Street gangs in our cities concern us. Gangs form around poverty and powerlessness as a form of support, especially among young people. Negative support and hate seems better than no support at all. The idea of roving gangs creating havoc and violence and gaining power from their numbers is something we abhor. To increase their sense of size and power, oversized jeans, big thick belts, metal piercing flared nostrils, facial tattoos, T-shirts and jackets sized larger than the person exaggerate and give an impression of working very, very hard on dominating and creating respect from fear. And the death toll from young people on the streets just keep rising.
We just don’t like the idea of roving gangs on our streets.
We don’t like them at all.
Add to that loud, in-your-face rap music, vulgarity and pornographic lyrics and we fear what in the world can come next.
The gangs on our streets are a perfect symbol of negativity. And we hate them.
What a perfect image they are for what goes on in our own heads. The lyrics and power-driven pagan drum beats are a perfect image for our own self-talk and our negativity. When our negative thoughts gang up and when they put on “clothes” larger than they are, when their rhythmic beat is a drum in our heads, we wreak a greater violence on our own sense of self than roving gangs of kids could ever do. If anyone else beat up on us like we do, we would want them shot.
Street gangs mirror, on the outside, the “gangs of negativity” on the inside of our own heads.
When negative thoughts gang up on us, what they tattoo on the brain is a greater violence than anything roving our streets. Our culture has created on the streets, the negative gangs that rove in our brains.
There are gangs of negative thoughts that “rove” the streets of our brains, sometimes with great, great freedom. Sometimes, we haven’t done a thing to stop them.
There is another gang in town, another gang on the streets of our brains and it is the louder and louder sweet pulsing beat of:
Gratitude, love, peace, joy and hope.
The pulse of these emotions grows in size when they increasingly take over the streets of our brains and return freedom to one’s self-image.
There is a war in the streets of our cities and there is a war in our brains. Let’s heal the streets of our cities by healing the negative gangs of thought roving in our own minds.
Can you imagine a world where everyone belonged to an UpSpiraLife Group and worked together on increasing their UpSpiral Score? I really cannot imagine it on my own. My consciousness just can’t wrap itself around that. But I can, with all of you holding it in your consciousness as well. When we capture our thoughts and turn them to gratitude, love, peace, joy and hope, there will be no gangs in our heads or on our streets.