What do you think about Byron Katie?

kalgo's picture

Average: 4.5 (8 votes)

I wonder: what do you think about Byron Katie?

I haven't seen any opinions in her guru profile (the profile is relatively new from recent days), see in "related stuff on the right.

She is extremely popular and for me she is a puzzle, haven't made up my mind: on one hand, I understand that she is helping a lot of people to relieve their suffering with her "The Work" technique. On the other hand, she sounds too "new age"-ist and "American self help" kind of stuff and her method sounds to me too simplistic and structured to be able to fool the mighty mind with its harmful thinking patterns.

Anyone with an experience with her and her method? Is she effective as Eckhart Tolle is?

shond's picture

Good question

I browsed once a bit in her famous book in Barnes & Noble and it looked to me also too simplistic and mind-based stuff.

On the other hand, I heard her recently in Oprah Winfrey and she sounded authentic and interesting.

I think the bottom line is that we must remember that there are different methods for different types of people, in different stages, and especially having different types of purposes (stop fighting with the spouse / ease suffering / solve mental complexities / eliminate conditionings / increase trust and belief / be more tranquil / realize the truth / get enlightened, etc.). Not everyone involved in spirituality sets a target to get enlightened (whether it is possible to achieve such a target or not is a matter of another discussion). For some a western psychologist will be the best, for others a new age therapist, for others a guru, a book, a method, a sage encountered in a coffee shop, shopping, etc.

Byron Katie is definitely a solution for many of a certain type and aim.

shond | Mon, 09/22/2008 - 10:02
Gilana's picture


Thank you for sweetly reminding me that there are many types of spiritual seekers...each rightly pursuing that which will move them forward. Who's to say that a good shopping trip can't break open something that wouldn't break open any other way? Bravo.

Gilana | Mon, 08/23/2010 - 15:47
orlyaum's picture

Thanks for asking

Katie Is a visionary, a womderful teacher. She is not interested in runnuning anybody's life, is a giver of profound inner wisdom and an eye opener. I feel fortunate to have met her. It makes me smile when i read "opinions" such as the one before me here, and i don't mean to sound patronizing, its just that the words regarding The work being "too simplistic' --i remember well what its like to talk of something rather then experiencing an inner shift. So happy to not be in that space any more.so much to say about Katie and yet, is that even Katie? All i know to tell is really about me. Good to know!! Orly

orlyaum | Sun, 03/14/2010 - 11:43
Cliffhanger's picture

Byron Katie

In my experience, The Work of Byron Katie is extremely powerful. It does seem too simple, or too good to be true... Katie's work does not strike me as mind based. It uses the mind against itself. And it does not feel like self-help because it deconstructs the sense of self, rather than building a stronger, bigger self.
At first I did not like her presentation, because I was very much into Zen and I did not really like talking. Her presentation seemed too American-pop-psychology to me. But when I really listened to where she was taking people, it was clear that there was a lot more going on under the surface.
If you are curious about Byron Katie, you could try doing The Work, really feel it in your body and see what happens. Also watching videos of her leading people through the questions can be really helpful.


Cliffhanger | Tue, 08/10/2010 - 21:40
B-friend's picture

Really really...

...like this woman. In my humble view, she is a jnani in the form of a self help guru. The thought of that gives me the warm fuzzies and makes me giggle. I imagine she is, and will continue to be, very very helpful to a lot of people.

B-friend | Wed, 08/11/2010 - 06:57