The Work of Byron Katie
   




 

About Byron Katie
  Best-Selling Author
 
Byron Katie, founder of The Work, has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through the powerful process of inquiry she calls The Work, they find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves— radically shift and their lives are changed forever.

Based on Byron Katie's direct experience of how suffering is created and ended, The Work is an astonishingly simple process, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, and requires nothing more than a pen, paper, and an open mind.

Through this process, anyone can learn to trace unhappiness to its source and eliminate it there. Katie (as everyone calls her) not only shows us that all the problems in the world originate in our thinking: she gives us the tool to open our minds and set ourselves free.


How The Work Began

Byron Katie became severely depressed in her early thirties. For almost a decade she spiraled down into rage, self-loathing, and constant thoughts of suicide; for the last two years she was often unable to leave her bedroom.

Then one morning in February 1986, she experienced a life-changing realization. There are various names for an experience like this. Katie calls it “waking up to reality.”

In that instant, she says,

I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn't believe them, I didn't suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always.

She realized that what had been causing her depression was not the world around her, but the beliefs she'd had about the world. Instead of hopelessly trying to change the world to match her thoughts about how it should be, she could question these thoughts and, by meeting reality as it is, experience unimaginable freedom and joy. As a result, a bedridden, suicidal woman was instantly filled with love for everything life brings.

The Work, Katie's process of self-inquiry, didn't develop from this experience; she says that it woke up with her, as her, that February morning in 1986. The first people who did The Work reported that it had transformed their lives, and she soon began receiving invitations to teach the process publicly.

Since 1986, she has brought The Work to millions of people across the world, at free public events, in prisons, hospitals, churches, corporations, universities, schools, at weekend workshops, at her amazing nine-day School for The Work, and through the Institute for The Work.

 
Loving What Is
Loving What Is

I Need Your Love, Is That True?
I Need Your Love – Is That True?

A Thousand Names for joy
A Thousand Names for Joy

Question Your Thinking, Change the World
Question Your Thinking,
Change the World


Who Would You Be Without Your Story
Who Would You Be
Without Your Story?


A Friendly Universe
A Friendly Universe

Tiger-Tiger, Is It True?
Tiger-Tiger, Is It True?

Peace in the Present Moment
Peace in the Present Moment


 

From Katie's Blog

Inquiry—I Hate My Husband...

Video: The Work in Prison

Inquiry—Terrorism and The Work

A Valentine's Story

Whose Business Are You In?

A Letter from Walter Reed

Live Now: Just Do the Dishes!

Dealing with Fear and Terror

The Difference Between The Work and
The Secret

Video: Racial Prejudice Makes Me Angry

Why Can't We Change?

The School: An Account
by Richard Lawrence Cohen

 

MORE INFORMATION

TIME
Four Questions to Inner Peace


HUFFINGTON POST
Stephan Spencer:
Byron Katie Just Wants You to
Be Happy


OPRAH.COM
Testing The Work of Byron Katie


OPRAH.COM
Webcast:
Byron Katie on Oprah's Soul Series


OPRAH.COM
Byron Katie's Four Questions


FROM REALIZATION.ORG
An Interview with Byron Katie


LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
Ready to Get to Work?
Bring it On!


LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
Jane Lynch and Byron Katie do The Work.


AMAZON.COM
Byron Katie Author Page


WIKIQUOTES
Quotes from Byron Katie

 

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