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Best for Those Who are Already Familiar with Inquiry
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2017
A Mind at Home with Itself is, like Katie's other books, mostly about inquiry, but this book goes a few steps further, beyond the psychological into the ineffable openness of "what is" before our judgments and opinions create a world. I have studied a few nondual teachers, and I find that Katie's way of expressing this can be a little "in your face" and while that may be helpful for some, it can also be a turn-off for many. There are softer ways of pointing to that which cannot be described.
There was more Byron Katie-ness in the book than I would prefer (it's full of self-references, even though she only knows she's Katie because she was told so), and I didn't find her words about the Diamond Sutra to be all that compelling. Also, I don't agree with Katie when she says that depression is caused by believing stressful thoughts. Yes, often it is. And often it's not.
What does work for me in Katie's books is her focus on inquiry. Over the last decade, I have found inquiry to be helpful, and I've seen it help others, too. We usually don't realize how much we are holding onto beliefs, thinking that they are truth. I find it freeing to loosen things up. Reading this book motivated me to go back to doing more inquiry, and I have recently been able to see through beliefs that have formed my view of life for decades.
There are different types of inquiry taught by various teachers. For those who don't resonate with Katie and The Work, it might be helpful to search out another nondual teacher. It could change your life!