Advanced Inquiry; supercharged change process
This advanced inquiry method will make your Inquiry much more effective. It will supercharge your change process. Profound shifts in behaviour and awakening can result from Inquiring deeply into issues and thing that trigger you emotionally.
As noted on the Awakening Defined page, as you deepen into Stillness and awakening the small things can easily be felt like they are a candle flame burning your skin as you are so much more sensitive.
Of course you now have the skill set to remain at peace, but there is more work to be done so you can deepen more. Awakening never stops deepening if you remain present and actively vigilant with it. There is no end to the awakening process. Thus this advanced Inquiry will keep you deepening for decades even after you are fully liberated and in the Abiding Awareness phase of awakening.
Be familiar with the Basic Inquiry Method first, by practising it daily for several weeks, if not months.
I can take you through aspects of these that suit your current issue in a 1-on-1 mentoring session. As these will be record you can re-listen and apply it to that situation or substitute other material.
Beginning the healing cycle
Before you start the Inquiry, meditate first and establish the background of Presence, Stillness, the awakened state as best as you can.
Your process may start at Step 1, 2 or 3 below if using material from your mentoring session with myself or something you have chosen to work on.
The more deeply unconscious sections will start making themselves known as resistance, as described in Step 1, or confusion in Step 2. If working this process on your own, you will most likely start at Step 3, as described in the diagram on the main unique mentoring methodology page. This is because the feelings need to be closer to your conscious mind to be accessible when working on your own. Keep in mind each behaviour, reaction and belief pattern you have is there for a good reason. Each of these aspects are conscious, this process is described in the ego’s survival instinct page.
1. Resistance & Justification
Resistance is sometimes the first step when encountering a new part (feeling, emotion, behaviour, issue) with Inquiry. It believes “I am right”. It will justify itself. This part will want to hold onto these emotions and beliefs, because it will have justification for it. It’s a proven view as a result of these emotions, beliefs and past experiences.
At this stage, all you can do is be still and let this aspect feel its feelings. Watch how it justifies. These justifications are embedded belief patterns that generate certain behaviours. In your daily life you will hopefully see these patterns arise in situations. This is often an important step.
You can try and soften the resistance by asking this part of yourself “why did you do this for me?” and “what is the outcome you want from this behaviour, action or belief?”.
You will learn at this step what the parts purpose is. Every aspect of your psychie has a positive intention, even if it looks destructive.
Take a look at a family member, partner or close friend. You may know they have certain bad behaviours they act out when in a bad mood. Often this behaviour is acted out in an irrational way.
They will voice their limiting and restricted beliefs that are running their behaviour. As a person outside of them you will notice they don’t listen to reason. This is a perfect example of how inner parts work within us. If you are working with aspects of yourself like this, be patient or seek assistance.
The part of your consciousness that has the issue (the emotions and associated beliefs and resulting behaviour patterns) will start to feel confused as you Inquire.
When you carefully examine your feelings, by fully feeling them while holding Presence, you will discover that this part may feel a bit irrational, confused or even insane.
This is because it does not know what is right or wrong any more. This part does not know any better and this is leading to the next step. Rest assured that progress is being made even, if it does feel a little strange.
Most often you will start here, although the previous two may occur. If they do, they will always precede this step in the healing process. At this stage, the part starts to feel its related emotions (either named in the 1on1 mentoring session, and others that you find while doing Inquiry) that it has around this issue.
It starts to realise its emotions, beliefs, and behaviours associated with the behaviour pattern or issue. It will start to realise how holding onto these past emotions and beliefs has been an error. As you literally play the role of the conscious adult, or indeed the Awakened Sage, of yourself keep in mind that this broken aspect of you did its best at the time!
Ask this part what it wanted for you through these beliefs and behaviours. Listen carefully, you will see the beauty that this lost part of your consciousness has to offer you.
Once you relinquish the spoken material from that section of your 1on1 mentoring session, while holding stillness as best as you can, look deeper.
