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When I’m working with someone, I don’t think about the outcome. I’m not concerned with whether you’re taking it in, or how deep your insight is, or what you do with it or how far you go with it, or whether you’re in total resistance or have a major awakening. What I care about is…

Turnaround House

Turnaround House is Byron Katie’s 28-day program for The Work. Katie and her staff will guide you through this intensive program that offers The Work on addiction, depression, and confusion of all kind and will show you how to change your life- style and maintain these changes. We offer hands-on ways of functioning at a…

Letter: “I don’t like the way he touches me”

Dear Katie, For years, I’ve been struggling with the relationship between me and my son’s father. I left him when my son was three months old (he’s almost ten years old now), because I had a post partum depression and I experienced the way he dealt with that as very unpleasant. I left when my…

Letter: “Not taking the blame”

Dear Katie, After some trial and error, I am finally learning how to use The Work, but I am wondering if my situation may help clarify something for others. I have a difficulty standing up for myself and have found that often I inquire on questions in a way that doesn’t work. For example, when…

Question: Does joy last?

Hi Katie, After doing The Work, there have been times, sometimes days long, that there is this experience of just pure joy and happiness. Just experiencing what is, without judgment of it. After some time, judgment comes in again and thoughts and suffering and reacting and unconsciousness again. My question is, does this joy come…

Turnaround House

Many of you have asked about our 28-day program at Turnaround House in Ojai, California, home of the Center for The Work. Turnaround House is one of the loveliest and most charming homes in our area, and our program is really beyond words that can do it justice; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience! Turnaround House is…

From the Mother of an Autistic Child

I was at the UCLA hospital autism support group for parents. I am a positive person so I don’t always enjoy these sessions because most of the time, everyone is bitching about one thing or another. There was a mother that totally has it together, she has eleven kids (yep, seriously), runs a business herself,…

A Letter from Gordon in Kenya

Hi So Dearest Katie, We at my project in Kisumu love you sooo much and practically well! Thanks for your emails that really give me and us all strength and enthusiasm. The photos that I have attached here are our participation as a group in the recent joint venture where we helped built a house…

The Work in China

Dearest Katie, I am writing to you from Shenzhen, China. Just finished a 3-day workshop of The Work for 30 participants. Want to let you know that The Work is so so well loved by the Chinese here. It touched me deeply to see the willingness of these lovely ones, especially the young people, to…

Letter: From Algeria

Hi, I’m very happy and exited today because I’ve facilitated my friend, a 50 year old woman, about the most important problem of her life (her mother). My friend is a psychologist and also works with the minister of education. They are developing a new field in human development and after the facilitation she said…

Byron Katie and My daughter’s socks

Socks, shoes, shirts, clothes, earrings, you name it, my 14 year-old daughter leaves it lying around. It used to drive me crazy (or crazier, as we like to say). Every Monday, which is cleaning day at our house, I would spend an extra hour or two picking up her crap before I could even see…

Letter: “I am not safe”

Dear Katie, Thank you so much for answering the email I sent to you about my son’s father who keeps touching me whenever he sees me. I meditated on what you said: “I will do whatever it takes to avoid conflict”—and I found two underlying beliefs. “My parents were fighting all the time.” (Which, of…

Letter: “You are your own suffering”

Byron Katie’s words suddenly make perfect sense! What a gift to be able to actually ‘feel’ this ‘simple’ sentence! I’ve recently been shown just how true this statement is! I just wanted to share what came up for me around this. It’s been an amazing realization for me—not just shown to me once, but over…

Letter: “My son has a grudge”

Dearest Katie; My 28 yr old son, the one with the brain tumor, is breaking me down. He has a grudge and he’s going to make me listen. Recently he had a series of seizures and resulting brain swelling that left him weakened on his right side and unable to find words to complete his…

Explanation: “If a thought is hurtful, then it is untrue.”

Dear Katie, I would like you to speak to a recent quote of yours (I hope I get it right): “If a thought is hurtful, then it is untrue.” Lori Dearest Lori, Yes, this is something I have said often, in many variations. And what is even more important, if a thought hurts you, question…

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