Byron Katie Quotes

Byron Kathleen Mitchell, more commonly referred to as Byron Katie, is an American speaker and author renowned for her teachings in self-inquiry, often called “The Work of Byron Katie.” This method focuses on a process known simply as “The Work.” Wikipedia

“We’re all looking for love, in our confusion, until we find our way back to the realization that love is what we already are.” ~ Byron Katie

“When we believe in our thoughts, when we tell ourselves a story, we suffer. ‘My husband doesn’t respect me.’ ‘I should be thinner.’ Those are stories. When there’s no story, there’s no suffering.” ~ Byron Katie

“There is no peace in the world until you find peace within yourself in this moment.” ~ Byron Katie

“When the creative mind is unleashed and understands its true nature, it’s unlimited. There’s nothing you cannot do.” ~ Byron Katie

“When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless.” ~ Byron Katie

“You cannot hurt me. Only I can do that.” ~ Byron Katie

“There is no security for those who seek it outside of themselves.” ~ Byron Katie

“Until you can see everything in the world as your friend, your work is not done.” ~ Byron Katie

“Who would you be without the thought that happiness depends on someone else?” ~ Byron Katie

“When you’re focused outside and believe that your problem is caused by someone else, rather than by your attachment to the story you’re believing in the moment, then you are your own victim, and the situation appears to be hopeless.” ~ Byron Katie

“A dishonest yes is a no to yourself.” ~ Byron Katie

“For me, if somebody tells me to go away, that is an opportunity: for me to give the person a better life, to realize where not to be, and to see what could be even better than being with that person I love.” ~ Byron Katie

“We fear only what we haven’t understood.” ~ Byron Katie

“Being present means living without control and always having your needs met.” ~ Byron Katie

“Nothing terrible has ever happened except in our thinking. Reality is always good, even in situations that seem like nightmares. The story we tell is the only nightmare that we have lived.” ~ Byron Katie

“When you become a lover of what is, the war is over.” ~ Byron Katie

“We don’t hear what someone said; we imagine what they meant.” ~ Byron Katie

“If you want to clean up the environment, start with your mind. It starts there!” ~ Byron Katie

“And that goes not only for mothers but for every human being you haven’t forgiven yet. Every human being, every cat, dog, tree, thing – to be separate from anyone or anything goes against your heart. The only time those people or things are not okay is when you believe they’re not.” ~ Byron Katie

“That’s where the fear comes from-from your uninvestigated thoughts.” ~ Byron Katie

“It’s not what happens in life that bothers us. It’s what we’re believing about it that bothers us.” ~ Byron Katie

“I love not rushing the process. Mind doesn’t shift until it does, and when it does shift, it’s right on time, not one second too late or too soon. People are like seeds waiting to sprout. We can’t be pushed ahead of our own understanding.” ~ Byron Katie

“When you act like a teacher, it’s usually because you’re afraid to be the student.” ~ Byron Katie

“If you are mentally somewhere else, you miss real life.” ~ Byron Katie

“Everyone is a mirror image of yourself-your own thinking coming back to you.” ~ Byron Katie

“When you realize that every stressful moment you experience is a gift that points you to your own freedom, life becomes very kind.” ~ Byron Katie

“If you want real control, drop the illusion of control; let life have you. It does anyway. You’re just telling yourself the story of how it doesn’t.” ~ Byron Katie

“No-one can disappoint you, only your thoughts about them can.” ~ Byron Katie

“No one will ever understand you. Realizing this is freedom. No one will ever understand you – not once, not ever. Even at our most understanding, we can only understand our story of who you are. There’s no understanding here except your own.” ~ Byron Katie

“I’ll tell you that for me, one when someone used to say something that was true, one way I knew it was true was that I immediately felt defensive. I blocked it off, and I went to war with them in my mind and suffered all that goes with it. And they were only saying what was true.” ~ Byron Katie

“Never be fooled into believing that there is one speck out of order.” ~ Byron Katie

“Each time your mind changes your whole world is changed.” ~ Byron Katie

“Insanity is arguing with reality.” ~ Byron Katie

“The ability to understand the cause of your own suffering gives you the ability to understand ours.” ~ Byron Katie

“Defense is the first act of war.” ~ Byron Katie

“How do you react when you think you need people’s love? Do you become a slave for their approval?” ~ Byron Katie

“I love what I think, and I’m never tempted to believe it. Thoughts are like the wind or the leaves on the trees or the raindrops falling. They’re not personal, they don’t belong to us, they just come and go. When they’re met with understanding, they’re friends.” ~ Byron Katie

