Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
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Byron Katie today
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: July 06, 2014 11:04PM

For persons new to this message thread, here is a list of important posts

Wedding rings. This will not happen at a one day event. But if you
are beguiled to go to longer events, this is discussed on earlier posts made
to this thread.


Analysis of 'A Thousand Names for Joy' (Scroll down list and read)


Mind Cleanse


Turnaround House Confidentiality Agreements


BK Story Telling Methods


Byron Katie at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California

SRMC scholarship fund benefit



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$200 - $110 sliding scale. Please bring your lunch. Code BK1B14.
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This event will also be available via webcast from Byron Katie, not Spirit Rock. Please click here to get to her site.

Byron Katie has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through her simple yet powerful process of inquiry, called The Work, they find again and again that their stressful beliefs - about the world, other people, or themselves - can no longer run their lives. Join Katie in a workshop designed to take you on this one-of-a-kind journey of self-discovery.

With her humor and lovingly incisive clarity. Katie will show you how to identify and question the stressful thoughts that cause all the suffering and violence in the world. Anyone with an open mind can do The Work. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to do The Work with Katie.

Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, says 'The Work is like a razor-sharp sword that cuts through illusion and enables you to know for yourself the timeless essence of your being."

The day is a benefit for The Work and the Spirit Rock Scholarship Fund - thank you, Katie!

Older pages well worth revisiting
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: July 26, 2014 06:12AM

The sparkly eyes many gurus and 'teachers' the seemingly magical gaze -- this is mere technique. It can be learned.

In an interview, Shayam Dodge, who was trained to be a guru and then renounced the role, told the interview exactly this.

The following is quoted a bit out of order. Shayam told an interviewer at Elephant Journal that after he had renounced being a guru, he was dismayed when he discovered that habits he had learned via early training still elicited
idealizing, charismatic projection from students -- and he noted how he had learned to hold gaze longer than is the social norm.

Corboy note: In many traditions, there are specific techniques used to train
practitioners to hold a gaze for unusually long periods of time.



"...I could hold another person’s gaze longer than was humanly natural. My students, in the Midwest, described me as “walking love.”

I engaged with my students as if I had some special insight into their innermost being, which I alone had access to. Not only that, but I could somehow divinely intervene in their spiritual development by rapidly processing and pushing past their interior boundaries through the power of my unique personality. I was presenting myself as a kind of potent catalyst for spiritual change and evolution. I was forceful. I was charismatic. I was highly trained.

"I was merely perpetuating the very same dysfunctions of the guru tradition that I had left and was now trying to reform.

"This was an incredibly heavy realization to come to.

"Not only was I continuing to hold my students’ idealizations of “the enlightened spiritual prodigy” but I, as a teacher, had not constructed or learned a healthier alternative teacher-student dynamic.

In essence, I was continuing to psychologically enslave my students in a relationship where they were dependent upon me


Earlier Byron Katie Books that predate the Cockroach Story

Cry in the Desert (assistance from Christin Lore Weber)




Losing the Moon


(Quote)That's part of the REAL reason why Stephen Mitchell suppressed Losing The Moon, as well as the other book A Cry In The Desert, also detailed in this thread.(Unquote





(Quote)It's the very thing that makes the whole scam so clever. It’s been done before and it’s applied again here.

Questioning Byron Katie or parts of her story such as her self-proclaimed and alleged awakening, with a 'cockroach'-story suddenly making its debut after eight whole years of non-existence, is the one place where people won't go.

Questioning BK would simply make any justification of whatever investment, be it financial or emotional, impossible: the conclusion would be that you’re acting irresponsibly. Or what may be more important, any hope for even getting close to some kind of ‘enlightenment’, personally or by association, would vanish into thin air in one go. Stuff you’d rather not think about. So the preferred motto becomes: “let's question everything but Katie and play ostrich”.(Unquote)

Two, many of these persons advertise by putting photos of themselves everywhere--magazines, websites.

