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The Work of Byron Katie

If you want to try something a little bit different, here is a process to help you get clear about who you are, what you want and how to proceed, by first judging others. 😉 After you’ve figured out what bugs you so much about other people (you can see others’ foibles more clearly than you can see your own), you write down what you would advise them they ‘should’ do. Then you essentially take your own advice. But there’s more to it than what this quick summary covers: the process is simple but the effects are, well, life-changing.

That being said, words teach nothing — only experience teaches. So, I suggest you check out The Work and let me know what you think. I find it a useful and insightful process for seeing what is and proceeding clearly from a deeply calm, aligned perspective: The Little Book.

What is The Work?
“The Work is a simple yet powerful process of inquiry that teaches you to identify and question thoughts that cause all the suffering in the world. It’s a way to understand what’s hurting you, and to address your problems with clarity.”

People who do The Work as an ongoing practice report life-changing results:

Alleviation of depression: Find resolution, and even happiness, in situations that were once debilitating.

Decreased stress: Learn how to live with less anxiety or fear.

Improved relationships: Experience deeper connection and intimacy with your partner, your parents, your children, your friends, and yourself.

Reduced anger: Understand what makes you angry and resentful, and become less reactive, less often, with less intensity.

Increased mental clarity: Live and work more intelligently and effectively, with integrity.

More energy: Experience a new sense of ongoing vigor and well-being.

More peace: Discover how to become “a lover of what is.”

How the Work Began

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“Byron Katie became severely depressed in her early thirties. 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 February 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 says,

I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always.

“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.”



Tell Your Story as You Like It, Again…

The Neverending Story: the early years.  Go, Falcor, go!

More from Abraham-Hicks:

You have more harmony points with every person on the planet than you have disharmony points, because there is much more of you that is in harmony with your Core than you realize or that most of you allow. The closer you come to being in harmony with your Source Energy, the more in harmony you are with each other. When you think about other people and what they think of you, do you understand that what they think of you has very little to do with what you are? It has mostly to do with the habits of thought that they have developed. It has more to do with them as thinkers than it does with you as the subject of their thought. If nothing is more important to you than that you feel good, you can form a fantasy about someone who is in your life and they will begin to modify to meet your fantasy, because Law of Attraction is a very powerful thing. (Asheville, NC, on Saturday, September 5th, 1998)

Your Story, and the Law of Attraction: “Each and every component that makes up your life experience is drawn to you by the powerful Law of Attraction’s response to the thoughts you think and the story you tell about your life. Your money and financial assets; your body’s state of wellness, clarity, flexibility, size, and shape; your work environment, how you are treated, work satisfaction, and rewards—indeed, the very happiness of your life experience in general—is all happening because of the story that you tell. If you will let your dominant intention be to revise and improve the content of the story you tell every day of your life, it is our absolute promise to you that your life will become that ever-improving story. For by the powerful Law of Attraction, it must be!” [Affiliate amazon link to Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happinessaffiliate link to money and law of attraction amazon book]

Byron Katie: The Husband Story (“If you say that you love your husband, what does that have to do with him? You’re just telling him who you are.”)

“When you do The Work, you see who you are by seeing who you think other people are. Eventually you come to see that everything outside you is a reflection of your own thinking. You are the storyteller, the projector of all stories, and the world is the projected image of your thoughts.”