A free introductory lesson for the Learn to Inquire Course.
In this practical, self-paced audio course, you’ll learn how to go exploring the ocean of your inner world using a powerful practice called Diamond Inquiry. You’ll be guided step-by-step to orient to the inner ocean, to get more fully in touch with yourself, to discover where you are, and to explore what is going on for greater clarity, understanding and magical transformation. You’ll start very simply laying the crucial foundations in lessons 1 to 3. And then each later lesson brings more richness and subtlety.
Diamond Inquiry is the central practice of the Diamond Approach based on the work of AH Almaas. It is as useful and applicable the very first time you begin to look inside, as it is after decades of inner practice on any path.
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This lesson introduces the practical basics of inquiry – when, where and how to do it on your own. You will explore the vast scope of your inner world. In the exercise, you will dip your head into the water to see what’s appearing in your inner world.
You’ll find all kinds of things in your inner world. There might be some experiences you like, and some things you might prefer to fix or change about yourself. You’ll discover the power of simply being friendly and interested in your inner world, wherever you are. You’ll explore some of the things that limit your friendly interest in yourself.
In this lesson you will learn the two central instructions that make Diamond inquiry so unique and powerful. You’ll also learn a key practice that enables you to immerse yourself in your inner world in a more immediate and palpable way.
Inquiry involves waking up to what’s around in the flow of your inner world. In this lesson you’ll learn four main categories or dimensions of experience that you might notice as you look around. You’ll practice checking in with these different elements, taking time to be in touch with them, and to recognize and find the words for what they are.
The surface of the inner world is what you first encounter. In this lesson you will learn how to begin diving deeper by bringing a curious, questioning attitude towards where you are. You’ll see how this can lead you right to the depths and you’ll begin trying out that kind of exploration yourself.
Inquiry is so free that it is open to anything that might appear in your inner ocean. Practicing inquiry will expand the range of your inner world. This will activate a kind of inner coast guard called the inner critic, that stops you from experiencing anything it doesn’t approve of. You’ll explore this freedom, and how the inner critic limits your freedom.
The magic of inquiry is that the very act of exploring your experience, getting in touch and understanding it, brings about a magical unfolding. In this lesson you’ll learn how to give the magic space to happen, and practice it with the inner critic coast guard.
Your mind includes your thoughts, ideas and the beliefs you’ve picked up from your entire life so far, and the very capacity of your consciousness to be aware and to recognize what is going on, as it’s happening. You’ll learn about two challenges of this powerful capacity to learn. In the exercise, you’ll practice exploring how different elements of your mind may be active.
In this lesson you’ll learn the importance of holding your experience and your feelings, and how to allow feelings and explore them without acting them out. You’ll learn the importance of staying with an experience to gradually notice and discover more about it, and get some tips on how to dive safely in the inner world.
You’ll learn about the often hidden dimension of experience that brings inquiry to life in a thrilling and immersive way. The inner world can be discovered as something palpable and substantial that you can explore in an profound adventure. This turns out to be the most important element for grounding your inquiry.