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.
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.