Godbitar med Katie

Få har Byron Katies förmåga att uttrycka sig. "Katie-ismer" - korta, kärnfulla meningar - är ett begrepp inom The Work. Längst ner på Stanna eller gå finns en samling sådana, och även på startsidan hittar du en större samling, med en ny katie-ism varje gång du uppdaterar sidan. Och kanske såg du redan min "inbyggda" katieism-film? Det är en wmv-fil, vilket kanske ställer till det för en del besökare. Här är filmen som YouTube-variant, på engelska. Efter det följer längre stycken och citat med Katie, inom olika ämnen.

To think that we need sadness or outrage to motivate us to do what's right is insane. As if the clearer and happier you get, the less kind you become. As if when someone finds freedom, she just sits around all day with drool running down her chin. My experience is the opposite. Love is action. It's clear, it's kind, it's effortless, and it's irresistible.

A Thousand Names for Joy

Woman of the Earth Bodies don’t think, care, or have any problem with themselves. They never beat themselves up or shame themselves. They simply try to keep themselves balanced and healthy. They’re entirely efficient, intelligent, kind, and resourceful. Where there’s no thought, there’s no problem. It’s the story we believe—prior to doing inquiry—that leaves us confused. I tell the story of my body, and because I haven’t inquired, I believe that my body is the problem and that if only this or that changed, I’d be happy. But my suffering can’t be my body’s fault.

Work on the mind and the body will follow. The body is only a reflection of what you are believing; it can't be otherwise.

Meditation Meditation, answering the four questions that make up The Work as we sit, eyes closed, still, mind open like a child to the old wisdom, the uninvited hidden unknown known, invite it to surface. Watch, it will show you the answers through the wisdom that lies beyond what you are believing, and your emotional dysfunction will lessen each time, as will your fear, and eventually you are enlightened to the cause of all suffering and each thing seen is seen through the eyes of God, brilliant.

Question: What is the cause of our disregard for each other and our world?

Katie: We believe a thought, we assume that the thought is true, and then we act on it. Anger, depression, addictions, sadness, words that hurt others and ourselves, actions that are selfish or unkind, are the effects that we must suffer as believers. Mind is the cause of it all.

For example, look at the thoughts that you yourself believe or have believed, thoughts such as "He doesn't care," "She is wrong," "I have to be careful," "I need to know what's going to happen," "People shouldn't lie," "Life is dangerous," "She shouldn't have left me," "I'm not good enough." When you believe these thoughts, you suffer; when you question them deeply, you begin to wake up to what is, and what is is always beautiful. Actually it's heaven on earth.

The Work shows us how to come to a knowledge so bright, so close, so loving, so simple and kind inside us that everything makes sense. To use the four questions is to undo the judgments that have caused suffering and violent in humanity since the beginning of time. When you understand how the mind works, the truths within you can never again can be drowned out, covered up, or overridden. I invite you not to believe me, but to do The Work and test it for yourself.

Question: What can each one of us do that will help make the world a more caring and compassionate place?

Compassion Katie: Each day do The Work with your stressful thoughts. When you are waiting for answers, look for negative reactions to arise in the third question and feel fully what arises before moving to the fourth question. In tandem with the Work meditation, each day do three things that are kind. Do these anonymously, and if anyone finds out, start over. This will enlighten you to what you don't want to see that you really want to see. This exercise will bring to you the greatest gift of all when combined with The Work, it will give you your self back, and that is the most caring and compassionate gift that you can give. You are the one you're waiting for. You are the love of your life and the first, last, and only one who can know you.

The only world to find peace in is the world you live in - and the world you live in is in your head, it is in your thoughts - in your thinking. As long as we are believing our thoughts we are going to see the world as a dangerous place....it is the mirror image, the projection of what we didn't heal in ourselves, of our own mean unhealed mindedness. And I can say mean mindedness because that's how it feels to the human being thinking it. If we love everything we think, we begin to love ourselves and when we love ourselves that's what we project on to others.

