Your Inner Awakening: The Work of Byron Katie: Four Questions That Will Transform Your Life
As 2020 grinds on, it has felt like a continual stripping away of the world as we knew it (I wrote more about it here) and one of the audiobooks that has really helped break through the repetitive patterns of disempowering thoughts is Your Inner Awakening: The Work of Byron Katie: Four Questions That Will Transform Your Life.
You may be familiar with Byron Katie’s The Work, a 4-step transformative process that allows us to turn stressful thoughts into those that empower us and to access our inner wisdom. I use it every time I find myself stuck with a thought that stresses me and I’ve found the questions of The Work an immensely valuable tool to break the cycle of negative thinking. Even more importantly, Byron Katie talks about Universal Beliefs that are the root of most stress related thoughts and it’s both an eye-opener and a reassurance that most of the time we are all thinking different versions of the same 30-40 hurtful thoughts. The Work has been helpful because if you do it (examine each stressful thought under the lens of the 4 questions) often enough you can nip a stressful thought in the bud saving yourself from needless thought-spiraling and anxiety.
The voice within is what I’m married to. All marriage is a metaphor for that marriage. My lover is the place inside me where an honest yes and no come from. That’s my true partner. It’s always there. And to tell you yes when my integrity says no is to divorce that partner.”– Byron Katie