My thoughts are simply my musings regarding the world around me. They are private to me and are relatively harmless.
As we read in A Course in Miracles, “Every thought you have makes up some segment of the world you see.” In fact, the Course goes on to further address this question: “Are thoughts dangerous? To bodies, yes!”
There is no such thing as an idle thought. Every thought we have demonstrates a belief system – either that we’re an ego, these bodies are real, and that we (and others) can suffer. Or, the belief that we are spirit, united with everyone, and that these bodies are simply learning vehicles for returning to the oneness we never left.
When we hold hurtful thoughts in our mind, we are denying our true Self. And we are denying the same in those for whom we hold such negativity.
Observing our thoughts becomes, in the words of Sigmund Freud, the “royal road to the mind” where we can make a different choice and escape all pain.