One thing for everyone who reads this to always keep in mind everytime they see or hear Byron Katie speak for the rest of their lives is...
(that was an embedded command...you will always remember it....another one...) ;-)
everything Byron Katie says and her images has a double-meaning, at least.
Byron Katie is simply using it as a hypnotic metaphor, for influencing your Unconscious.
Its not about the Mid-East at all...
Its that Byron Katie wants YOU to BECOME LIKE a vase of flowers to HER...passive, open, pretty, receptive...to Byron Katie.
And who is the Terror in this metaphor? (guess who!)
And who is the passive Vase of Flowers? (you)
Byron Katie is not a vase of flowers. She is a highly aggressive abusive global entrepreneur of metaphorical stories, that is, waking hypnosis, and many other things. It really all makes perfect sense when looked at completely.
So yes, we should NOT be like a vase of flowers to allow hypnotic terrorists into our minds.
(here is a counter-Induction, notice I tell you first!)
In you MIND, take that vase of flowers, replant the flowers in the garden and set them free...now...mentally shrink a yapping Byron Katie down into the size of her little pet cockroach, and then trap mini-katie in her own clear Vase, and put a cork in it on the top, and glue it down, with Superglue. So now mini-katie is the size of her katie cockroach from 1986 that never happened, and is trapped in the vase, still yacking away at the walls, but there is NO SOUND, no nothing. She yacking, but its all nice and silent and QUIET...Now mini-katie is contained....for eternity...
Now YOU can decide what to do with the powerless mini-katie trapped in the katie-vase for eternity. Trust your own Unconscious...maybe the katie-vase will be put into a glass furnace and dis-assembled forever...or thrown into a volcano on Uranus, or into the sun...yeah...that's a good one...the little vase is launched into space by throwing it with your powerful arm..and drifts into the sun and is a tiny speck of nothing that is vaporised instantly into utter complete nothingness...and we are all free again...free at last...free at last..free at last...all is right with the Cosmos again...silence, and peace...simple happiness...and just being a person...its great to be a person...free...and the Sun is shining brightly now...today is a good day to be alive and be A Human, a real Mensch ... :-)
So anyone can use these types of imaginal metaphors back on themselves, and do it in a healthy way. That being said, with trauma, sometimes some very "intense" imagery is needed. Please see a trained licensed professional for that type of work. There is some information out there about IRRT, Imagery Rescripting & Reprocessing Therapy.
A vase of flowers will never stop the violence in the Middle East. Millions of fed up Israeli and Palestinian mothers might.
So, in a world increasingly out of control, I see BK's teachings as even more insidiously harmful because she is creating vases of flowers where there could be real forces for change.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/06/2008 02:47AM by The Anticult.