0 to +300 in 10 seconds flat. How to shift your thoughts and your level of joy by not believing your own mind.
In February, 1986, a paranoid, depressed woman with an eating disorder lay on the floor of a halfway house wanting to die.
“Nothing felt good, nothing made me happy, nothing brought me peace. In the end I was obese and starving… I was in so much pain and the pills weren’t working. I was insane, a dead woman still breathing.”
Byron Kathleen Reid (better known as Byron Katie) was so full of self-loathing she didn’t feel worthy of lying on a bed, but then something amazing happened. One morning, Katie opened her eyes and watched a cockroach walk over her foot. Katie looked at the foot, the curve of leg, the cockroach, the light in the room, and was filled with awe and wonder and joy. Everything she saw was suddenly a miracle.
In the years since her awaking, and with no psychological, theological, spiritual or therapeutic training, Katie has helped thousands of people around the world transform their lives by letting go of painful thoughts.
Her method? Four questions and a turn-around to totally shift one’s perspective.
- Is it true?
- Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
- How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
- Who would you be without the thought?
Then turn the idea around. Reverse the meaning, like twisting a root in order to pull it out.
But still it takes doing “The Work”. How come we can’t all have what Katie had, an instant awakening without any work? How did she do it? And how can we do the same?
Katie says, “I simply stopped believing my thoughts.”
If you are like me, you are probably thinking, “Surely that can’t possibly be all?” And by believing that thought, we have already lost the spark of her advice.
It’s foot flat on the accelerator or nothing at all.
David R. Hawkins, M.D., author of Letting Go, figured out something that could actually help us follow in Katie’s tracks. He said, as soon as we use ‘my’ or ‘mine’ we run into trouble.
Your thoughts don’t actually belong to you. They belong to the universal mind, associated to whatever feeling state you are currently visiting. Use them as a compass to locate where you are rather than to torture yourself.
If we give up ownership, we can travel much more lightly. Enlightenment means lighten up. Leave your thought baggage at whatever level it belongs to and, says Katie, all that’s left is gratitude and laughter.
Jena is a certified Master Life Purpose Hand Analyst and IIHA faculty teacher who teaches internationally. Jena says your unique purpose is visible in your fingerprints.
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