Bryan Wagner is a St. Louis acupuncturist and a Certified Facilitator of The Work. In the last seven years, Bryan has avidly practiced The Work of Byron Katie and shared it with many of his friends and clients. In St. Louis, he hosts an Inquiry Circle, teaches workshops on The Work and provides private sessions to clients. Read about Bryan’s personal experience with The Work.
Some say that the “devil is in the details”. That is my experience. I have meditated daily for many years and benefited greatly. But I noticed that I still lost my peace and happiness over the little, mundane happenings of life. When someone did something that I thought was unfair or hurtful, all the peace that I experienced from meditation disappeared. “He shouldn’t have said that.” “She doesn’t like me.” “I’m a failure”, “I can’t handle this” . . . It was the thousand and one little thoughts that kept me from experiencing the love and peace that I touched in meditation. My suffering was in the daily, mundane interactions of living. With The Work, I learned how to identify the ‘devil’ in the details and find peace one stressful thought at a time.
The Work has been very pivotal in my life. Since I discovered The Work, long unresolved issues got resolved. The gorilla of self-criticism is now a much smaller monkey that amuses instead of abuses. I find I am kinder to myself and others in a simpler, unforced way. Peace of mind is happening more and more. And when there isn’t peace of mind, I know what to do with it. I take it to inquiry and I set myself free. The Work gives me a quiet confidence that come what may, I will be fine because I know how to deal with a stressed mind.
I have personal experience doing The Work on relationships, LGBT issues, God, religion, gurus and cults, self criticism, death & dying, and the dementia of an elderly parent. I have experience working with others on issues around divorce, children, rape & incest, abuse, self-esteem and career. I am open to working on any issue. I haven’t yet found an issue that is too dark, difficult or scary that can’t be met with The Work and a willing mind. I find that however dark the mind gets, with The Work that very darkness provides the stepping stones to light and freedom.