Thursday, September 13, 2007

the work...

A friend introduced me to The Work of Byron Katie about 7 years ago. I didn't take to it right away, but I did resonate with the idea behind it, it made sense to me, though I felt that I had my own way of processing inner conflicts. I keep coming back to these videos now, though. I love to see 'Katie' in action, helping people work through painful mental concepts that keep them in their own inner prisons. I love to watch people have realizations and find relief from their pain through doing 'the work'. This is a video that I especially like, I think it gives a very easy introduction to how Katie does what she does with people, and how much less painful life can be with just a little shift in consciousness.

The Work in Prison

There is much information, worksheets, etc. at Katie's website The Work of Byron Katie
more videos on her blog, and on YouTube.

Here is some information on how the process works...more of this can be found at the website...

In its most basic form, The Work consists of four questions and a turnaround. For example, the first thought that you might question on the above Worksheet (see website) is "Paul doesn't listen to me." Find someone in your life about whom you have had that thought, and let's do The Work. "[Name] doesn't listen to me":

The Blue Sheet
A Facilitation Guide for The Work

The following is a way to question what you believe to be true. The sub-questions are training wheels for people new to The Work and may be helpful for a while.

1. Is it true?

- Close your eyes, be still, go deeply as you contemplate your answer.

If your answer is no, continue to Question 3.

2. Can you absolutely know that it's true?

- Can you know more than God/reality?

- Can you really know what's best in the long run for his/her/your own path?

- Can you absolutely know that you would be happier if you got what you wanted?

3. How do you react when you believe that thought?

- - How does it feel when you believe that thought. Be still. Notice what happens.

- Does this thought bring peace or stress into your life?

- Where does the feeling hit your body when you believe that thought? How far does the feeling travel? Describe it.

- What images do you see when you believe that thought? Watch, be still, notice.

- When did that thought first occur to you? How old were you? What was happening at the time? Whose thought was it originally?

- How do you treat others when you believe that thought? How do you treat yourself? What do you say to them? What do you do? Whom does your mind attack and how? Be specific.

- How do you treat yourself when you believe that thought? Do you addictively reach for food, alcohol, credit cards, the TV remote? Do thoughts of self-hatred occur? If so, what are they? List them, and investigate them later.

- Can you find a peaceful reason to keep that thought?

- What terrible thing do you assume would happen if you didn't believe that thought? Write down the terrible thought, and turn it around to the opposite and test it for yourself. Would the opposite possibly be as true or truer?

4. Who would you be without the thought?

- Close your eyes and imagine your past without that thought.

- Imagine you are meeting this person for the very first time with no story. What do you see?

- What are you without that thought?

- What are you without a story?

After you've investigated your statement with the four questions, you're ready to turn it around.

Each turnaround is an opportunity to experience the opposite of your original statement and see what you and the person you've judged have in common.

The turnarounds are your prescription for happiness. Live the medicine you have been prescribing for others. The world is waiting for just one person to live it. You're the one.

1 comment:

kateri said...

So incredibly interesting. I want to watch her other videos... maybe I can throughout the day.

Pretty amazing concept.

Thank you, as always... for helping me see things from another angle :-)