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Byron Katie Blog

Katie (as everyone calls her) has one job: to show people how to end their suffering. As she guides them through the simple yet powerful process of inquiry called The Work, they find that their lives radically shift. All the problems in the world, Katie says, are caused by our thinking, and when we question our stressful thoughts—about life, other people, or themselves—we can set ourselves free. Here on the blog, Katie provides snippets of past and current Work to support you in finding your own freedom.

 

How The Work Began

Katie became deeply depressed in her thirties and spiraled down into rage, self-loathing, and constant thoughts of suicide for over a decade. During the final two years of this depression, she often couldn’t leave her bedroom. One morning in February 1986, she experienced a life-changing realization. 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.

The Work didn’t develop from this experience; it woke up in that moment, with her, as her. People who did The Work with her reported that it transformed their lives, and invitations to teach it began to arrive.

Byron Katie has brought The Work to millions of people across the world in free public events, prisons, hospitals, churches, businesses, colleges, schools, weekend workshops, her nine-day School for The Work, the Institute for The Work of Byron Katie,  the 28-day residential Turnaround House, and her Conversations with Byron Katie live-streamed webcasts.

Katie provides everything you need to do The Work, free of charge, at thework.com.

20 comments

  1. Is it possible to join a blog group regarding ‘the inquiry by byron katie’ and her process? I am new to byron katie’s work and have nobody in which to discuss this new process/work; need someone to bounce the newness of these feelings off of .., I get lost doing it on my own … Any suggestions? I live in the Palm Springs, CA area. Thank you.

  2. I am curious about children/teen workshops that may be available. Is this a program that Byron Katie facilitates? I haven’t seen anything on the website that specifically addresses this population. I wish I had been familiar with The Work as I struggled through my teen years.

  3. Dear KATIE:
     
    I’m your reader, an unqualified reader! Since I still cannot really believe your methods which were mentioned in your book, and I do not know that when I practice the approaches, I need to find an experienced person to help me finished approaches together either. I cannot believe that it is only a negligible guilty feeling which I cannot forgive, which lead me into a super horrible story! It is hard to believe that I already suffered from Prostatitis when I was only 20 years old ! Meanwhile, I felt a deep thought of shame, which made me cannot go see doctor bravely. Thus, I started to eat pills by my self. But it leaded me to a person who had nervous tinnitus. I already suffered these diseases for about 3 years. So I think I probably need some of your inspiration. There are my two main problems.

    The first one: Now I have lots of diseases. I tried for a large number of ways to treat , but all of these did not really help me, even my tinnitus is worse now. Because of my tinnitus, serious insomnia was brought out. Until right now, I cannot work like normal people, I can just depend on my family. To compare with tinnitus, my other body’s problems can be regarded as small problems. I read your article, when your had cancer, your body was very hurt, but your heart could still be very peaceful. To be honest, I really know a lot theories, but only the suffer which I got from tinnitus and insomnia, can totally make me feel like in the hell. I really cannot “love cancer”, “love tinnitus”, “love insomnia” like you. I did try, but I cannot do it ! I am just a common person, how can I still own the peace of mind when I am suffering from these diseases?
     
    The second problem: I have an addictive problem which is still a mental level pain. I think I really addiction in women’ beautiful long legs. But I do not know the exactly reason for this. Because I’m a randy man? Because the inferiority and guilty of my short height? I suffered from it about 10 years. Until recently half year, I made the decision to cut this addiction out. But I found that whatever I tried forcible repression or distracted my attention, I still cannot truly get rid of it. Sometimes, I will think that if I can have a healthy body, and go to work like normal people. I can definitely marry a suitable girl, probably I would forget my addiction. But it can never happen! Thus, I really hope you can help me. How can I totally get rid of this addiction? Although I know some “love and peace theories”, but they really do not work for me!
    I never had some experiences which combined with God, and I’m not good at contemplation. I still think dead, body, and substance are real. I am only 30 years old, how can I own the peace of mind?
    I would appreciate you very much!
     
    Best wishes to you.

  4. Hi! I have been following Katie’s work and love it! I would really love to attend her No-Body Intensive but can’t make it to Chicago this weekend. Can you please tell me if and when she has another No-Body Intensive workshops scheduled? It is my priority to make the next one, and would LOVE to have it on the calendar! With much gratitude!

    1. Hi Gina, there will be another No-Body Intensive in December. The event will take place in Ojai, Ca. The tentative dates are 12/6-12/9. Check our events page at thework.com and when the event is finalized, you will be able to sign up.

  5. Hi,

    I don’t see any other way to ask a question, so I’m writing here. Is it still possible to get certified in the work of Byron Katie? I see listings of certified teachers but no information about a certification program. Thanks!

