A few years ago, when I was in the middle of a difficult time in my own life, I found the The Work of Byron Katie helpline very helpful.
These days, a lot of things come up for people for a variety of reasons, so I thought I would share this resource here.
It’s free and you don’t need any experience with The Work or other forms of inquiry. The facilitator you work with will help you with each step in the process. It’s a gentle process and can be – especially if you are very sincere – profoundly transformative.
How does it work? Select a stressful situation. Fill out a Judge Your Neighbor (JYN) worksheet. And take each stressful thought through the four questions and the turnarounds.
This helps us identify the stressful thoughts which, in itself, can be helpful. Sometimes, these thoughts can simmer in us without us being aware of exactly what they say or are about. It helps us see that the initial stressful thoughts may not be true or true in the way we took them. It helps us find other angles that may be as or more true for us. And through this, there is typically a sense of relief and quieting down. (If there isn’t, it’s often because there may be other stressful thoughts we haven’t identified yet.)
Through this process, we may also identify underlying – more basic – stressful thoughts, which we can then take through the inquiry.
As most or all (?) catalysts for healing and awakening, the formal steps of The Work mimics how our mind works when it is more awake and healed. It helps us find our own wisdom, answers, and what’s true for us. And if we do it regularly over time, it comes alive in us in daily life.