See The Work

What is The Work?

The Work is a simple yet powerful process of inquiry that teaches you to identify and question the thoughts that cause all the suffering in the world. It’s a way to understand what’s hurting you, and to address the cause of your problems with clarity. In its most basic form, The Work consists of fours questions and the turnarounds.

Everything you need to do The Work is available for free on this website.

“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. 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. That joy is in everyone, always.”
—Byron Katie

People who do The Work as an ongoing practice commonly report:

  • Alleviation of depression: Find resolution, even happiness, in situations that were once debilitating.
  • Decreased stress: Live with less anxiety or fear.
  • Improved relationships: Experience deeper connection and intimacy with your partner, your parents, your children, your friends, and yourself.
  • Reduced anger: Understand what makes you angry and resentful and become reactive less often, with less intensity.
  • Increased mental clarity: Live and work more intelligently and effectively, with integrity.
  • More energy: Experience a new sense of ongoing vigor and well-being.
  • More peace: Discover how to become “a lover of what is.”

Begin The Work

Drop into the core of The Work with the Judge-Your Neighbor Worksheet, as Byron Katie takes you through every step of the process.

Once you’ve reviewed this video, you can see more videos below, or Do The Work yourself. You can also visit Byron Katie on YouTube

Filling in the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet
The Gift of Chronic Pain—The Work of Byron Katie
How to Stop Violence in the World—The Work of Byron Katie
I Didn’t Want to Hurt Anymore—The Work of Byron Katie
Until the Meditator Vanishes—The Work of Byron Katie
My Father Has Alzheimer’s—The Work of Byron Katie
You Are A Good Person—The Work of Byron Katie
I’ve Failed as a Mother—The Work of Byron Katie
Whose Addiction?—The Work of Byron Katie
Can The Work Cure Allergies?—The Work of Byron Katie