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By Cheryl Glover, New Thought
In the last week I have been abandoned, judged,
accused, let down, disrespected, and defamed. This was by friends,
family and strangers.
This week's article is on judgment. I received
an email from someone who thinks the Kabbalah Centre is a cult.
Someone then accused me of not living up to my word because my CDs are
delayed. Someone accused Rabbi Berg of being self-serving because the
Kabbalah Centre brings in a lot of money. Someone wrote me from
Safed saying they never heard of Rabbi Weinberger or Red Strings.
I can go on and on.
One of the effects of living in a democracy is
that we have freedom to question authority. This includes our
President and leaders. This is a good thing. However, sometimes,
after elections we get in this habit. Furthermore, it also
brings a culture which promotes judgment. We have become a
culture of judges, accusers and sentencers. The problem is that
this conflicts with our spiritual growth.
One of the steps to spiritual
growth is learning not to judge where another is on their path.
Why? Because we do not see the larger picture. We do not see
another person's struggle and hardship. We do not empathize with
their pain. Furthermore, because we are human and make just about as
many mistakes as they do, we should not judge another as if we were
a god. Not one of us is perfect, and to demand perfection is futile.
One the other hand, we have rights to expect
people to do their best to live up to their own commitments, integrity
Where is the line between judgment and
righteousness? I will tell you that I do not know the answer.
However, at least I know there is a line. What this means is
before I judge, I ask certain questions: 1) Did the person
intend to deceive or inconvenience me? 2) Am I perceiving this in the
right way, in truth? Maybe I do not see the big picture, or all the
details? 3)Is it true that this person failed me, or is it my
impatience? 4) Do I have all the facts? 5)Do I make the same mistakes
that they do? 6) What did I contribute to the situation? 7) Am I
bothered about this because of a past hurt, that I haven't resolved?
(In other words does this push my button because I'm in the past?) Am
I over-reacting because of past experience? 8) Am I caught up in my
own negativity or the negativity of others? (e.g. negative publicity).
As a Kabbalist I make a commitment to my own
spiritual evolution. My commitment is to raise myself up the tree of
life. As such, I know that if all these judgers come at me I
must have allowed negativity and judgment in my life. (I say as I put
my Red String back on).
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I am also committed to the truth. The truth
is the Kabbalah Centre is not perfect, and have made many mistakes and
has become "trendy". However, it is not a cult. The truth is
that making money is not a bad thing as long as you share. They
give away millions in Zohars worldwide and assist millions of people.
I know the truth is I was delayed in getting my CDs out due to
technical difficulties and that Rabbi Weinberger teaches at the
Yeshiva and is the guide at the tomb of Shimon Ben Yochai.
However, I also know that I have said negative things and judged
others and that is why I am judged. Moreover, I am not perfect
and I have made mistakes. Therefore, the real truth is that as
humans we can only keep trying to be of a higher consciousness.
We can only try to be compassionate and understand our humanness.
It is only understanding that gives us our ability to be
Compassionate about errors our fellows make.
Compassionate about failings.
Compassionate about delays.
Compassionate about choices of integrity
Compassionate about struggle and pain
When I hear publicity about famous people or
places, I absorb the information similarly to an airplane's "black
box". I keep the information and research it. I do not
judge it correct or incorrect. I merely absorb it. I then
allow time and life to see if it can move to truth or falsehood.
Therefore, if a tabloid says 'X" I merely let that sit until I
have more information. Much more info. For it is never "X"
and it is never "Y". Truth usually lies somewhere in the middle.
I am not an ascended Master, nor am I lost a
spirit. I am somewhere in the middle. Still trying.
Trying hard to ascend.
Blessings and Light
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