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The Enchanted Loom reviews Byron Katie's book, A Mind at Home With Itself


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Despite her commercial success, Byron Katie has developed a protocol for contemplative investigation that many people have found to be uncommonly useful. Asking and answering four simple questions turns out to reveal many of the ways cognitive processes work against clear and compassionate human functioning.

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The Enchanted Loom reviews Byron Katie's book, A Mind at Home With Itself

  1. 1. The Enchanted Loom Teasing sturdy threads from neuroscience masterworks
  2. 2. Teasing 10 threads from Byron Katie’s book, A Mind at Home with Itself…
  3. 3. Thread 1: The mind is like an unruly child. Thoughts come one after the other to pester us and demand our attention, like unloved children. Our job is to know the difference between an internal argu- ment and a state where we’re open to listen and receive. (pg. 14)
  4. 4. Thread 2: Once we deeply question a thought, it loses its power to make us suffer, and eventually it ceases to even arise. “I don’t let go of my thoughts. I meet them with understanding and they let go of me.” (pg. xx)
  5. 5. Thread 3: The four questions that comprise The Work are: 1. Is it true? 2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true 3. How do you react; what happens when you believe that thought? 4. Who would you be without that thought? (pg. xix)
  6. 6. Thread 4: I sometimes say that a boundary is an act of selfishness. You don’t need any boundaries when you’re clear about your yeses and noes. (pg. 8)
  7. 7. Thread 5: The mind can never be con- trolled; it can only be ques- tioned, loved and met with understanding. (pg. 21)
  8. 8. Thread 6: I’m just someone who knows the difference between what hurts and what doesn’t. Separation hurts. You’ve been asleep because you’ve been believing stories that were so compelling that they created even the storyteller. (pg. 24)
  9. 9. Thread 7: The story of the future is the only way you can be afraid. As you’re projecting what will happen, you miss what’s actually happening. (pg. 58)
  10. 10. Thread 8: You are who you believe you are. Other people are, for you, who you believe they are. If you realize that the mind is one, that everyone and everything is your own projection (including you), you would understand that it’s only yourself that you’re ever dealing with. (pg. 76)
  11. 11. Thread 9: When inquiry is alive inside you, every thought you think ends with a question mark, not a period. And that is the end of suffering. (pg. 93)
  12. 12. Thread 10: Everything happens for you, not to you. (pgs. 151)
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