Byron Katie has helped thousands of people all around the world find more joy in
life through her simple process she calls "The Work."
The Work began as a gentle realization during a low point in Katie's
life. She has said since this realization occurred, she hasn't lived a day
As her inner life changed, so did her outer life, and people
began to take notice. Others asked to learn her secret and as
she taught them and their lives improved, demand for her
Soon she was speaking all across the United States and Europe.
She wrote books, made DVDs, held workshops, and made it her
passion to lead others to The Work so more lives could
Because her method was so simple yet so effective, it wasn't
long before Byron Katie became one of the big name self help
authors, and she made appearances on talk shows such as Oprah
and was featured in magazines such as Time. She received
praise from other self help authors like Eckhart Tolle, Wayne
Dyer, and Louise Hay. Her brand has grown to include books,
CDs, DVDs, merchandise, retreats, and even a residential
school for learning The Work.
The Life Of Byron Katie And How The Work Was Born
Katie was born on December 6, 1942 and went on to become a
businesswoman in California. Before Byron Katie had her
realization, her life was in turmoil and she had spiraled down
to the point where she rarely even left her room. She had
suffered through a decade of severe depression and thoughts of
suicide. She struggled with self loathing, paranoia, and rage.
She alienated her family - and herself.
By 1986, Byron
Katie was in a halfway house because of her eating disorder,
sleeping alone in the attic because she herself felt that she
was too nasty to other people to be near them - and sleeping
on the floor most days because she felt that she did not
deserve the comfort of a bed. It was in February of that year
when she woke up one morning in the halfway house and had the
realization that would change her life forever.
fateful morning, Byron Katie realized her thoughts were
responsible for her misery. She came to understand if she
believed her thoughts she felt bad and if she didn't believe
them she could feel joy.
She began to question the validity
of her thoughts, and began to defeat them by simply asking
herself if they were true. What emerged beyond the thoughts
was her true self - accompanied by feelings of joy, bliss,
happiness and unconditional love.
And so everything
changed. She was no longer the same person, and she set about
repairing her relationship to her family and the rest of her
life which she had pretty much ruined in her earlier,
ego-driven state of mind.
She does not call herself
spiritually enlightened, she merely says that she sees simple
the truth of things.
After what others would consider her
enlightenment, she realized that suffering was an optional
state of being, all she had to do was choose not to believe
her bad thoughts. As she worked on herself and taught The Work
to others, she came to call her method "self inquiry" because
she realized the importance of always questioning our thoughts
rather than letting them control our lives.
Some of the books described below are also available as ebooks
Byron Katie Books And Media
• Loving What Is: Four
Questions That Can Change Your Life - This book was originally
published in 2002. It teaches the author's self help ideas to
readers so they can apply them in areas where they are
experiencing struggle such as health, relationships, work, and
happiness. Byron Katie instructs readers on the questions to
ask about the truth of their thoughts and how to apply self
inquiry to their lives so they can experience joy on a daily
basis. Loving What Is is also available as an audio book on
• I Need Your Love - Is That True? - Published in 2005,
this book offers self help advice to readers who struggle with
relationship issues. The process of doing The Work is the same
message but this book is devoted to helping people find more
love in their relationships with others. This popular Byron
Katie book is also available on CD.
• A Thousand Names for
Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are - In this book,
Byron Katie goes beyond teaching her self help ideas and
describes more fully what life is like after successful self
inquiry leaves readers filled with joy and enlightenment. A
Thousand Names for Joy is available as a book and on CD as an
• Question Your Thinking, Change the World:
Quotations from Byron Katie - This book was published in 2007
and it contains self help tips from Byron Katie in the form of
quotations that offer wisdom and further instruction in The
Work. The Byron Katie quotes contained in the book are
complied from her previously published works.
• Who Would
You Be Without Your Story? - Published in 2008, this
interesting book details the stories of some of the people who
have been helped through The Work and Byron Katie's teachings.
Their stories inspire, entertain, and education readers.
Tiger-Tiger, Is It True? - This book introduces Byron Katie
and her self help ideas to young readers as they become
enthralled with the tale of a tiger who thinks his world is
filled with misery. He thinks life isn't fair, he doesn't have
any friends, and his parents don't love him. Thanks to a wise
turtle, the tiger begins to question his thoughts and
discovers he truly can be happy if he chooses not to believe
• Peace in the Present Moment
- This gift
book combines Byron Katie quotes with quotes from Eckhart Tolle. They are presented with stunning color photographs of
• Specialty books - Byron Katie has
written a series of small books that help readers deal with
individual problems. These include Byron Katie on Health,
Sickness, and Death, Byron Katie on Parents and Children,
Byron Katie on Work and Money, Byron Katie on
Self-Realization, and Byron Katie on Love, Sex, and
• Audio books on CD - Byron Katie has
several tapes available that contain her self help ideas as
directed towards specific life problems. These include: Mental
Cleanse, Guided Meditations with Katie, The Work on Autism, My
Son Disrespects Me-Is It True?, "Being Gay Is Unnatural"-Is It
True?, The Truth Behind Addiction, Parents Meet Their Children
Through The Work, Abuse: What Forgiveness Really Looks Like, I
Wish My Body Were..., My Mother Is..., The End of Suffering,
Economic Recession, My Wife Wastes Her Days, Loving the
Mentally Ill, Love Stories For Fathers & Sons, The Work on
God, Cancer Meets Inquiry, You Were Supposed to Make Me Happy,
Fathers & Sons, Life & Death, End The War With Yourself, and
The Work on Children.
• Talks on DVD - The self help advice
of Byron Katie is available in the form of talks on DVDs.
These help spread the message of The Work in a way that helps
people who are struggling with specific life difficulties.
These include: Turn It Around, the movie, My Son Disrespects
Me-Is It True?, The Work on Autism, "Being Gay Is
Unnatural"-Is It True?, Fear of Flying, Catching Up With
Reality, Loving The One You're With, Living With Cancer, Loss
of a Loved One, Dyslexia: What A Gift!, Where's Your Proof,
The Perfect Body, and Prison of the Mind.
Byron Katie And Teaching The Work Today
Byron Katie has proven to
be one of the more popular self help authors alive today. She has
written many helpful books and also devotes much of her time
teaching in person. In addition to seminars and lectures, Katie
offers a nine day class and a 28 day intensive for those on the path
of self inquiry. The Byron Katie workshops are held in cities all
around the globe as she travels the world to spread her message of
hope and joy. The 28 day program is held in the Turnaround House
and is a residential program dedicated to helping others overcome
addiction and get on the path to beingness, truth and true joy.
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