I find several typical motivations for doing inquiry…
One is the motivation to change circumstances through inquiry. I want to change through inquiry so people will like me more. I want physical symptoms to go away. I want to be more engaged in the world through resolving belief knots (draining energy). And so on.
Another motivation is to find peace with whatever is, independent of external and internal situations.
And yet another motivation is simply to see what is going on. Simple curiosity. Simple interest in whatever is happening.
For instance: What is happening around beliefs – the effects of beliefs, and what happens without them. What seems more true for me around a certain situation or issue. How I respond to looking into beliefs and what is really (already) more true for me. How it is to allow cherished beliefs to fall away through finding what is more true for me, and allowing it to sink in. How it is to allow identities to unravel along with beliefs. And so on.
It seems that all three are often present, in different mixes that sometimes change through any one inquiry process. And just seeing that is good information. None of these is an enemy, and if it seems that way then that is just another statement to take to inquiry(!). Simply seeing this is food for the natural, effortless intelligence of the mind, allowing it to reorganize on its own and in its own time.
Over time, there is also the seeing of the different consequences of the different motivations. The first one – seeking to change the circumstances, may often lead to a sense of it not being completely resolved. The second one is OK. And the third one is more peaceful and simple, allowing a deepening into peace and simplicity – independent of circumstances.
And this too is another story. Another overlay of what is.