Byron Kathleen Mitchell, better known as Byron Katie (born December 6, 1942) is an American speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as “The Work of Byron Katie” or simply as “The Work”. She is the founder of Byron Katie International (BKI),an organization that includes The School for the Work and Turnaround House in Ojai, California.
Byron Katie has one job: to show people how to stop suffering. When Katie appears, lives change.
In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year spiral into depression, rage, and self-loathing, Katie woke up one morning to a state of constant joy that has never left her. She realized that when she believed her stressful thoughts, she suffered, but that when she questioned them, she didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Her simple yet powerful process of inquiry is called The Work.
The Work consists of four questions and the turnarounds, which are a way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe. When you question a thought, you see around it to the choices beyond suffering.
Katie has been bringing The Work to millions of people for more than thirty years. Her webcasts, weekend workshops, nine-day School for The Work, and twenty-eight-day residential Turnaround House have brought freedom to people all over the world.
Byron Katie’s eight books include the bestselling Loving What Is, I Need Your Love—Is That True?, and A Thousand Names for Joy. For more information, visit thework.com.
At thework.com, you will find free materials to download, audio and video clips, a schedule of events, a free helpline, and much more.