Talking about inquiry

 

There are many ways to talk about inquiry.

Guidelines

One is to mention some general guidelines for inquiry which we personally, and maybe others, have found helpful. And that seems very appropriate. It gives others a starting point for exploration.

Sharing experiences

It may also be helpful to share some of one’s experiences with inquiry, especially in terms of the process – how it unfolds for oneself, and maybe even in terms of some content – if it can help others explore similar areas for themselves.

Content

Inquiry is always individual and always unfolding. The path of inquiry looks different for each one, although there may also be similarities among these paths. And it is always unfolding, always peeling off new layers, always revealing something new. The content of inquiry is always particular to the phase and the path, always temporary.

So to talk about the content of inquiry may be helpful if it helps others explore similar areas for themselves. But it is relatively meaningless on it’s own. And it is dishonest (and we know it) if it is presented as any final or absolute truth.

[Initial draft: There is an inherent contradiction in talking about inquiry.

Of course, talking about how to do it – some general guidelines and starting points, is often very appropriate and helpful. And sharing one’s own experiences with it may be helpful, if it helps others explore similar areas for themselves.

But to talk about the content of one’s findings may be less helpful. And there is a good reason for this: inquiry is about each person’s own exploration process, what is true for that person in the present. It is a process, unfolding at its own pace and in its own way. And it is always changing, always peeling off new layers. Any statement of one’s findings only reflects one particular phase of one particular process.]

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