The Mental Spectrum uses the refraction of light passing through a prism as an analogy of consciousness. Just as an external light makes it possible to see the things around us, the light of intelligence enables our perception of the inner essence of things. When we know, we say that we see; and when we do not know, it is as if we are stumbling and fumbling in darkness. One is said to be enlightened, or to have experienced illumination, when they are able to recognize the true nature of things. In this way, the nature of light provides an analogy for awareness and intelligence.
A prism reveals that there is more to light than the narrow bandwidth we normally see. As starlight passes through it, the structure of a prism refracts the light into various wavelengths, allowing us to see light as an array of colors. Likewise, the mental construct of ones consciousness displays, more or less, the intelligence that passes through it. Our state of mind reveals, or conceals, the full depth and width of the thoughts that pass through it. Our consciousness functions like a prism for our intelligence.
The full spectrum of color exists in what we see as colorless, white, light. The particular colors we see are determined by the surrounding colors, which we may not see. Nonetheless, those other colors of the spectrum are there also, as evidenced by that which we do see. Similarly, a thought has many component qualities that we may not be fully aware of. That which we are conscious of is founded upon an understanding of concepts that we are not conscious of. And, that which we perceive has implications that we don’t foresee. The truth of reality is a totality, a full spectrum, that we are but dimly aware of.
While the word has many connotations, in this analogy love is defined as the recognition of perfection. Love is not what you perceive, or the experience you have of it. Love is the consciousness that enables you to have such an awareness. Love is the prism: a consciousness through which the light of Life illumines our being. Just as a prism reveals all of the wave lengths of light in their unique color frequency, the consciousness of Love reveals the unique qualities inherent in Life. Love is a state of mind. Love is not an emotion, a feeling or something you give or get from another. The loving realize that we are one with one another.
Judgment is predicated on the belief in duality as the nature of reality. It is the perception of two, where there is only one. Judgment perceives right and wrong, guilt and innocence, true and false, salvation and damnation, good and bad, life and death, etc. Judgment is dualistic thinking. In this analogy, judgment is not a verdict, but the consciousness that frames the judgmental things we think and say.
In relation to one another, judgment is negative and love is positive.
Judgment lacks the awareness Love provides. All of the qualities associated with judgment are likewise a lack of some aspect of a loving consciousness. Judgment is a repression of Love. Just as darkness is a lack of light, judgment is a lack of awareness. The Reality is never lacking, but it can be repressed in our awareness, expression and experience of It. Love is the consciousness that illumines our life. Judgment lacks that illumination.


The consciousness of love begins with the realization that an infinite life must be One Life. Love then continues to enlighten our perception and enliven our experience, culminating in our appreciation of the abundant nature of our life. However, when love is forsaken in favor of a judgmental point of view, the loveliness of life is diminished to the point of being imperceptible.

  • Whereas love is the perception of oneness, judgment leaves us with a sense of separation.
  • While a sense of oneness with Life instills confidence, a sense of separation imparts only feelings of inadequacy.
  • When lacking confidence, our need for security becomes dependency on others and things.

The list goes on, but nothing is gained because judgment is a process of diminishing returns. Judgment always results in less and fewer, never in more or greater. Judgment does not create; it negates. Judgment does not create our problems; it merely negates our opportunities. Judging, and being judged, negates ones potential. In reality, there are no problems. What we may judge to be a problem is really an opportunity to fulfill our potential. At least, that is one way to look at it. A sincere commitment to being loving is required in order to not be judgmental. Such a loving attitude is not the emotional state of affection we usually think of as love. Love is a realistic and reasonable approach to living. After all, reality is positive even when our experience of it is negative. The reality of an infinite universe is oneness, even if we think we are separate and alone. The reality is positive, even when we are not. We need only turn our attention to the light within in order to turn from the darkness of our own shadow.





