I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts.
We don’t have to believe everything we think. And we don’t have to act on everything we believe. But it is our thoughts that start the process of conscious behavior for which we are ultimately responsible.
And what stimulates our thinking? Often it is a stimulus from the world of the ego. We may never have been aware before that there is another world and that is the world of the Spirit. Once we are aware of our options to choose what we would have stimulate our thoughts we can choose and today’s lesson reminds us that whether we experience peace and joy or fear and distress is up to the thought system we choose.
In Alcoholic Anonymous, it is suggested in step four that we do a fearless moral inventory which can include our thought system. Does our thought system promote health and wellness or sickness and suffering? We are reminded in step four that our negative thought system has caused great problems in our lives and those we relate to.
In Unitarian Universalism we join together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Where are we to search for truth and meaning? Is it in the world of the ego or the world of the Spirit? It’s up to us where we choose to look.
Today, it is suggested that we remind ourselves several times throughout the day that we have a choice: fear or love. We remind ourselves that we can be hurt by nothing but our thoughts.