Sages tell us that when a person awakens – seeing reality and ourselves for what we truly are without distortion – the natural response is a Buddha laugh. As the great master, Ramana Maharshi, said, “What is on the day of laughter is also now.” Still, it is hard to imagine living life that way, with illuminated buoyancy and freedom. In this month’s program Mark talks about why this difficulty is so persistent. He’ll share practical tools for everyday enlightenment and awakening to our true nature. This month’s guest inspirational interview with Byron Katie will add further insight to this discussion. How can we know ourselves to be happy? How can we know ourselves to be free? This month’s guest interview is with Byron Katie, author and founder of The Work.
Seekers Session Recording and Transcript
Guest Interview with Byron Katie
Byron Katie, founder of The Work, has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. When Katie appears, lives change. As she guides people through her simple and powerful process of inquiry, called The Work, they find again and again that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves—radically and positively shift. Through The Work, anyone with an open mind can learn to identify, question, and heal the thoughts that cause them pain. Katie not only teaches that all the problems in the world originate in our thinking: she gives us the tool to open our minds and set ourselves free.
It has been her heart’s desire and tireless privilege to Work with millions of people at free public events, in prisons, hospitals, churches, corporations, universities, and schools. Participants at her weekend workshops and her unparalleled nine-day School for The Work and 28-day Turnaround House report profound experiences and lasting transformations. “Katie’s events are riveting to watch,” the Times of London reported. Eckhart Tolle calls The Work “a blessing for our planet.” And Time magazine named Katie a “spiritual innovator for the new millennium.”
Byron Katie is the author of the bestselling books Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, I Need Your Love—Is That True?, and A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are. On her website, www.thework.com you will find her blog, her schedule, a network of facilitators, a free hotline, audio and video clips, articles, and basic information about Katie and The Work, including free materials to download. Her book with Hay House, Question Your Thinking, Change the World: Quotations from Byron Katie was published in 2007, and her latest book, also with Hay House, Who Would You Be Without Your Story?, was published in October 2008.