Separation: a lack of Oneness.
The initial consequence of Judgment is the loss of an appreciation of Oneness, leaving in its absence as sense of Separation. We cannot really be cut-off from Life, or separate from others but it certainly can appear to be so when we judge or are judged.
Inadequacy: a lack of Confidence.
Feeling cut-off and separate from our source of good, whether that be God/Life or another person, we are left with the impression that something is now missing or has been taken from us. We feel inadequate; and rather than try to go without or go it alone, we endeavor to fill the void and get what we need to be adequate. The inadequate person has lost Confidence, for he no longer sees the Oneness of Life.
Dependency: a lack of Security.
If we seek wholeness by trying to fill an imagined void, by getting what we need to not feel inadequate, we will find many things that promise results. This attempt to fill an inner longing by seeking outside oneself is dependency. The person who lacks confidence can never know personal security and will always gather things for support and protection.
Control: a lack of Freedom.
When we get the things we need, whether that be objects, conditions, people or substances, we then feel the need to control them in order to not lose them. We need to control them in order to not be controlled by them. We think that we need to exercise controls or soon find our life spinning out of control!
It is ironic that the reason we control is to attempt to be free. But control is always a two-way street: whatever you attempt to control is given the opportunity to be a controlling influence in your life. If you try to control people by physical force and power, they will control you by weakness and emotional vulnerability. If you try to control money, money will be the basis for your life’s decisions. If you try to control substances that appear to make you feel adequate, they have an opportunity to addict and determine your behavior. Control is the lack of Freedom, not a road to freedom. If you still doubt that, consider this: You think you’ll be free when you gain control over your puppy or your spouse or child. Until then they control you. If this is true, then you should be twice as free when you gain control over two puppies, two partners or two children. Imagine being in control of one addictive substance. Is controlling the use of that substance the experience of freedom? If you control two addictions, are you twice as free? The belief that more control leads to greater freedom is a contradiction of terms.

  • Freedom is not ultimate control.
  • Control is not the exercise of Freedom.
  • Control is a lack of Freedom.

Fear: a lack of Faith.
One day you awaken to realize that because of all of the controlling effort and influences in your life – your life is now spinning out of control. This is Fear: the wish to be in control and the realization that you have no control, that control doesn’t work. There is something that works, and the awareness of that is Faith. Fear is the lack of Faith. Fear is not knowing that there is something that works in your life.
Anger: a lack of Acceptance.
Fear can lead to paralysis as we curl up in a fetal position to protect ourselves from life’s hard knocks. That paralysis is one classic form of protection, and another is anger. When you beat on your chest like an angry gorilla, you paralyze those who have frightened you. Perhaps you frighten them away. Your anger appears to be exerting control once again over those that had slipped out of your control.
 Anger always arises out of fear of the loss of control. Anger is a rejection of the situation. Anger is the unwillingness to accept that which you fear. Anger is the unwillingness to accept that control doesn’t work. Anger is the lack of acceptance of your life as it is; and anger is a lack of acceptance of your life as it could be. 
Unfortunately, anger replaces the fear, appearing to put you back in control of the things you are dependent on to feel adequate in your isolated state of mind. You have created a closed loop: control – fear – anger – control… By not accepting the facts or the possibilities there is nothing you can do about it.
Destruction: a lack of Harmony.
Anger is never constructive – always destructive. Anger always results in something being broken: bones, dishes, promises, agreements, relationships. Destruction is a consequence of anger, and like anger, it can be externalized or internalized. Either way, it is not good for your health or harmony. Harmony is a constructive, orderly arrangement of the diverse issues of our life. Destruction occurs when harmony is lacking.
Delusion: a lack of Knowledge.
Once one has destroyed some aspect of their life, they usually try to find a way to judge their self-destructive actions as righteous self-sacrifice. This is called delusion. When we try to find the good in destruction, we are deluding ourselves. When we come to believe that our destructive actions are necessary, justified, or inevitable, then we have deluded ourselves. The self-deluded lack the fundamental knowledge of the constructive and harmonious nature of Life. Their angry destruction of life is predicated on the dualistic view of good and evil. They believe they must support the good by destroying the evil. This delusion is based on the illusion of duality.
Loss: a lack of Abundance.
Once we have deluded ourselves to the point of believing that destruction is inevitable, then we will continue to act destructively. This leads to the loss of even the little we still hold onto. The experience of lack is the consequence of losing a loving perspective. Remember:

