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Byron Katie, founder of The Work, has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through the powerful process of inquiry she calls The Work, they find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves—radically shift and their lives are changed forever. Based on Byron Katie's direct experience of how suffering is created and ended, The Work is an astonishingly simple process, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, and requires nothing more than a pen, paper, and an open mind. Through this process, anyone can learn to trace unhappiness to its source and deal with it there. Katie (as everyone calls her) not only shows us that all the problems in the world originate in our thinking: she gives us the tool to open our minds and set ourselves free.

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Byron Katie, founder of The Work, has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through the powerful process of inquiry she calls The Work, they find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves—radically shift and their lives are changed forever. Based on Byron Katie's direct experience of how suffering is created and ended, The Work is an astonishingly simple process, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, and requires nothing more than a pen, paper, and an open mind. Through this process, anyone can learn to trace unhappiness to its source and deal with it there. Katie (as everyone calls her) not only shows us that all the problems in the world originate in our thinking: she gives us the tool to open our minds and set ourselves free.

    The Work of Byron Katie Live from Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Episode One

    The Work of Byron Katie Live from Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Episode One

    This episode featuring The Work was recorded at an event with Byron Katie at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. In this episode, we hear Byron Katie's opening remarks and an introduction to her "I complain about" exercise. In this exercise, you are invited to make a list of complaints by completing the phrase:
    I complain about (write a person's name) because (write your reason).
    For example, I complain about my mother because she lied to me.
    Next, Byron Katie moves into The Work, which is a simple, yet powerful process of questioning our stressful beliefs. A participant in the audience reads her complaint, "I complain about my son's disease because it causes him to suffer." Byron Katie then facilitates this participant on the thought, "My son's disease causes him to suffer." This is Episode One of Four.
    Please tune in next week for the next episode.
    Everything you need to do The Work is available free at byronkatie.com.
    Thank you to Amigo for our theme music.
    (link to music: https://spoti.fi/38Fadd8)
    ©2020 Byron Katie International, Inc. All rights reserved.

    • 50 min
    He is Selfish?

    He is Selfish?

    A woman feeling lost and alone after the break up of her ten year marriage looks at her thoughts about her ex-husband's selfishness, betrayal, and finding happiness with someone else. Watch as she discovers something quite beautiful unfold as she courageously does The Work with Katie. Underneath all her thoughts about the divorce she finds she is doing just fine. She experiences laughter, relief, inspiration and even gratitude. She comes to see without his “selfishness,” she would still be stuck in an unhappy relationship. She realizes how brave he was to call it quits and now sees his unselfishness in a whole new way.

    • 40 min
    The Trauma Therapist Podcast with Byron Katie

    The Trauma Therapist Podcast with Byron Katie

    Byron Katie's level of insight, self-awareness and questioning is precisely what's required of the coaches and mentors and therapists who work with individuals who've been impacted by trauma. In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year spiral into depression, rage, and self-loathing, Byron Katie woke up one morning to a state of constant joy that has never left her. She realized that when she believed her stressful thoughts, she suffered, but that when she questioned them, she didn't suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Her simple yet powerful process of inquiry is called The Work. The Work consists of four questions and the turnarounds, which are a way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe. When you question a thought, you see around it to the choices beyond suffering. Katie has been bringing The Work to millions of people for more than thirty years. Her public events, weekend workshops, five-day intensives, nine-day School for The Work, and 28-day residential Turnaround House have brought freedom to people all over the world. Byron Katie's books include the bestselling Loving What Is, I Need Your Love-Is That True?, A Thousand Names for Joy, and A Mind at Home with Itself. For more information, visit thework.com.

    • 37 min
    My Father Doesn't Remember What He Did to Me

    My Father Doesn't Remember What He Did to Me

    Byron Katie guides a 50 year old woman in doing The Work on a situation with her father that occurred when she was 17. This was recorded live during an At Home with Byron Katie event at the Center for The Work in Ojai, California. "Something occurred with my father that shouldn't have," the woman says. "I left home and haven't spoken to him until a month ago, when he apologized on the phone for everything before and after that moment. He says he doesn't remember the moment I refer to." "'He says he doesn't remember'--is it true?" says Katie. "We're going to meditate on that moment with your father on the phone. This keeps you in the situation so we can do our work. Can you absolutely know that it's true that he said he doesn't remember?" "Yes," says the woman. "Now notice how you reacted when you believed the thought. Close your eyes and witness it; you don't have to guess. This is how to answer these questions. So you're on the phone. Get in touch with your physical tendencies--your face and your emotions. Were they high or low in your chest or belly? Witness how you reacted. I want you to get in touch with your emotions, because they are a signal that lets you know when your integrity is off, and that's the cause of your suffering. It can never be the other person. What I'm thinking and believing is the cause of all, not some, my suffering, and The Work is a test of that. Witness how you react when you believe that thought." "My whole body is on fire with anger," the woman says. "Now witness how you talk to your father. That shift in attitude. How do you treat him when you believe the thought?" "I'm no longer open, I'm not willing to be vulnerable with him. I shut down and immediately go into defense mode." "Who would you be without that thought, on the phone, listening to him as he says, 'I don't remember'? Everything was fine. Up to that point you were completely on board." "Wow!" the woman says. "Without the thought, I'm open and vulnerable... and it's not a place I like to be with people I don't fully trust." "But you're still there now..." "Yes," says the woman. They move to the turnarounds. The woman finds two: "I don't remember what I did" and "I don't remember what he did." They continue to question all the thoughts about that situation that she collected on her Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet, uncovering again and again her powerful vulnerability and openness. Notice what they did, then notice what you believe about what they did. Which one is the cause of your suffering? —bk

