Byron Katie's blog talks about using her work with veterans who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
[[url=http://www.byronkatie.com/2007/06/posttraumatic_stress_syndrome.htm]Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Veterans & The Work[/url]]
Notice that it says TREATING Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Someone who commented on the PTSD blog said (note: I've bolded
a few parts):
One young man, Joe, probably an Iraqi War vet judging by his age, with his basball cap pulled down over his eyes, stood up when Katie recognized him and said something like, "those of you here who know me know that I hardly ever say anything. So here goes: I killed a woman and her child." And he looked at Katie, as if to say, "I dare you to get me out of this one, Lady" (My stressful thought was: "wow, I could never facilitate that one".;) And katie took him through It. When he got to question 4 or maybe a turnaround, he abruptly exited the room [my note: good for him! I think his instinct was right on], followed closely by Jonathan, one of the staff psychologists whom I had known from my School. (I was relieved to see Jonathan on Joe's tail, but my stressful thought was: "This was too much for Joe; he is going to hurt himself.") Two hours later, I saw Joe in the corridor after our lunch break. To my astonishment, he looked fine, and I walked over to him, he smiled at me, and I asked, "are you okay?" Joe said "I'm fine. I just knew I was going to break down so I left." I asked, "could I give you a hug because I know I need one myself," and he opened his arms and said, "I will always take a hug" so we did. We chatted for a bit and he was totally fine. [my note: how can this person really know this? is it true? what has happened for Joe since then, has he been tracked?] Later, Katie told me that I never have to worry faciliating TW because "TW will not cause anyone any more pain than their own stressful thoughts have already caused them." And, in the case of Viet Nam vets who after 40 years are still believing stressful thoughts - and there were many there - this has to be really, really true.
So, Byron Katie seems to have said that a facilitator never has to worry about facilitating, that the work won't cause any more pain. Oh really? My own experience with a facilitator totally contradicts this. I think that a facilitator SHOULD be quite concerned about the potential effects of facilitation. And let's not forget that there's at least one person who became a facilitator and went on to commit murder (the case of Rochelle Laudenslager