The process of inquiry may be deceptive when seen from the outside

 

For people unfamiliar with The Work, the process may appear quite different than it does for the one doing it.

It may seem that the surface topic is all or mostly what the inquiry is about, but that is not entirely accurate.

I may do inquiry about people being noisy with their newspaper on the train, and I do of course gain insights about that particular situation and how I relate to it. I also gain insights about other situations in my life where I get bugged by what others do. And I also gain insight about what happens when I take any story as true, and the dynamics of beliefs in general. So right there, I may find clarity in several ways.

It may seem that the effects of belief are pronounced and strong in our life in a conventional sense. That is sometimes true, but not always.

As I do inquiry, I may amplify in different ways. I may amplify the initial belief so I can experience its effects more clearly, and also to allow it to unfold and see where it goes. And I may also amplify its effects for the same reasons.

When I find beliefs for inquiry, these beliefs may be at a quite low volume and then amplified as I do the inquiry. And as Byron Katie says, be petty. Find the small, childish, immature beliefs and look at those. Don’t try to be smart, sophisticated, or mature.

It may also appear that folks do inquiry to find relief from stress.  That may be true, especially in the beginning. But as I get more familiar with inquiry, I also do it for the sake of freedom.

When there is a belief, I inevitably think, feel, and act as if it is true. When I find more clarity around the story, my thoughts, feelings, and actions are more free. They have more room to play. And that means that they are more free to be guided by whatever wisdom, kindness, and experience is available for me in whatever situation I am in.

It may also appear that each belief first come up as obviously belonging to me, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, I get curious about beliefs I imagine others have, and try them out for myself. I take them on as my own and inquire into them as my own. And they are, because when I see them “over there” it is because I recognize them from myself.

So it may appear that the inquiry is about the surface topic, but that is not all it is about. It is also about similar and related beliefs, and the dynamics around beliefs in general.

It may appear that the belief has larger effects in our life than it has, because these effects are put under the microscope in the inquiry. In real life, these effects may be quite small, infrequent, and mixed in with the richness of the rest of our lives.

It may appear that a large number of beliefs dominate our lives, which may indeed be the case, but it may also look this way since even the small and infrequent ones are actively sought out and brought to inquiry.

And it may appear that we do inquiry to escape stress, which may also be the case, but as we get more familiar with the process, we also actively seek out beliefs since we know the freedom that comes with inquiry.

It is an increased freedom of action for this human being in the world. And more accurately, it is an increased freedom in the play of thoughts, emotions, choices, and actions. And an increased freedom for these to be guided by whatever kindness, wisdom, and experience is here.

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  • inquiry – not what it appears to be
    • levels – what learn about, get more familiar with
      • what the story is about in the world
      • same story on different topics
      • dynamics of beliefs
    • approaches
      • amplify
        • amplify the belief in the story, allow to unfold, see what happens
        • amplify the effects, bring attention to, allow to unfold
        • may get to see some aspects more clearly, but also more of  a caricature (I often do, maybe b/c of pw)
      • do it straight, as is
        • more organic, real
    • finding stories
      • often small, petty
      • own – or at times others (b/c reflects mine anyway)
    • proportions
      • seeing inquiries say little about proportions
      • most of the day may well go w/out much or any stress
      • but focus on beliefs, even small one, b/c know they are the gateway to insight + greater freedom (not constricted by them anymore, through clarity)

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For people unfamiliar with The Work, the process may appear quite different than it does for the one doing it.

The most obvious is that the surface topic of the inquiry is not all, or even mostly, what the inquiry is about.

I may do inquiry about people being noisy with their newspaper on the train, and I do of course gain insights about that particular situation and how I relate to it. I also gain insights about other situations in my life where I get bugged by what others do. And I also gain insight about what happens when I take any story as true, and the dynamics of beliefs in general. So right there, I may find clarity in several ways.

Also, as I do inquiry, I may amplify in different ways. I may amplify the initial belief so I can experience its effects more clearly, and also to allow it to unfold and see where it goes. And I may also amplify its effects for the same reasons.

