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Byron Katie does The Work via Skype with a woman from Virginia who struggles with her belief that “God should help me pay the rent.”
“Notice what happens when you believe this thought,” Katie says.
“I get very angry,” says the woman, “and I wonder what I did wrong. Am I being punished?”
Katie says, “If I believed that thought, I would become a beggar. I’d become guilty. I can see how I would put it all on God, telling God what to do, what’s best, and dictating where God’s money should go. I’d be out of my business and into God’s bank account. So, right here, right now, who are you without the thought?”
“That’s a scary one,” says the woman.
“It is, but only if you put a future onto it,” Katie says. “So just right here, right now: who would you be if you weren’t that dictator?”
After meditating on the question, the woman says, “I would be somebody who likes God. I’d be at peace. I would not be afraid to look at more opportunities and find more ways to pay the rent.”
“Notice that you’re sitting with a roof over your head,” Katie says. “You don’t look too hot or too cold. Right here right now. This is where the gift is. We forget about the grace of what’s given now if we’re busy projecting onto the future. So now imagine yourself at a homeless shelter. Other than what you are thinking and believing, are you okay? The worst that can happen is what you’re thinking and believing, with or without your rent paid.”
“Yes!” the woman says. “Other than what I’m thinking and believing, I’m okay.”
“I’d love that you understand this beyond all apparent conditions in your mind,” Katie says. “It takes sitting in the silence and listening. Notice how the false images of a future will come like a tidal wave to wipe away your peace. You understand where that peace is. You understand how to find it.”
Being homeless is when I’m not present with myself.—Byron Katie
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