I've just released a new and very
powerful episode of the Latter-day Faith podcast. I hope you'll
check it out!
We live so much of our lives
unconsciously, in many ways reacting, seeing, and judging based on
understandings that were primarily "given to" us during our
formative years. Among the toughest of these biases regards race.
In fact, this week's guest, Dr.
suggests that if we can talk about this one, we can talk about
anything! And so that's what we do in this episode.
After a fairly Mormon specific,
what's-occurring-today chat, LaShawn and I dig into the subject of
bias, using race as a primary example, but at every turn also
generalizing from it to all the types of bias that we unconsciously
hold, while also offering strategies for becoming aware of them and
moving through healing processes. In short, as is the case with
most Latter-day Faith episodes, we always tie bias with inner work
and how to remove it as a block or cover that keeps our full,
deepest, true soul manifesting itself and the love and compassion
that is the its natural stance.
As part of the discussion, we get
into a great section about situational vs systemic privilege or
oppression. About the importance of understanding the way our
bodies work with regard to scary or foreign situations and people.
About the importance of trying to understand all situations and
others' as well as our own biases, in context. How did they or we
come to hold these biases? We talk about how important it is to
seek to understand how this or that action, reaction, or attitude
"make sense" to that person or to us. Only in this way can we avoid
thinking of them, or parts of ourselves, as evil. We must also
learn how often our interactions with and understandings of others
are based on our "projections" onto them. Do we really know who
they are? Are we really experiencing them, or just
All of this is very hard work,
but it is also joyful work, and at each step LaShawn exudes hope
and optimism alongside her realism. She models the best of ways we
can approach the world and our lives through inner work, as well as
reminding us of the importance of patience in all these processes.
LaShawn is powerful, and this is a powerful and empowering episode.
Listen in! You'll be glad you did!
Powerful," Mormon Matters episode with LaShawn C.
Williams, October 2018
Facebook post on grief among Latter-day Saints referred to by
Dr. Williams in this episode