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Work your mind the same way you work out your body

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“When we believe what we think, we suffer” says Byron Katie, creator of “The Work” and author of “Loving what is” and “I need your love-Is that true?”. Moreover, she states that

“As long as you think that the cause of your problem is “out there”—as long as you think that anyone or anything is responsible for your suffering—the situation is hopeless. It means that you are forever in the role of victim, that you’re suffering in paradise.”

Have you not been introduced to The Work before? If not, let me tell you a few things about it.

First, Byron Katie is a woman who had a sudden awakening when she was in her 40s. She began to live in a state of grace which enabled her to recognize the patterns of the mind and the mechanism of suffering. She then put up a series of questions meant to identify, question and reformulate the beliefs which cause suffering. She called this “The Work”.

Secondly, The Work is a simple yet efficient way to know yourself, maybe for the first time. This is true introspection! It deals with 4 questions and a turnaround:

“1. Is it true?

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

3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?

4. Who would you be without the thought?

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turning the initial belief around. ”

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Byron Katie travels the world to help people liberate from the beliefs which cause them pain. She invites them to identify their most painful beliefs, put them on paper and “work” them. She says that “there are no new beliefs. ” We take them from our parents and they took them from their parents and so on. There are the same beliefs since the stone age yet we now use smartphones.

Here are some general beliefs that people usually have and that you, too, might relate with:

“She lied to me”

“I am weak”

“He cheated on me”

“It’s their fault”

I have been working with Katie’s technique for a while now and must say that this is really amazing. Not only does The Work help you know yourself and your reactions but also provides multiple points of view for the mind to get out of its usual pattern. It offers clarity and detachment, understanding and compassion. Practically, it reshapes the mind while opening it.

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Here is beautiful Byron Katie in action, helping a woman complaining that white people are mean to her. Enjoy!

To end like Katie would say: “You don’t talk about The Work, you do The Work!”

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Photos: Byron Katie’s Facebook page 


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