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Loving What is [Abridged, Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Byron Katie , Stephen Mitchell
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Sept. 1 2002
Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advise on how to live, comes Byron Katie and what she calls "The Work." The Work is a revolutionary new way to resolve problems, so simple that even a child can do it, yet so powerful that it can radically change your life. The Work's four questions can be applied to any situation, from everyday conflicts to life-long traumas. In Loving What Is, Byron Katie takes you step-by-step through this transformative process, giving you everything you need to experience freedom and lasting peace in your life. This audio edition features live recordings of people doing The Work with Katie, and the riveting one-on-one dialogues with Katie bring The Work to life in a way that the book can't. The audio also includes bonus material featuring new and expanded dialogues not found in the book.


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Remember the phrase "question authority"? Loving What Is is a workbook on questioning authority--but in this case, what is in question is the authority of our own fundamental beliefs about our relationships.

Known simply as "The Work," Byron Katie's methods are clean and straightforward. The basis is a series of four questions addressed to your own lists of written assumptions. Whether you're angry with your boss, frustrated with your teen's behavior, or appalled at the state of the world's environment, Katie suggests you write down your most honest thoughts on the matter, and then begin the examination. Starting with, "Is it true?" and continuing with explorations of "Who would you be without that thought?" this method allows you to get through unhelpful preconceptions and find peace. An integral part of the process is "turning the thought around," and at first this can seem like you're simply blaming yourself for everything. Push a little harder, and you'll find a very responsible acceptance of reality, beyond questions of fault and blame.

The book is filled with examples of folks applying The Work to a variety of life situations, and reading other's examples gets the idea across pretty clearly; chances are you'll find your own frustrations echoed on the pages a few times. Many chapters are divided into specific topics, such as couples, money, addictions, and self-judgments, with one chapter devoted to exploring the method with children.

Questioning your own authority is never an easy process, but it seems well worth the potential rewards--stress-free choices, peace, and affection for those closest to you. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A thrice-married housewife and mother of three who once suffered from depression, Katie presents what she calls "the Work," a series of questions to help alter bad thinking patterns and reveal painful truths. So that readers might see the method in action, she has reproduced edited dialogs among herself and participants at her workshop. Direct and easy to follow, her book could indeed produce results for readers battling run-of-the-mill work and relationship problems. However, Katie and coauthor/husband Mitchell, a translator of the Bhagavad Gita, would like their audience to believe that this is heads above a standard self-help book: in Mitchell's compelling introduction, he compares Katie's process to the Socratic method and the Zen Koan and posits that it will enhance any other program or religion. These are heady claims, and it's up to the reader to decide whether the authors deliver on their promises. With the publicity campaign and author tour, there will likely be demand in public libraries. Susan Burdick, MLS, Reading, PA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The End of Therapy June 14 2003
By Jan
Format:Hardcover
I had a story. It wasn't a happy story. It was about an abusive childhoood. I wore that story like a pair of sunglasses. I saw my world through that story. I kept spoiling my present with those past experiences.
"The Work" a process contained in this book is the only system that allowed me to really get to the truth of my story - ah - the story under such examination just started dropping away.
This book is not in competition with any other. No other book can take its place. The niche is unique. In A Course in Miracles you are told forgiveness is the key but no one gives you a road map for how to do that - Byron Katies does. In The Power of Now Eckhardt Tolle tells us to be fully in the present moment and just be aware of the pain body - Byron Katie tells you to investigate that pain body so that it can drop away.
For me, this was the single best book that I've experienced that genuinely helped me...I went to A Course in Miracles classes for over 7 years - no real change - I read and am doing The Work in Loving What Is - major changes in two weeks....
I'm very thankful for this book, this work.

