In the midst of a normal life, Byron Katie became increasingly depressed; over a ten-year period, she sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. One morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now Loving What Is shows how readers can discover the same freedom through a process known as The Work.
The Work consists of four simple questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it exists.
Loving What Is provides clear and vivid examples illustrating exactly how to use this revolutionary process. Cases include a broad range of human problems, from a wife ready to leave her husband, to a Manhattan worker paralyzed by fear of terrorism, to a woman suffering over a death in her family. Many people say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity and energy to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible. Loving What Is offers everything needed to learn and live this remarkable process, and to find happiness as what Katie calls Â"a lover of reality.Â"