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SLP 224: Self Love Quicky – Staying In The Work
20, Oct, 2022
The Work of Byron Katie is meditation. It is a method of enquiry born directly out of her experience. The practice allows you to access the wisdom that always exists within you. In this podcast I give a brief overview of the work including; What is is, Staying in your own business, Putting your mind on paper and The 4 Questions.
Here is an excerpt from her book.
The Work of Byron Katie is a way to identify and question the thoughts that cause all the suffering in the world. It is a way to find peace with yourself and with the world. Anyone with an open mind can do this Work.
Byron Kathleen Reid became severely depressed while in her thirties. Over a ten-year period her depression deepened, and for the last two years Katie (as she is called) was seldom able to leave her bedroom. Then one morning, from the depths of despair, she experienced a life-changing realization. Katie saw that when she believed her thoughts she suffered, and that when she didn’t believe her thoughts she didn’t suffer. What had been causing her depression was not the world around her, but what she believed about the world around her. In a flash of insight, she saw that our attempt to find happiness was backward—instead of hopelessly trying to change the world to match our thoughts about how it “should” be, we can question these thoughts and, by meeting reality as it is, experience unimaginable freedom and joy.
As a result, a bedridden, suicidal woman became filled with love for everything life brings. Katie developed a simple yet powerful method of inquiry, called The Work, that showed people how to free themselves. Her insight into the mind is consistent with leading-edge research in cognitive neuroscience.
Katie’s most important books are Loving What Is, which was written with her husband, the distinguished writer Stephen Mitchell, and has been translated into thirty-five languages; I Need Your Love—Is That True? (with Michael Katz); A Thousand Names for Joy (with Stephen Mitchell); and A Mind at Home with Itself (with Stephen Mitchell). Her other books are Question Your Thinking, Change the World; Who Would You Be Without Your Story?; Peace in the Present Moment (selections from Byron Katie and Eckhart Tolle, with photographs by Michele Penn); and A Friendly Universe, illustrated by Hans Wilhelm. Her books for children are Tiger-Tiger, Is It True? and The Four Questions, both illustrated by Hans Wilhelm.
Here are the four questions. Some people print them from a free template available at thework.com or buy The Work App to keep sanity close at hand.
1. Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to question 3.)
2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no.)
3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
4. Who would you be without the thought?
Turn the statement around to the self, to the other, and to the opposite. Then find at least three specific, genuine examples of how each turnaround is as true as or truer than the original statement.
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