"How healing and liberating it was to discover, that since scripture says I'm to hold 'sticky' intrusive thoughts captive for truth (1Corinthians10:5), I could ascertain two things: 1) It's totally and completely normal to experience these types of automatic, unplanned, involuntary, unintentional thoughts. 2) I/ME/JOHN, my real and true IDENTITY, is NOT these thoughts that 'pop up' without my initiating them, or the feelings they sometimes produce. It's the one who sees them and assesses (holds them captive) them for Truth. Therefore, automatic thoughts are 100% meaningless. As the song from the group 10th Avenue North goes: "this where the healing begins".
John Patrick, Author and Gerontologist