There will probably be another round or so of beliefs. Sometimes many rounds, as the mind can hold similar or even repeated belief patterns. Some of these associated emotions may be completely different to the ones discussed in the session.
Feel and allow yourself to be aware of the belief patterns and relinquish these as they arise. Feel the feelings while holding your inner Peace, Presence or Stillness in your consciousness.
Looking deeper and using your 1-on-1 mentoring sessions as a springboard to look deeper, gives a lot more growth and value from the session.
You will be sitting/meditating and you will feel stillness. You will just be aware and still. No more words or feelings arise.
This section is now ready for integration. The amount of rounds you do can vary; sometimes one, sometimes it may take weeks to truly break through a section that is Inquired into fully. Patience and persistence is the key to success.
As Sri Nissagadatta said repeatedly in I AM THAT, only one ingredient is required to attain full consciousness (permanent inner peace, Stillness or Abiding Awakening) and that is Earnestness. Sometimes persistent parts of your unconscious will have more layers that need to be addressed at the next mentoring session. Core themes will often be re-visited with different twists and patterns.
6. Replace relinquished beliefs with a positive
Replace relinquished beliefs with a positive. If these are not given in the session make up your own.
Typically they will be the opposite of what you relinquished. Eg: a poor communication habit becomes “I communicate clearly with ease and I am understood“.
Putting the positive in gives the mind the new instruction. This is not to be confused with an affirmation, a practice of repeating positive statements. We are working much deeper here.
7. Feel the positives are they accepted?
Feel, as the positives are said by your mind. If your Stillness remains while feeling, this layer is complete at this level.
If you feel resistance, this is an indication that more material needs to be felt and the belief patterns relinquished.
Do as you did above, be as still and Present and still feeling the “space” as you can and feel the words/beliefs and what they are about.
Think of that same situation that was a trigger point for that old behaviour or emotion, feel. What happens inside? Do you feel you can now respond positively and in a manner that you hold your inner resources and can act in an empowered way?
Listen to your mind chatter, if it says negative stuff then be thankful, investigate. Sometimes the feelings and beliefs may seem general or relate to small instances in your recent or distant past. Trust what comes up. Take your time with this step.
8. Stillness will arise again and a double check
This part will then re-integrate into the rest of your whole consciousness. You will feel a sense of completeness that is hard to describe. A feeling of resolution.
Repeat steps 5 to 7 again.
The deeper the stillness and associated expansiveness the deeper the change has been within your consciousness. Again repeat the positives in this stillness.
This is a double check – it is easier to get any scraps left in your unconsciousness now and have a complete and strong durable shift to a better life and deeper Stillness that can be tapped into at any time. I often do a double in the next day or so.
Why say the positive outcomes?
The positive beliefs or outcomes in steps 6 to 8 are required by the mind. The mind is effectively the computer operating system of your personality. To leave an empty gap would allow your psyche to insert something without your conscious consent, potentially causing more issues.
To illustrate metaphorically you are upgrading your personal operating system from version 1.0 to 2.0, thus something must be put back in.
If the stillness was complete within itself without an operating system, no human would have any issues and we would all be fully aware and conscious.
Given that we humans are deeply complex mechanisms, you may find yourself visiting a deeper layer of similar material in the future, although it will vary in some ways.
The next step in mastering Inquiry
As you deepen into your inner Peace, your Presence, you will realise that it is this quiet, still and impersonal awareness that really has no problems with the world, ego, the weather, or the stock market.
You will operate in the world but not be of it, as you will know the deeper truth of Reality. This then means you can be in this world and be a great example of a happy and at peace person, then then helps everybody.
This process of being a deeply conscious person will certainly provide you with many interesting insights! The faster you master this process the more able you will be to handle situations in life.
This is where mentoring is most effective is you are committed to being the best you can be
The value of 1-on-1 mentoring here with a tough personal issue will show you how to use this process.
You can be taken through this Inquiry process with a live issue, then later to can listen and practice to it. If you want to experience the most potent conscious change tool ever then hit the button below.