Have you tried everything to do your internal “work” and you’re still disappointed, snapping at your partner, not as close as you’d like to be to your children or friends, frustrated with your job situation, waking up in the middle of the night fretting, overeating regularly, or doing some other kind of escapist activity that brings you unhappiness?
When I was stressed out, I ate, I smoked, I couldn’t go to sleep at night, I felt scared of difficult conversations, I lost friendships, I yelled at my kids, I under-earned, I stayed very small and nervous.
After receiving my master’s degree in 1997 in Applied Behavioral Science….I learned The Work of Byron Katie in 2003. I learned how to dig down into the way I saw the world, other people, my life, myself, difficult events….and to question the experience of fear and study my own suffering.
When any of us question our fears with the lazer sharp and simple inquiry process known as The Work, who knows what can happen? It may be unknown, bumpy, and unexpected….but it’s no longer necessary to “react” to life with caution, defense, or attack. We are no longer “at war” with people and circumstances, with reality.
When we question our fears, It’s no longer necessary to take action that’s off balance, or weird, or destructive. Like overeating, drinking, being lonely, not having any money, or any form of personal suffering.
Theories and research into emotional intelligence, brain development, and in the field of education show us what’s commonly known as the “order of creation”: Think – Feel – Act – Have
In other words, the way you think produces a feeling in any given situation, which produces an action (or inaction), which winds up a result. You have what you have because of what you think.
If I think the world is a dangerous place, I feel frightened of going outside, I stay inside my house and eat or watch TV, and the result is I’m isolated and unhappy. If I question my belief that the world is a dangerous place by truly identifying situations where I have felt this to be true, and examine these experiences in a very thorough way using The Work (without faking it or trying to think positively, by the way), I may feel excited or curious rather than terrified…my actions change–I leave the house to meet people, take classes, look around. I no longer feel isolated, I have friends, my life is rich and fulfilling.
There is a solution to suffering, whether very slight mosquito-bite sized stress, or major life-changing stress. You can’t change the world….you can question your thoughts about it, and discover new possibilities that never occurred to you before.
- Uncover the hidden beliefs running in the background of your mind, the ones that make you feel lousy, scared and sick, the ones that make you act in ways that result in failure, guilt or disappointment. Because they’re hidden….it can help to be facilitated in this step.
- Apply self-inquiry and do The Work of Byron Katie on these exposed troubling beliefs. This is a deep, transformative practice and way of life.
- Create a new map for living your turnarounds…living in an entirely different way, without stressing, ruminating, eating, drinking or engaging in other addictions, feeling anxious or depressive or constantly irritated with life.
I used to be a nervous wreck. I had an eating disorder for a decade. I was incredibly introverted. I had a less-than-intimate love life, and a lonely marriage which ended in divorce. I got a cancer diagnosis. My dad died very young, death seemed horrible and I missed him. I couldn’t find any peace in religion, or from family. I had twenty jobs before the age of 30, and no clear career.
Ugh. The world seemed as unstable as I was!
But through my pursuit of peace, I was eventually led to becoming deeply intimate with my own mind, my thoughts and feelings, my attitude towards life as a great investigation.
There are many modalities of brilliant therapeutic tools. The Work of Byron Katie is one of them, and offers a very clear roadmap to peace. I found when I did The Work, my thinking became clearer and relaxed, and low and behold, the world became clearer and relaxed.
As I practiced self-inquiry…..my life began to change, all on it’s own. I made the changes I always wanted to make, without pushing tensely or trying so hard. Or perhaps it would be better said…..things appeared to change, not “I” made changes. It felt like a miracle.
Now, I facilitate this method of dissolving suffering. I work with people to address their addictions, end overeating, overweight, bulimia or anorexia, end angst over relationships, end money scarcity and lack, end the agony of feeling fearful and like a failure in every single area of life. I offer retreats all over the world, teach telecourses and programs for people in every time zone to connect and inquire, and can come to you if you have enough peeps interested in gathering to question their thinking and change their lives (write to me and ask).
Peace is not only possible for anyone and everyone….it’s accessible to you. All it takes is some “work” (your inquiry) and “grace” (the gift of insight and joy) will be added to your every move.
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Year of Inquiry: Practicing Together for a Year
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Eating Peace: When you react or adapt to the world by compulsively eating
Everyone has a right to freedom and peace when eating. Even you. No matter how far down the road of suffering or self-hatred you’ve been, eating peace is possible for you. Click HERE to learn more.