It’s funny how our minds work. We go waltzing down the path with them, all the way into the enchanted forest, believing everything we think. And this turns out to be the cause of so much suffering.
Byron Katie’s 9-Day School found me in the enchanted forest and led me out of it, and back into my life, with one little tweaker: I’m actually IN my life this time. I’m in my life in a way I don’t think I’ve ever been. And this has all happened completely without drama, flair, or visibility of any kind. The sweet simple fact is, I’m here. And before, I was here, but my head was in a thousand other places, trying to accomplish impossible things—like changing your mind, or managing your life, or knowing what was best for you or anyone else…the list is quite long. Don’t get me wrong. I still think I know what’s best for other people. But at least now, I catch myself thinking that, and I can smile and question the thought. And this one small act—the questioning—can bring a big sigh of relief, and peace.
I have to admit to a hilarious expectation I had, going in. I thought I would learn something there that would somehow flip a switch and change my world perceptibly. There would be this golden light emanating from my skin. People would be healed of incurable diseases just by walking by me. Hearts would open. Violence would cease. Bill Reilly would recant. Wall Street wolves would man soup kitchens. Putin would cry about his childhood, and smile through his tears at his newfound grace.
So the mind is a fascinating circus for the ego to play in. But while nothing’s changed in my life, I can honestly say that everything is different. The same things that bothered me before, they might (or might not) bother me now—but those feelings, when investigated with The Work, lead me to a deeper truth. And that deeper truth brings a sense of peace and presence that I always suspected was possible, but never knew how to find. Now I know. Four questions and a turnaround. Read about it here.