The truth will set you free. Do you want to know the truth?

The Work of Byron Katie is a simple yet powerful process of self-inquiry that teaches you to identify and question the stressful thoughts that cause all the suffering in your life. The Work is a way to self-understanding and self-awareness, to discovering what’s hurting you and begin to end your stress and suffering. The Work of Byron Katie will bring you to your own truth in the moment, in a situation in your life that has been plaguing you, sometimes for year.

The Work of Byron Katie to experience your true natureDo any of these thoughts sound familiar?
“I need to know what to do.”
“Life isn’t fair.”
“There’s not enough time.”
“I know what you need.”
“There’s too much to do.”
“S/He rejected me.”
“There’s something wrong with me.”
“I am too fat, too old, too sick, too short, too tall, too… too… too…”

The more we begin to learn about our own mind, the more we discover how we all share the same thoughts and beliefs. We begin to realize that our inner world, our perceptions, judgments and stories are the source of our suffering. Through The Work of Byron Katie, we identify our stressful thoughts,  ask ourselves four questions and see if we can discover how the opposite could just as true if not truer than the original belief. The Work opens the mind to other perspectives, takes us out of victim-consciousness and creates empowerment, clarity and freedom in what once seemed like impossible situations. Honest self-inquiry leaves you the humble student, open to life and living fully, freely and fearlessly.

“The Buddha compares his teaching to a raft that takes people from the shore of suffering to the shore of freedom. He says that that’s its only purpose. When you reach the other shore, you leave the raft behind. It would be ridiculous to strap it onto your back and carry it around as you walk. It’s the same with spiritual teachings, he says, even the clearest of them…I love how the Buddha undercuts his own words and leaves us with no ground to stand on.

The Work too is like a raft. The four questions and the turnarounds help you move from confusion to clarity. Eventually, through practice, you no longer impose your thinking onto reality, and you can experience everything as it really is: as pure grace. At that point the questions themselves become unnecessary. They are replaced by a wordless questioning that undoes every stressful thought immediately, as it arises. It’s the mind’s way of meeting itself with understanding. The raft has been left behind. You have become the questions. They’ve become as natural as breathing, so they’re no longer needed.

When we reach the “other” shore, we realize that we have never left the short we started from. There’s only one shore, and we are already there, though some of us haven’t realized it yet. We think that we need to get from here to there, but there turns out to be here.  It was here all along.

When you sit in a state of contemplation, seeing what actually exists, excluding everything remembered or anticipated, the Buddha-mind becomes apparent, and you wake up as the unborn. If you really want peace, if you understand that self-inquiry goes beyond life and death, your practice will leave you on the other shore, which turns out not to be the other but the only shore. Thoughts of a different shore were imagination, and when you realize this, you realize that you have always been on the shore  that the Buddha points to. No raft necessary. ”  Byron Katie,  A Mind at Home with Itself

  • The weekend was very powerful and I feel renewed and ready to do The Work consistently, and meditate more. I meditated this morning with your meditation CD and it was very peaceful. I think I will carry it through the day.–Lynn, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

  • Thanks again for amazing weekend. It was a real gift to myself. You are a natural leader of such experiences. It is obvious that The Work is your passion. Everyone seemed to get what they needed.–Terri, The Work Eco-retreat

  • THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU...the weekend made a significant impression on my ability to look at life.I am going to be able more present. I have a feeling that The Work is something I will never let go of. I enjoyed your company and thanks for being you!–Chrystal, The Work Eco-Retreat

  • We all can use a coaching session of the caliber that this beautiful spirited being offers. She promises to challenge the truth of who we really are. I'm so grateful to have had so far a brief experience of her depth of connection to inner truth. Thank you Jen for all you bring to us. –Jake, The Work workshop

  • Jen, Tender work today, thank you... So exciting to imagine a world where our deepest shame can be beheld by another, mirrored back, and in that moment of inquiry be delivered into a sweet, sacred, experience of unconditional love...for ourselves! Grace as oxygen.–MLB, Michigan

  • The Work™ is amazing. I was ready to not talk to my sister for a very long time. I had a lot of thoughts that were separating me from her. Jen took me through one session and it just turned everything around IN ME. My sister didn't change, but it doesn't make any difference because the thoughts and emotions of pain and hurt are gone.–SJW, Kansas City

  • The School for The Work™ is unlike any other school on earth - instead of focusing on learning, students unlearn the fearful stories we have innocently attached to. Graduates are prepared to facilitate this transformative and simple method in unleashing stressful thoughts and beliefs that cause internal pain and suffering. Being free doesn't come from learning new concepts. It is who you already are once your limiting beliefs have been met with understanding.–Byron Katie

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Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, Jen DeraspeIn 2009, Jen was licensed as a Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, having completed an 800 hour/2 year immersion into this transformative process through the Institute for The Work™. Jen is a student to life and is discovering how it truly is a friendly universe. She welcomes those open to discovering the same. She has been actively sharing The Work™ since 2006 and uses it consistently as a tool for mental freedom and peace.

I’m available by phone, in person, or to come to your home, office, church, to work with small or large circles. Contact me for group rates and possibilities to experience a customized workshop, holistic coaching immersion or retreat in your space or ours, incorporating mindfulness, meditation, yoga, time in nature and The Work™ of Byron Katie as a direct, simple, profound and powerful means to experience more peace, fearlessness, and freedom in your life and in all your relationships.