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Byron Katie has one job: to show people how to stop suffering. When Katie appears, lives change. In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year spiral into depression, rage, and self-loathing, Katie woke up one morning to a state of constant joy that has never left her. She realized that when she believed her stressful thoughts, she suffered, but that when she questioned them, she didn't suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Her simple yet powerful process of inquiry is called The Work.
The Work consists of four questions and the turnarounds, which are a way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe. When you question a thought, you see around it to the choices beyond suffering.
Katie has been bringing The Work to millions of people for more than twenty-five years. Her public events, weekend workshops, five-day intensives, nine-day School for The Work, and 28-day residential Turnaround House have brought freedom to people all over the world.
Byron Katie's six books include the bestselling Loving What Is, I Need Your Love—Is That True?, and A Thousand Names for Joy. For more information, visit www.thework.com.
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What do you do best?
Understand and love my world.
What makes you the best?
Only those who believe me to be the best.
What are your aspirations?
To support the aspirations of others.
This ongoing state of gratitude.
Most Challenging Moment?
There aren’t any.
If you argue with reality you lose—but only 100 percent of the time.
The ones in front of me.
Beyond the enlightened mind.
My “self” in service to others.
Loving what is.