The Work—Byron Katie Shows us How to Change our Lives from the Inside Out.
Waylon talks with spiritual innovator Byron Katie about her simple yet powerful process of inquiry called The Work:
More: Some videos from Byron Katie’s YouTube Channel:
They will begin their conversation with a meditation led by Waylon. For a longer meditation experience, watch this video.
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Byron Katie has one job: to show people how to end their suffering.
In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year spiral into depression, rage and self-loathing, 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.
She has been bringing The Work to millions of people around the world for more than twenty five years through her website (where everything you need in order to do The Work is free), webcasts, weekend workshops, the nine-day School for The Work, and her 28-day residential Turnaround House program.
Byron Katie is the author of three bestselling books: Loving What Is, I Need Your Love—Is That True?, and A Thousand Names for Joy. Her other books are Question Your Thinking—Change the World, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? Peace in the Present Moment (with Eckhart Tolle), and, for children, Tiger-Tiger, Is It True? Her newest book is A Friendly Universe.
Eckhart Tolle says, “Byron Katie’s Work is a great blessing for our planet.” Time magazine calls Katie “a spiritual innovator for the new millennium.”
*Bonus throwback video from 2007: Byron Katie’s The Work has helped many people turn their thinking around. What will happen when she tries it on Waylon?
Byron Katie’s article on elephant journal:
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