Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 11, 2006
In her book, I Need Your Love - Is That True? How to Stop Seeking Love, Appreciation and Approval and Start Finding Them Instead, Byron Katie says, "People spend their whole lives tantalized by love -- seeking it, trying to hold on to it, or trying to get over it. Not far behind love, as major preoccupations, come approval and appreciation. From childhood on, most people spend much of their energy in a relentless pursuit of these things, trying out different methods to be noticed, to please, to impress, and to win other people's love, thinking that's just the way life is. It can become so constant and unquestioned that we barely notice it anymore."
In Katie's powerful three-day workshop on relationships, participants are invited to use the simple process of self-inquiry she calls The Work to investigate some painful and universally held beliefs about relationships. By taking a close look at what works and what doesn't in the quest for love and approval, participants learn to be happier in love and more effective in all relationships without being manipulative or deceptive in any way.
Katie's humor, lovingly incisive clarity, and extraordinary ability to communicate how our thoughts shape our experience of life in a completely understandable way have earned her a loyal global following, as well as the respect and recognition of such esteemed personal growth and spiritual leaders as Dr. Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle.
After years of depression, this businesswoman and mother living in the high desert of southern California, experienced a life-changing realization. Katie saw that when she believed that something should be different than it is (“My husband should love me more,” “My children should appreciate me”) 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 flash of insight, Katie saw that our attempt to find happiness was backward—instead of hopelessly trying to change the world to match our thoughts about how it should be, we can question these thoughts and, by meeting reality as it is, experience unimaginable freedom and joy. As a result, a bedridden, suicidal woman became filled with love for everything life brings. Katie developed a simple yet powerful method of inquiry, called The Work that helped make this transformation practical.
Katie’s insight into the mind is consistent with leading-edge research in cognitive psychology, and The Work has been compared to the Socratic dialogue, Buddhist teachings, and 12-step programs. But Katie developed her method without any knowledge of religion or psychology. The Work is based purely on one woman’s direct experience of how suffering is created and ended. It is astonishingly simple, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, and requires nothing more than a pen and paper and an open mind. Katie saw right away that giving people her own insights or answers was of little value—instead, she offers a process that can give people their own answers. The first people exposed to The Work’s four questions reported that the experience had transformed their lives, and she soon began receiving invitations to teach the process publicly.
Since 1986, Katie has introduced The Work to hundreds of thousands of people in over 30 countries around the world. In addition to public events, she has introduced The Work to groups in corporations, universities, schools, churches, prisons, and hospitals. Katie’s joy and humor immediately put people at ease, and the deep insights and breakthroughs that participants quickly experience make the events captivating (tissues are always close at hand).
Since 1998, Katie has directed The School for The Work, a nine-day curriculum of exercises offered several times a year in different locations around the world. Katie also hosts an annual New Year’s Mental Cleanse—a five-day program of continuous inquiry that takes place at the end of December—and she offers weekend intensives in major cities. Audio and video recordings of Katie facilitating The Work on a wide range of topics (including relationships, sex, money, the body, and parenting) sell briskly at her events and on her web site.
For more information about Katie's workshop on relationships in Vancouver, WA, call Tina McMahon at 503-209-8600.
To learn more about The Work of Byron Katie, visit her website at http://www.TheWork.com.
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