Early on in my life my mother often asked questions that seemed to create a natural gap, a split second in which the mind chatter stopped. She was a student of Ramana Maharshi's methods of Self-Inquiry, what he called "the natural way to enlightenment".
The questions I heard were simple: Who thinks that, Anke? Who is feeling that? Who believes that concept? At the time, they were annoying, especially in my teenage years, but they planted a seed. That seed grew and feel in love with the process of Inquiry.
There are many styles of Inquiry. One of my favorite is Sri Nissargadatta Maharaj's question: Without your thoughts, your emotions and feelings, your opinions, your sense perception, your beliefs, your judgments, do you exist, not exist, or neither?
One can sit with this question and totally empty out.
One of our current most amazing teachers of investigating your thinking, Byron Katie, will be in Louisviile, Kentucky, in April. She offers four questions that turn suffering into understanding and compassion.
Consider these thoughts: I need more money; I’m too fat; My partner doesn’t appreciate me. The world’s not safe. Thoughts like these may run through our minds hundreds of times a day, fostering fear, anger, stress, and depression.
How different would your life be if these thoughts never bothered you again?
The Work of Byron Katie is a powerful way to deal with our painful thoughts.
It can be learned in less than an hour and can change your life forever. Katie gives us the tool to open our minds and set ourselves free – and Katie is coming to Louisville.
Time magazine named Katie a “spiritual innovator for the new millennium.” Who would you be without your story? Come and find out.
An Evening with Katie Wed., April 22 / 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. * $25 (Wednesday is free with purchase of Thursday)
Doing The Work with Katie Thurs., April 23 / 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. * $75 (Lunch Available Onsite)
At Unity of Louisville Church
757 S Brook Street, Louisville, Kentucky
For More Information & to Register: http://www.unityoflouisville.org/katie
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