“If you realized how beautiful you are, you would fall at your own feet.” ~ Byron Katie

“I can find only three kinds of business in the Universe: mine, yours, and God’s.” ~ Byron Katie

“You would be amazed at who people are once you know yourself.” ~ Byron Katie

“A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years.” ~ Byron Katie

“Fear has only two causes: the thought of losing what you have or the thought of not getting what you want.” ~ Byron Katie

“All I have is all I need and all I need is all I have in this moment.” ~ Byron Katie

“My experience is that the teachers we need most are the people we’re living with right now.” ~ Byron Katie

“The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want.” ~ Byron Katie

“It is easy to be swept away by some overwhelming feeling, so it’s helpful to remember that any stressful feeling is like a compassionate alarm clock that says, “You’re caught in the dream.”” ~ Byron Katie

“When a thought hurts, that’s the signal that it isn’t true.” ~ Byron Katie

“The pain shows you what’s left to investigate.” ~ Byron Katie

“If you want a little fear and terror because your life is dull, get a future. Terrifying!” ~ Byron Katie

“The world is your perception of it. Inside and outside always match – they’re reflections of each other. The world is a mirror image of your mind.” ~ Byron Katie

“Do you want to be right more than you want to know the truth? It’s the truth that set me free. Acceptance, peace, and less attachment to a world of suffering are all effects of doing The Work. They’re not the goals. Do The Work for the love of freedom, for the love of truth.” ~ Byron Katie

“The perfect world is created when the mind is free to see it.” ~ Byron Katie

“The last story: God is everything, God is good.” ~ Byron Katie

“Self-realization is not complete until it lives in action.” ~ Byron Katie

“Bottom line is, if someone says something about me and it upsets me, it’s true.” ~ Byron Katie

“The best way of leading people is to let them find their own way.” ~ Byron Katie

“Everyone wants peace, inside and outside, and we would all have it if we knew how. Now we know how. It begins with you.” ~ Byron Katie

“There is no mistake in nature.” ~ Byron Katie

“I am entirely motivated without anger. The truth sets us free, and freedom acts.” ~ Byron Katie

“When you do The Work, you see who you are by seeing who you think other people are. Eventually you come to see that everything outside you is a reflection of your own thinking. You are the storyteller, the projector of all stories, and the world is the projected image of your thoughts.” ~ Byron Katie

“Just keep coming home to yourself, you are the one who you’ve been waiting for.” ~ Byron Katie

“You can only see what you believe – nothing else is possible.” ~ Byron Katie

“I stopped waiting for the world to give me what I wanted; I started giving it to myself.” ~ Byron Katie

“As you inquire into issues and turn judgments around, you come to see that every perceived problem appearing “out there” is really nothing more than a misperception within your own thinking.” ~ Byron Katie

“Arguing with reality it like trying to teach a cat to bark.” ~ Byron Katie

“What you’re believing in the moment creates your suffering or your happiness.” ~ Byron Katie

“When they attack you and you notice that you love them with all your heart, your Work is done.” ~ Byron Katie

“Forgiveness is just another name for freedom.” ~ Byron Katie

“The nature of mind is that it loves everything once it loves itself, just as it opposes everything when it opposes itself.” ~ Byron Katie

“I have never experienced a stressful feeling that wasn’t caused by attaching to an untrue thought. Behind every uncomfortable feeling, there’s a thought that isn’t true for us.” ~ Byron Katie

“Suffering over things that have happened to us is nothing more than an argument with the past.” ~ Byron Katie

“Realizing that people should lie when they do makes me a little more open-minded, a little more tolerant, when my child or my partner lies.” ~ Byron Katie

“If I had a prayer, it would be this: “God, spare me from the desire for love, approval, or appreciation. Amen.”” ~ Byron Katie

“I have had the privilege of losing everything.” ~ Byron Katie

“Don’t believe every thing you think.” ~ Byron Katie

“The worst loss you’ve ever experienced is the greatest gift you can have.” ~ Byron Katie

“A thought is harmless unless we believe it.” ~ Byron Katie

“Any story that you tell about yourself causes suffering. There is no authentic story.” ~ Byron Katie

“I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment.” ~ Byron Katie

“Low self-esteem is not possible when you understand the nature of everything. Depression is not possible. The universe is absolutely friendly.” ~ Byron Katie

“It’s a wonderful world when you have what you want at all times.” ~ Byron Katie

“The world will be at war as long as the mind is at war with itself. If we can’t find peace within ourselves, where is the hope for peace in the world?” ~ Byron Katie

