From the book, Loving What Is…
Byron Kathleen Reid became severely depressed while in her thirties. Over a ten-year period her depression deepened, and Katie (as she is called) spent almost two years rarely able to leave her bed, obsessing over suicide. Then one morning, from the depths of despair, she experienced a life-changing realization.
Katie saw that when she believed that something should be different than it is (“My husband should love me more,” “My children should appreciate me”) she suffered, and that when she didn’t believe these thoughts, she felt peace. She realized that what had been causing her depression was not the world around her, but what she believed about the world around her. In a flash of insight, Katie saw that our attempt to find happiness was backward—instead of hopelessly trying to change the world to match our thoughts about how it “should” be, we can question these thoughts and, by meeting reality as it is, experience unimaginable freedom and joy.
Katie developed a simple yet powerful method of inquiry, called The Work, that made this transformation practical.
Katie‟s insight into the mind is consistent with leading-edge research in cognitive neuroscience, and The Work has been compared to the Socratic dialogue, Buddhist teachings, and twelve-step programs. But Katie developed her method without any knowledge of religion or psychology. The Work is based purely on one woman‟s direct experience of how suffering is created and ended. It is astonishingly simple, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, and requires nothing more than a pen and paper and an open mind.
Everything you need to do The Work is free and can be downloaded on Katie’s website. The Little Book explains her story and the process. Read the book and then begin. The first step is to fill out a Judge Your Neighbor worksheet. This helps you locate issues that need attention. Then there are the The Four Questions and Turn It Around. The Work is simple, brilliant, elegant.
There are also additional documents here available for download, such as: “Judge Your Body” worksheet, “Universal Beliefs sheet, and others. There are many videos on Katie’s websites and on YouTube that allow you to watch her in action.