By Dr. Pedro Cortina, Managing Partner at the Innerland Institute
Originally published in Linkedin Publications

The Work of Byron Katie is, in my experience, one of the most profound and efficient transformational methodologies I have ever encountered. I learned about Byron Kathleen Mitchell and her Work in the early 00s’ through a friend’s suggestion, and in retrospect, I can say, without any room for doubt, that The Work has been an extraordinary catalyst for me throughout more than 10 years of practicing this method.

The Work is a way to identify and question the thoughts that cause all your stress, doubt, insecurity, confusion, and suffering. These are the same thoughts that currently are (or that may eventually become) important perceptional obstacles for ourselves or for the people around us. The only prerequisite to doing The Work, in the words of its founder, is “having an open mind” (Katie, 2003) making this method extraordinarily accessible to all who may be interested. The Work is comprised of four questions and three turnarounds that we present ourselves as an invitation to inquire into our internal experience.

With The Work we allow ourselves and our teams to see and access internal options and possibilities that we might have never imagined in our original stressful and rigid state of mind

The Work can be practiced in the form of self-inquiry or as a guided facilitation with the support of someone else. The Work can also be practiced by individuals, teams and organizations alike. In essence, and in my experience, The Work uses our current manifesting thoughts, emotions, or perceptional obstacles to eventually notice how the opposite (the turnaround) can actually be as true as the initial charged thought.

As we notice, in a state of deep inquiry, that two thoughts that appear to be contradictory can actually and paradoxically be both true at the same time, the experience of separation consumes itself and the duality of polarization ends. Also, while dissolving and unifying the initial polarization, we further allow ourselves to see and access internal options and possibilities that we might have never imagined in our original stressful and rigid state of mind. As we practice and integrate The Work in our lives, our visiting internal stories, dramas and obstacles tend to gently fade from our lives giving way to that infinite internal space where integrity, compassion, understanding, action, and connection naturally and effortlessly arise.

In my experience, the scope of The Work is incredibly vast and its applicability seems to be basically limitless. I have personally been able to apply and bring The Work of Byron Katie into incredibly difficult situations in the realms of counselling, coaching, leadership development, education, innovation, organizational development as well as core business practices such as sales, marketing, strategic planning, production, distribution, etc. Other practitioners have also been quite successful in bringing The Work into the realms of healthcare, psychology, rehabilitation, law practice, reconciliation, stigma, and many more.

The results of an honest ongoing individual practice in The Work, or its profound integration within a team or organization can produce truly extraordinary results.

Theorizing and talking about The Work has its complications in the same way it is difficult to use language to communicate the art of Being. In my experience, The Work is about practice, integration and depth. The results of an honest ongoing practice in The Work tend to be truly extraordinary.

To learn more about The Work of Byron Katie please visit www.thework.com where you will find everything you need to get started. You can also visit The Institute for The Work -www.instituteforthework.com – which is the only organization authorized by Byron Katie to offer official worldwide certification status for practitioners of this modality. The Institute’s website also has a worldwide directory of certified facilitators as well as a free international Helpline for The Work where trained facilitators are ready to support you in your inquiry. You can also visit our website at innerland.com. If you are interested in bringing The Work into your organization as a leadership development tool or as a clarifying methodology to address individual foundation obstacles and team perceptional limitations, please feel free to get in touch with us at contact@innerland.com

Katie, Byron (2003). Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life. New York: Three Rivers Press.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Pedro Cortina is the Managing Partner at the Innerland Institute www.innerland.com. He is an author, speaker, counselor, facilitator, trainer, transformation specialist and leadership consultant. He is the author of Curflexion: Living the Infinite Space of Being, a guide for moving away from our underlying human experience of separation and unfulfillment.

ABOUT THE INNERLAND INSTITUTE

We specialize in working within the grounding realm of individuals, teams and organizations. This is the space where intangible internal impediments such as defeating beliefs, assumptions, mindset, preconceptions and blind spots can seriously get in the way of our passion, purpose, and direction. 

Our approach is tailored considering the nature and complexity of each situation. Our methodologies are based on profoundly effective and proven approaches of inquiry and facilitation such as The Work of Byron Katie and Philosophical Counseling. Our objective is to transform any impediment into a clear opportunity, with a clear course of action.