“Nothing ever goes wrong in life.” ~ Byron Katie

“Nothing belongs to me. Everything comes and goes. Serenity is an open door.” ~ Byron Katie

“Your most intimate relationship is the one you have with your thoughts.” ~ Byron Katie

“There is no story that is you or that leads to you. Every story leads away from you.” ~ Byron Katie

“The whole planet is waiting for someone to do it first.” ~ Byron Katie

“An unquestioned mind is the world of suffering.” ~ Byron Katie

“To make amends” means to right the perceived wrong. What I call “living amends” is more far-reaching. It applies not only to one particular incident but to all future incidents of that kind.” ~ Byron Katie

“When you believe that your problem is caused by someone or something else, you become your own victim.” ~ Byron Katie

“All sadness is a tantrum.” ~ Byron Katie

“I didn’t fight or shame my thoughts, I questioned them, and they stopped shaming me.” ~ Byron Katie

“Life is so simple: We walk; we sit; we lie horizontal. That’s about it. Everything else is a story about what’s going on while we’re doing it.” ~ Byron Katie

“Forgiveness is discovering that what you thought happened, didn’t.” ~ Byron Katie

“I am a lover of what is, not because I’m a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality.” ~ Byron Katie

“The person who finds peace inside and lives it, is the one who teaches what true peace is.” ~ Byron Katie

“There are no new stressful thoughts. They’re all recycled.” ~ Byron Katie

“You are what exists before all stories.” ~ Byron Katie

“You are your only hope, because we’re not changing until you do. Our job is to keep coming at you, as hard as we can, with everything that angers, upsets, or repulses you, until you understand. We love you that much, whether we’re aware of it or not. The whole world is about you.” ~ Byron Katie

“Judge your neighbor, write it down. Ask four questions, turn it around.” ~ Byron Katie

“If you argue against reality you will suffer.” ~ Byron Katie

“Reality is always kinder than your thinking.” ~ Byron Katie

“Every moment a gift: are you unwrapping yours now, and now, and now?” ~ Byron Katie

“When you discover that all happiness is inside you, the wanting and needing are over, and life gets very exciting.” ~ Byron Katie

“Who would you be if you didn’t believe this lie?” ~ Byron Katie

“It’s not the darkness that people fear; it’s what they imagine into the darkness.” ~ Byron Katie

“If you think the cause of your problem is ‘out there,’ you’ll try to solve it from the outside. Take the shortcut: solve it from within.” ~ Byron Katie

“Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience; taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them.” ~ Byron Katie

“Everyone in your life is a figment of your imagination – ev en you.” ~ Byron Katie

“We say to others only what we need to hear.” ~ Byron Katie

“When safety is our priority, we live our lives being very, very careful, and we wind up having no lives.” ~ Byron Katie

“This is the time. This is the place. This is the vastness. Right here is paradise. Always. Always.” ~ Byron Katie

“Don’t be careful. You could hurt yourself.” ~ Byron Katie

“The only difference between heaven and hell is believing a thought.” ~ Byron Katie

“To argue with reality is to argue with God.” ~ Byron Katie

“Until the mind is open, the heart stays closed. The open mind is the key to the open heart.” ~ Byron Katie

“Fear is always the result of an unquestioned past imagined as a future.” ~ Byron Katie

“To exclude anything that appears in your universe is not love. Love joins with everything. It doesn’t exclude the monster. It doesn’t avoid the nightmare – it looks forward to it.” ~ Byron Katie

“Your parents are your projection-nothing more.” ~ Byron Katie

“There’s no nightmare you can’t wake yourself up from.” ~ Byron Katie

“The Ego’s job is to kill everything but itself.” ~ Byron Katie

“I realized that it’s insane to oppose it. When I argue with reality, I lose-but only 100% of the time. How do I know that the wind should blow? It’s blowing!” ~ Byron Katie

“Spare yourself from seeking love, approval, or appreciation-from anyone. And watch what happens in reality, just for fun.” ~ Byron Katie

“It’s not possible to have a problem without believing a prior thought. To notice this simple truth is the beginning of peace.” ~ Byron Katie

“When you say or do anything to please, get, keep, influence, or control anyone or anything, fear is the cause and pain is the result.” ~ Byron Katie

“Life is the constant opportunity to wake up.” ~ Byron Katie

“I saw that we’re all doing the best we can. This is how a lifetime of humility begins.” ~ Byron Katie

“When I am perfectly clear, what is is what I want.” ~ Byron Katie

“Our job is unconditional love. The job of everyone else in our life is to push our buttons.” ~ Byron Katie

