Do You Really Want to Know the Truth?
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believe that although freedom was attainable thousands of years ago
Through The Work of Byron Katie, you have the power to change that belief.
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Topic: "I'm Worried about Losing
Topic: "I'm Angry at my Dad because he Died"
Topic: "I Want the Cancer to Stop Growing"
Topic: "My Mother Doesn't Listen"
Topic: "I Don't Ever Want to be Rejected Again."
Topic: "My Partner Should Open His Heart."
Topic: "I'm Angry at My Body."
The Work is a way to identify and question the thoughts that cause all the suffering in the world.
Anyone with an open mind can do it. The Work consists of four questions and a turnaround, which is a way to experience the opposite of what you believe.
When we do The Work, we free ourselves from the effects of believing thoughts such as "He doesn't love me," "I'm a failure," "No one understands me," "My mother doesn't listen to me," "My children are out of control," "I'm too fat," "I need more money," "Something terrible is going to happen." For thousands of years we've been told not to judge, but we still do it all the time. Through The Work, rather than suppress these judgments, we use them as starting points for self-realization. By allowing the judging mind to live on paper, we can discover through the mirror of those around us what we haven't yet realized about ourselves, and turn our stress, frustration, and anger into a freedom that we never dreamed possible.
About Byron Katie
Byron Katie (everyone calls her Katie) became severely depressed in her early thirties. She was a businesswoman and mother living in a little town in the high desert of southern California. For almost a decade she spiraled down into depression, rage, self-loathing, and constant thoughts of suicide; for the last two years she was often unable to leave her bedroom.
Then one morning in 1986, she experienced a life-changing realization. There are various names for an experience like this. Katie calls it "waking up to reality." In that instant of no-time, she saw that when she believed her thoughts, she suffered, and that when she didn't believe them, she felt peace. She realized that what had been causing her depression was not the world around her, but the beliefs she'd had about the world. Instead of hopelessly trying to change the world to match her thoughts about how it should be, she could question these thoughts and, by meeting reality as it is, experience unimaginable freedom and joy. As a result, a bedridden, suicidal woman was instantly filled with love for everything life brings.
Katie's method of self-inquiry, called The Work, didn't develop from this experience; she says that it woke up with her, as her, that February morning in 1986. It is a simple, powerful method, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, and requires nothing more than a pen, paper, and an open mind. The first people exposed to The Work reported that it had transformed their lives, and she soon began receiving invitations to teach the process publicly.
she has brought The Work to hundreds of thousands of people across the
world, at free public events, in corporations, universities, schools,
churches, prisons, hospitals, at weekend intensives, and at her amazing
nine-day School for The Work.
one thing to read about being in harmony with the way things are, or even
to understand what that means, and quite another to actually live it.
Even the wisest of books can't give us its wisdom. After we have read
the profound insights and nodded our heads-"Stop trying to control."
"Be completely present." "See the world as your self."
"Have faith in the way things are." - the central question remains:
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