What is the Color of the Iris of Your Eye?
I Can’t See my Eye at All
The only way I can see the color of my eye is to use a mirror. I literally have to look outwardly in order to see inwardly. My mirror can be of glass and silver, or it can be a friend relating the color of my eyes to me. But I must use something outside of myself in order to see myself that closely.
And the Same Is True when Doing The Work
The Work of Byron Katie is a form of self-inquiry. At first you would think that looking inwardly would be the most direct route to self-awareness. There are other valid forms of meditation that do just that.
But The Work of Byron Katie is different. It uses a mirror.
Other people and things are the mirrors. By noticing my judgments about other people, and reflecting on those judgments, I can often see hidden parts of myself.
The four questions, the turnarounds, and the examples for the turnarounds are a powerful tool for self-inquiry. By starting with what I do see—the outside world, I quickly come to see what I don’t see—myself.
And that can change everything.
Once I See What I’m Doing, I Have Options
I start to notice what’s working for me and what is not working for me about what I’m doing. That’s all. My behavior naturally shifts once I see.
That’s Why The Work Uses the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet
It seems indirect at first to focus on judging others. But it is a very direct way to see those parts of me that are just too close to me to see without a mirror.
Have a great weekend,
“When you do The Work, you see who you are by seeing who you think other people are. Eventually you come to see that everything outside you is a reflection of your own thinking. You are the storyteller, the projector of all stories, and the world is the projected image of your thoughts.” Byron Katie, Loving What Is
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