  6. I m from Italy. We are not so lucky to have Katie here like others countrys…The work is so precious, but not always simple to do by myself…
    I ve reed many users’s letters/email in the blog, for her.
    Hi would ask: it is possible to write to Katie an email and hope to having answer about the doubt on the work,me too?
    I m stucked in facts vs thoughts, searching for the truth…
    Thanks
    Gr

  7. Hi,
    I live near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I would love to attend the school for the work if it were to be nearer by. Have you ever or would you be willing to have a school for the work in Canada?
    In kindness,
    Carolyn

  8. Hello
    My name is Katarzyna.
    I am Polish, living in Toronto,
    My younger sister introduced me to Katie Work and I am feeling inspired about it.
    I had an accident last year when I was witnessing my older son had a schizophrenic attack, biting my fingers, abusing and beating me and injure another person.B because of this I was depressed for about 6 months.After that, I was trying my best to attend to the group help therapy and 1 on 1 cancelling, which it helps me a lot.T hen I myself decided (in my mind) that’s enough of this suffering and time for me to wake up and start feeling good again. And it is work.

  9. I purchased several products (cd’s and books) from The Store but many of the cd’s i bought won’t play or work. The shop seems no longer to exist and there is nowhere (except here seemingly?) to contact any staff or anyone to help with this. Can someone from BK International please assist me with this enquiry as to what to do with returning or replacing items from the shop?

    PS. I notice the only shop that seems available now just lists items from Amazon, whereas before there was a dedicated BK store.

    In gratitude for The Work. Warmest regards.

  10. Dear Katie,

    I live in Bruxelles, I have received what I call the grace to see in every situation, especially in painful ones, occasions to set me free from suffering, but for many years it was just an intellectual way to stay strong, to keep myself from falling apart, to give myself mental reasons to keep pushing up, one foot at once. I consider myself as a very lucky person and I think my sufferings never took more time than necessary.

    I met your invitation to dye in love, I accepted it. The experience I passed through to dye was very painful, and now that I am saying it, I am not sure anymore. For a few hours, I found it unfair, then I told myself that my ego was trying to survive while I was feeling betrayed. I am grateful for that experience that took me to the death. I feel renewed, reborn. I pushed the work until I looked forward to let the experience to go on. I wanted to experience all of it, no matter how long it would take, to live every second of pain it would bring to me because I was seeing the power beyond it, and the understanding it was giving to me. That pain, I can see clearly what it was for: thanks to it, I would respect more the suffering and the confusion of anyone else, because I am willing to give loving help to anybody who comes to me, and I know it will keep me from the mistake to tell anyone that it is supposed to be easy. Do you thing it’s silly to taste sweetness in pain?

    I used to listen to the music in a compulsive way, and I was addicted to reading books too. These last months, I realised I prefered to be alone and I really enjoy it. Sometimes I wonder If I want to put in my ears some music just for company on my way to take my son, and in fine I decide that I am in quite good company with myself. I realised that I used the music to silence my mental, to escape from my head, to be somewhere else. Now that I am in love with my mental, I am the music, and I am not afraid to take it with me anywhere. It is like I am not escaping anymore, I am home.

    I used to be in a very bad relationship with my body, and it made me do things I would never have done if I had liked myself. I made deep inquiries about all my romantic relationships one by one to find out that I was a begger.

    Sharing some red wine with husband and friends is one of my hobbies. But these last weeks, even though I enjoyed the moment, It was as if I was being taken away from me, away from the beloved. I really love some tasteful wines and sometimes to swallow a sip of one of those liquor is like an orgasm. But I am kind of moving, liking me better without. I didn’t even ask for it.

    I clearly pass less time doing things I used to like (music, reading, having wine with the loved ones) and more time with myself. I still do all those things sometimes, and nothing will ever be wrong with that : It’s just less than before, and it happened just by itself. I love my lonelyness, and I tend to say no to anything that comes to take me away from it. I write a lot and I love that, I love cooking and walking: when I do those things, I can take myself with me, and I don’t ever want to go anywhere without that beloved. I noticed that I love receaving lessons froms my 8 years old son, sometimes he blows me with his truth and I just want to thank him to remind me how to see the world as a child: freedom, innocence, commitment to his point of vue. I am grateful to have the family I have, because we give one another the space to be who we really are. In fine, it only cost me my pride, but it took all of it

    I am very happy and grateful to have met the work. And you Byron Katie, you are the moon Rumi talks about. Your beauty and your freedom and your youth shine until Bruxelles.

    Love,

    Daniella

    1. Dear Ian;
      I am not Katie, but I would like to share my thoughts about your question.
      I think that The Work and God, I think when people do the work, they become closer to God, because the thoughts you clear up in yourself are the things that obscure God from your point of view (and thoughts).
      When I tell my children about love, I tell them that love comes in several forms, love is not just a feeling, it is also a thing we do. When we sit with our children, or cook food for our family, take time to care for people we love, when we help our children with their homework. These are acts of love and therefor are also love. So I believe there is a love that feels and there is a love that does.
      In The Work, I see that as a form of God that does, that acts. But like when I cook, I don’t tell my family that I love them, it is expressed in the food. When I do the work I think God is there, but not exactly in words. I also think that the nature of God will become clearer in the process of doing the work.

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