Podcast: Filling in a Worksheet as a Meditation

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Byron Katie guides you through meditation on the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet. First she helps you recall a specific situation when you were upset with someone.

“Find a situation when you were frustrated, angry, or hurt with someone. Get in touch with the emotion and name it. Then get in touch with why you were upset with this person.

Identify what you were thinking and believing in that situation. Anchor in that situation, in that moment in time, and ask the next question on your Worksheet.

Continue to collect your thoughts from that moment. What were you thinking about that person?”

“This Work takes stillness. We are meditating on a moment in time.” —Byron Katie

 

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Podcast: How to meet the ego with understanding

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Byron Katie talks with a woman from Serbia who asks, “Do we all have ego?”

“What is an ego to you?” Katie says. “To me, the I that believes is the ego: the you that you believe to be you, the one you think is the thinker, the false self.”

“Sometimes ego seems useful and constructive,” says the woman, “but sometimes it’s not useful. I don’t know how to question that part of me. How can I be at peace with that part of me?”

“As you do the turnarounds of The Work, you begin to experience your true nature where you are at peace. Eventually, even that becomes not true. Then you’re left happy for no reason. That’s the end of duality. For me, happiness just is. I can’t even claim it as peace of mind. When we continue to question our thoughts, we’re left with the positive, and there’s nothing we can do about that. It’s the song that matches our true nature.”

The ego is the you that you believe you to be. —Byron Katie

 

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Podcast: How to Have a Loving Relationship with Your Mom

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A woman from New Orleans struggles with her mother’s decision to be friends with a man who has served prison time for rape and who assaulted her when she was a child. Her mother wants to spend time with him because she feels he adds value to her life. “When you are arguing with your mom,” Katie says, “are you adding value to your life or her life? It’s war. Defense is the first act of war. “And in fact, through no choice of your mother’s, the man is no longer in her life. You wanted him out of her life and you have that, but it’s not doing much for you, because you’re feeling betrayed by your mom. He’s fallen out of her life, and you’re still holding onto your resentment. The pain of the past is over, and it appears in the mind as images, as though it were real. This problem has to be kept alive in your mind in order to be a problem. And it’s held at your own expense. “You have to be there at that moment,” Katie says, “in that place, sitting there with your mother when she’s saying she wants him in her life. Identify and collect what you were thinking and believing in that moment. Those beliefs are the ones that caused the feelings of resentment, hatred, rage, and betrayal. When you question these thoughts, you’re questioning the cause of all of those emotions and your separation from your mother. “It’s huge to finally understand not only the cause of all our suffering, but how to identify the specific thought. That’s such a gift.” What I love about the past is: it’s over.

 

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Event: 10-13 May 2018 No-Body Intensive

Location: Chicago, Illinois

The No-Body Intensive, Byron Katie’s four-day guided exploration of your belief system, lovingly explores and questions the main aspects of identity. It brings to awareness everything identity is made of. It looks at how we create an identity, what it feels like to carry it, and how we can un-create it.

 

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Podcast: How to Find Unconditional Love in Your Life

 

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Byron Katie speaks with a woman over Skype whose eldest son died of AIDS 18 years ago. Now she’s dealing with her daughter’s mental illness. She wakes up thinking, “I’ll never see her again.” Katie begins by asking her, “Is it true?”
“As you meditate on a question,” Katie says, “you never know what you’re going to find. Do you see your daughter? Is that an image or is it real? Notice the emotions that happen as you witness these images in your mind—as you sit in a dream that seems so real. Knowing the difference between what’s real and what is not is maturity. It’s like walking out of a movie and noticing that the sun is shining.
When you’re believing that these images are real, it’s so powerful; you can’t see the hand in front of you! You have a picture in your head and then you believe a story onto that picture. You make the image real with your mental soundtrack. So you’re not even connected with your daughter. And that’s why you’re so confused and lost; you’re disconnected from life as it really is.”
“That feels really true,” the woman says. “I’m not waking up thinking about my daughter—I’m waking up and telling myself a story about my daughter.”
“And are you doing that thinking, or is it just happening?” asks Katie.
“It just happens,” says the woman.
“Yes. You’re not doing it. And it’s completely harmless until you believe what you’re thinking,” Katie says. “I meditate on an image as I question what I’m believing about that image. Until I meet everything with unconditional love, my Work’s not done. The only daughter I’ve ever known is the daughter in my mind. When I can’t believe anything negative about her image any longer, then I’m connected with her. I’m fearless.”
The mind is so powerful that it creates your entire world.  —Byron Katie
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Event: 4-6 May 2018 Omega Institute

Location: Omega Institue in Rhinebeck, New York

As Katie guides you through The Work, your stressful beliefs—about your past, your family, your relationships, or yourself—can radically shift. In this workshop, working with your thoughts, experiences, and beliefs, using the method that Eckhart Tolle describes as “a great blessing for our planet,” you can discover peaceful, joyful acceptance.

