The Work is Nothing but a Game of “Warmer/Colder”
Did You Ever Play “Warmer/Colder”?
It’s a game we used to play as kids, and sometimes even as adults. One person doesn’t know where she is being directed. The other person tries to direct her to an object without giving any clues except “warmer” or “colder.”
It’s a way of feeling your way to the object. If she moves closer, the other person says “warmer!” If she moves away from it, the other person says “colder!” And pretty soon she zooms in on it.
The Work Is Nothing Other than This Simple Children’s Game
That’s why children can do The Work. You don’t have to be a psychologist or spiritually wise person to do it. All you have to do is pay attention to “warmer” and “colder.”
But in The Work, instead of “warmer/colder,” it’s “peaceful/stressful.” If you feel more stress you’re getting colder. If you feel more peace, you’re getting warmer.
It’s that simple.
There’s no need to understand why it’s stressful or why it’s peaceful. Analysis is not needed in The Work. Just simple observation and reporting. “Does the thought bring you peace or stress?” That’s all I really need to know.
Moving out of Stress is as Simple
Again, there’s no need to understand the stressful thought at all. It’s enough to see that it hurts when I believe it. And it doesn’t hurt when I don’t believe it.
All I need to move towards peace is to start moving in the opposite direction. The opposite of colder is warmer. And the opposite of stress is peace.
So by considering the opposite of my stressful thought, and finding examples of how that opposite is true, I am literally starting to move from colder to warmer, from stress to peace.
I Love Byron Katie’s Example of the Hand in the Fire
When you’re unaware that your hand is in the fire, you rail against the pain, blame God, etc. But when you see that your hand is in the fire, it takes no time to remove it.
That’s what The Work of Byron Katie does. It brings awareness. When I’m aware that my thinking is causing me pain, I tend to move away from it. And as soon as I do, I feel the coolness of peace again.
After that, it becomes almost impossible to put myself back into that pain. Why would I do that to myself? I only put myself in pain when I’m not fully aware of what I’m doing.
The Work is a great way to feel your way to peace. It is a great way to wake yourself up.
Have a great weekend,
“If you put your hand into a fire, does anyone have to tell you to move it? Do you have to decide? No: When your hand starts to burn, it moves. You don’t have to direct it; the hand moves itself. In the same way, once you understand, through inquiry, that an untrue thought causes suffering, you move away from it. Before the thought, you weren’t suffering; with the thought, you’re suffering; when you recognize that the thought isn’t true, again there is no suffering. That is how The Work functions. “How do I react when I think that thought?” Hand in the fire. “Who would I be without it?” Out of the flames. We look at the thought, we feel our hand in the fire, and we naturally move back to the original position; we don’t have to be told. And the next time the thought arises, the mind automatically moves from the fire. The Work invites us into the awareness of internal cause and effect. When we recognize this, all our suffering begins to unravel on its own.” Byron Katie, Loving What Is