There are no new stressful thoughts. One mind. No separations. No way to imagine infinite mind not being stuck. We are feeling the thoughts because they are restricted. The mind must be free. It is so intelligent and has no limitations, it's pure intelligence when it's free and is only stuck when it believes what it thinks and the mind does its job. Its job as a seeker is to think the truth. It's its own truth that sets it free. We have a thought; "She doesn't care" and the mind gives all the proof you need to prove it.

We are freeing the mind. There is nothing else to free. It is simple to question the mind. The mind follows what it thinks. And I don't want to go there. Mind is fearful of knowing itself as something other than an object. Who would it be without its story?

From The School of The Work in Germany 2006

No one who thinks "I should love myself" knows what love is. Love is what we are already. So to think that you should love yourself when you don't is pure delusion. Isn't the turnaround truer? "I shouldn't love myself". How do you know that you shouldn't love yourself? You don't - that's it, for now. the truth is no respecter of spiritual concepts. "I should love myself" - ugh, on what planet? Love is not a doing. There is nothing you have to do. And when you question your mind you can see that the only thing that keeps you from being love is a stressful thought.

SnöflingaPeople look alike but not the same. No two fingerprints are the same, no leaf is exactly the same as any other, no snowflake, no pebble. It's all of these together that make up the way of it, the perfect, dear, one way of it. Each apparent separateness is a micro-glimpse of the whole. What an amazing microscopic view! Every word spoken, every syllable broken down, each wave of a hand and crossing of the legs, application of toothpaste, that is the way of it. All necessary, that is the way of it. Someone lives, someone dies, someone laughs, someone grieves. For now, that is the way of it. It appears, and that is the way of it, until it's not.

A Thousand Names for Joy

Everything we say here is a lie. But only everything. And if you think there's something real here that could be carried on as a new religion - new concepts in any way, shape or form, ask yourself four questions...

If your mind is clear, you could walk out the door right now, with no friends, no job, mo money, no anything, and live absolutely happily. You can't not have abundance in paradise.

In the stillness beyond belief, everything is known: where to go, what to do, when. All of it. The way I live is that I don't ever have to know anything again - not ever.

Work and Money

People new to The Work often say to me, “But it would be dis-empowering to stop my argument with reality. If I simply accept reality, I’ll become passive. I may even lose the desire to act.” I answer them with a question: “Can you really know that that’s true?” Which is more empowering? — “I wish I hadn’t lost my job” or “I lost my job; what can I do now?”

Our parents, our children, our spouses and our friends will continue to press every button we have, until we realize what it is that we don't want to know about ourselves, yet. They will point us to our freedom every time!

Our job is to keep coming at you, as hard as we can, with everything that angers, upsets or repulses you, until you understand. We love you that much, whether we're aware of it or not.

People often ask me if I had a religion before 1986, and I say yes – it was "My children should pick up their socks." That was my religion and I was totally devoted to it, even though it never worked. Then one day after The Work was alive in me, I realized that it simply wasn't true.

The reality was that day after day, they left their socks on the floor, after all my years of preaching and nagging and punishing them. I saw that I was the one who should pick up the socks if I wanted them picked up. My children were perfectly happy with their socks on the floor. Who had the problem? It was me. It was my thoughts about the socks on the floor that had made my life difficult, not the socks themselves.

And who had the solution? Again, me. I realized I could be right or I could be free. It took just a few moments for me to pick up the socks, without any thought of my children. And an amazing thing began to happen. I realized that I loved picking up their sock. It was for me, not for them. It stopped being a chore in that moment, and it became a pleasure to pick them up and see the uncluttered floor. Eventually, they noticed my pleasure and began to pick up their socks on their own, without my having to say a thing.

Mind needs the drama to stay identified as a "you" and mind is NOT you.

… the mind tells you, ”He’s doing it on purpose, he’s doing it just to make me angry.” The mind is like that. It becomes a personal thing.

… you know why I care about loving someone? It hurts until I do.

… if you hate me you hate you. If you love me, you love you.

