Don’t Believe All Your Thoughts
March 3, 2012
— Byron Katie, suffering, thoughts
“I understood that my suffering stems from the fact that I believe my thoughts. And suddenly all the darkness disappeared, and was replaced by an awareness of that.”
Please explain that.
When we believe in our thoughts, when we tell ourselves a story, we suffer. “My husband doesn’t respect me.” “I should be thinner.” Those are stories. When there’s no story, there’s no suffering.
Often depression led me to lie on the floor. And I got nothing out of that. Except for a big mark on my back.
In effect, I experienced one moment of total clarity. Have you ever felt that way? One moment of clarity?
Maybe for an instant.
That’s the difference between my moment of clarity and yours. I also found the way to remain awake and lucid − the solution to the problem. I changed overnight. It was an entirely different person in a familiar body. It was hard even for my children to recognize me. And all I did was question my thoughts. Anyone who sits down and writes his thoughts on paper and questions their source can receive that moment of clarity. He can also prolong it.
I feel sorry for the newspaper that will have to tolerate my thoughts.
For me that experience is totally different. I meet my thoughts with understanding and acceptance. I check whether or not they’re correct.