Life never plays out the way want it to because we all have judgements and expectations of what it should be. Traumatic incidents are something that anyone can relate to because there is a universal understanding of pain. Only through doing the work to become aware of the influence of our thoughts and beliefs, can we then truly re-write our own scripts of happiness.
It’s natural for untrue thoughts and beliefs to occur as a response to trauma but it is also within our natural ability to unravel its own trauma. When we are traumatized, we may choose resistance as a response and resistance can cause suffering. Byron Katie believes that the suffering can end if you question that resistance. Trauma is the act of believing your thoughts and doing this, without questioning them, causes suffering.
What is Byron Katie’s The Work?
The Work is a meditative process, which includes taking a moment of stillness to get in touch with yourself and a fuller experience of life. It is an inquiry into us to identify the thought that you’re thinking and believing in an actual situation in the past or your future that you may fear or dread. It won’t be easy, and it will take courage to question our thinking, thoughts, and believing, to see our part, and look at ourselves from a different perspective. The Work will simply guide everyone to wake up to our true reality of our nature.
“You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer".”
— Byron Katie
How to do The Work:
The Work is a meditative practice, and it might be one that you do multiple times over. It takes complete stillness and the ability to listen to your inner self. When you go through the steps of The Work, in a one-on-one facilitation with Mark Cave, you can turn thoughts around and help yourself achieve peace within. Byron Katie says true freedom starts with inquiry.