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Byron Katie’s Work is a great blessing for our planet. It acts like a razor-sharp sword that cuts through illusions and enables you to know for yourself the timeless essence of your own being….In Loving What Is, you have the key. Now use it. ”

  Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now

 

 

The Work is a way to identify and question the thoughts that are the cause of all suffering and anyone with an open mind can do it. Byron Katie (who goes by “Katie”) suffered severe depression for ten years before waking up one morning in 1986 with the realization that what she believed about the world was the cause of her suffering--not the world itself--and that instead of trying to change the world, she could question her thoughts and meet reality where it is. Katie has been sharing her life-changing inquiry method ever since that amazing morning in 1986.

The Work and Current Scientific Research

You have to experience The Work in order to understand it. Katie’s insights into how the mind works are corroborated by the latest neuroscientific research which identifies the part of the brain that believes its stressful stories. Prominent neuroscientist, Antonio Damasio says “the left cerebral hemisphere of humans is prone to fabricating verbal narratives that do not necessarily accord with the truth.” His colleague Michael Gazzaniga adds “The left brain weaves its story in order to convince itself and you that it is in full control…. What is so adaptive about having what amounts to a spin doctor in the left brain? The interpreter is really trying to keep our personal story together. To do that, we have to learn to lie to ourselves.”

No wonder we get confused! The self-inquiry that Katie discovered activates neural pathways in a lesser used part of the brain resulting in a more open mind, where painful stories dissolve.

Four Questions and Turnarounds

The four questions and turnarounds of The Work beckon you inside to realize for yourself that no thought is true--that this world is a dream--and that as you witness the dissolution of stressful thoughts, clarity and an ability to act fearlessly replaces what previously consumed you with worry.

Four simple 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?

4.     Who would you be without that thought?

When you answer these questions honestly, you realize that the answers have always been within you. And when you turn your stressful thoughts around to yourself, to the other and to the opposite, your perception shifts into a kinder, more peaceful state and you experience for yourself that the mind has been your prison and you’ve found a key to open that prison door.

Katie's Website, www.thework.com is a free resource to give you everything you need to get started in inquiry on your own. And I've also found it extremely helpful to have a facilitator guide me through inquiry.

"The four questions I call The Work are the path back to our self. Do you want to take the trip?"  Byron Katie

 

 

 

 

   

Anne Haug  anne@kindreality.com 406.333.4582