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    #4184 - Monday, March 7, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights Very rarely will the mind confess to
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      #4184 - Monday, March 7, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
      The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights
       
       
       
       
      "Very rarely will the mind confess to us that it has no idea what
      is going on." ~Adyashanti
       
       
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      Authentic Inquiry

      What is inquiry, really? This is a good question. And like most really
      good questions, it is very basic. Authentic inquiry is allowing yourself to
      care, to take on the weightless burden of caring. Everyone knows what
      it’s like to inquire out of intellectual interest—asking for the sake of
      asking or because you think you should. This is not caring. When you care
      about something, it gets inside of you. It gets inside the shell that keeps
      you from being affected or bothered, the shell that keeps anything really
      new from happening.

      So in the beginning, to deeply inquire about anything, you have to care
      about it. You have to care enough to allow it to get inside that shell.
      What do you really care about? What pulls you into here and now, this
      minute? What is the most important thing to you? For real inquiry, it is
      important to be asking about something you sincerely care about. The
      question needs to be personal, not about a spiritual teaching or something
      that’s outside of your experience. It needs to be something that’s coming
      from the inside.

      When you care, you care from the inside. Many people impose ideas from
      the outside upon themselves, but this isn’t inquiry. When you really care,
      you enter a love affair with what you care about. Sometimes it draws you
      into bliss, sometimes into confusion. You don’t know what to do. You don’t
      know where you are going. You feel a bit out of control. You’re letting
      this caring get under your skin. To find out that you care like this is the
      most important thing; otherwise you can spend your whole life caring
      about what someone else says you should care about.

      Like many people, you may be afraid to find out how much you care
      because that caring could just steal you away. What is the one thing that
      will matter the most at the end of your life? Without it, you would say:
      “That’s what it was all about and I missed it.” If you had the best job,
      lots of money, the perfect lover, or whatever your ideal is, and suddenly
      your life was over, what would still be left undone? That’s what it’s all
      about.

      When you find that kind of caring, inquiry has some power behind it. You
      also find your own inner integrity. You find something inside that’s
      stable. There’s a place inside you that is willing to be a little
      crazy—crazy enough to take inquiry seriously and hold nothing sacred.
      Holding nothing sacred means that nothing is assumed to be true and all
      of your assumptions are fair game. The more spiritual they are, the more
      they are fair game. Ultimately it is your most sacred and unquestioned
      assumptions about yourself, others, and life that are most important to
      question.

      Many people find their spirituality taking them outward. They think they
      are going inward because they have heard the spiritual teaching, “Inquire
      and look within.” Meanwhile, they are out in the stars somewhere looking
      for someone else’s experience, looking for the right experience, or
      looking for the experience they believe they are supposed to have. This
      is spirituality going entirely in the wrong direction. Inquiry is a means of
      taking you back to yourself, back to your experience.

      When inquiry is authentic, it brings you into the experience of here and
      now, bringing you to the full depth of it, pulling you into it. The question
      pulls you back into the mystery of your experience. “What am I?” takes
      you right back into the mystery. If your mind is honest, it knows it
      doesn’t have the answer. You ask, “What am I?” and instantly, there is
      silence. Your mind doesn’t know. And when it doesn’t know, there is an
      experience right here, right now, that is alive. You bump into nothingness
      inside—that no-thing, that absolute nothingness which your mind can’t
      know.

      The answer does not come in the form of a description or phrase; it is a
      direct experience. And this experience, your livingness, always
      transcends any words or intellectual answer. In fact, the truth of your
      being is eternally transcending itself. As soon as it projects itself out as
      something, even as a profound insight, it has already transcended it. So
      eventually the inquiry wears itself out. You wear yourself out. You wear
      your ego self out. You wear your spiritual self out. You wear it all out.
      You’ve inquired yourself out of this whole thing, and you’re disappearing
      faster than you can put yourself together.

      As Nisargadatta Maharaj said so brilliantly and beautifully, “The
      ultimate understanding is that there is no ultimate understanding.” When
      it’s in the head, it’s an impressive piece of understanding; when it’s in the
      heart, as the Buddha said, it’s extinguished. You find a living experience
      of being, empty of content, empty of you. This is where spiritual
      awakening begins. This is the living answer of authentic inquiry.

      © Adyashanti 2007

       

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