Byron Katie takes a moment to explain what The Work is for.
“Inquiry is for things that go bump in the night,” Katie explains. “It allows us to deal with the thoughts that move you from your true nature. Inquiry is a way to identify these thoughts and put them on paper. To bring them from your mind into this world we’re identified with. And once they’re on paper, to question them. It’s so simple, that anyone with an open mind can do it. It’s meditation. It takes stillness.
“I try to get it down on paper just the way it’s dictated by my mind. Then I really slow the question down, because I really want to know if it’s true. So I meditate on ‘Is it true?’ And I’m not going to manipulate the answer. That’s not meditation. I’m going to wait, get still, and see what arises to meet the question. You don’t ever have to guess in The Work. Get still. Ask. It’s given. It will enlighten you to what is true about what you are believing.”
Inquiry is for things that go bump in the night. Everything else is working for you. —Byron Katie