No False Gods

August 17, 2009 by  
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Today I came across a very interesting interpretation of a bible saying: “Thou shall have no false gods before me.  No graven images.  Only God and the Light”.  

In this particular interpretation the false gods the writer was referring to are the false images we create and worship of ourselves.  “I’m ugly.  No one will ever want to be with me.”  “I’m not smart enough that’s why all my friends have gotten ahead of me in life”.  These of course are very simplistic examples of creating false gods and then worshiping them. 

Why is that we don’t create images of ourselves that can actually benefit us?  “I’m attractive to some people plus I have many other good qualities that make me a very worth while person.” Or “I’m smart and capable.  I need to develop more confidence in myself and in time I can be as successful as some of my friends”.

I’m not a subscriber to taping positive quotes to my mirrors and refrigerators or repeating positive thoughts five times a day every two hours but I do believe that we, more than anybody else, sabotage our own efforts by spelling doom and gloom with the “false gods’ images we have created of ourselves for ourselves.

So, I’ve decide today to make an extra effort to change my image of myself to myself.  I will try to think of me with the kindness I reserve to others and will try my best to get out of my own way.  I will try to worship more positive images of myself and I’m quite sure I’ll see changes in my life while impacting others by offering a more fulfilled Deborah for them to interact with.

  • Winsor Pilates


One Response to “No False Gods”
  1. markus7a says:

    I think that the thoughts that shape self-image derive from our overall experience of well-being. If you have a certain degree of well-being, of peace and emotional calm, a sense that things are properly aligned and functioning in your little corner of the universe, the corresponding thoughts will reflect this state. And unfortunately, vice versa. To some extent, thoughts also have an impact on the emotional backdrop that comprises self-image. They are all part of one body-mind system.
    But I think that to significantly reconfigure the inner emotional landscape is a methodical and oftentimes laborious process. Like tending a garden, inculcating good habits, while keeping a watchful eye on trouble spots before they can erupt and lay waste to good things. It is like building up mental muscles to do the heavy lifting required for personal growth.
    Having said that, I am all for positive thought and imagery. Especially insofar as they displace counterproductive mental currents. For good things to even have a chance to grow the right mix of ingredients and conditions must first be in place.