About Byron Katie
Byron Katie is a spiritual mentor, speaker, and best-selling author to millions of people across the entire world. She is the creator of a four-step written meditation called The Work which has helped many recover from depression, stress, loss, and many other illnesses of the heart. Byron Katie has passed on her wisdom to people all over the world and you are about to be one of them
Byron Katie was trapped in a ten-year depressed spiral and couldn’t find a way out. At the worst of it, she couldn’t even leave the house or get up to shower. Then, during the year that she turned 43, she checked herself into a facility out of pure desperation. It was here that she experienced a life changing moment that affected her survival, and the future survival of millions of people around the world. She came up with the four questions while she was in isolation and it’s the first time she truly realized the truth of her life. She then fully realized an awakening that remained for years and years of clarity.
After her return from the facility, she realized that people were drawn to her and that they wanted to know her secret. More and more people came to see her, and she became convinced that what they needed, if anything, was not her personal presence, but a way to discover for themselves that she had realized. The Work is therefore the embodiment of the questioning that had arisen in her during a moment of hopelessness. She went to the deepest and darkest moments, lived it, tested it and came out stronger. She realized she had a responsibility to help others before they reached this point. She quickly went to work formulating it, packaging it, and teaching it, for other people to use. Now, Byron Katie has been an activist for self-awakening for well over three decades and continues to change the lives of many. The Work has been a successful, universal method to help millions of people around the world to free themselves from stress, frustration, anger, and sadness.
“The Work, for me, has always been about self-realisation. I experience it as being willing to sit in your heart space, hence the name “The Heart of The Work.” I specialise in relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and stress. The Work is a process, a practice, and a gift that I love to pass forward. The truth is within you and that is the only place that I can help you to find it.”
What is The Work….
It’s just four simple questions, between you and a piece of paper, which will help stop your suffering and start the process to true enlightenment. The meditation begins with focusing on a belief that appears in your mind the moment you think of something. Whether it is about your career, a loved one or how you feel about yourself, your mind might present a terrifying thought that causes you suffering. The Work can help anyone, with any degree of harmful thoughts, to make negative noise fall away and to focus on what is. You may be keeping yourself up at night thinking about why your relationships failed, or why you can’t do anything right and exploring the root cause of these thoughts can also help to free you from them. The Work trains you to handle any thought or mental event that has the tendency to pull you off balance. Anything that makes your body react with tension, stress and no peace or joy, will be interrogated carefully until the thought is met with understanding.
“I am someone who only wants what is,” Katie says. “To meet as a friend each concept that arose turned out to be my freedom. That’s where The Work begins and ends—in me. The Work reveals that you can love it all, exactly as it is. And it shows you exactly how.”