Spir­i­tual speed test

0 to +300 in 10 sec­onds flat. How to shift your level of joy and vi­bra­tion by not be­liev­ing your own mind.

Living Now - - Living & Learning - By Jena Grif­fiths

In Fe­bru­ary, 1986, a para­noid, de­pressed woman with an eat­ing dis­or­der lay on the floor of a half­way house want­ing to die. 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 turn­around to to­tally shift one’s per­spec­tive. 1. Is it true? 2. Can you ab­so­lutely know that it’s true? 3. How do you re­act, what hap­pens, when you be­lieve that thought? 4. 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. n

Jena is a cer­ti­fied Mas­ter Life Pur­pose Hand An­a­lyst and IIHA fac­ulty teacher who teaches in­ter­na­tion­ally. She will be teach­ing in Brisbane again in March, 2016.

Imag­ine your­self as a star, filled with the de­sire to em­bark on a great new ad­ven­ture, making the tra­jec­tory into a small, hu­man body. You’ve come with ev­ery­thing that you need; it’s all within you. You’ve come from an all-know­ing, all-lov­ing place of per­fec­tion… and then you dive into the deep end. The tri­als and tribu­la­tions of be­ing a hu­man be­gin. You are bom­barded with lim­it­ing be­liefs from par­ents, fam­i­lies, so­ci­ety. You get wounded, hurt, dis­il­lu­sioned. Hu­man emo­tions are dense and heavy, and we can drown in them. You be­gin to feel pow­er­less to ex­ter­nal cir­cum­stances and blame ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one around you. The freewill you possess can find you making un­de­sir­able choices. You forget you are a star. This was driven home to me in a con­ver­sa­tion I had re­cently at a Mind Body Spirit Fes­ti­val. A passerby and I were hav­ing a pro­found and in-depth con­ver­sa­tion about hu­man con­scious­ness and its sur­vival be­yond death. Af­ter this seem­ingly amaz­ing con­ver­sa­tion he said, “Oh it sounds in­cred­i­ble! But I am really af­ter guidance and wis­dom. I’m go­ing to have a read­ing”. Gob-smacked! It’s akin to hav­ing the pri­vate phone num­ber to the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice, but choos­ing to call the re­cep­tion­ist in­stead.

Why do we look to oth­ers to guide and heal us? With­out a doubt ther­a­pists and other pro­fes­sion­als can fa­cil­i­tate heal­ing. We get stuck in our pat­terns. We have blind spots and get lost. Get­ting help to nav­i­gate through life’s hur­dles can be in­valu­able but, ul­ti­mately, ther­a­pists and heal­ers are as­sist­ing you to con­nect with your high­est self – you are do­ing the heal­ing.

The more you wake up and start to re­mem­ber you are a star, the eas­ier it be­comes to guide and heal your­self.

You see, your soul is there, whis­per­ing in your ear all the time. It has never for­got­ten your plan, your pur­pose.

By con­nect­ing with your soul and liv­ing a soul-cen­tred life you can move with the flow of life, understand the lan­guage of your soul, the signs and syn­chronic­i­ties, the in­tri­cate and beau­ti­ful de­sign of ab­so­lutely ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence you en­counter. It’s all per­fect.

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