Byron Katie is a wellness icon. Unlike a lot of popular theories today, her system of self-inquiry, known as “the work,” helps people to separate their beliefs from what is true. In other words, she cuts through the bullsh*t pretty quickly. “The work is not meant to support you to feel good. There’s no feel good in it. It’s about waking up to the reality,” Katie said in our interview. That’s the good stuff.
She wasn’t always the super-successful author, teacher, and beacon of light she has become. When I sat down with Katie, she shared intimate details about her awakening and what life was like beforehand. It wasn’t easy. As a mother of three, she—understandably and relatably—was always worried about money, quite depressed, and stuck in a cycle of compulsive eating and smoking until one day in 1986 when everything changed. She started to see the world through different eyes and recalled with great detail exactly what that was like. That’s how “the work” was born.
In this episode, Katie shares several examples that illustrate the work, dives into the six essential questions to ask yourself as a starting point, and helps us see ourselves as entirely separate from our belief systems. In her words, “suffering is the flip side of our true nature,” and “the work” is one way to guide yourself in the right direction.