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VIDEO: Guided Self Inquiry, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Guided Self Inquiry

– In a nutshell, guided self inquiry is really simple. It’s simply turning your attention from outward to inward.

– Mmm.

– And that process is facilitated by a guide. So if we just stop to think about that for a second, okay. The attention is usually going outward, right?

– It is.

– Towards the objects of the senses, you know our senses, we have hearing, we have vision, we have smell, we have taste, all of these senses are all oriented usually towards things that are external.

– Yes.

– Right?

– Yes.

– And so that’s where we spend most of our time, most of our lives is with our attention pointing outwards. Now, simply by taking the attention and turning it inwards, and some people who are listening might not even really, that might not make sense right now, exactly what that means, so hopefully that will become more clear as we talk tonight. But, it’s just simply, if you think of it as shining a light simply by turning it inwards, I see we have a question, Taylor Marie is asking, why would I want to focus inwardly? So yeah, that is a great question. So, why would you want to take that light of your own awareness and turn it from outward to inward?

– Well, one thought that comes up for me is that, it’s a way to perhaps calm some static of what’s going out. So, I have a moment to pause and reflect, of what I’m really feeling, what I’m really thinking, and maybe what I’m even really needing, before I take any kind of actions or keep looking outside of myself for things, so it’s a way to kind of go in and maybe create some space to navigate my life from.

– Create some space.

– Yeah.

– Beautiful, so that’s really essential, Ron, creating space, and that’s just it. By turning the attention inwards, it allows us to detach from all of these, I won’t say distractions, but attractions, distractions, all of the busyness, you know, the static, the white noise in our lives, and to turn that attention back inward and get centered again. Any of you have a meditation practice, practice yoga, you know, simply sit down with a book sometimes, you know, that is actually a concentration practice, and when we sit down and we read a book, it can be very relaxing, and the reason is, we’re taking our attention from being focused on multiple things to just one thing.

– Mmm.

– And that alone is just, that’s a calming, in a sense, our attention gets, it calms down when it can focus on one thing.

– I see that. Can I say one other thing that comes up?

– Absolutely.

– One other thing that comes up is that it’s an opportunity to maybe just shut down the senses a little bit.

– Yes.

– Right? So that we’re minimizing the amount of information that’s streaming in and it just gives us an opportunity to close that down a little bit, and have less coming in,

– That’s right.

– So that we can have a little more calm.

– That’s right. Yeah, exactly, so it takes energy to manage all of the input, you know, when we’re always looking outwards, you know, with our eyes, when we’re hearing stuff, these are all processes that require energy, so it’s just like shutting down some systems, turning it inwards.

– Mm-hmm. I like that.

– Yeah. So, what if we turn our attention inwards, what it is that we might find? That’s an interesting question to ask.

– I have a quote that I love, and that is, “If you want to know yourself, look out to the world. “If you want to know the world, look within yourself.” Because, you know, as you’re talking about senses, that’s how the outside world gains access to our inner life, is through our senses, so what is outside streams in, and that forms our thought and feeling life, and so, we might find who we are based on the world outside of us.

– That’s right. And oftentimes, you know, our self definitions have so much to do with how, you know, how our energy is reflected in the world. Not necessarily any intrinsic problem with that, however, it does, it can be a problem to some if it starts to create suffering, if the only way that we have of defining who we are is through the outer world, and you know, this often would take the place of comparisons and looking at other people and saying, well, look at that person, I don’t have what they have, I don’t look like they have, and again, we’re already, we’re a little bit lost. You know, we’ve just disempowered ourselves by taking, again, our attention away from intrinsically who we are, and starting to put that outside of ourselves. So, it’s just taking personal power and putting it outside.

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VIDEO: Guided Self Inquiry, Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Guided Self Inquiry

So this can be done with eyes open, eyes closed, some people find it’s helpful to turn the eyes closed, but I’m gonna keep my eyes open. And so what I’m doing now, even while I’m speaking, is I’m starting to turn my attention inside, and I’m just paying attention to what’s happening in my physical body, and in doing that I’m starting to notice some sensations that I wasn’t aware of just a minute ago when I was speaking. So some of the sensations that I’m feeling is a little bit, almost like a tingling down in my belly, feeling a little bit of energy up into my chest, a little bit of almost kind of tingling energy. Immediately there is a tendency for a thought to arise. So I feel something, I feel this vibration in my chest, and then the thought arises to interpret that feeling. What does that mean, what does this feeling in my body mean? So the thought came up, this means this is nervous, this means a nervousness. This is probably from my past conditioning. I’ve felt this before in different situations. I thought, okay, this is nervousness. Well, here’s an opportunity, what if I just let that thought go, and I come right back to the feeling. What if I use the fact that there is a thought to let me know that, actually, there is a feeling there to meet, and that there’s a thought is almost like a road, again, pointing away from that feeling. Well, I’m gonna let that thought go, and then I’m gonna turn and bring my attention right back to the feeling. So in dropping into this feeling, okay, so there’s a feeling in the physical body. I’m gonna close my eyes for a moment. Okay, and now I’m gonna drop into, well, I would say the emotional body. To define what the emotional body is in space, it’s fluid, it’s not really something that, it exists in space, it can be felt, emotions can be felt within the boundaries of the physical body, sometimes they can be found outside of it. But in dropping into that, below that physical sensation, I find that, okay, there’s an emotion present here. And the emotion is fear, so there’s a little bit of fear. And that’s actually what was simmering and generating that story of, oh, nervousness and anything else that came with that.

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VIDEO: Guided Self Inquiry, Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Guided Self Inquiry

– Ron mentioned an example from his own life right in the beginning where he said when he turns his attention inwards, he finds that he gets quieter, gets more calm, you said more spacious.

– More spacious. Yeah.

– Yeah.

– So I can respond rather than react.

– So you can respond, yeah. Rather than react.

– Rather than react. When I think of emotions I think of energy in motion. Emotions are energy in motion.

– Yeah.

– They move like waves in and out and if I can just sit with ’em it might just roll, just one rolls in. And if I can give it some space, it might just roll out and then it’s clear and clean.

– That’s right.

– Yeah.

– You can experience that emotion, but you’re no longer ruled by that emotion.

– Exactly.

– You’re not being tumbled along.

– Right.

– In the current.

– Exactly, not in the washing machine of it.

– Yeah.

– Yeah.

– Exactly.

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VIDEO: Guided Self Inquiry, Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Guided Self Inquiry

– In the Guided Self Inquiry, you know I am using, you know clinical hypnotherapy tools at times. Sometimes using breathing exercises, just simple skills of self-awareness can all be, can all be brought to play. And again, getting back to the essential of having a quiet mind and an open heart. We’re creating this field. You know, this field of integrity this field of trust, of safety where we can trust in this process. And I, ultimately I trust that Ron has all of the resources he needs for whatever healing, for whatever understanding that he needs. It’s not about me

– Mm-hm.

– And he’s gonna be shining the light of his own awareness inward and I don’t necessarily even know, need to know what the results are.