 

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Event: Live with Byron Katie, 5 April 2018

Location: Ojai, Ca and on Facebo Live

Cost: By Donation

Join Byron Katie for two hours of inquiry using The Work, four simple questions that bring relief from confusion and suffering. Experience the clarity of understanding thoughts that have been troubling you for years. Leave this workshop with everything you need to do The Work on your own.

On-site seating is limited and filled as participants arrive. (You can also join this event live on The Work of Byron Katie Facebook page.)

Podcast: How to Be Grateful for the Opportunity to be Honest

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A woman from the Netherlands asks Byron Katie, “How do I recognize manipulation?” “Just notice,” Katie says. “Any time you’re defensive, you’re manipulating. It’s an attempt to hold an identity for yourself–an identity you want us to believe you are. Any time you feel anger or irritation, that identity is being threatened. Any time you lie, even the tiniest bit, you’re manipulating the person’s perception of the’I’ you want to be seen as. There’s an ongoing, false creation of our identity.”

I can never be more or less than what you believe me to be. —Byron Katie

 

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Event: March 2018 School for The Work Dates: 6-15 March 2018

9 Day School for The Work of Byron Katie in Ojai, California

The curriculum at the School is a living, evolving process, changing with the needs of the participants and on the basis of past students’ experiences. The exercises and activities are designed to mirror the transformation Katie herself went through after she woke up to reality in 1986. You will work on issues such as sex, fear, body image, addiction, money, and relationships of every kind.

The School for The Work is an immersion experience—an immersion in freedom. Each day during the School you may find yourself feeling freer and happier than the day before. Old habits may fall away like outworn clothes. You may find yourself eager to get up in the morning so that you won’t miss a moment of this unfolding adventure.

 

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Podcast: How to Listen Without Fear

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During an event at the Center for The Work in Ojai, CA, a woman questions what she believes about her daughter. One of her statements is “She doesn’t tell me about her life.”

“How do you react when you believe that thought?” Katie asks. “I’m devastated,” says the woman. “Did you come at her with an attitude?” Katie asks. “I did,” the woman says. Katie: “A daughter tells her mother that she’s moving. That’s reality. And then there is her mother, the dreamer, living in the dream of past and future and missing the chance to interact with her daughter in the present moment.”

In the turnaround “She does tell me about her life,” the woman chuckles in recognition of her daughter’s efforts to communicate with her. She continues reading from her Worksheet, and when she gets to “I want Courtney to text and call me often, before I call or text her,” she laughs along with the audience. This statement, which once felt so charged, now seems ridiculous. “We’re only on the third statement,” says Katie, “and the way you saw the original situation has already flipped, because you’re more awake to yourself than you were when you wrote it.”

“Hurt is a tantrum.” —Byron Katie

 

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Event: Live with Byron Katie Dates: 1 March 2018

What if your life became more joyful? What if you could live fearlessly? What if you had a way to unravel the thoughts that cause all your suffering?

Join Byron Katie for two hours of inquiry using The Work, four simple questions that bring relief from confusion and suffering. Experience the clarity of understanding thoughts that have been troubling you for years. Leave this workshop with everything you need to do The Work on your own.

On-site seating is limited and filled as participants arrive. (You can also join this event live on The Work of Byron Katie Facebook page.)

 

By donation. Register at the door.

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Do You Need to be Proactive in Life?

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A man says, “I know that things are the way they are, but shouldn’t I take action to change my life?”

“Things are the way I believe them to be,” Katie says. “Without inquiry, I’m stuck with that. So I’m successful or I’m a failure–whichever I believe me to be. You say you want to take action, change your life, and take responsibility. Good. Do that. But most importantly, take responsibility for what you believe about your life, at least at the same level that you take responsibility for what you do in your life.”

As mind changes, life changes. —Byron Katie

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Podcast: The Solution to the Problem is You

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Roger Nairn of “The Solution Podcast” interviews Byron Katie. He begins by asking, “What was it that you saw in the world that needed a solution?” “My life was filled with depression, and I didn’t have an answer,” Katie says. “Then there was a moment when the answer just came to me. Even though I knew that depression was the problem, I didn’t understand that what I was thinking and believing was the cause. I had to work in slow motion to identify each belief that was causing a disturbance in my mind and then question that belief. That was my solution to the problem.” Katie then takes Roger through the four questions and turnarounds of The Work on the belief “He betrayed me” and clarifies how The Work as meditation moves us beyond the ego and into wisdom. “What sort of results should people who do The Work hope to achieve?” Roger asks. “The answer to all their problems,” says Katie. “When our mind is clear, wisdom has room to live. When I’m believing things onto the world, where is there room for wisdom?”

Byron Katie Mitchell (everyone calls her Katie) discovered the gift of The Work in 1986. She has been traveling around the world since 1992, offering The Work to millions of people at free public events, in prisons, hospitals, churches, corporations, battered women’s facilities, universities and schools, at weekend intensives, the nine-day School for The Work, and her 28-day Turnaround House. She is the author of Loving What Is, I Need Your Love-Is That True?, A Thousand Names for Joy, and A Mind at Home with Itself.

We are all innocent. The only thing we are guilty of is believing our unquestioned thoughts. —Byron Katie