Taboo and inquiry

 

Taking a story as true creates discomfort, and this discomfort may prevent us from taking a closer and more sincere look at that story. 

One of the ways this shows up is in the form of taboos. We create a taboo around a story, maybe even telling ourselves that I shouldn’t think or talk about it, because it may come true. 

There is of course something to it. When I take a story as true, I interpret through that story and act as if it is true, and that may lead it to come true, at least sometimes and to some extent. But that happens whether I bring attention to that story or not, and may even be more likely to happen if the belief remains unquesitoned. 

So instead, I can meet and welcome that story, with curiosity. What is more true for me than these stories? What happens when I take them as true? What happens if they are not taken as true? What are the grain of truth in their reversals? 

I may find that the stories and the emotions they create are not scary anyway. They are innocent. And the stories may be great gifts. I find what happens when I take them as true, who I am when they are not taken as true, and the guidance from the truth in their reversals, the truths hidden in the shadow of the initial belief.

And the emotions and discomfort created from taking these stories as true just wanted to be seen and welcomed as well, as they are. They are just what naturally happens when these stories are taken as true, and they are pointers to a story taken as true and an invitation to explore these stories with some curiosity and sincerity. 

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Initial outline….

  •  taboo and inquiry
    • don’t want to bring attention to certain stories, b/c afraid will make it happen
      • grain of truth: if take a story as true, will act as if it is true, so can be a self-fulfilling prophecy (but happens whether bring attention to those stories or not, b/c they are still there anyway)
    • but can also take a closer look at those stories, inquire into them, find what is more true for us
    • (taboo, prevents us from taking a closer look at the stories, is another way of resisting the experience of the stress/tension/reactivity those stories generate when taken as true)

taking a story as true, superstition in itself….

And that is not only a sign that stories are taken as true, but it is also an invitation to explore these more thoroughly and sincerely…..

Stories can be self-fulfilling. I take a story as true, interpret through that story, act as if it is true, and that may lead to it coming true, at least in some cases and to some extent.

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