Noticing symptoms

There are many ways to get familiar with the symptoms of taking a story as true, of identifying with a viewpoint, identity or role, of taking our imagination as true. Mainly, it happens through curiosity and either formal/directed inquiry (the work, the big mind process) or an open and open ended inquiry.

I can get familiar with the general symptoms of taking a story as true, such as a sense of unease, of something being off or wrong, stress, physical tension, not being home, sense of separation, a sense of being a separate I located at a particular position within the field of experience, making others wrong and myself right, defending a position, a sense of precariousness and so on. And I can also become familiar with the symptoms of taking a specific story as true and when and in which situations that story tends to be triggered.

The Work is a great way to get familiar with these symptoms. What happens when I take the story as true? How do I relate to myself and others? How do I live my life? Where and how do I experience it in my body? What compulsive or addictive activities do I engage in? What do I hope to get out of holding onto the story as true? What am I actually getting out of it? When did I first have the story?

So when I notice any of the symptoms of taking a story as true in daily life, it becomes a reminder and an invitation.

It is a reminder that I am taking a story as true.

It is an invitation to shift into allowing experience as it is, with heart and kindness. (Because resistance to experience, and especially resistance to fear, is what fuels beliefs and propels me into taking a story as true.)

It is an invitation to notice the belief and inquire into it, finding what is more honest for me.

And if I have already inquired into the belief, it is a reminder of the validity in the turnarounds and who I am without the story. And an invitation to find more basic asumptions and beliefs and inquire into them. (For instance by taking the initial belief and asking myself why is that not ok?)



  • noticing symptoms – symptoms of taking a story as true, identifying with a viewpoint (story, identity, role)
    • get familiar with through curiosity, formal or open inquiry (directed or open ended)
    • the work, a great way to get familiar with symptoms
      • general symptoms of taking a story as true
      • specific symptoms of a specific story, triggered in specific situations (situation + emotions + images/stories a cue to the belief)
    • reminder
      • allow experience as it is, w. kindness
      • notice belief and inquire into
      • if already have inquired into, also a reminder of the turnarounds + who I am without it, and an invitation to find more basic assumptions/beliefs and inquire into them (asking myself why, why is it not ok?)

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