Prejudice shows up in the world in so many ways.
The most obvious expressions we notice are racial, religious, sexual, age, capability and body image based.
Less obvious are looks, language, beliefs, attitudes, values, ideals, worldviews etc
Prejudice shows up more generally as judgment.
At its most dysfunctional it scales into discrimination and persecution.
At its worst, it can inspire violence, war and even genocide.
The presence of prejudice is part of what makes it so hard to truly be our Self in the world.
We all fear judgment and on some level it keeps us playing small.
It gives the illusion that’s it’s not safe to be YOU.
But let me unpack this, in fact EVEN hack this myth and let’s see what’s really ticking behind prejudice and judgment.
I read a funny quote the other day…
“If you have a brain, you have bias.”
Prejudice is a form of bias and to a certain degree none of us can escape it.
Our brain is geared to delete, distort and generalise information as part of efficient functioning.
This distortion is a particular bias and based on that, we, in turn, have potential to show prejudice.
As a result of having prejudice we tend to unite with those who have similar thought forms.
Given this, it takes some pretty serious conscious awareness to keep on top of your own prejudices.
But don’t judge prejudice – we all have a little in us.
I do believe, however, that there is a major misconception about overtly dysfunctional patterns of prejudice.
The consesus is that it’s a DEEP problem, because it’s been perpetuated through generations.
Personally, I think even though it definitely is ingrained and passed on, that it’s not that deep at all.
I think dysfunctional prejudice is actually a super shallow problem…
It’s an issue of identity, NOT Soul.
I think that at our true depth, beyond our identity, deep down we all KNOW with absolute undeniable certainty that…
We are ALL equal,
We are ALL in this together,
We are ALL worthy (in fact we are ALL beyond measurable worth), and
That we are ALL ONE interconnected thing.
That truth scares the shit out of our Ego.
Ego is totally fearful that it’s not special, not always right and not the most important, singular thing in the universe.
And so it creates the illusion of being more special, being more right and more important.
As well, Ego is not really interested in understanding and seeing the depths of its true nature, because when it does it may cease to exist.
So in order to stay secure in its insecurity, it chooses not to be self-aware.
It chooses separation, forms righteous beliefs and projects outward onto others its own lack of self-acceptance.
This creates intolerance and disharmony.
All in order to feel SAFE – to be its Self!
Individuality is most certainly part of our becoming in life – finding our own unique Soul expression – but not at the expense of losing sight of our similarity, our unity and our connectedness.
If every one of us, every day, decided to spend as much time seeking to acknowledge and see our similarities rather than our differences, the world would be a different place.
Perhaps Unity Consciousness is not such a utopian concept.
Perhaps, when we accept our Unity our true individuality is permitted to be freely expressed because we drop our judgment and permit others to be free also.
Perhaps, in the freedom of Unity our Ego actually gets what it was seeking through separation – Empowered Individuality.
Perhaps that level of Empowered Individuality actual scares the Ego – I don’t know.
Here’s what I believe all the same…
UNITY IS OUR HIGHER TRUTH.
I believe that when communities embrace this, it creates psychological safety to embody our true-self expression and thereby encourages DIVERSITY.
I feel very blessed to be part of a friendship community that operates on this level.
UNITY CREATES DIVERSITY!
In short, prejudice is actually a backward expression of our desire to be accepted, to be free to be ourselves, and safe in our diversity…crazy hey?
No matter what you think.
It’s safe to…
Be ALL that YOU are.
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