is, at best lukewarm, and teachings of working to actually be Christ-like, let alone to actively labor to be and become Christ, are not given.
Likewise, in much of modern spirituality, while many teachers are making a lot of money going around telling people they are “gods,” they are not teaching people how to become godly, or godlike, or how to realize their oneness with God, or how to experience actual God Consciousness.
In many churches these days, and in much of modern spirituality, the “New Age,” and such, there is no teaching, or push, towards zeal for enlightenment and liberation, or a passionate faith and the work of salvation. If, indeed, we have come to a mystical tradition and community, and practice a mystical spirituality, however, we must understand that a gnostic, or mystic, has great zeal for the spiritual life and practice, and a great desire, passion, for a return to God
A gnostic spirituality, or mystical spirituality, is a very zealous, passionate, active and dynamic spirituality.
Therefore, with zeal, with passion, in faith and devotion, we struggle and strive to overcome negativity, evil, and to enact what is good and true – righteousness.
As we do, it is important to abide in faith, and to never doubt that with God’s help we will overcome all barriers and to never doubt that through Divine Grace we can be uplifted into expanded states of consciousness and God Consciousness.
Ecclesia Pistis Sophia