“The inquiry is an exploration in progress, not a rigid method. Doing them with a facilitator is impressively effective. It is an opening up in togetherness, lovingly looking at what is arising in the moment, without predefined answers or judgements. Just full of surprises and rich in possibilities. Your stories, views and concepts, your happiness and sadness, your funny and not-so-funny habits; that richness is all allowed and explored in the moment. It is amazing to see labels, images and sensations disintegrate once you’ve seen where they are glued together. Being facilitated is a precious gift, for both the facilitator and the one who is being facilitated. It feels like coming home, to yourself and to the world. I loved it.”
The Living Inquiries combine basic mindfulness (becoming aware of what we’re experiencing in both mind and body) with a much more specific, in-depth looking (which happens naturally in response to the inquiry questions). A foundation of open and non-judgemental receptivity to whatever comes creates a space in which anything, however challenging or painful, can safely be explored.
“Feeling light and free…thank you for today…I like the way you work…I feel safe.”
Developed by author and spiritual teacher Scott Kiloby, the Inquiries have evolved organically over the last five years as we – Scott, me, and the other Senior Facilitators involved in refining and developing them – have facilitated thousands of people, and continued to look and evolve ourselves.
The mind-body connection (how our bodies respond to thoughts and how our minds respond to feelings, emotions and sensations) lies at the heart of the inquiry process. By looking at (and experiencing) the way that thoughts (words and images) combine or knot together with bodily feelings (emotions, sensations, and other energies), we come to see how we experience ourselves and the world around us. By exploring this connection in detail, the knots loosen, and we discover that it’s possible to live with much more ease. In fact, we may even discover a profound sense that all is okay, whatever is here.
“Thanks for today. As I was walking, I noticed the pain of being me had lessened.”
“I am so pleased to have experienced your compassionate facilitation style yesterday. You were right there when I needed it the most. These words don’t say it, but I’ll use them anyway – thank you.”