I'd like to say that now I wear sunglasses so that people won't be blinded by the light coming from my eyes...but that's stretching it a bit - I'm just a lot happier!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Discovering yourself through Inquiry May 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
In Loving What Is, the authors explain Byron Katie's technique, called "The Work." It is about how to resolve problems, live from a place of peace and aliveness, and how to examine what is, rather than our thoughts about what is. Her approach is refreshing and inspiring. The technique centers around what Katie calls the "Inquiry," four simple questions that allow people to discover how their own thoughts deceive them and create obstacles to a satisfying life. Her book illustrates the "Inquiry" with examples from people she has worked with. She addresses aspects of life that affect everyone: relationships and family, work and money, death and terror. What I enjoyed about her work and her style is that she encourages people to simply look at their thoughts and behaviors, without putting pressure on them to be different than they are. This allows their problems to dissolve. Rather than trying to solve peoples' problems, Katie takes them through a process of examining their reality and shares her enthusiasm and passion for living with awareness. Another book that explores the magic and ease of living in the present and the healing effect of discovering your own truth is Working On Yourself Doesn't Work by Ariel and Shya Kane. This is a simple, honest, and empowering book that captures the essence of how to live a rich, fulfilling and exciting life by letting go of mechanical behaviors from the past that stand in the way of aliveness and well-being.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It IS True!!! Oct. 31 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I've been reading through some of the reviews of this book. The negative reviewers make statements such as, "It's too basic. It's a band-aide approach. She's unqualified." I think the question they need to ask is exactly what Katie teaches, "Is it true? Can you absolutely know it's true?" What makes a person "Qualified" anyway--a piece of paper? I've met garbage collectors that I considered more "qualified" to comment on "life" than some therapists who had the "credentials." Qualified, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder.
This "work" has helped me tremendously in changing my thinking. It's helped me identify the "stories" I create around the actual truth, and it's helped me realize that those stories are what create my suffering--not the actual reality itself. I think the main thing Katie helps people do is shed their "victim consciousness" and empower themselves. We all create our own reality. She simply helps us "examine" what we're creating and change our perceptions about it. It's in changing those perceptions that we are able to stop creating the same "patterns" over and over again and create more "consciously." And as Forest Gump would say, "That's all I have to say about that!"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Katie is RIGHT! July 13 2010
By Amazon User TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Katie encourages people to take responsibility for their own life, their own happiness by questioning their own thoughts. She says there is my business, your business and God's business...I found the peace I was seeking when I stayed in my business. This is definitely worth the money! You can't put a dollar sign on peace of mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it July 10 2003
By steve
Format:Hardcover
You may love it, you may hate it. So simple it may be easy to miss the point. I found Katie's style and some of the wording a little off putting and some of the ideas challanging, but tried the questions for myself anyway. If you believe the road to change starts with self awareness and self acceptance, then katies questions certainly can't do any harm. My experience is that they are simple and profound. If you have a desire to challange your perceptions and question your view of the world, this is an excellent place to start. I've spent a fair bit of time and money on self help books, looking for answers. I've found myself a lot happier living with these four questions
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, an antidote for obsessiveness March 22 2002
Format:Hardcover
A friend of mind literally put this book in my hands. I had been obsessing about someone for months. I have a meditation practice, a therapist, friends who had been listening to me patiently. But this book seems to be helping in a way nothing else has. This cool thing called "The Work"--where you have to write down what's bothering you and then ask four questions and turn your problem around--made me see that he had hurt me once, but I was hurting me every single day, with my thoughts, repeating the whole thing over and over, letting it take me over. I feel so much lighter about the whole thing now, even kind of amused at times by my own craziness. I really recommend this book to anyone who thinks too much. And I really want to meet Byron Katie someday--the way she talks about Reality being God--if only we were willing to truly see it, the way she talks in general is kind of startling, wakes you up. In person, she must be amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
We can all get there, it's really quite simple.
Published 1 month ago by MaryAnn Setterstrom
4.0 out of 5 stars Ask the question of yourself, what is my belief ...
Ask the question of yourself, what is my belief system and is it really true. This book will help you to discover new insights and beliefs about yourself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CathyChamberlin
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit simplistic
The person who was repeatedly sexually abused at 9 years old and then as an adult managed to turn the issue around to I'm abusing myself (with thoughts) doesn't quite work for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by thelmablue
4.0 out of 5 stars Loving What Is ? Yes !
Thought provoking book that leads to greater personal awareness presented in a clear, concise, easy to follow manner. Love What Is.
Published 3 months ago by Karen Cote Rooney
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I think this will be a very helpful book. Of course because it has exercises it's not quick to get through but by engaging oneself one can get the greatest results
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Laura Lambell
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplest Formula for Peace Ever
Byron Katie's four questions are the simplest and most powerful of any of the several processes I have studied and tried to bring calm and peace to any disturbing situation - old... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rachel Kovachis
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish. Ridiculous.
If you really think "It's not REALLY true" that your child should do his homework, or that they should NOT throw tantrums, then you may want to stay away from this book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paula A. Brahan
4.0 out of 5 stars Goes to the heart of the matter...
Something here for everyone.....straightforward and helpful. A book you will return to when living becomes challenging. Read more
Published 11 months ago by liamo
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved "Loving What Is"
Ok, I’ll admit it. I don’t always "love" what is. I’m just not there yet. But this book has certainly helped me "accept" what is, and stop trying to alter the reality of "what... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steven Lane Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Helpful Self Help
This is the most helpful self help book I've ever read. I don't "get" it all yet, need to re-read, but doing the "work" brought great illumination.
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