Exclude nothing, welcome it. The astonishing practice of The Work.

Have you ever experienced the feeling like you know The Work of Byron Katie is transformative, you’ve tried it, you’ve done it, you’ve been in workshops on The Work, you’ve sat with Katie in person, you’ve even gone to The School for The Work….

….and yet, something isn’t jarring loose? Something keeps on keepin’ on, it keeps repeating itself, you keep feeling bad about the same thing, you don’t really get how to address your particular relationship(s) or issue?

It can’t be so simple, can it? You can’t just “question your thinking” and change your life, can you?

Yet we’re drawn, constantly, to inquire once we’ve been bit by the bug of the power of self-inquiry. To wonder about if what we’re thinking is actually true is amazing!

What if everything I’ve ever been terrified of isn’t actually true?

Wow. Exciting.

But even though I’ve known and deeply experienced and been fundamentally changed and impressed by The Work, I haven’t always felt the power of it.

know how to do The Work, but….(we have our reasons we don’t do it, or we think it won’t work….)

The grooves and habits we’re in are perhaps deep, and practiced for many years (since childhood)!

Over the past ten years I’ve worked on my own thoughts about the following topics, and worked with so many people who were suffering about the very same situations.

  • Doing The Work on someone who really angers you, where you felt resentment or even rage for being betrayed, ignored, hurt.
  • Doing The Work on money, or loss of your job, or feeling anxious about your survival because of the volatility of money or your career.
  • Doing The Work on addictions, like going to the fridge for more, more, more when you’re clearly not hungry, or drinking to where you don’t remember what you said, or smoking cigarettes when you thought you already quit.
  • Doing The Work on love, sexuality, couples, marriage or divorce
  • Doing The Work on getting cancer, hurting yourself physically, aging, or not being attractive enough.
  • Doing The Work on the pain of being alive, on mother, father, sister, brother….on everything we learned or experienced when we were tiny things.

If you wonder about hitches or blocks about doing The Work, like thinking it’s not as big a deal as it seems, or it’s just not so light and easy, you may enjoy listening to the live immersion webinar today.

Come join me for an investigation of what typically blocks us when it comes to this profound and transformational self-inquiry.

We start today, Tuesday, August 22nd at 8:30 am PT: Ten Barriers to The Work and How To Dissolve Them. (2 hours) Click HERE to register. Bring a pen and paper.

At the very end, and I mean truly after 90 minutes of only focusing on barriers to The Work and wonderful exercises to help crack them….I’ll talk about Year of Inquiry for those interested in the one year program starting soon (live calls start the week of Sept 15).

But if you aren’t drawn or can’t attend this live webinar….don’t worry.

I’m here with you in The Work. No one needs a webinar to do The Work. The Work is something you can do, free of charge, by answering four questions and finding turnarounds.

All you need to do is identify one particularly stressful thought today. Write it down.

Then hold it up against the four questions. Keep repeating it over again, as you wonder about every question, and every answer. Then find your turnarounds….all the opposites to your stressful belief.

If you have a special and particularly difficult stressful thought, hit reply and let me know what it is and if you’ve worked it before. I’ll write about it in a Grace Note soon.

“When the mind begins inquiry as a practice, it learns as a student of itself that everything is for it. Everything adds to it, enlightens it, nourishes it, reveals it. Nothing is or ever was against it. This is a mind that has grown beyond opposites. It’s no longer split. It keeps opening, because it’s living out of a fearless, undefended state, and it’s eager for knowledge. It realizes that it’s everything, so it learns to exclude nothing, to welcome it all.” ~ Byron Katie in A Mind At Home With Itself

Let’s do The Work. Because nothing could be so wonderful as to not be against what happens.

Much love,

Grace

2 Responses to Exclude nothing, welcome it. The astonishing practice of The Work.

  1. What a sweet image, the trees, boulders, work, labor. How lovely to imagine the beauty of accepting, even surrendering to What Is, as it is. And I love we can use The Work to find those sticky points where it just doesn’t seem like a good idea to leave it alone–LOL. Thank you for your eloquent words. Much love, Grace

  2. Accepting the profound wisdom of Katie’s statement (see quotation)is a balm for a tortured mind. Several weeks ago, I was sitting having a casual conversation with another locally-based practitioner of The Work. We were sharing our love of Katie’s work, sitting on a park bench overlooking a river. I suddenly got this image of the futility of one’s constant struggle with “what is” rather than seeing reality’s value as being FOR us:
    There were several large oak trees nearby, as well as a few huge boulders, and the river itself. Now, it COULD BE possible to move all three of those components, right? At great cost, for sure(!), but possible. The image that hit me was, “So, you don’t like the locations of those three oak trees? I’ll get you a shovel, and I’ll ask an arborist [think “psychoanalyst”] to come and advise you. Then you’ll be on your own to start digging, freeing up the roots, then dragging the tree to YOUR preferred location, then digging THAT hole, then . . . then . . . .)” Now, isn’t that a good image of the tremendous (wasteful) energy that we exert, trying to change reality, rather than accepting and valuing it? And we haven’t even started in on moving those three car-sized boulders yet! And then there’s the river bed to re-direct! ! ! The work you (and Katie) do, Grace, is priceless, helping people learn to fall into “Loving What Is” rather than you standing on the sideline, watching people trying to take control of the gears of the universe.

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