Whenever I find myself in spiritual drought, I know I will find myself in judgment. Judgment drains me, whether it is towards myself or towards another or a situation. Underneath it all is the fear that saps my creativity and spontaneity. I often feel compelled to judge. It’s my ego vying for power. It’s the fuel it runs on, and it’s nothingness.
I’m often reminded of the biblical story in John, chapter 8 verses 1-11. Jesus had just returned in the early morning from retreat on the mount of Olives to teach in the temple. By this time in Jesus’ ministry, he had enemies who were the religious establishment. They continually tried to trick Jesus into behavior that would anger his followers, and provide evidence for his arrest. This time they brought a woman who was caught in adultery. Because Jesus was teaching love and not judgment, they thought they could show that Jesus’ teachings were heresy. They challenged him by saying that the Law maintained she should be stoned to death for her actions.
This is where it always gets interesting for me…he bent down and wrote something on the ground, acting as if he did not hear anything they were saying. They were not paying attention to what Jesus was writing. Still pushing him for an answer, Jesus stood up and said to them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Then he stooped down again and continued to write on the ground. One by one, the accusers left. Alone with the woman, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?” She said, “No man, Lord.” Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn thee; go, and sin no more.”
There are so many layers to this story! If we can see how this story metaphorically teaches us that the truth stands between the dualistic aspects of the world in which we live, we can see that it ultimately shows us that we are One. Jesus, the Truth, stands between the accusers and the accused, our egoic perceptions, and shows us there is nothing to condemn.
Many biblical scholars believe Jesus wrote down the names of each accuser with the account of their own sins next to them, sentencing them all to death. The accusers became One with the accused.
None of us have a leg to stand on in judgment. We’ve all sinned. We’ve all forgotten who we are as Divine beings, and believed in our fears, causing harm to ourselves, others, and our beautiful planet.
The key to this story is forgiveness. Forgiveness ends the spiritual drought of judgment. Forgiveness vanishes the obstacles to our Good. Forgiveness is only for our human journeys. On a Spirit level, we are always innocent, which is where Jesus was pointing in this situation. Even though it seems he was pointing out everyone’s guilt, his ultimate lesson was Love.
We have all felt the stones in our hands, ready to justify our anger through self-righteousness, and we have all felt the sting of a stone hitting our hearts. Our true nature is waiting for us to open and receive the miracle of change, of truly feeling and knowing the Oneness of Love that we all are. Sin, then, never exists…it is no more, because we walk in Truth.
Are you opening to Divine Love and forgiveness? The wealth of Life that will come from this opening will fill the dry, cracked edges of judgment. We’re already there; let us live and know it!
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