The Real Antidote to Shame

Woman leaning on heart tree

I was recently told of an African tribe that does the most beautiful thing.

When someone does something hurtful and wrong, they take the person to the center of town, and the entire tribe comes and surrounds him. For two days they’ll tell the man every good thing he has ever done.

The tribe believes that every human being comes into the world as GOOD, each of us desiring safety, love, peace, happiness. But sometimes in the pursuit of those things people make mistakes. The community sees misdeeds as a cry for help.

They band together for the sake of their fellow man to hold him up, to reconnect him with his true nature, to remind him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth from which he’d temporarily been disconnected: “I AM GOOD.”

Doing this would certainly create a different world.  Maybe we can all try this on for a practice?  Spread the word and give it a try.

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2 Responses to “The Real Antidote to Shame”

  1. Sue Kearney August 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm // Reply

    Wow, I love that story. Imagine a world where this was the norm.

    You inspire me.



  2. Deirdre Fay August 26, 2013 at 10:50 am // Reply

    Thanks for stopping by, Sue. Knowing you are in the world helps me make step into the world, willing to make mistakes, knowing I’ll be caught in a web of understanding.

    Sending love and blessings,


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