The Mental Spectrum graphically displays some of the fundamental concepts of New Thought:

  • Preach love, not judgment.
  • Teach oneness, not duality.
  • Affirm the positive and deny the negative.

The animated graphics and text assist the student in understanding the shift from judgmental thinking to a consciousness of Love.

STUCK?
One of the most useful aspects of this analogy is the correlation between judgmental and loving concepts, as well as the sequential nature of these thoughts, and the step by step procedure for making the shift from judgment to love. It is not enough to show that judgment encompasses a lot of negative attitudes. We all know that; and we know that a loving consciousness includes many positive qualities. What we need to learn is how to shift our attention when we are stuck in the muck of negativity. Consider for a moment the person who is angry, but wishes to be loving once again. The Spectrum indicates that anger is a lack of acceptance. This angry person could simply accept whatever or whomever has them in such an angry state. This would be a step in the right direction, but because it is such a big step it is unlikely that anyone will attempt it.

WWJD?
In the teachings of Jesus we find this advice: “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.” [Mt. 5:25] If we can’t find some point of agreement, something acceptable in this adversarial relationship, the judgmental process will imprison us. It doesn’t matter who is right and who is wrong. If we judge another we will be judged, for judgment is always self-judgment. The best advice is this: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged. And with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to ye again.” [Mt. 7:1-2]

STEP BACK
However, there is an alternative for those who are unwilling or unable to shift their attention from judgment to a loving perspective: look backward. Get a little insight from hindsight. What preceded the anger? Anger is one way of responding to Fear. An angry person may not be willing or able to just accept it, but they are usually able to identify what they are afraid of. Once they are considering their fears, which may or may not be well-founded, it might be possible to look at the state of mind that precedes fear: Control. By the time one is admitting to the control issues that complicate their life they may be willing to do something about them. They may be willing and able to choose Freedom. Even though they were unable to make the shift from Anger to Acceptance, they could be ready to shift their perspective from Control to Freedom, which would inevitably and eventually lead to Faith and Acceptance. If one is stuck, and cannot turn their attention directly to the positive attitude they lack, it is advisable to take two steps back and go at it again from a different point. If necessary, take three or four steps back to that point in consciousness where one is willing and able to think positively and make life affirming choices. The farther back we go in this mental spectrum, the easier it becomes to judge not: to be loving.