Katie in Paris on 12th juillet 2014
Don’t miss this wonderful day together.
At this event, Katie will introduce you to her Work. It is a wonderful opportunity for members of the audience to do The Work with her and to ask her questions.
I will be translating this event into French on the 12th July in Paris and on 14th July in Bern, Switzerland.
Date and time Samedi 12 juillet 2014 de 9h30 à 17h00.
Doors open at 9:00am
14-20 Rue de la Gaîté
How to get there
Gaîté (line 13) ou Edgar Quinet (line 6)
Nearest train station : Gare Montparnasse.
This post is also available in: French
It has been a while since I had the chance to go to Africa to move The Work of Byron Katie and I am very excited about the new project that is going to take me to Zimbabwe in September and October 2013. The best thing about it is that it is organised by an NGO,by people who deal with the problems on the ground on a daily basis.
I have heard from health workers, community development workers, AIDS advocates and Social workers that The Work is a powerful tool in the hands of caregivers who deal with heightened levels of suffering. And the best place to start is always with oneself.
Prior to discovering The Work, I used to feel quite depleted and saddened by the levels of poverty and sickness I witnessed on my trips to developing countries. The Work has totally changed my attitude and I now have more clarity and energy to deal with all the situations I am confronted with there. Questioning my own thoughts and not seeing a problem with those people’s circumstances, gives them the room to also have a look and realise for themselves what is the cause of their suffering. Not being at war against reality doesn’t mean being passive, quite the opposite. It frees up energy to take action when action is needed, effectively and fearlessly.
In the two videos below, you will meet some of my Franciscan nuns friends who have experienced The Work for themselves before passing it on to the people in their community that they are so dedicated to.
I am open to sharing The Work with members of the caring professions and to supporting them in doing The School for The Work so that they can in turn pass the tool, end their own suffering and inspire others to do the same.
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.
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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 you.
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.
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 nature.
“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.”
I see The Work of Byron Katie as a bridge that allows us to cross over from apparent reality to our inner world, peeping behind the curtain of our stressful thoughts and reaching a place where the truth was never forgotten, just overlooked.
The Work is a process of internal inquiry leading to personal insights and self-realisation.
It is a method of contemplation of our thoughts, of the effect that believing them has on our life and on our relationships with ourselves and others. It is a way to resolve past trauma, hurt and fear as it dispels the frightening images and impressions of our past and the mirage of our future.
It is a way of experiencing ourselves beyond our belief system and thereby ending our own suffering. It is a path to inner wisdom, joy, peace and deep connection. It is an invitation to discover the Truth of who we are.
It is so simple, anyone can do it. All it requires is on open mind and the desire to know the truth.
“Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”
“No one has ever been angry at another human being—we’re only angry at our story of them.”
“The world is your perception of it. Inside and outside always match —
they’re reflections of each other. The world is the mirror image of your own mind”