“No one can give you freedom but you.” ~ Byron Katie

“To understand our own thinking is to understand all thinking.” ~ Byron Katie

“You’re either attaching to your thoughts or inquiring. There’s no other choice.” ~ Byron Katie

“After you’ve been doing inquiry for a while, if you have the thought “She doesn’t love me,” you just get the immediate turnaround with a smile: “Oh, I’m not loving myself in this moment.”” ~ Byron Katie

“You’re never given more pain than you can handle. You never, ever get more than you can take.” ~ Byron Katie

“Mind changes, and as a result, the world changes. A clear mind heals everything that needs to be healed.” ~ Byron Katie

“The world is what you believe it to be, and it changes as you change.” ~ Byron Katie

“Place only your kindest thoughts on everything you experience today. Meet yourself.” ~ Byron Katie

“No one can hurt me – that’s my job.” ~ Byron Katie

“It’s difficult to seek other people’s love. It’s deadly. In seeking it you lose what is genuine. This is the prison we create for ourselves as we seek what we already have.” ~ Byron Katie

“Everyone is doing his job. No one is more valuable than another. The things in the world that we think are so terrible are actually great teachers. There’s no mistake, and there’s nothing lacking. We’re always going to get what we need, not what we think we need. Then we come to see that what we need is not only what we have, it’s what we want. Then we come to want only what is. That way we always succeed, whatever happens.” ~ Byron Katie

“Would you rather be right or free?” ~ Byron Katie

“What is perfect health? The unraveling of all imagined states of mind.” ~ Byron Katie

“The world is as you perceive it to be. For me, clarity is a word for beauty. It’s what I am. And when I’m clear, I see only beauty. Nothing else is possible.” ~ Byron Katie

“The world is nothing but my perception of it. I see only through myself. I hear only through the filter of my story.” ~ Byron Katie

“If you knew how important you are, you would fragment into a billion pieces and just be light.” ~ Byron Katie

“The world is perfect. As you question your mind, this becomes more and more obvious. Mind changes, and as a result, the world changes. A clear mind heals everything that needs to be healed. It can never be fooled into believing that there is one speck out of order.” ~ Byron Katie

“If you don’t like your world, question your thoughts about it.” ~ Byron Katie

“Identify your painful thought, question it, and wake yourself up. No one else can.” ~ Byron Katie

“It’s only our story that keeps us from knowing that we always have everything we need.” ~ Byron Katie

“If I want something, I go get it. Anything that I believe will stop me, I question.” ~ Byron Katie

“We suffer only until we realize that we can’t know anything.” ~ Byron Katie

“Everything that happens is God’s will. When you realize that, you’re home free.” ~ Byron Katie

“You are the effect of your story, that’s all.” ~ Byron Katie

“Mind is everything. There’s nothing that it’s not.” ~ Byron Katie

“The only thing you fear is the unreality that you yourself have invented.” ~ Byron Katie

“Behold your world! The judgments you believe just created it.” ~ Byron Katie

“The whole world is simply my story, projected back to me on the screen of my own perception. All of it.” ~ Byron Katie

“Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.” ~ Byron Katie

“Your True Nature Is Love. There’s Nothing You Can Do About It.” ~ Byron Katie

“We do not mature through age. We mature in awareness.” ~ Byron Katie

“Our parents, our children, our spouses, and our friends will continue to press every button we have, until we realize what it is that we don’t want to know about ourselves, yet. They will point us to our freedom every time.” ~ Byron Katie

“When we question our thoughts, we see that the craziness was never in the world, but in us.” ~ Byron Katie

“The miracle of love comes to you in the presence of the uninterpreted moment. If you are mentally somewhere else, you miss real life.” ~ Byron Katie

“What would it be like to let go of wanting things to be other than they are?” ~ Byron Katie

“Isn’t it marvelous to discover that you’re the one you’ve been waiting for? That you are your own freedom?” ~ Byron Katie

“To think that I know what’s best for anyone else is to be out of my business. Even in the name of love, it is pure arrogance, and the result is tension, anxiety, and fear. Do I know what’s right for me? That is my only business. Let me work with that before I try to solve problems for you.” ~ Byron Katie

“It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” ~ Byron Katie

“Gratitude is what we are without a story.” ~ Byron Katie

“What we really believe is what we manifest. What we believe, we see.” ~ Byron Katie

“The most important relationship is the mind’s relationship with itself. In other words, the ultimate – and, really, the only – relationship you have is the relationship with your own thoughts.” ~ Byron Katie

