It can be helpful to explore how our mind creates its experience of meaning.
When I explore this for myself, I see that meaning is created by images and words. And if there is velcro on it – a charge, a sense of reality or solidity – sensations are connected to it as well. As usual with velcro, sensations gives the words and images a sense of substance and reality, and the images and words give the sensations a sense of meaning.
One example is my sense of dread. It’s made up of sensations with images and words associated with them, and these images and words create a sense of meaning. The meaning is in the image of something dark over everything, and in words such as “dread”, “the world is scary”, “the world is a threat”, “I can be hurt”, “I can be damaged beyond repair” and more.
Any inquiry is really an exploration of meaning and how our mind creates a sense of meaning. And it can be done more intentionally where we explicitly look for meaning.
What does X mean?
What images and words create this sense of meaning?
What sensations are associated with these images and words?
What does this situation mean? I am weak. Incompetent. Unloved. Can I find that? How does my mind create those experiences?
What does this feeling mean? I was treated unfairly. Can I find unfair and fair? How does my mind create those meanings?
What does this compulsion mean? I need love. I am unloved. Can I find love? Can I find me, the one who is unloved? How does my mind create the experience of love, or being unloved? How does my mind create the experience of person Y who loves me?
What images, words, and sensations create those meanings?