Consider then how the peoples of the world are circling round their own vain imaginings and worshipping the idols of their own thoughts and fancies, without the least awareness of doing so. They regard these vain imaginings as that Reality which is sanctified above all understanding and exalted beyond every allusion. They consider themselves to be the proponents of the Divine Unity and all others as worshippers of idols, even though idols at least enjoy a mineral existence, whereas the idols of human thoughts and imaginations are sheer illusion and have not even the existence of stones. “Take ye good heed, O people of insight!” (Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, 2014 ed., p. 37)
Our thoughts are not our friends. Where did the thought come from, which led Mírzá Yahyá to betray Bahá’u’lláh? Where did the thought come from, which led Osama Bin Laden to bomb the World Trade Centre? Where did the thought come from, which led Hitler to want to exterminate the Jews? These thoughts all came out of their lower natures. All idle fancies and vain imaginings that people believed in and acted on, to the detriment of the world.
As someone who lives in her head a great deal of the time, this is an important reminder. It’s easy to believe the thoughts in my head without even knowing I’m doing it. This is my drug of choice. I’m addicted to the thoughts, especially to the ones that tell me I’m unloveable, not measuring up, a bad Bahá’í. I’m addicted to the thoughts that feed my negativity and self pity. I know better. I’ve studied thoughts, written about believing the lies and tried to master my thoughts on my own and discovered all too often that I am powerless over them. I need the grace of God to turn it around and I need to remember to rely on it every minute of every day. It’s exhausting!
Knowing I can destroy these false idols by giving them to God, I am grateful!
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