So, the more I listen to Abraham’s teaching, the more I am understanding we are here FOR the contrast. We aren’t here to lead perfect contrast free lives. I know, for me, I have spent most of my life fighting the contrast and then spending tons of time, after the contrast, regurgitating what had happened. In my meditation today, I had a cool (and funny to me) vision of how it should be for a happy life.
So, I am aiming to ride contrast like this instead.
And then react this way once the contrast has passed.
Me heading toward all the good stuff the contrast put into my vortex.
I was fortunate to find an email from Byron Katie in my spam mailbox this morning. Her take on how to feel better with what is currently going on with our country is very refreshing. If you are angry about what our government is doing right now, you might find this hard to swallow. Ultimately, I believe that what she is saying will help ME find more peace no matter what is going on. Maybe it will help you too.
I Am Angry and Disgusted with a Large Segment of Our Population for Supporting the Current Administration
A man at the 6 September LIVE—At Home with Byron Katie event reads his stressful thought to Byron Katie and the audience. “I am angry and disgusted with those who support the current administration.” This thought usually occurs to him when he’s reading an article or some comments on Facebook. Katie brings him back to the moment when he is reading. “How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought, and you’re reading an Op-Ed?”
“Very tight in the throat and chest,” says the man.
“I want you to know where you feel it,” Katie says, “so that the physical reaction can remind you to look to what’s going on in your mind. What images of the future do you see when you’re believing this thought?”
“Environmental devastation, people with no access to education or doctors, people being silenced for having alternative beliefs, and basic 1984 fear,” says the man.
“The 1984 image is of the past in your mind,” Katie says. “I want you to know why people often say, ‘Be here now.’ You’re reading, and you see what is not happening now; it’s a case of imagination witnessed in your mind’s eye. And you see future fearful images. You become upset yourself as you witness false past and future as a movie in your head. Who would you be without those thoughts, images of past/future?”
“I’d be Forest Gump,” says the man. “I’d be happy. I’d be a much more sane and calm person.”
“So is it really those of us who are supporting the current administration who upset you, or are you just sitting in an internal movie upsetting yourself?”
“I’m absolutely just sitting there upsetting myself,” says the man, laughing.
“And then others take the blame.”
“I guess I’m kind of trying to rule the world.”
“I’d drop the ‘kind of,'” Katie says. (Audience laughter.) “Now, how would you turn your thought around?”
“I’m disgusted with myself for assuming all of these things about people I don’t know anything about.”
“The way you have identified yourself, you’re up here, and we’re way down here,” says Katie. “We seem to be who you believe us to be.
“Another turnaround,” the man says. “Thank you for supporting something I don’t believe in so that I can learn a different way of looking at it.”
“A clear mind is a beautiful mind,” says Katie. “Can you find another turnaround?”
“I’m not disgusted with anybody, because that’s insane,” says the man.
“I love your open mind,” Katie says. “That tight feeling in your chest will always let you know when your mind is closed.”
When the man gets to statements two to six on his Worksheet, he is astonished that he now feels embarrassed to read them.
“What we are thinking and believing is the cause of all suffering. No administration has the power to cause you stress or ultimately take your freedom from you.” —Byron Katie
Oh, yes, those big red buttons we all have. You know the ones. The ones people seem to instinctively know exactly what to say or do to push them.
They should just stop doing that right? Really, can you really know that is true? Maybe not. Maybe it is a chance for you to go inside yourself and address the thinking that makes those buttons readily available. Change the way you think and the buttons will disappear
Instead of hating on those button pushers, maybe you should be loving on them. They are catalysts for you changing thought patterns that hold you prisoner. They are helping set you free.
I know, without a doubt, that I have been blocking all sorts of breakthroughs in my life. I have been letting doubt and fear drive the train for quite a while now. Those “what ifs” are paralyzing. Fear and allowing most definitely do NOT go hand in hand. My vortex has SOOO much just waiting for me to get out of my way and allow it in.
“Even though I’m resisting a breakthrough, I choose to love and accept myself anyway.”
“Even though I’m resisting a breakthrough, part of me says ‘No, I’m not! Things just aren’t lining up’ … ‘Other people are blocking me,’ I’m open to the possibility of taking
responsibility for this.”
“I’m resisting a breakthrough. Because I know what it’s like on this side. It’s familiar. It’s comfortable.”
“It may not be ideal, but it’s known, and I really like what’s known.”
“Of course, part of me also knows I might really like what’s on the other side, so I choose to allow the breakthrough.”
Thanks Brad! 🙏✌
I choose to let my vortex flow all that great stuff to me!