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, 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.