Inquiry: Peter L. is a drama queen

 

Peter L. is a drama queen.

Situation: I am reading In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter Levine, and often see that thought surface – especially when he talks about something being terrible, a disaster and so on.)

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Is it true?

Yes.

Can you be certain it’s true?

No.

What happens, how do you react, when you have that thought?

I see him as a drama queen.

I tell myself he believes his thoughts, and am surprised he is not more clear.

I look for signs in his writings to support this thought – words such as disaster, terrible and so on.

I am agitated that he – as a therapist, teacher – have not done his homework in terms of inquiring into his thoughts.

I more easily dismiss what he writes, even if it otherwise aligns with my views and experiences.

I don’t really want to read his book.

There is tension, stress, unease.

I see myself as better than him, and know I am caught up in a belief.

Who would you be without that thought?

At ease.

Curious about what he writes, what I can learn from it.

More receptive.

Friendly.

Discerning.

Turnarounds

P.L. is not a drama queen.

It’s a thought, not what’s actually there.

In much of what he writes, I see no trace of it.

P.L. is sober.

In most of what he writes, he seems sober.

He is just reporting his experience

(even in the cases I tell myself he is a drama queen).

I am a drama queen.

When I believe he is a drama queen, in how I see him.

I create a dramatic image of him in my mind. I feel agitated. Caught up in emotion. I feel reactive. I dismiss what he writes and him as a person. It’s all quite dramatic.

I am a drama queen whenever I take a thought as true. I make it into a drama for myself.

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Additional beliefs

He believes his thoughts. ***

He – as a therapist, teacher – should be more clear. ***

It’s irresponsible of him to be a therapist, teacher and not be more clear. ***

He – as a therapist, teacher – should be as clear as Adyashanti, Byron Katie. ***

It’s unhelpful for his clients, students when he is not more clear. **

I am more clear than Peter L. ***

I should receive recognition for my insights.***

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