“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. 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 a natural being with what we’re experiencing in both mind and body with a specific, in-depth kind of exploration, which happens quite naturally as each session unfolds. 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.”
Originated by Scott Kiloby, the inquiries have organically evolved and developed organically with input from me, and a number of my colleagues, including Lisa Meuser and Julianne Eanniello. A natural deepening in the work itself has come from our experience of working with others, as well as our continued explorations of our own issues, including our family histories, trauma, patterning and conditioning, fears and anxieties, compulsions and so on.
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 inquiry. By exploring this connection in detail, the knots loosen, and we come to know ourselves in a different way. The body and imaginal being are replete with rich and varied wisdom, if we ask the right questions and listen for the answers. Once we know how to be with ourselves in this way, it is possible to journey deep within and find resources, capacities and intelligence that we had no idea was there. Our relationship with ourselves, our experience, other people and the wider world begins to change in ways that we could not have foretold.
“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.”