We are not our thoughts. We are the blank canvas on which our thoughts appear. We have a thought, and a picture develops. That picture will have more or less detail according to how much attention we pay to it.
When we get into difficulty, it is because we are mistaking that picture for reality. It is not reality, but a momentary representation of Thought.
For example, you might live in a mansion. Were you to buy a picture of a hovel, you wouldn’t begin to believe that hovel was your true home.
Yet that is what we do with our thoughts every day. We forget we are the canvas, and think we are the picture.
If we believe it enough, we might try to change the picture, adding more and more layers to try and make the picture the way we want it. All this does is distort the image further.
When we believe what anyone else says about us, it’s like buying their portrait of us and hanging it on a prominent wall where we can see it every day. But a portrait can never be you – it’s just a perspective.
We don’t have to work a portrait or appreciate it. We don’t have to do anything with it, because a fresh, blank canvas is always available to us and our limitless potential for creation.