"On the first evening of the School, I often ask the participants what they want to take home from the School.They say things like “I want peace of mind” or “I want to be a more loving person” or “I want to be happy with or without my partner.” By the end of the School, I hear again and again that they have found what they were looking for.But I have never seen such a supportive retreat container as the School for The Work, nor have I ever seen such a well-run program.
Throughout the School, I had a living feeling that I was being invited into greatness.
There were times when it was hard, when I felt I was wrestling with an invisible force that was causing me excruciating pain, but nevertheless, the feeling never left me—that I had come across something so valuable and so precious and that I had an opportunity to partake in the greatness of that which IS and of which I am a part.
The results can be more radical, more generous, than you can possibly imagine.” This is the ultimate inner adventure.
Unlike every other school on earth, this one isn't for learning—it's for unlearning.
What fascinated me during the School is how you have organized the program in such a holistic way—activities followed one another in a way that created a massive learning curve. “Before I did the School, I thought it was laziness that kept me from doing The Work; now I understand it was my ego's way of holding me back from becoming a more fully realized me.
I am aware that what you do in The Work is beyond educational paradigms, and I am not saying this from a position of an evaluator, but as a professional interested in how people learn, I was amazed at the way you fit the content—the hard-to-explain, what is beyond what we are used to—into a perfect methodology that follows all the rules that experts on holistic education talk about.” With endless gratitude, The School for The Work of Byron Katie: Of Course, I Didn’t Want To Go I dragged my feet on going to The School. Doing The Work with others in mindfulness gives me the discipline to go deeper.I had already done it all (or so I thought): Jungian analysis, spiritual seeking worldwide, attendance at the birth of the new age at Esalen in the ’70s, an endless variety of workshops, not to mention worksheets galore with fine facilitators. The rest is impossible to put into words, but let me say that the people, the place, what we did, what I heard, what I saw, what I felt, is still burning up my suffering in the fire of love. I found once I got used to writing out Worksheets and taking the time with a facilitation partner, it automatically became harder to tolerate any slight shitty feelings like doubt, resentment, etc.I called the School organizers many times and asked many questions. Not a flash, but a huge, unending blaze that continuously illuminates, transforms, and heals my relationship to Reality (also known as God). Sometimes the stories are obvious, like when anger wells up, but sometimes it can feel like an uneasiness or a slight misgiving about a person or situation.You'll facilitate your classmates' Work as they open up to themselves.Then you'll trade places, and they'll do the same for you. The curriculum at the School is a living, evolving process, changing with the needs of the participants and on the basis of past students' experiences.I tried to find out who, what, where, when, and how in great detail. I may sound as abstract as they did, but believe me when I say that the School has worked miracles in my heart and mind, and is still combusting in revelations that can only be experienced directly. For me it can show up in a tight stomach, fatigue, listlessness, or I distract myself with social media and answering email. If I slow down enough and sit mindfully with what is, I begin to notice cause and effect, and learn to track my inner movements.