Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2006
Byron Katie, internationally recognized speaker and best-selling author of Loving What Is: Four Questions that Can Change Your Life and I Need Your Love - Is That True? is the creator of a simple, powerful, and practical method of self-inquiry and transformation known as "The Work," which she has introduced to hundreds of thousands of people at lectures and workshops in more than 30 countries. Consistent with leading-edge research in cognitive psychology, The Work has been compared to the Socratic dialogue, Buddhist teachings, and 12-step programs, although Katie developed it without any knowledge of religion or psychology. The Work emerged directly out of Katie's own intense experiences with suffering.
After more than a decade of struggling with severe depression, Katie experienced a profound and life-changing realization. She saw that when she believed that something should be different than it is ("My husband should love me more," "My children should appreciate me," "I should have more money,") she suffered, and that when she didn't believe these thoughts, she felt peace. She realized that what had been causing her depression was not the world around her, but the beliefs she had about the world around her.
In a sudden flash of insight, Katie awoke from her suffering and saw that her previous attempts to find happiness had been backward, and that instead of hopelessly trying to change the world to match her thoughts about how it should be, she could question these thoughts and, by meeting reality as it is, experience unimaginable freedom and joy. As a result, a bed-ridden, suicidal woman became filled with love for everything life brings.
Time magazine has profiled Katie, calling her "a visionary for the new millennium." In March 2002, Harmony Books published Katie's first book, Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, co-written with renowned author/translator Stephen Mitchell. Loving What Is has been translated into 20 languages. It reached as high as #21 on Amazon.com. It has also been on best-seller lists at bookstores around the country. Katie's second book, I Need Your Love, Is That True?, was also a bestseller and is fast becoming one of the most popular books on relationships ever written.
Katie travels throughout the world teaching people how to live happier lives by questioning their stressful thoughts using The Work in weekend workshops, evening events and as a keynote speaker at some of the most prestigious spiritual and inspirational conferences with internationally renowned speakers such as Dr. Wayne Dyer. Since 1998, Katie has directed The School for The Work, a nine-day curriculum of powerful exercises offered several times a year in different locations around the world. She also presents The Work to corporations and nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S.
The Work applies to people of all walks of life and is currently being used by coaches, therapists, social workers, healing practitioners, and others who work in the mental health field as well as people who work in business, education and church communities.
For more information about The Work of Byron Katie and to register for the workshop, visit http://www.the work.com.
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