Gospel of Thomas with Doug and Noa: Logion 26

Logion 26:  Jesus said, “You see the speck in your sibling’s eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye. When you expel the beam from your own eye then you will be able to see to expel the speck from the eye of your sibling.”

Beam and speck
Beam and Speck

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Noa:  stop being so judgy!  It’s sometimes hard to see our own faults but its easy to see the faults in others.   When we do the work of seeking out and fixing our own personal issues we will be more able to see more deeply into others and help heal them.  Was things more about logion 14 and what is meant by heal in that logion? Maybe this logion is diving deeper into what that looks like? And a deeper dive of L3.

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Doug:  Exactly!  Canonical Gospel, the book of Mathew 7:5 says the same thing.  Judging others ultimately leads to us judging ourselves. I’ve never met someone who spent a lot of time and energy judging others and had good self-esteem; knew how to have self-compassion.  The real work is to see just how clogged my own thinking and seeing is!  

Psychology has been helpful in the past in teaching the collective this same spiritual truth.  Most of the time, when I have a desire to judge or attack someone else for faults that I see, those same things are somehow inside me and I don’t know it.  I’ve learned to stop, to pause my thinking and judgments, (when I can catch myself) and then ask myself, “What is going on deep down inside right now that I’m not seeing?” I’ll ask the Creator or my guides, including my Higher Self, to help me see more clearly.  What was lodged there was a beam, or a huge branch.  

However, as Jesus points out, there is a time for helping others expel the speck, or a little twig, from their eyes.  As Richard Rohr says, first you have to seek good nondual thinking through an encounter with the divine.  Unitive consciousness is always compassionate, gentle, and very humble. Then, from nondual consciousness, we can proceed to seeing dualistically in freer ways. There is a time to set boundaries. There is a time to provide correction, even when not sought out.  There is a time to say no to wrongs done by others. 

However, how someone goes about correcting others will be a telltale sign how they are operating on the inside.  Belittling, shaming, name-calling, screaming (whether in person or THROUGH TEXT), and attacking the other’s personhood or character would not be signs of a high-level consciousness.  

Mostly, I think that it is way better to connect than be correct.  That’s hard stuff but when we connect well, moving towards correcting ourselves and others will more naturally follow the line of compassion and solidarity.

 

 

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