When I find beliefs for inquiry, these beliefs may be at a quite low volume and then amplified as I do the inquiry. And as Byron Katie says, be petty. Find the small, childish, immature beliefs and look at those. Don’t try to be smart, sophisticated, or mature.

It may also appear that folks do inquiry to find relief from stress. That may be true, especially in the beginning. But as I get more familiar with inquiry, I more and more do it for the sake of freedom.

When there is a belief, I inevitably think, feel, and act as if it is true. When I find more clarity around the story, my thoughts, feelings, and actions are more free. They have more room to play. And that means that they are more free to be guided by whatever wisdom, kindness, and experience is available for me in whatever situation I am in.

It may also appear that each belief first come up “here” in this life, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, I get curious about beliefs I imagine others have, and try them out for myself. I take them on as my own and inquire into them as my own. And they are, because when I see them “over there” it is because I recognize them from myself.

So it may appear that the inquiry is about the surface topic, but that is not all it is about. It is also about similar and related beliefs, and the dynamics around beliefs in general.

It may appear that the belief has larger effects in our life than it has, because these effects are put under the microscope in the inquiry. In real life, these effects may be quite small, infrequent, and mixed in with the richness of the rest of our lives.

It may appear that a large number of beliefs dominate our lives, which may indeed be the case, but it may also look this way since even the small and infrequent ones are actively sought out and brought to inquiry.

And it may appear that we do inquiry to escape stress, which may also be the case, but as we get more familiar with the process, we also actively seek out beliefs since we know the freedom that comes with inquiry.

It is an increased freedom of action for this human being in the world. And more accurately, it is an increased freedom in the play of thoughts, emotions, choices, and actions. And an increased freedom for these to be guided by whatever kindness, wisdom, and experience is here.

…………………
…………………

The process of inquiry may appear differently to others than to the person doing it, especially for those who don’t – yet – have experience with it themselves.

The most obvious is that the surface topic of the inquiry is not all, or even mostly, what the inquiry is about.

I may do inquiry about people being noisy with their newspaper on the train, and I do of course gain insights about that particular situation and how I relate to it. I also gain insights about other situations in my life where I get bugged by what others do. And I also gain insight about what happens when I take any story as true, and the dynamics of beliefs in general. So right there, I may find clarity in several ways.

Also, as I do inquiry, I may amplify in different ways. I may amplify the initial belief so I can experience its effects more clearly, and also to allow it to unfold and see where it goes. And I may also amplify its effects for the same reasons.

When I find beliefs for inquiry, these beliefs may be at a quite low volume and then amplified as I do the inquiry. And as Byron Katie says, be petty. Find the small, childish, immature beliefs and look at those. Don’t try to be smart, sophisticated, or mature.

It may also appear that folks do inquiry to find relief from stress. It may have started that way, but as I get more familiar with inquiry, I do it for the freedom that comes with it.

I look out for stress as pointers to beliefs. And then investigate even small beliefs because I know the freedom that comes with more clarity around them.

When there is a belief, I have to think, feel, and act as if it is true. When I find more clarity, my thoughts, feelings, and actions are more free. And that means that they are more free to be guided by whatever wisdom, kindness, and experience is available for me in whatever situation I am in.

It may also appear that all beliefs first come up “here” in this life, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, I get curious about beliefs I imagine others have, and try them out for myself. I take them on as my own and inquire into them as my own. And they are, because when I see them “over there” it is because I recognize them from myself.

So it may appear that the inquiry is about the surface topic, but that is not all it is about.

It may appear that the belief has larger effects in our life than it has, because these effects are put under the microscope in the inquiry. In real life, these effects may be quite small, infrequent, and mixed in with the richness of the rest of our lives.

It may appear that a large number of beliefs dominate our lives, which may indeed be the case, but it may also look this way since even the small and infrequent ones are actively sought out and brought to inquiry.

And it may appear that we do inquiry to escape stress, which may also be the case, but as we get more familiar with the process, we also actively seek out beliefs since we know the freedom that comes with inquiry.

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