    • 2 hr 2 min
    How to Hack the Voice in Your Head: Dave Asprey and Byron Katie

    How to Hack the Voice in Your Head: Dave Asprey and Byron Katie

    Dave Asprey of the Bulletproof Executive, who has used The Work, takes a deep dive with Byron Katie into the process of clearing the mind. "You experienced a 10-year spiral into depression," Dave says. "What got you to this state?" "I was believing my thoughts." Katie says. "And I had no way out. My anger was aimed outward at other people; it was their fault. So the self-loathing and anger was all an effect of things I would say and do out of a mind that believed others were at fault. It was a debilitating, vicious cycle of judgment-guilt, judgment-guilt. I had agoraphobia. Most of the time, toward the end, I was unable to leave my bedroom—very painful. I do whatever I can now so that no one has to suffer at that level or any level, because there is a way out." "What actually happened?" "I was asleep on the floor; I opened my eyes, and in that moment I saw how the mind worked. The shift in me was so radical that my family recognized my body, but otherwise had no idea who I was. I had shifted from a very confused and lost human being to someone who was at peace." "It seems like you just went to sleep and woke up with this mass of knowledge. How did that happen?" "Well, I just saw how the mind worked. I saw that when I believed my thoughts I suffered, but that when I questioned them I didn't suffer," Katie says. "And it's not as easy as it sounds. I still had this ego-personalty to deal with. It's like there were two of me; there was this wisdom and understanding of the cause of suffering, and then the ego. I designed the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet and used it to capture all the crazy thoughts in my head. I would write them down and sit--the mind with the mind--and ask the four questions: 1. Is it true? 2. Can you absolutely know that it's true? 3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought? And this is when people's blood pressure goes up. It's when the heart begins to race. We experience the physical wear and tear on our bodies from the emotions that happen. And you see images of past and future. They're not real. They're like fake news. When we're experiencing those emotions, we're reacting to that movie in our mind. That's the cause of all suffering. We have this movie running. The thoughts are the soundtrack we believe onto it. And 4. Who would you be without the thought? Who would I be without believing these past/future images? Just who am I just now? That's how we drop into our true nature, and out of that, our choices radically shift, because now we're sane. There's no mind to argue and talk us out of what we know is right in our life. And then we turn the thought around to find opposites, to see if they are just as true as or truer than our original belief. We enlighten ourselves with possibilities we haven't considered." "What's a short description of what you do?" Dave says. "Clear the mind," Katie says. "And when I use the four questions of The Work to clear my mind, it frees up a huge amount of energy to do things that matter. The Work is useful simply because it removes the drag on your life." Dave says. "In closing, I know that you're in Ojai, and you have a nine-day in-person event where you teach people The Work. You have one coming up in March. If you want to know what's going on with the thoughts in your head, Byron Katie's work is powerful. There's great value to sitting down and spending about a week with other people doing the same thing. Something happens differently than if you just sit down by yourself for a week doing this. Especially when you're in the presence of a great teacher." Question anything that would limit you in life. --Byron Katie

    • 56 min
    Luke Storey of the "Life Stylist" podcast interviews Byron Katie

    Luke Storey of the "Life Stylist" podcast interviews Byron Katie

    Luke begins: "Katie, it's clear that you don't need me to promote your work; I'm small relative to the millions of people you've reached. But something I've noticed about you over the years is that you just tirelessly, happily, and joyfully keep sharing this information with people. It's so neat to see someone who does it for the love. I mean, The Work is free on your website! I know you have conferences and things to keep the lights on and go deeper, but I really dig that passion. "Now, there are stories of instant enlightenment like you and Eckhart Tolle, but I know that when people ask you if you're enlightened you've said, 'I don't know anything about that. I'm just someone who knows the difference between what hurts and what doesn't.'" "For me," Katie says, "no suffering is as good as it gets. That's about as enlightened as I want to be. If you don't love the mind after you've outgrown suffering, what's left?" "When you were in that dark place in your life, how much of that was at the hands of drugs and alcohol?" "A lot of it, along with compulsive overeating. All of these were simply ways of trying to ease the pain and put myself to sleep," Katie says. "Do you think at that point you were clinically alcoholic or were you someone who just abused a little bit?" "I saw that I was addicted to what I was thinking and believing. It became so painful to live out of the confusion in my head that it took me to sanity." "Once you had that experience, was there ever any desire to overeat, self-medicate, or drink?" "It all ceased to be a problem, because I was making decisions out of a sane mind. When we're sane, the choices are so clear, but when we're believing thoughts that argue against our true nature, we suffer. Sanity doesn't suffer, ever. --Byron Katie thework.com Website: http://www.thework.com Webcasts: http://www.livewithbyronkatie.com Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/theworkofbk Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theworkofbyronkatie Twitter: https://twitter.com/ByronKatie © 2018 Byron Katie International. Inc. All rights reserved.

    • 51 min

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