Byron Katie has helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to use "The Work", her powerful yet simple method of inquiring within that anyone can use to overcome any type of personal difficulty that they might have in their lives. She is a remarkable human being who has a special gift to see to the heart of the matter and has lived an extraordinary life dedicated to helping people end their mental and emotional suffering and to find happiness again.
Byron Katie's personal story would be familiar to many; she hit rock bottom many years ago as a woman in her late-thirties, hooked on pain-killers and living a life of depression with thoughts of suicide. Her life degenerated to the point where she couldn't even get out of bed which lasted until one February morning in 1986.
Unexpectedly, out of the deep despair, a mind-shattering realization that brought everything clearly into perspective, radically changing her life forever. Some people refer to this as "an Awakening". In her own words: "I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn't believe them, I didn't suffer, and that this is true for every human being on the planet. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional, I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment."
Since this fateful morning almost 25 years ago now, Byron Katie has not experienced a single moment where she hasn't found that incredible peace and joy within or as she says "a reason compelling enough to feel unhappy".
She has tirelessly dedicated her entire life since then showing people all over the world how to do "The Work", - her method of self-help that she explains was born out of her experience. The first people who did The Work reported that it had transformed their lives and she soon began receiving invitations to teach the process publicly.
It doesn't matter what religion or culture a person comes from, Byron Katie's work transcends any of those divides. Virtually everyone has thoughts of some kind that bring stress into their lives. Whether it's related to body image, food, money issues, career related, or about the relationships in life with partners, friends, family, or co-workers, this is where Katie's work comes in.
By following her simple steps, people are helped to see past what is making them unhappy and to find their inner balance and a sense of well-being again. Though every one of her workshops is unique, they provide people with the opportunity to learn and use the tools to get past their issues and to get through the difficult parts of their lives with so much more ease and enjoyment.
For more about Katie, as she likes to be called, see here for an exert from her website.