Thursday, March 22, 2007

Tragic Heroine

Do you see your life as an empty chair

or colourful door experience?

Today I was called a tragic heroine. My story has become my shield of sorrow and determined thought that I have lived life battling and struggling to come out safely at the other end, like a child coming out of a womb. Nothing whimsical about that.

As it goes with life and its mysterious ways I have simultaneously received a message (how kind) to check Byron Katie's website This is what it says under

  • If you could save the whole world from the chair that you sit in, would you? Well, you can. Judge your neighbor, write it down, ask four questions, turn it around.
  • You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer.
  • Reality is always kinder than the story we tell about it.
  • I’m very clear that everyone in the world loves me. I just don’t expect them to realize it yet.
  • For me, reality is God, because it rules.
  • An unquestioned mind is the world of suffering.
  • Personalities don’t love—they want something.
  • Sanity doesn't suffer, ever.
  • You are what exists before all stories. You are what remains when the story is understood.
  • I’m a lover of what is, not because I’m a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality.
  • Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.
  • “I don’t know” is my favorite position.
  • What is is. You don’t get a vote. Haven’t you noticed?
  • Until you look forward to criticism, your Work’s not done.
  • If I had a prayer, it would be this: “God spare me from the desire for love, approval, and appreciation. Amen.”
  • Thoughts aren’t personal. They just appear, like raindrops. Would you argue with a raindrop?
  • You either believe what you think or you question it. There’s no other choice.
  • There are no new stressful thoughts. They’re all recycled.
  • Stress is an alarm clock that lets you know you’ve attached to something not true for you.
  • We do only three things in life: we sit, we stand, we lie horizontal. The rest is just a story.
  • The teacher you need is the person you’re living with.
  • If I think you’re my problem, I’m insane.
  • The world is my perception of it. I see and hear only through the filter of my story.
  • There’s only one thought to question: the one appearing now.
  • When I argue with reality, I lose—but only 100% of the time.
  • Everyone and everything is doing its job perfectly—no mistake.
  • Ultimately, I am all I can know.
  • Until we know that death is equal to life, we live in fear.
  • When I am perfectly clear, what is is what I want.
  • Arguing with reality is like trying to teach a cat to bark—hopeless.
  • How do I know that I don’t need what I want? I don’t have it.
  • We fear only what we haven’t understood.
  • There are no physical problems—only mental ones.
  • We never make a decision. When the time is right, the decision makes itself.
  • The miracle of love comes to us in the presence of the uninterpreted moment.
  • The last story: God is everything, God is good.
  • No one can hurt me—that’s my job.
  • When they attack you and you notice that you love them with all your heart, your Work is done.
  • Forgiveness is realizing that what you thought happened, didn't.
  • Seeking love keeps you from the awareness that you already have it—that you are it.
  • Have you asked you?
  • Everything happens for me, not to me.
  • We say to others only what we need to hear.
  • I don’t let go of concepts—I question them. Then they let go of me.
  • Nothing you believe is true. To know this is freedom.
  • If you want to see the love of your life, look in the mirror.
  • Reality is always the story of a past, and what I love about the past is—it’s over.
  • We suffer only until we realize that we can’t know anything.
  • You see only what you believe. Nothing else is possible.
  • I could find only three kinds of business in the world—mine, yours, and God’s. Whose business are you in?
  • No one has ever been angry at another human being—we’re only angry at our story of them.
  • Gratitude is what we are without a story.
  • My life, as it is, makes up the perfect world. Failure was just one more of my opinions, and I am, once again, left as my own living joke.
  • Failure is a state of mind. Therefore, “it’s possible to fail”—is it true? Not possible!
  • My failure is my success, and my success is my success. How wonderful to be God’s will.
  • Why are you upset? You’re believing what you think. Want to get sane? Question what you believe.
  • To get forgiveness within yourself, give it; there is no other way. To see that what you thought happened didn't—that is forgiveness. Look back at your “mistakes,” question what you were believing.
  • If you want to have a happy ending, go back to the beginning.
  • 'Thoughts appear; beliefs create.'

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