Early on in ‘Loving What Is’, Byron Katie states:
“Every story is a variation on a single theme: This shouldn’t be happening. I shouldn’t have to experience this. God is unjust. Life isn’t fair.”
This card depicts my current version of that story.
Katie goes on to offer four questions of inquiry, which can reorient us to our thoughts, and ultimately, nudge us toward freedom, and they are:
1) Is it true (the belief)?
2) Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
3) How do you react when you think that thought?
4) Who would you be without the thought?
Turn it around.
The details of the story literally do not matter to get the gist of this SoulCollage card. It’s all here — the posture of resignation, the failure to be properly equipped, the paralysis of defeat.
What this card ALSO reveals is the freedom that lies just outside of the story — the encircling unity of the brass compass (untouched by the drama within), the delicate silk butterflies oriented upward, the suggestion of galaxies just over that defeated shoulder… which to my view, makes it ultimately a card about hope.
In January, one of my stated goals for the year was to use tools already in my arsenal. Well, I’ve just shared two of them — SoulCollage and Byron Katie’s “Work”. We all need tools like these. And they need to fit who we are. A visual person who likes to make collages, who studied the Tarot beginning in high school, whose read and resonated with Jung, and who has a 40-year, fairly consistent habit of keeping a journal, is well suited to these two tools.
What methods do YOU use to investigate and release negative patterns?