Valeria asks Byron Katie, “What do you mean when you say ‘We’re not thinking; we’re being thought’?”
“It’s just something I throw out there to help you understand that you don’t have control—to see for yourself how much control you have over the thoughts that appear in your mind,” Katie says. “In my world, I have none. Zero.”
“That works for me,” Katie says, “because I understand that the universe is friendly. I understand our true nature. So I don’t need to have control. It’s okay not to.”
“So where is our free will?” Valeria asks.
“It’s an illusion,” Katie says.
“Wow,” Valeria says. “Then the only thing we can do is identify the thinking, question it, and then decide.”
“Yes,” Katie says, “and then see what you’re left with,” Katie says with a big smile.
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