Sometimes, when we reach rock bottom, we discover our spiritual awakening was waiting there for us to embrace it.
She was 43, bedridden, with three kids and an unhappy second marriage. Her destructive addictions to food, alcohol, and codeine sent her spiraling downward. As a last-ditch effort to heal her body, mind, emotions, and spirit, she asked for help and was admitted to a rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles.
Deeply depressed, full of rage and feeling completely disconnected from her life, she lay on the floor of the attic, staring at the ceiling. Suddenly she felt a faint tickle on her bare foot. A cockroach was brazenly making its way across her toes.
At that very moment, in the most vulnerable, desperate situation she had ever experienced, Byron Katie had a spiritual epiphany. She could either surrender to the bottomless pit of fear and loathing and give up on her life, or she could completely change the meaning she gave to basically everything.
In that moment of spiritual clarity, she realized that old beliefs and judgments had kept her stuck in a place of pain. By simply giving herself permission to release those beliefs, and substitute positive, hopeful new thoughts, she could immediately and permanently transform her life into one of joy, purpose, and love.
As she shared her new revelation with others, she began to realize the way she shifted the meaning of things in her own life could be a powerful tool for transformation for anyone else, too. That’s when Byron created “The Work,” a series of four questions designed to help people separate myth from truth, and reclaim their lives:
- Is it true?
- Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
- How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
- Who would you be without the thought?
Sharing The Work became Byron’s new spiritual purpose, and she has authored numerous best-selling books on the subject, lectured, created an international institute, and been dubbed, “a spiritual innovator for the 21 st century” by Time magazine. She has touched millions as The Work is being taught at prisons, hospitals, universities, corporations, workshops, and retreats across the globe.
Had she not confronted her own desperation, though, Byron never would have experienced the spiritual awakening that has transformed so many lives.
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