Byron Katie and The Folly of Arguing with Reality

“When you argue with reality, you lose, but only 100% of the time.” -Byron Katie

This has long been a favorite BK quote of mine. What it points to, a bit humorously, is the cold-blooded, unflinchingly consistent, non-negotiable fact that REALITY trumps “your thoughts ABOUT reality” every single time.

In a moment of insight, she saw the inherent beauty in how consistent and impersonal this “law of the universe” is: “Oh, I see… when I believe my thoughts, I suffer. When I don’t, I don’t suffer.”

It’s not about trying to change your thoughts or get rid of them. Rather, it is simply no longer believing/taking seriously/buying whatever story or scenario the thought is trying to “sell” you on.

-Michael Jeffreys

2 Responses

  1. Thank you , I appreciate these words so much. I have finally become so tired of believing my thoughts and reality are one in the same. now perhaps I can stop suffering by simply not buying the story I have been telling myself.

  2. Wow! That’s relieving and makes beautiful sence.

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