Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Is It True?

What’s bothering you?

No, I don’t mean that little rock in your shoe or the fact that you dropped a little bit of egg on your shirt this morning. I’m talking about deep down stuff; how you feel about you and others and the world kind of stuff.

Most of us are dealing with some of this stuff in one way or the other. God bless you if you don’t believe you have any of this gunk to deal with.

Byron Katie is a speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as "The Work of Byron Katie" or simply as "The Work."

Katie’s method of getting at the tough stuff of life consists of using four questions to find out what’s going on and what you can do about it:
- Is it true?
- Can you absolutely know it’s true?
- How do you react when you believe this thought?
- Who would you be without the thought?

Take one of the difficult issues in your life and run through the questions. Now, do it again with the same issue. And one more time. Using the process a few times starts getting at the deepest issues of what drags you down in life.

What you may realize (and be ready to be surprised) is that a deep worry—a weight you’ve carried for a long time—may be based on an assumption, miscommunication, error in judgment, or mere accident.

The first question is the key: Is it true?

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