What is self inquiry?It is a process of questioning that can help you to uncover the hidden assumptions and concepts that are running your life. Of course we want to live in the new paradigm, a world of caring, loving people who act from the perspective that we are all One. However, often we are not aware that some of the concepts we hold onto actually keep us hostage in the old paradigm!
Let's take an example of a popular belief-- "Life is unfair". When we assume this statement is true, we are putting ourselves in a victim role. What's more, 'victims' and 'new paradigm' are mutually exclusive groups. Inquiry is a way to find out what is really true!
So just ask yourself, "Is this true? Is life unfair?" and maybe you will reel off five reasons why you believe it's unfair. But can you absolutely know that life is unfair? Think about it... if you look at the big picture, how could you possibly know what is fair? Could it be that what appears to be unfair to me could be fair to someone else? The next question is, "What happens when you believe life is unfair?" How do you treat people... how do you react? If you are honest with yourself, you will find that when you believe this statement, you experience nothing but stress and suffering. What if you didn't believe this? For a moment, suspend your belief and just see who you would be if you didn't believe it.
When people meditate, they close their eyes and sit without thoughts. Inquiry is a wonderful form of meditation. Sit and close your eyes and ask yourself who you would be without the thought that life is unfair. You could sit in this for a long time...
Who would you BE without your story?
I love this question. It is also the title for the Byron Katie's popular book! Check it out on www.thework.com.