Byron Katie is the internationally known bestselling author. In this new book, her first in 10 years, she shares the latest observations, exercises, and interpretations of "The Work," her life-transforming system of self-inquiry based on four questions:
1. Is it true?
2. Can you absolutely know that it's true?
3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
4. Who would you be without this thought?
Included are five dialogues in which people ask questions and reveal the probing thoughts that have been pestering them.
Stephen Mitchell, Katie's husband, provides an overview of the Inquiry method which he calls "self-realization" rather than "self-help." He is instrumental in structuring A Mind at Home with Itself around the Diamond Sutra, which he calls one of the great spiritual texts of the world. The interplay between Katie's comments and Mitchell's presentation of this ancient resource enables these two spiritual teachers to explore selflessness, generosity, love, enlightenment, bowing, giving, the gift of criticism, separation, freedom, wisdom, and the bounties of everyday spirituality.
Here is a sampler of some of Katie's quotations in this book:
- "Every time I give something away, what comes back to me is freedom."
- "The great spiritual texts describe the what. The Work is the how. It gives you direct entrance into the awakened mind."
- "When inquiry is alive inside you, every thought you think ends with a question mark, not a period. And that is the end of suffering."
- "Eventually, through practice, you no longer impose your thinking onto reality, and you can experience everything as it really is, as pure grace."