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Right now, your programmed mind is judging what I am saying as right or wrong, true or false, or your mind is totally distracted and squirming to change your focus to something else. Perhaps your mind is beginning to wander onto any topic other than this one. I will give you a fair warning. I am about to poke the sleeping bear. Fear of judgment from themselves and from others is a huge block for most people. It will keep some playing small, afraid to shine brightly in this world. For others, their fear of judgment will be their driving motivation to prove to others they can do it, they are worthy, or that they can overcome all obstacles. I have done a lot of work around releasing judgment and consciously shifting my mindset around how I look upon the world. When I am with a client, I have no judgment. I have no judging thoughts because I am in alignment with my heart. I am deeply observing the energy, emotions, images, visions, and sensations while tuning into my client. Judgment does not exist. I hold sacred space as I am shown their root blocks. "In every moment we are either observing or judging" I am an intuitive healer. As you read those words, chances are you are passing judgment in your mind. Passing judgment is a habit of our programmed mind that I am about to challenge. I can see dis-ease in another person’s body. I can feel others’ emotions and physical pain in my body as if they were my own. I can sense the layers beneath and behind everything they are saying and feeling. Some would call me a modern-day witch. Back in the day, I would have been burned at the stake for my gift, because others couldn’t understand it; but more accurately, they were terrified because they judged it as unsafe, wrong, evil, or unnatural. I can sense others’ judgments of me and of the world when I tune in and I can see what is behind the judging thoughts. On some level, we believe judging others keeps us feeling safe and protected, but the truth is judging others keeps us imprisoned by fear. This often paralyzes us. I lived in fear most of my life. I was terrified to be myself and to let others see or know my real self. I had a power inside that kept me running and hiding. I ran from my gift, denied it, hid it for most of my life, first because I judged it myself. Because I didn’t understand it, I thought I was being punished. I believed I was cursed. And second, because I was terrified about what others would think, say, or do if they found out. How many times have you let your fear of judgment stop you? I bet you can’t even begin to count. How many times has the fear of judgment motivated you? “I’ll show them.”

AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /23 The good news is we can’t feel judged if we don’t fear judgment. Judgment is at the root of all our fears. Without judgment, we would not be afraid of anything. We would simply be present, observing the world in front of us. We are born naturally observant before our minds are programmed to judge. We judge everything. Our mind is also programmed to fear judgment. So how do we stop judgment? We begin within our own minds. Most people focus energy on their fear of judgment instead of on their own thoughts of judgment. If everyone in the world focused on stopping their own thoughts of judgment, the world would no longer be judgmental. If we each changed our own mind’s programming instead of worrying about what others are judging, we would make the most progress in the shortest amount of time. Let me break it down a bit. Judgment without a preconceived story or opinion is simply an observation. To observe the world without judgment, we need to look at everything as if we know nothing. The problem is that we think we know what we don’t know. Our mind thinks it knows, but we only know what we were taught to know. The mind gathers knowledge, and that knowledge can be true or false. How do we know if the knowledge we hold is true? We can’t really. It is all based on our opinions and beliefs. Where did our opinions and beliefs come from? We were taught how to perceive and what to believe through our programming. Our mind thinks it knows, but our heart knows. Our heart has no judgment because our heart has no thoughts, beliefs, or stories about anything. It allows us to be deeply present without history. When we filter everything, we see through the lens of our heart, we can observe, be fully present, and be mindful. With quiet stillness in our minds, our hearts can observe the world without judgment.

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