  1. Love is the recognition of perfection.
  2. Perfection is a whole and complete state to which nothing can be added nor subtracted.
  3. There is no loss in this perfect state.

A loving perspective perceives the abundance of the Infinite One: within you, around you, through you, as you.

The consciousness of Love reveals the oneness of Life.
The infinite Life is one Life.  That Life is perfect: whole and complete.  That Life is my life, your life, the one Life of God.  To recognize this oneness is to experience love.
Oneness with God is the basis of confidence.
A confidence is knowledge you keep to yourself. A confidence is an inner secret; and confidence is based on this secret inner awareness of oneness with God. With God, all things are possible.
Security: confidence in the integrity of our soul.
While we cannot secure our world of facts, figures and conditions that are constantly in motion, personal security is founded upon the integrity of our soul. Integrity is a sound, unimpaired or perfect condition. It is a state of being whole and complete. This is the natural state of our being. To feel secure we must know that we have a relationship with the changeless Reality in which all change occurs, and have confidence that this relationship never changes.
We are free because our life is the life of God.
God is free because It is infinite: It has no external constraints, all limits exists within It, and It sets those limits. We too are free in that our limits are those that we have set within us.

And God said, Let there be … and there was … and He saw that it was good.

It sets the limits of reality; and we too limit our experience of reality. We too speak about the nature of things, pronouncing things good, or not so good; and then we see it, just as we said it.
When we are secure in our relationship with Life we make choices “freely”: without constraint from without. The ability to choose, and the inescapable blessings or consequences of that choice, distinguishes Freedom from liberty and license. 
Freedom is expressed in autonomy, self-determination, and self-reliance. Freedom is the ability to set our own limits; and being free is the realization that those limitations are self-imposed.

Faith is more than an acronym, but Feeling Always In The Harmony serves as a working definition of faith. Faith is simply the conviction that Life works. Life works for us by working through us as, at the level of our thought. It is done unto us (because it is done through us) as we believe. Choices freely made, when accepted with faith, align us with Life.
Acceptance is the attitude of gratitude.
Faith, a belief in a favorable outcome, allows one to accept the unexpected with equanimity and grace. Acceptance is fundamental to having the good that is available. One cannot accept the good while rejecting Life, or the living, or oneself. “Agree with thine adversary quickly …” is always good advice for harmonious and accepting relationships.
Harmony is the loving embrace of discord.
As we accept uniqueness and embrace opposites as facets of One Reality the over-arching harmony can be appreciated. Harmonious relationships are a testament to acceptance, accord and an appreciation of oneness. To know that the universe unfolds with order and congruence is to know harmony in your life.
Knowledge is the experience of working in harmony with Life.
Knowledge is derived from our acquaintance with Truth and our application of principles. We “know” only as much as we can prove by demonstration. All else is speculation, belief or doubt. Knowledge of our self, self-awareness, is creative by its very nature. That which we know about our self is manifest in our experience; not because we wish or will it to be so, but because it is so!
Abundance is the nature of an infinite Universe.
Knowledge is the mental equivalent of an abundant life. The abundant Life is within us and around us, but only as much as we can recognize and embody of It will be ours to use and enjoy. Abundance is the reality of the Infinite Life and, therefore, the potential for each of us.

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. [Pr. 3:13-14]
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. [Pr. 4:7]


THE MENTAL SPECTRUM: New Thoughts on Love and Judgment

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