Pain, Sickness and Death
7 March–11 April 2013
When I first began to do The Work, to identify and then investigate my beliefs, I could hardly imagine accepting pain, sickness, injury, accidents, or death.
It almost felt dangerous, like a betrayal, to question my sacred thoughts that dying is bad, pain is bad, and sickness is bad, in any and all circumstances.
It seemed there was never anything good about getting cancer, or having a friend die, or having a parent get injured, or even learning about war, injury, accidents or death.
These things seemed so unpleasant, so terrible, that I would rather not consider them at all.
Can’t we just forget about them?
I notice that I don’t really forget about them. Or they might be right up in my face, so that I can’t.
But here in this place of open inquiry…we investigate together our deepest painful beliefs about what hurts, especially what hurts physically.
“I have helped people do The Work on rape, war in Vietnam and Bosnia, torture, internment in nazi concentration camps, the death of a child, and the prolonged pain of illnesses like cancer. Many of us think that it’s not humanly possible to accept extreme experiences like these, much less meet them with unconditional love. But not only is that possible, it’s our true nature.”
—Byron Katie in Loving What Is
Those who wish to, you are invited into this journey of inquiry. The thoughts appear. We investigate. I would love to have you along on this amazing adventure.
Class 1: The Biggest Pain I Ever Felt—we explore the most painful physical experience we’ve had
Class 2: The Sickness That Scares Me The Most—your most terrifying encounter with a disease or condition that feels threatening
Class 3: They Shouldn’t Suffer—Our troubling thoughts about the way those other people are suffering
Class 4: Pain and Suffering Inventory—Allowing all the moments to be here that have ever hurt us or hurt people we knew
Class 5: Pain and Suffering Continues—More investigation to our list of what hurt
Class 6: The Worst Case Scenario
“Until we know that death is as good as life, and that it always comes at just the right time, we’re going to take on the role of God without the awareness of it, and it’s always going to hurt. Whenever you mentally oppose what is, you’re going to experience sadness and apparent separation. There’s no sadness without a story. What is, is. You ARE it.”
—Byron Katie in 1000 Names For Joy
About the Presenter
Anyone may take this course privately for $880 for 8 individual sessions arranged at your convenience. This format is not eligible for certificate credit hours.
Cancellation Policy for This EventAfter the first class, but before the second class, payment can be transferred to a separate teleclass that is offered OR 4 individual sessions. There are no cash refunds unless cancellation is received prior to class start. If cancellation is received prior to class start, your tuition will be refunded less a $50 processing fee. If you choose to drop the class and do not transfer your tuition payment to another class, or individual sessions, within 2 months of the class starting, then there is no refund. There is no transfer to another class or individual sessions after the second class has already met. If you do not attend class, do not send advance written notice of your cancellation or you leave class early, your payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.
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Thursdays, 7 March–11 April 2013 5:15–6:45 p.m. Pacific time
Teleclass from the comfort of your own home or anywhere in the world except perhaps Antarctica (unless they have skype). We use Instant Teleseminar which appears mostly reliable for connecting via phone or skype.
This event counts as 10 hours of credit for Candidates in the BKI Facilitator Certification Program. Participants must attend the entire event in order to receive credit.