Conversations with the Masters
Author of Loving What Is, I Need Your Love – Is it True?
Who Would You Be Without Your Story?
and A Thousand Names for Joy
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Byron Katie‘s, The Work, has transformed thousands of lives by creating major shifts in the way people experience their world and relationships – by surrendering to the divinity of what is. This surprisingly simple, yet profoundly powerful process called inquiry, is making waves througout the industry and in the day-to-day lives of those who have embraced it.
On this call, Katie and Mary introduce listeners to the simple and powerful Four Questions and Turnaround of The Work. Throughout this exclusive interview, Mary asks Katie in-depth questions about Inquiry, after which Katie works with selected listeners on their most difficult life situations.
* Do you ever experience incessant mind-chatter?
* Would you like to learn how to unplug from your most stressful thoughts?
* Do certain relationships create feelings of anxiety, stress, frustration or irritation for you, taking away your happiness?
* Would you like to TRANSFORM the most impossible relationships?
* Are you ready to experience a profound sense of inner peace?
During This Interview We’ll Explore:
* 4 Questions and a Turnaround to transform any stressful thought in seconds (or minutes).
* What it means to have a profound relationship with “reality” and why having this is priceless.
* How “living the turnarounds” can change your life.
* Tips for doing “the work.”
* Why some people are more profoundly affected by “the work” than others.
* LIVE demonstration with real people and real situations.
Note from Life Coach Mary:
My life has been profoundly affected by The Work of Byron Katie. At the peak of my own “dark night of the soul,” my coach and friend Jeanna Gabellini introduced me to “the work.” In the weeks following, I listened to all 7 CD’s of “Loving What Is” and wrote pages and pages of stressful thoughts swimming through my mind. (I also started seeing how impactful it was for my clients!) January 4th, 2003 was one of the most profound days of my life. In the face of my most challenging relationship, the one that “caused” thousands of tears, everything became crystal clear. Finally, I was able to see “reality” a new way, one enveloping me in an “inner peace” and a freedom I had never known. Old “stressful thoughts” no longer had their impact. The days and weeks that followed were blissfully free, affecting my life forever. Some would say I had a “satori” experience. All I know is I was given access to a freedom I’d read about, but had never known. I knew from this point forward, I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people find the kind of “inner peace” I tapped into.
A year later, in 2004, I attended Byron Katie’s School for the Work. During this event, I was inspired to host a live conference call interview with Katie, so more people could gain access to the simple questions that had changed my life forever. Katie graciously agreed. On May 18, 2004, I hosted my first ever Conversations with the Masters interview with Byron Katie. A year later, I had her back. To this day, Katie remains my “first” and “favorite” master. I’m deeply appreciative of Katie and her willingness to so freely share “the work” with millions.
About Byron Katie:
Byron Katie, founder of The Work, has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through the powerful process of inquiry called The Work, they find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves— radically shift and their lives are changed forever.
Based on Byron Katie’s direct experience of how suffering is created and ended, The Work is an astonishingly simple process, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, and requires nothing more than a pen and paper and an open mind.
Through this process, anyone can learn to trace unhappiness to its source and eliminate it there. Katie (as everyone calls her) not only shows us that all the problems in the world originate in our thinking: she gives us the tool to open our minds and set ourselves free.
Katie is the author of five bestselling books:
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (with Stephen Mitchell);
A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are (with Stephen Mitchell).
Question Your Thinking, Change the World: Quotations from Byron Katie was published in 2007, and Katie’s latest book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story?, released October 15th, is now available
How The Work Began
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.
Katie’s process of self-inquiry, called The Work, didn’t develop from this experience; she says that it woke up with her, as her, that February morning in 1986. The first people who did The Work reported that it had transformed their lives, and she soon began receiving invitations to teach the process publicly.
Since 1986, she has brought The Work to hundreds of thousands of people across the world, at free public events, in prisons, hospitals, churches, corporations, universities, schools, at weekend workshops, and at her amazing nine-day School for The Work.