Inquiry: Something is terribly wrong

 

An emotion came up, I asked it how it views the world, and this is the story:

Something is terribly wrong.

  1. True?
    Yes. It feels true. I can find where it feels true. I can find stories supporting it. I can find others who agree. (My conscious view is that it is just an emotion and a story, but other parts of me does take it as true.)
  2. Sure?
    No. It feels true, but cannot know for sure.
  3. What happens when I believe that thought?
    • I feel that something is terribly wrong.
    • I find stories telling me it is true. The stories go anywhere there is a chance of supporting the initial belief. (My life is off track. I made a mistake. I should have done it differently. I lost something beautiful.)
    • I feel contracted. Fear. Locked in.
    • I look for ways out, for what can be changed.
  4. Who would I be without it?
    • Noticing an emotion. Curiosity. Sense of space, open in all directions. Interest.
  5. Turnarounds.
    • Something is not terribly wrong.
      • Yes, I can find many things that are not terribly wrong, even in a conventional sense.
      • I have a full belly. A warm bed. A house to stay in. Friends. Many opportunities for the future.
    • Something is wonderfully right.
      • Yes, again, I can find many examples.
      • The emotion was a reminder for me to inquire into its companion belief, which seems wonderfully right.
      • There is fresh air, rain, a living planet doing its thing. A universe doing its thing. Life happening. It all seems wonderfully right.
    • My thinking is terribly wrong.
      • Yes, when I believe that story it is terribly wrong, and it makes the world seem terribly wrong.
      • Whenever a story is taken as true, it is terribly wrong, and makes the world seem terribly wrong when it doesn’t conform to that story. (Which it will. The world is living its own life, after all, independent of whatever stories I have about it.)
    • My thinking is wonderfully right.
      • Yes, whenever it is recognized as a story only. A question. A temporary guideline for orienting and functioning in the world, at best.

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