Inquiry: My hand should not have five fingers.

My hand should not have five fingers. (Inquiry suggested by Mona Grayson. Since it is a story most of us don’t believe in, exploring it helps us see how any story creates certain dynamics when taken as true. And that these dynamics belong entirely to the story, and are not inherent in anything outside of the story.)

  1. True?
    Yes. When I take that story as true, I can find how it appears true for me. (Even if I am doing so just for the purpose of this inquiry.)
  2. Sure?
  3. What happens when I believe that thought?
    • I look at my hand, and am distressed. Disgusted. I see it as wrong. I wonder how I got stuck with it. I am embarrassed. I wonder what others will think.
    • I think about ways to hide my hand so others won’t see it. I make excuses for it.
    • I imagine it being different. I explore ways to change it, including through surgery.
    • My attention goes to my hand frequently. It takes up a great deal of space in my thoughts throughout the day, especially when I am around others.
    • What am I afraid would happen if I didn’t have that belief? I am afraid I would be OK with my hand having five fingers, and then be judged by others for it without even trying to counteract it.
  4. Who would I be without it?
    • I am OK with my hand. I can even appreciate it, as it is. I can see how it is perfect, with five fingers. (Or however many it happens to have.) My thinking doesn’t circle around my hand as much as before, if at all.
  5. Turnarounds.
    • My hand should have five fingers.
      • Yes. It does. Infinite causes has brought about five fingers, so who am I to argue?
      • It is quite functional with five fingers. (Even if other numbers probably would be fine as well.)
      • I see that the hands of other people often have five fingers, so I am just like them. I am no different there. It creates a sense of being in the same boat, which is beautiful.

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