The Insight Approach
The normal approach to problems, is to try and solve them by thinking. Yet as Albert Einstein said, "You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.”
For example, let's say the problem is being stuck in traffic. The mind, in its normal state is an amazing tool to solve the being-in-traffic situation. It knows who to call, and how to operate the phone, if there is one. It knows how to establish calm, how to instantly calculate the situation as not being any real threat. It registers countless bytes of data, and concludes, "All is well.)
However, in that same situation, the distorted, conditioned mind--conditioned to operate on behalf of a a "person" who is autonomous, separate from the whole, and possessing a private, individual consciousness--will go ballistic. And attempt to take you with it, and before you know it, you may be in a violent or even life-threatening situation.
This is because the distorted mind interprets the situation in reference to the imagined person described above: a someone who lives in a world of other "separate someones" competing with them, for 'limited" resources and limited happiness, struggling for survival,
A CLEANSING PROCESS
Inquiry is a way to clear the mind and return it to its normal functioning as a problem-solver without the personal bias--personal being the distortion. Inquiry brings Awareness, and Awareness is the clearing agent of the biased mind.
We simply become aware of mental positions we have taken:
• "I want" or "I don't want;"
• "I like" or "I don't like;"
• "I'm right and you are wrong;"
• "This shouldn't be happening”
• “Something else should be happening.”
• "It's not fair!"
When these mental positions are seen to be just interpretations, habitual thoughts with no relation to reality, they are immediately (or eventually) dropped or not invested in. The automatic, conditioned thinking process becomes weaker and weaker, because awareness—which has complete freedom to choose which thoughts to invest in and which to dismiss—has withdrawn its power.
This dropping of mental positions is a clearing process.
A CONFIRMING PROCESS
As one undertakes a clearing process, then there may be an interest in self-inquiry, which is to question the "me-sense" directly. "What or who is upset, hurt or unhappy?" "Who believes this?" "Who is affected by this situation?" One can realize that no matter what the mind is selling, no matter what position is being presented as worthy of taking, there is always a Presence--which is untouched, unaffected and undisturbed by any mental position. CONFIRMING is to deliberately and consciously give one'e precious priceless attention to this Presence.
Our session yesterday was so profound for me, I love the way you ask those amazing questions, and making the silence so accessible and obvious. Love and Gratitude. N.R.
The Insight Approach is a blend of CLEARING and CONFIRMING. It can be used as a stand-alone modality or in conjunction with the other inquiry methods I offer, The Work of Byron Katie and the Scott Kiloby Living Inquiries. As your guide, I support you in shifting your perspective from the me-sense to "What is aware?" over and over again, no matter what presents itself.
You are learning how to separate out the observer—your consciousness—from the false in you. After enough practice, the false self is exposed and cannot stand alone and so vanishes.
The task is to remember to be conscious.
What counts is the number of times each minute, hour, day that you remember to separate. Not how long you hold each separation.
As we win the battle within ourselves, we win the battle of life without.—Barry Long