As I continue to explore inquiry, it has become simpler and more restful.
Isolate out one component at a time of what we are looking at.
Rest with what comes up. A gentle noticing, allowing, resting.
Ask simple questions to help the mind see what’s there, and see what more is connected to it.
It’s a very natural process. And it can be quite effortless. It just what happens when there is a natural curiosity and kindness towards our own experience (or a wish for that curiosity, gentleness, and kindness), and it’s been guided a bit through training in this particular form of inquiry.
Of course, there is a lot more to it. And there is a lot that’s learned through the shared experience of those of us exploring these forms of inquiry.
Notice fear, resistance, restlessness, or a command for something to be different. Notice where you feel it. Include those sensations in the resting. Notice, allow, rest with it.
When resting with a contraction, bring half of the attention on the sensations and half on the space. That boundless space it and everything else is happening within, and that’s also within the contraction (no matter how dense it may seem).
Welcome what’s here. (a) Thank you for arising. I love you. Stay as long as you like. (Scott Kiloby.) (b) I am sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you. (Ho’oponopono.) (c) Thank you for protecting me. Thank you for your love for me. (Pamela Wilson.) (d) Gentle resting with it, with kindness.
Mine for additional imaginations connected with the contraction through tapping on the contraction, massaging the contraction, asking simple mining questions.
Asking questions to see what more is connected to sensations. What does it mean? What would it say if it could speak? What’s your first memory of having that feeling? How do you relate to it? What does it need from you? What holds it in place?
The main dish is the gentle curiosity and kindness towards our own experience, and the isolating out of components and resting with them. The side dishes and spices are the rest, the questions, the little pointers to help the mind see and rest with what’s already there.
Isolating out one component of the craving at a time. Resting with what comes up. Asking simple questions to help the mind see what’s there, and see what more is connected to it.
The main dish is the gentle curiosity and kindness towards our own experience, and the isolating out of components and resting with them. The side dishes and spices are the rest, the questions, the little tricks to help the mind see and rest with what’s already there.
Make it stronger for a few seconds. Then release and relax for a few seconds. Repeat a few times.
When I first learned the Living Inquiries, I had moments – either facilitating or being facilitated by another trainee – where the questions seemed relentless.
And as I gained more experience, the way I facilitated became simpler and felt more natural and flowing. And that’s how they are intended to be used.
Now, there is more rest. More noticing. More resting with the sensations, images, or words that are here. More noticing the space along with its content. The other tools are added only as needed: Some regular inquiry questions to clarify what’s here. Some mining questions to find associated images and words. Some bodywork, mostly tapping, massaging, and therapeutic tremoring.
- simpler inquiry
- more rest, noticing, resting with i/w/s
- some questions and only as needed, less standard inquiry Qs and slightly more mining to see what’s there
- more bodywork (massaging, mining questions etc.)
As I get more experience with the Living Inquiries, it seems to become simpler and more natural to me.
Now, with more experience, I have found a way of doing it that feels much simpler and more natural, and is probably more aligned with how it’s intended to be used.
Now, there is more rest. More noticing. More resting with the sensations, images, or words that are here. Some questions as needed to help clarify what’s here. Some mining to find associated images and words. Bodywork as needed, including tapping and massaging.