The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, "It's not the problem that causes our suffering; it's our thinking about the problem." Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point we can truly love what is, just as it is.
"Go for the abridged version"
Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to believe, comes Byron Katie and what she calls "The Work". In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now, in Loving What Is, you can discover the same freedom through The Work.
"True Confessions of a Guru Junkie"
Stephen Mitchell, the renowned translator of the Tao Te Ching, selected excerpts from that ancient text as a stimulus for Byron Katie to talk about the most essential issues that face us all: life and death, good and evil, love, work, and fulfillment. The result is an audiobook that allows the timeless insights of the Tao Te Ching to resonate anew for us today, while offering a vivid and illuminating glimpse into the life of someone who lives what Lao-tzu wrote more than 2,500 years ago.
"Katie - Another Name for Joy"
The Work on Relationships, The Work on Parents, and The Work on Money and Career.
Katie does "The Work" with audience members on a wide variety of relationship issues, including jealousy, blame, sex, communication, judgment, parenting, abuse, closure, and much more.
This program features Katie doing The Work at public events with people on the subject of our bodies. The first two pieces feature a woman on the size of her breasts, and a man on his tendency to lose his erection. In the third piece, a woman questions her belief that her overweight body is damaged and unattractive.
"Practical views to stop harsh thoughts"
At the School for The Work, each day begins with a meditation. "Meditation is a word for being still and taking some time to notice the kindness and support of reality," Katie says.
These meditations are designed to help you notice your thoughts, even the angry, scary, and sad ones.
"Wake up Refreshed"
Relationships with partners and parents are an excellent source of freedom when taken to inquiry. The women in this audio program explore common core beliefs, such as "partners should be open and vulnerable" and "mothers should acknowledge and love their children." Includes live French translation.
Join Katie as she helps us break down the thoughts that keep us from more deeply appreciating the gifts that our mothers - without exception - have given us.
Anger, contempt, fear, sadness - rich feelings sound through this pair of dialogues as Katie, with her gentle fearlessness, facilitates men doing The Work on their fathers. Both stories echo with painful themes of abandonment and alienation.
This program is an excellent sampling of The Work, covering topics like cancer, relationships, abuse, and body issues. With live German translation.
With Katie's help, investigate the thinking that fuels addictive behavior. This is a groundbreaking program for addicts and their families, and anyone interested in a life of greater freedom.
"This is the truth about addiction"
Sara grieves for her partner, Rodney, who died while driving drunk. A young woman is angry with God for letting her father suffer and die of brain cancer. The two women speak about guilt, sorrow, resentment, and separation.
"So I really have a mental illness when I think that my mom's mentally ill," Jim muses. Katie doesn't miss a beat. "I noticed that," she says. Jim's mother has manipulated him for so long that he doesn't think he can stand it anymore. Or has she?
Pam is angry with God for not healing her cancer, and with herself because she believes she created her own illness. Tears, laughter, and profound realizations ensue when, with the help of Katie's gentle but penetrating facilitation, Pam delves deeply into the root causes of her suffering and what true healing is, with or without cancer.
"Worthy for cancer diagnosis people"
Previously available on video, this program (re-edited and remastered as an audio release) features a man's deep work on his wife's leaving him, because she finds him repulsive. Also included is a new piece by a woman about the boyfriend who left her.
"Byron Katie <3"
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.
This program, recorded live, includes The Work on Mother: "My mother should be happy", and The Work on Husband: "I am going to leave my husband."
One woman, frightened and sad, can't find how to leave her abusive husband when he threatens and intimidates her. Another woman gleefully contemplates strangling the men who don't make her happy.
"First part was brilliant and then..."
Colleagues provide us with plenty of material to do "The Work". In this piece, a woman does The Work on her colleague's deception and lazy, uncaring attitude.
Fall in love with Harry, a Native American who returns to innocence through inquiry. Harry comes to The Work uninitiated and depressed, and interacts with Katie from the audience on death, loneliness, and spiritual frustration. He then moves through a powerful written inquiry on his ex-wife, which explores alcoholism, racism, child custody, parenting, and relationships.