In others and myself, I see that beliefs sometimes seem too true to inquire into. They are obviously true, so what’s the point?
Still, if we follow the general guideline of following the stress, we are lead to inquire into even those beliefs, no matter how pointless it may seem at first.
Of course the belief seem true, and of course it may seem pointless to inquire into it.
We believe in the thought, and – as Byron Katie says – it is the job of our mind to make it appear true. Everything becomes a proof, including the reactions of our body and emotions. The whole universe seems to support the belief, because everything is taken as a proof. That is one way the brilliance of our mind functions. Taking an illusion and making it appear real to us.
And it is all completely innocent. There is a belief in a thought, and everything becomes filtered to make it appear true. That is all.
Choosing peace over being right
When it gets stressful enough, and we have the tool of inquiry, we’ll inquire into even (apparently) obviously true beliefs just in the hope of finding some relief.
We are willing to choose peace over being right. We are willing to sincerely explore and find what is true for is in our immediate experience, rather than staying with our familiar surface beliefs.
We are willing to align ourselves with what is already more true for us – and find peace in that.
Follow the stress
The process is simple. Find a stressful situation. Notice the thought (or set of thoughts) that goes along with the situation. And inquire into these thoughts, one at a time – independent of how true or not they may appear at first.
Stress if our guide. And as we become more familiar with this process, stress becomes a friend – our most intimate advisor. Stress becomes the gateway to insight, peace and liberation. It is revealed as its own medicine.
Stress becomes what we are looking forward to, because it shows us where we are still stuck – where we still attach to a belief and are out of alignment with what is.