Inquiry: Dread means something terrible will happen

 

Dread means something terrible will happen.

  1. True?
    Yes. Feels that way. (Even if my mind tries to convince me otherwise.)
  2. Sure?
    No. Only a feeling.
  3. What happens when I believe that thought?
    • When I experience dread, I think something terrible will happen.
    • Where does my mind go? It goes to images and scenarios that flesh out the dread=something terrible will happen connection. Or it just stays with the dread=something terrible will happen experience, believing it. Taking it as solid and true.
    • I tend to question whatever I am doing, whatever seemed to trigger the feeling of dread. I get paralyzed to some extent. Feel weak.
  4. Who am I without it?
    • I experience the dread – as sensation, and then a label. It is only a sensation in my body, and then the overlay of the label “dread” – or something else. I see the label as just a label, just an innocent question, a mental field creation.
    • I am with the experience, allowing it as it is, as if it would never go away. I experience the fullness of it, and how that fullness is nurturing for me now that the experience is allowed.
    • There is a sense of clarity. Receptivity.
    • I do whatever the situation seems to call for, free from the reactions to the story of “something terrible will happen”.
  5. Turnarounds.
    • Dread does not mean something terrible will happen.
      • Right. A sense of dread is just an experience. It is not connected to anything happening in the future. It comes from habitual patterns, triggered by something here now. Or, really, I have no idea why it happens now.
      • I can think of many times where there was a sense of dread, and nothing terrible happened. (Terrible, as defined in a conventional way.)
    • Thoughts means something terrible will happen.
      • Well, when I believe in thoughts the imagination easily comes up with scenarios that seem terrible.
      • In this case, beliefs about the experience created a sense of something terrible happening. (Experience=dread, dread=something terrible will happen, something terrible can happen.)
    • Dread means something wonderful will happen.
      • Yes, that feels the most true. Dread means something wonderful will happen.
      • Dread invites me to be with/allow experience that I often resist/push away/escape from. It invites me to notice what happens when I resist the experience, and what happens when I allow it in.
      • Dread invites me to notice what happens when my thoughts add the label “dread”, and then a story about this dread. (Dread is not OK. Dread means something terrible will happen.) It invites me to inquire into it, as I do here.
      • Dread is part of the human experience. It is part of living an ordinary human life, and the beauty and richness of living an ordinary human life.
      • Dread sometimes has practical and useful information for me about a situation, and I can notice that information. For instance, that I may want to see if a particular situation is harmful to myself or others, and then explore alternative ways of acting. It is sometimes a very helpful messenger.

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