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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.

Upcoming Events with Byron Katie

At Home with BK

A Zoom Event
9 a.m.–10 a.m. Pacific Time

Byron Katie

at the Center for The Work
July 18, 2024
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Pacific Time
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 not to believe me. I invite you to test it for yourself.

– Byron Katie
Revised Edition

Loving What Is

In 2003, Byron Katie first introduced the world to The Work with the publication of Loving What Is. Nearly twenty years later, Loving What Is continues to inspire people all over the world to do The Work; to listen to the answers they find inside themselves; and to open their minds to profound, spacious, and life-transforming insights. The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light.

A Simple Yet Powerful Practice

As we do The Work of Byron Katie, not only do we remain alert to our stressful thoughts—the ones that cause all the anger, sadness, and frustration in our 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.

No One Can Wrong Me

Introduction to Inquiry

I Want Mom to be Happy

Parenting and Family
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