Mind is the projector, and the world is the projected. Work with mind and the world follows. It’s so simple.

Katie mosaic by LovingLiving - For Orly :-)

The world is perfect. As you question your mind, this becomes more and more obvious. Mind changes, and as a result, the world changes. A clear mind heals everything that needs to be healed. It can never be fooled into believing that there is one speck out of order.

But some people take the insight that the world is perfect and make it into a concept, and then they conclude that there’s no need to get involved in politics or social action. That’s separation. If someone came to you and said, “I’m suffering. Please help me,” would you answer, “You’re perfect just the way you are,” and turn away? Our heart naturally responds to people and animals in need.

Realization has no value until it’s lived. I would travel to the ends of the earth for the sake of one person who is suffering. The desperate, the hopeless, are unenlightened cells of my own body. It’s my own body I’m talking about—the body of the world is my body. Would I let myself drown in water that doesn’t exist? Would I let myself die in an imagined torture chamber? My God, I think, there’s someone out there who really believes there’s a problem. I remember when I used to think there was a problem. How can I say no when that person asks for help? That would be saying no to myself. So I say yes and I go, if I can. It’s a privilege. It’s more than that: it’s self-love.

People are perfect just the way they are, however deeply they’re suffering, but they don’t realize that yet. So when I meet someone who’s suffering, I don’t say, “Oh, there’s no problem, everything is perfect.” Though I can see that there’s never a problem, and I’m available to help him see that, telling him what I see would be unkind. That part of my body is suffering, everything is not perfect for him, because he believes it’s not. I, too, have been trapped in the torture chamber of the mind. I hear what he thinks he needs, I hear his sadness or despair, and I’m available. That’s full-blown activism. In the presence of someone who doesn’t see a problem, the problem falls away—which shows you that there isn’t a problem.

People ask me, “How can you listen to all these problems, day after day, year after year? Doesn’t it drain your energy?” Well, it doesn’t. I’ve questioned my stressful thoughts, and I’ve seen that every single one of them is untrue. Every thought that used to look like a poisonous snake is actually a rope. I could stand over that rope for a thousand years, and never be frightened of it again. I see clearly what some people don’t yet see for themselves. Everyone in the world might come upon that rope and run screaming the other way, and I wouldn’t be afraid for them, feel sorry for them, or worry about them at all, because I realize that they’re not in danger, they’re absolutely not in harm’s way. As they cry snake, I see only rope.

If you have a problem with people or with the state of the world, I invite you to put your stressful thoughts on paper and question them, and to do it for the love of truth, not in order to save the world. Turn it around: save your own world. Isn’t that why you want to save the world in the first place? So that you can be happy? Well, skip the middleman, and be happy from here! You’re it. You’re the one. In this turnaround you remain active, but there’s no fear in it, no internal war. So it ceases to be war trying to teach peace. War can’t teach peace. Only peace can.

People tell us to be in the moment. Where else can we be? We all live in the moment, but not all of us realize that yet. I love the invitation to be still. When we're still, it's simple to realize where we are–who we are. Peace is the natural result.

A teacher of fear can’t bring peace on Earth. We have been trying to do it that way for thousands of years. The person who turns inner violence around, the person who finds peace inside and lives it, is the one who teaches what true peace is. We are waiting for just one teacher. You’re the one.

If I believe it, I have to live out of it. I can try and try and try, I can use positive affirmations, but under these affirmations, what I really believe is what drives me to act.

... the mind tells you, "He's doing it on purpose, he's doing it just to make me angry." The mind is like that. It becomes a personal thing.

... you know why I care about loving someone? It hurts until I do. ... if you hate me you hate you. If you love me, you love you.

We all move at our own speed. All that wisdom we put out to other people is for us to hear. Have you noticed how they're not listening? If it's such great wisdom, let me live it.

It was very painful to be with people when I believed about them what I did. But ultimately it was all inside of me, and when I came into inner peace, that is came out of inner division, I was free to be with people again.

I haven't met a criticism that didn't grow me.

Text: Adina Malveklint

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