The New World Has Arrived
Written By: Julia Tyack
Have you ever wanted to change the world so you could be happy? You might have noticed that this doesn’t work. It doesn’t work because it approaches the problem backwards. If you saw the movie, “The God’s must be Crazy”. You might remember the scene in which, a pair of binoculars were put up to the eyes of the little native standing on the mountain top. Focusing these tubes on the valley below he exclaimed, “How did those people get into that tube?” Does our mental imagination create a world limited to our story? Katie Byron likens being stuck within our subjective story to flint on a lens which transfers a defective image to all the objects looked at through the lens. Likewise, if we stay stuck in our story and don’t become present to the outside, then whatever or whoever we look at has a defective image. Once we realize the defect is on the lens and not on the objects, we stop the futile attempt to change the projected image and clean the lens. This is the beginning of the joy in our lives. We start to question our thinking and find our story changes. “The whole world is projected. When you’re shut down and frightened, the world seems hostile; when you love what is, everything in the world becomes the beloved. Inside and outside always match – they’re reflections of each other. The world is the mirror image of our mind.” (1)
The Socratic method of questioning has been employed by masters, thinkers and scientists, in order to gain profound insights into how their mind works. Katie Byron in ‘The Work’ says, “You will discover that trying to let go of a stressful thought never works. Instead, once you have investigated it, the thought lets go of you.” Socratic questioning can act like a razor-sharp sword that cuts through illusions and enables our mind to know the timeless essence of our beings
As stressful thoughts are eliminated, we realize that love is already present. This love is our birthright as human beings. In the stresses of life the unconditional love that surrounds us is sometimes lost from our consciousness, so we need reminding. Young children who have not yet developed a firm sense of past and future can remind us. They live in the present with complete trust that they are being taken care of every moment As our minds recapture a sense of limitless love, we invite all those around us to access
Illumination bestows a feeling that the world is created and exists by love for our enjoyment. This mode of freedom is balanced by values such as honouring the freedom of others. With patience, the growth and development of humanity will progress. Stephen Mitchell, the accomplished author and husband of Byron Katie, writes that opening our minds to a new reality is, “finding a sense of guiltless ease among the imperfections of life.” The priceless pearl is found and captured from the mire of pessimism and bad news. We see advances in human rights and freedom. . The awareness of unconditional love as a reality, works like leaven in society. It encourages creativity, technological breakthroughs and wealth creation.
Feeling good about one’s self is there for the taking in the true appreciation of food, drink, physical activity and relationships. Wit, humour and laughter are common delights because trust in eternal love is as natural as breathing. We appreciate the weeds as well as the flowers, the lions as well as the lambs. We delight in the sun giving warmth and light and the rain nourishing all types of people. When we are ready to receive this love it is there, and the more we live in its presence, the more effortlessly it flows through us. We find that we no longer need external rules or guides, or to cling to the past or future. We feel no need to judge or fear of being judged. Once we forgive ourselves, we can forgive anyone. This leaves us free with no rules to enforce on others; only the gift of our own freedom.
(2) Mental stress is largely illuminated by the easy yoke of a radical change in the way we look at life. Byron Katie suggests we question our stressful thinking by asking ourselves; “What would we be like without that thought?” “Is that really true? (see “The Work”). In the work Katie gives up her religion of rules for herself, her children, her husband and everyone around her. Rules on how socks should be picked up, husbands should behave, and she herself should respond. Katie’s new mode of living in freedom did not fit with these rules she called her religion. Katie says that an experience in love is an experience in the great freedom of acceptance of what is.
This New Narrative will excite the human imagination and bring in a new human order. It will take away all fear of death while delivering contentment to live life to its fullest. It has been well documented that the fear of death holds humanity captive. The new narrative that unconditional love is the human birthright, will deliver people from this fear of death. In this world of suffering, it is a much more enjoyable ride, in the knowledge that eternal love has no beginning and no end
Stephen Mitchell says that the illuminated person is “just like everyone else, except that you no longer believe that things should be different than they are in this moment. Therefore in all circumstances you remain at ease in the world, and efficient without the slightest effort, keeping your lightness of heart whatever happens. Without intending to, you act with kindness toward yourselves and everyone else. (4)”The mind that doesn’t question its judgments makes the world very small and dangerous. It must continue to fill the world with bad things and bad people, and in doing so it creates its own suffering. (5)
Who is Byron Katie. Her husband Stephen Mitchell writes in “A Thousand Names for Joy” Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are.
“Byron Kathleen Reid (everyone calls her Katie) became severely depressed in her early thirties. She was a businesswomen and mother living in a little town in the high desert of southern California. For almost a decade she spiraled down into paranoia, rage, self-loathing, and constant thoughts of suicide; for the last two years she was often unable to leave her bedroom. Then, one morning in February 1986, out of nowhere, she experienced a life-changing realization….’ Katie calls it waking up to reality’. In that instant of no-time, she says, ‘I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone always. .. Katie uses the word ‘inquiry’, she specifically means ‘The Work’. The Work consists of four questions and what she calls a turnaround, which is a way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe. The questions are
1. Is it true?
2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
3. How do you react when you believe that thought?
4. Who would you be without the thought?
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