I’m so excited to see who is enrolling in Year of Inquiry.
I feel like I’m meeting the remarkable group who will be joining me for an intimate year in looking into reality.
We’re interested in seeing what is really true, and what isn’t, and practicing using imagination and awareness of what is present to see more clearly.
Recently in a group I was facilitating something happened which happens ALL THE TIME.
An inquirer read her worksheet in our telesession and we began to do The Work.
I asked her the four questions, starting with “Is it true?” (I love that question).
Everyone who could relate closely to this very same stressful thinking shared their own experience, and when we got to the turnarounds, the woman who started the inquiry on her stressful situation was stumped.
“I have no idea how I could turn this thought around, I can’t find an example.”
I asked everyone on the call if they could find anything, an example that might fit.
Someone found an example from a friend’s life.
Then someone else found another example from their own life.
Someone else then said they had an example that she could find that might work for the inquirer’s life, based on what the inquirer had shared about her situation.
When we were done investigating and looking at all the turnarounds, the person who had started with her terribly stressful situation, her worksheet, her despair…..
…..shared the thing that happens all the time.
“I would have never found these possibilities, if it had not been for all of you on this call. Thank you soooooo much. I think I’ve made a crack in this belief system. I can see how closed I was to any other option. I really couldn’t have done this on my own, sitting here doing The Work by myself in my living room.”
I can relate.
When I was doing The Work by myself, I wanted to hit the road doing something else ASAP.
Just whiz by and feel lighter.
The last thing I wanted to do was sit with something agonizing, or horrible, or sad.
This morning an inquirer who has been in Year of Inquiry for the entire year (we were all saying goodbye this morning) shared that she was woken up at 7 am by a phone call from work, asking that she respond immediately.
(It involved someone speaking Russian with such a thick accent, she could barely understand the request).
She did all she could for her job, but then said…..
……”Excuse me now, I have an important meeting on the phone.”
Our YOI call.
She shared with us how she’s learned that inquiry is top priority, her most important work.
It trumps everything else.
She shared that even if she wanted to keep working and handle that apparently critical issue, it was more critical that she was here, with us on our phone call.
The most important thing I do in my life is question my stressful thinking.
Only this changes my suffering, in the most efficient, direct way.
Yes, hard things still happen.
Scary, sad, surprising things. Things I sometimes think I can’t handle.
But with inquiry, I understand it is the way of it.
I am a human being having a life, feeling what its like to be a truly free human.
Knowing this in the end…..that all is very well indeed, no matter what I’m thinking.
Because I don’t have to believe everything I think.
It’s all going the way it goes, anyway, no matter what I think, right? I may as well enjoy the ride.
If you’re joining Year of Inquiry, you’re in for a treat (I sure am).
Tomorrow’s the early-bird registration deadline. I know a lot of you are about to say “yes” and I am so honored. I bring my deepest love, creativity and ever-evolving way of working with mind to this new year.
It will be a good one. We’ll do new things, we’ll try new ways.
Below are buttons to sign up for 2015-2016 Year of Inquiry (sorry for those of you who have been trying on my web page). Hopefully this makes it easier! I’m a goofball with the links sometimes!
If you’re new and haven’t yet filled out the Q & A application form, so I can get to know you, please do so right here.
And welcome aboard.
If you need a payment plan for the year, now’s the time to ask. I will make it work for you if at all possible.