“There are no facts, only interpretations.”
In order to really understand ourselves, others and the world around us, we need to be able to change, adapt and be flexible in our perspectives
Byron Katie while living in a house for women with eating disorders, says that she experienced a life changing realisation: “I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment.”
Her method for changing perspectives involves exploring recurring thoughts that are troubling to you. When you have a recurring thought that is bothering you, try asking yourself these questions about the thought:
Is the thought true?
Can you absolutely know that it is true?
How do you react when you believe that thought?
Who would you be without the thought?
After answering these questions, Katie’s next steps is were various opposites of the original thought are explored.
In order to change perspectives, we must first acknowledge the possibility of other perspectives, understanding that there is more than one way to look at something.
“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up.”