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Fanaticism or Freedom?

Fanaticism or Freedom?

One of the greatest tricks of the mind that keeps us in suffering is the need to be right. It’s the cause of so much conflict in the world, because when we are attached to being right, we put our point of view above love, above peace, above compassion. I need to be right. Not only that, but I also need you to realize that I’m right. I need you to agree with me; then I can be happy. Because my idea, is better than your idea. My idea is more evolved, my idea is more just, my idea is more brilliant; your idea is not good!

This kind of thinking can spiral out of control: My idea is better than your idea; in fact, my god is better than your god. Your god’s got problems. I read your book, and your god isn’t the same as my god. My god is much more just, he has better ideas, and he’s the only god. I have a good god; you have a bad god. You’re fanatical about your god, and you’re affecting our freedom! So we’ll have to bomb you. That will fix the freedom! But we’re doing it in the name of god!

You create your own reality. You decide what you’re going to choose for. You can choose for the fear, or you can choose for the love. You can make that choice in every moment, and you can surrender to what is in every moment. Does that mean that “bad” things won’t happen? No. It’s not about that; it’s about how you’re being within every situation. Are you being love within the injustice? Are you being truth within the injustice? Are you taking off your masks and moving through your fears? Are you choosing for the highest point you can be in each moment? That’s the question. How you’re being. So choose for the love. When you choose for the love, everything comes in abundance.

We hope for a world free from conflict, but don’t wait for the world to change. Change yourself, and then you will be contributing in the most profound and effective way to a peaceful planet.

Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness. Learn more at

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Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness.


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7:11AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Do you want to be happy - or do you want to be right?

5:29PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

thank you...

7:20PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thanks :)

2:40PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

So, so, so true!

2:55PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Very true. Thank you!

1:31PM PST on Jan 17, 2011

As Isha says we have to change ourselves and stop judging.

1:13PM PST on Jan 8, 2011

I'm a firm believer in love and peace, but I'm also a realist. There are too many individuals in positions of authority doing their best to manipulate opinions of others. The only way to overcome this predilection to persuade is through education, thereby setting up a confrontational situation. It's a no win situation by simply using peace and love. You have to employ power, AKA verifiable information from a variety of sources. Common sense isn't as common as we would like.
A statement in the Bible says, judge not neither condemn lest you be judged and condemned with the same judgment you give you shall receive. What this tells me is, if you judge others, you give your personal permission to be judged. Never a good situation for anyone.

1:06PM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Beautiful! We choose to allow others to peer pressure or bully us around rather than being true to ourselves. It isn't about being right or wrong but about being authentic. It's hard for those who see things through a rigid lens to understand this. Sadly those are the ones who are most insecure and try to cover for it by enforcing their opinions on others. In the end each of us are free to accept that coercion or be freely and truly ourselves.

2:35PM PDT on Oct 15, 2010

I think one big stumbling block with this is the fear that when you stop arguing about who is right, you may be seen as capitulating and giving in to the other. Sometimes it can be interpreted this way. I have seen this, and the one who "won" feels like there is some kind of bait and switch where the "defeated' one reneged on being "conquered". I think if someone wants to cease and desist from being "right", he or she should make it clear that it is a decision to agree to disagree, not unconditionally surrender.

2:32PM PDT on Sep 26, 2010

I always thought of myself as intelligent, then I went to college. It was there that I realized how little I truly knew by the time I graduated. It wasn't that I didnt' know my courses of study as I did. The problem was I was so focused on that as the beginning and end of the world, that I didn't really realize how much more knowledge and learning there was in the world in subjects I knew nothing about. After this experience, several of us who shared it, began to realize the person who needs to "be the source of all knowledge." It happens and we've all worked with them or even been them. They can be difficult, but it's ok to admit that you don't know the answer, or that you could be wrong. Being wrong is an acceptable human condition. Not knowing the answer is ok. Finding the answer is even better, but most times an answer will have many facets to it, just as the truth is so complex. Once we can accept this, we can actually relieve some of our stress within and learn to live with ourselves and others.

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