How to Step Out of the Dream and Into Your Life

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Tori from France says, “I’m upset because I’m too young to have children” and “I want to accept what’s going on.”

She recalls a moment when she was younger, sitting alone in her studio. This is the situation she will meditate on as she questions her thoughts.

“So, “You want to accept what is going on”—is it true?” asks Katie. “Or do you want to argue with reality? Other than what you’re thinking and believing, there’s nothing to accept. There’s just the grace of reality. You have everything you need. And how do you react when you believe the thought ‘I want to accept what is going on,’ and you really don’t accept it?”

“I feel incapable,” says Tori.

“Yes, because you see images of past and future, so you’re sitting there, lost in the dream,” Katie says. “You’re believing everything you think about those images. The story you place on those images in your head costs you your life. Who would you be without the thought? You would be what is going on. Chair, ceiling, walls…reality. Now can you find an opposite of this thought?”

“I don’t want to accept what is going on,” Tori says. “Do I have a choice to accept or not accept?”

“Not as long as you’re believing your thoughts,” Katie says. “You can trust reality. It’s not going to shift or move for you. Once you know the nature of the universe, that it’s kind, giving, and one hundred percent for you, in service to you–once you understand that, there’s no fear of just noticing what’s going on. The mind is like a child that hasn’t found its way home yet. It doesn’t know how to be or rest in itself. It doesn’t know how to question itself, so there’s chaos. And the feelings that come with that can be terrifying. I invite you to complete a Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet, question your thoughts, and wake yourself from the dream.”

The story you place on the images in your head costs you your life. — Byron Katie

 

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1 comment

  1. Hello Dear,

    I am just getting started on my discovery of who I am at 74 years old with Katie Byron’s method, The Work and I am loving it. I have gone to psychiatrist, twelve step meetings, you name it I have gone because I am very interested on how my mind works and to live in peace. All of my sick thinking has kept me feeling depressed, less than others, judge mental of myself and others, fearful of the future etc. I have been knowing for sometime that my thoughts are what make me sick but I could never dismiss them or change my way of thinking.
    Thank you so much for helping so many people.

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