Bringing our African Friends to The School for The Work of Byron Katie

One of the things that I feel very enthusiastic about is to bring our African friends to The School for The Work of Byron Katie. The School for the Work is a phenomenal experience and I would encourage anybody who has an interest in The Work to go. My first School – and subsequent ones – was the most life-enhancing experiences I have ever had and I love passing on this message. In order to make The Work progress in Africa, we have been supporting people who have been actively involved in their community as health professionals, AIDS workers, community development workers, and others in the caring professions to attend the School in Germany in the summer of each year or in Los Angeles. So far, we have supported four Africans to participate in this great adventure: two Kenyans (Bad Neuenahr, Germany July 2010 & 2011) and a couple from Uganda (Los Angeles, Oct. 2012). Another three were ready to go and got refused their European visa. I have also met a Rwandan man and another from Malawi at various Schools… the numbers are growing. When these people go back to their country and their community, they can share The Work as living examples of what it can do to improve someone’s life. They go home equipped with some of Katie’s books and audios and a large dose of enthusiasm. The two Ugandans  are now engaged in the program to become Certified Facilitators. For us, it is great support to have these School graduates on the ground, able to help us organise sessions, talks and workshops. This year we are very hopeful about being able to bring Moses, a community development worker from Kenya. He was one of the ones that was refused his entry visa last year. In this video you will meet one of our School graduates African friends. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/3jxOCmzq6W8?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″...
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The Work of Byron Katie for people living with HIV / AIDS

I have been taking trips to Kenya and Tanzania, sharing The Work of Byron Katie in places where the incidence of HIV+ in the local population is officially 1 in 3 , including children. The effect that the epidemic has on people’s every day lives is hard to comprehend. The social structure and economy are also deeply affected and in turn, poverty gains ground. The Work is a powerful tool for people who are seemingly living in hopeless situations. It helps people gain a new perspective on their life, keep contributing to the community and face disclosure fearlessly. Coming out of denial and resulting covert sexual behaviours is, to my mind, one of the factors that will help curtail the progression of the AIDS epidemic. Below is short video that was filmed in 2010, it contains testimonials from HIV positive people who have experienced The Work. I hope it inspires...
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Moving The Work of Byron Katie in Zimbabwe

This coming September and October, I will be taking part in a project in Harare, Zimbabwe. The aim of this project is to use The Work of Byron Katie to help people living with HIV and AIDS reduce their self-stigma.  Self-stigma is defined as negative self-judgements resulting in shame, worthlessness and self-blame adversely affecting the heath of a person. When self-stigma is present, it feeds a cycle of denial. alienation and fear of disclosure of the sufferer’s status. In turn, this may result in behaviours that contribute to the spreading of the disease. Self-judgment is nothing more than a set of beliefs a person has about him or herself. Dismantling painful and limiting beliefs is the purpose of The Work, the perfect tool to support people living with HIV and AIDS, and affected by self-stigma to alleviate their own suffering. The Work is perfectly adapted to the African context since it requires nothing more than pen and paper and a willingness to go inside. This project was born out of a study carried out by Nadine Ferris France, HIV AIDS Consultant and fellow Certified Facilitator of The Work. In her own words, “Self-stigma is a silent killer of people living with HIV and AIDS. It adversely affects the physical and psychological health of people living with HIV and acts as barrier to care, treatment and support”. Nadine, in collaboration with Trocaire, an Irish NGO, has designed an intervention in Harare and has kindly invited me to participate in its implementation. It’s been two years now since my last visit to Africa. I am always amazed at how powerful The Work is in an African context and how it can make a real difference in people’s life. I am looking forward to this project and to discovering a new country....
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Welcome to Mind Witness

This is a place where the mind gets to witness itself through a method of self-inquiry called The Work of Byron Katie. The Work of Byron Katie is a way of identifying and questioning the thoughts that cause all the anger, fear, depression, addiction, and violence in the world. Experience the happiness of undoing those thoughts through The Work and allow your mind to return to its true, awakened, peaceful, creative...
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Byron Katie, founder of The Work

“Your mind created the entire world of suffering. To free our world, free yours. To free your world, free your mind”. “Reality is always kinder than the story we tell about it.” “To free your world, free your mind”. “A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts but our attachment to our thoughts that causes suffering.” Byron Katie...
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