The Judge-Your-Neighbor-Worksheet

Meet Your Internal Wisdom

The Work is meditation. It is a method of inquiry born directly out of Byron Katie’s experience. This practice allows you to access the wisdom that always exists within you.

A Simple Yet Powerful Practice

As we do The Work, not only do we remain alert to our stressful thoughts—the ones that cause all the anger, sadness, and frustration in your world—but we question them, and through that questioning the thoughts lose their power over us. Great spiritual texts describe the what—what it means to be free. The Work is the how. It shows you exactly how to identify and question any thought that would keep you from that freedom.

How to do The Work

The Practice

Every step of The Work is meditation. To begin, drop into stillness and observe what arises in the mind's eye. Now, allow The Work to work you.

More Detailed Guidance


Who or what upsets, angers, or saddens you? Why? Recall a specific situation.

Painful emotions are the temple bells that wake you up to tell you, "It's time to do The Work."


Capture your stressful thoughts on a Worksheet using short, simple sentences.

Once the mind is stopped on paper, thoughts remain stable and inquiry can easily be applied.


Isolate and question one thought—allow authentic answers to arise.

A question is an invitation to the mind, an opportunity to be shown what is true, beyond what we think we know.

Turn It Around

Find opposites of the thought. Are they as true as or truer than the original thought?

The turnarounds give consciousness an opportunity to expand, rather than being stuck in a limited reality.

Witness The Work

Video Library

Videos offer a way to become familiar with The Work. As you watch, be still and tune in to a similar moment in your life. Notice what arises in your mind. It is possible to do your own Work as you witness other people’s Work. You may come to find that there are no new stressful thoughts.

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Upcoming Events

Byron Katie offers her experience in The Work at programs ranging in length from two hours to twenty-eight days.

Ojai, CA

5—14 Nov. 2019

November 2019 School for The Work

The Ultimate Inner Adventure

Ojai, CA + Live Webcast

29—31 Dec. 2019

Byron Katie’s New Year’s Mental Cleanse

Begin the new year with greater clarity and freedom.

San Francisco

5—8 Mar. 2020

Wisdom 2.0 2020 Conference

The Power of Connection

Rhinebeck, New York

19—21 Jun. 2020

Omega Institute

Radical Wisdom—The Work with Byron Katie

An Invitation to Inquiry

Welcome to The Work

I discovered that when I believed my thoughts I suffered, but 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. And I invite you to not to believe me. I invite you to test it for yourself.

– Byron Katie