It may produce a jolt to meet a person 'live' after having seen this person's portrait. One may have a brief dizziness, a sense of surprise a little bit like
what happens when stepping from a dark room into sunshine, or as when one steps
off of a jolting surface onto solid ground.

I recall feeling a bit startled when seeing the mayor of our city suddenly arrive on the sidewalk of my neighborhood. I had seen pictures of the man for years, so felt surprised to see him face to face and just a few feet away.

In a "guru theatre" context, one can easily be persuaded that this is proof that the person has special powers. All that is happening is merely a normal
bit of adjustment that happens when one comes face to face with someone one knows only from testimonial or from a photograph or both.

If this encounter is culmination of an expensive investment, such as payment for a workshop, a long trip, the impact will be enhanced.

We are humans and hence, very susceptible to context and social setting -- especially if social influence is being applied without our awareness -- or our
full consent.

One cannot 'take what you like and leave the rest' if you are not given full disclosure about what 'the rest' consists of.

Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: July 26, 2014 06:21AM

A discussion of a related phenom: Eat Pr*Y Love


Never take a story for granted. When your idealism, hope, attention
and money are being pulled at--- ask if the story is actually serving
a concealed business model.

It is control of the business model and the room set up and the
control of the script that empower you.

A mere 'story' will not by itself empower you if it serves to get you
addicted to the personality of the story spinner.

Look for the business model. How much did it cost to rent the room, print
the brochures? any point are you gonna have to sign a waiver of your citizen/resident
alien right to sue or mediate for damages if you are harmed in a workshop?

If that kind of form is shoved at you, demand to take it home so you can show
it to your lawyer.

If they freak out -- thats the signal to head for the exit and get home.

And, take your own car. Dont do a carpool.

Keep control of your transportation and dont let anyone guilt you to go Green
by carpooling.

There are times when its better to have your own car.

Keep the keys and make sure never to park where your vehicle might be
boxed in.

If you need to leave, you want to be able to leave.

Keep your telephone, too. What if someone at home has trouble
and needs to reach you?

If they want you to give up your phone or ID card, get out of there.

You are not in jail. Dont let them put you into a jail.

Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: janaki ()
Date: February 14, 2015 07:30AM

Giving away a scholarship in public is one of BK's favorite tricks. It costs her nothing, and you still have to pay for the accommodation in a luxureous hotel. The next step is the Turnaround house ($ 20.000) for one month and then the certification program, which costs at least $ 40.000, if you add up all the mandatory programs you need to attend. So the work is free? I hardly think so.

Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: richjewett ()
Date: February 24, 2015 03:06AM

My sense is that both of these people started with something legitimate, but have gotten swept up in the money game. When it comes to accusations of being cults, there's always a question as to how much of it is coming from the leader, how much from the organizers of their groups, and how much from obsessive followers. Katie and Tolle have both attracted people with obsessive qualities (they're everywhere, of course), although I'm not sure to what degree either of them encourage that sort of thing.

Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: February 24, 2015 04:27AM

It appears that BK is the one who puts lots of obsessive planning into
her methods.

This first thread contains some material with one persons description of
working for BK in the early days.


More material here.




And in its heyday, this thread attracted a lot of disruptors.


and here.


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Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: ultraspring ()
Date: February 27, 2015 04:20AM

I've just been newly introduced to Byron Katie by a friend. Her idea seems good about not believing everything your mind brings up (we all know how our minds can change) but I'm not sure what else she teaches and don't want to get sucked in if it's just a huge money-making operation. Also, I don't really know what's behind her philosophy.

Reading these posts is helpful; any other input would also be appreciated.

Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: b.f.m. ()
Date: February 27, 2015 10:12AM

Byron Katie has been on Oprah - and seems to be even partnered with her, that must say something about her caliber.

Correct if I am wrong....but I think that Oprah is fairly selective about who she teams up with. She probably has an entire research department that vets people.

Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: ultraspring ()
Date: February 27, 2015 10:42AM

I also don't subscribe to the idea that just because you think something, it makes it true. Or that not thinking it makes your suffering go away. That just sounds to me like more positive thinking hype veiled under another cloak.

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