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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.

11 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.

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