Observing our self-talk


 

Are your thoughts really true? 

Whether you observe your subconscious self-talk clearly or not, there’s a simple and powerful method to work with your conscious thoughts about yourself and other people. 

The method is developed by Byron Katie and called “The Work”.

“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.”
– Byron Katie

Do the work

a) Pick a thought, a statement that you have about yourself or someone else.

b) Ask yourself the 4 following questions:

  1. Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to 3.)
  2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no.)
  3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
  4. Who would you be without the thought?

c) Based on the insights of this inquiry, find “turnarounds”;  different ways to put your original statement, different viewpoints and ways to look at a situation. Turning your original thought around may change your interpretation of reality in important ways.

Check out the entire process HERE.