“I don’t let go of concepts -I meet them with understanding. Then they let go of me.” ~ Byron Katie

“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you.” ~ Byron Katie

“To me, health is a balanced mind. A balanced mind knows how to get enough rest, how to eat properly, how to exercise. I have come out as just a balanced human being, and I don’t know anything finer than that.” ~ Byron Katie

“Peace doesn’t require two people; it requires only one. It has to be you. The problem begins and ends there.” ~ Byron Katie

“Pay close attention to the particular thoughts you use to deprive yourself of happiness.” ~ Byron Katie

“Any thought of discomfort or stress is an alarm that lets you know you’re believing an untrue thought.” ~ Byron Katie

“The ego is terrified of the truth. And the truth is that the ego doesn’t exist.” ~ Byron Katie

“Stress never feels as natural as peace does.” ~ Byron Katie

“You can’t change what you haven’t realized yet. Once you realize what you were asleep to, the change happens on its own.” ~ Byron Katie

“Since the past is unreal and the future is unreal, all your thoughts are about nothing.” ~ Byron Katie

“We are never really in control. We just think we are when things happen to be going our way.” ~ Byron Katie

“Seeking love keeps you from the awareness that you already have it – that you are it.” ~ Byron Katie

“If your beliefs are stressful and you question them, you come to see that they aren’t true – whereas prior to questioning, you absolutely believe them. How can you live in joy when you’re believing thoughts that bring on sadness, frustration, anger, alienation, and loneliness?” ~ Byron Katie

“As long as we believe our thoughts, there will always be war.” ~ Byron Katie

“It’s good that it hurts. Pain is the signal that you’re confused, that you’re in a lie.” ~ Byron Katie

“When you think that someone or something other than yourself needs to change, you’re mentally out of your business.” ~ Byron Katie

“Money is not my business; my thinking is my business. I don’t have any other business.” ~ Byron Katie

“Whenever you mentally oppose what is, you’re going to experience sadness and apparent separation. There’s no sadness without a story. What is is. You are it.” ~ Byron Katie

“No one has ever been able to control his thinking, although people may tell the story of how they have. I don’t let go of my thoughts-I meet them with understanding. Then they let go of me.” ~ Byron Katie

“Discomfort is the call to set yourself free.” ~ Byron Katie

“Your suffering is never caused by the person you’re blaming.” ~ Byron Katie

“As long as you think that the cause of your problem is “out there” – as long as you think that anyone or anything is responsible for your suffering – the situation is hopeless. It means that you are forever in the role of victim, that you’re suffering in paradise.” ~ Byron Katie

“It makes sense that no one else can cause you pain. That’s your job.” ~ Byron Katie

“Any stressful thought that you have about the planet, for example, shows you where you are stuck, where your energy is being exhausted in not fully meeting life as it is, without condition.” ~ Byron Katie

“The world is perfect. As you question your mind, this becomes more and more obvious.” ~ Byron Katie

“You can never make yourself believe that you’re loveable, however hard you try, because when the chips are down what you really believe rises to the surface of the mind to replace what you want to believe.” ~ Byron Katie

“You’ve never reacted to someone else. You project meaning onto nothing. And you react to the meaning you’ve projected.” ~ Byron Katie

“Thoughts are just what is. They appear. They’re innocent. They’re not personal.” ~ Byron Katie

“Every mind deserves to be free. When the mind is free, that’s the end of suffering.” ~ Byron Katie

“There’s no way that a clear mind can live an unhappy life.” ~ Byron Katie

“The mind usually says, “I know, I know, I know.” But the “don’t-know mind” is where wisdom lives.” ~ Byron Katie

“Lack of understanding is always painful.” ~ Byron Katie

“The mind’s job is to validate what it thinks.” ~ Byron Katie

“God’s will and your will are the same, whether you notice it or not. There’s no mistake in the universe. It’s not possible to have the concept “mistake” unless you’re comparing what is with what isn’t. Without the story in your mind, it’s all perfect. No mistake.” ~ Byron Katie

“When you realize that suffering and discomfort are the call to inquiry, you may actually begin to look forward to uncomfortable feelings. You may even experience them as friends coming to show you what you have not yet investigated thoroughly enough.” ~ Byron Katie

“It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine.” ~ Byron Katie

“Once the mind is met with understanding, it can always find its way home.” ~ Byron Katie

“Dying is everything they were looking for in life.” ~ Byron Katie

“There is nothing that isn’t true if you believe it; and nothing is true, believe it or not.” ~ Byron Katie

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