Sometimes I have thoughts that are judgmental, racist, petty or unfair.
If I believe that my thoughts reveal my moral character, I would then believe that I was a judgmental, racist, petty or unfair person.
I might then think that something is wrong with me, that I am a terrible person. I might feel deep shame. I might try to cover up those thoughts, from others and myself.
If I did try to better myself, to think more acceptable and honorable thoughts from a place of self judgment or shame, it would be like building on a shaky, unstable foundation.
If I tried to hide those unwanted thoughts from myself and others, I would always be on guard, fearful of being found out, disconnected from myself and others.
But if I believe
-that everything I have ever seen, heard or read is imprinted in my brain, in my memory
-that I carry with me a record of my thoughts and experiences, as well as what I have picked up from my family and school and neighborhood and country and world’s thoughts and experiences
And I understand I have the ability to
-become aware of those thoughts
-decide what I think of those thoughts
-choose which ones I want to embrace, identify with and act from
And I discover that
-it is possible to be myself and let others be themselves
-it is possible to be with our humanness without fear, without hiding
-I understand the value of awareness, education, acceptance and love
-I understand the power of intentional thought and action
-I choose who I want to be and how I want to live
And I feel hope and love and faith in humanity.