It can be very helpful to explore the chains leading up to reactive emotions, rigid views, and desires.
One at a time, asking the question and waiting for an answer to come up.
When I do this, I find that whatever beliefs are there, whatever stories I am identified with, go back to the central belief, or sense of, a separate I, an I with an Other.
I find that whatever reactive emotions are there lead back to fear. Fear for the survival of this human self. Fear for pain and suffering.
I find that whatever surface desire is there leads back to a desire for happiness, and freedom from suffering.
And I find that all of this goes back to love. Love for this human self and whatever is within its circle of us.
And I see that all of this is pure innocence. An innocence in adopting beliefs from my surroundings. An innocence in the fear that is there naturally when there is a sense of a separate I. An innocence in the desire for happiness and freedom from suffering. An innocence in the love we already are, filtered through the boundary of us. And an innocence in where this boundary of us is placed, coming from culture and maturity.
The risk in writing this is that this too becomes another belief. Another place we go in our stories to create a sense of security, of having figured it all out.
And one remedy is in taking the time for the questions to sink in and the answers to surface. Going through one at a time, not knowing where it will lead. Trusting what comes up.
Sincerely exploring this for ourselves, inviting in curiosity and receptivity. Inviting in an open heart. Inviting in a bodily felt sense of the questions and the answers that surface. Allowing experience in a wholehearted way.
Seeing that any answer is really a question, even if the question mark initially seemed to be left out.
And also investigating our beliefs around all this, including the belief of I know, through The Work or another form of inquiry.