By Lou Weir
The kind of inquiry we do in the Diamond Approach could be called Diamond Inquiry. It is an answer to how you look deeper into each present moment and also learn to integrate what you have discovered both in inquiry and in your daily life. It is both simple and also profound. It is always personal and relevant to our lives and practice because it is oriented to our own experience. It also incorporates our knowledge and experiences and deepens both.
Structure of Inquiry
Typically, our inquiry is done in groups of twos and threes with a question pending. These questions can be deep “big” ideas, such as: What is my self-image when I relate to the world—who am I trying to be? or “small” ideas, such as: Why do I get angry when I get a phone call from my brother?
The inquiries are typically verbal, with an inner narration about the thread of the question.
It may sound like it invites a kind of intellectual knowledge that may be divorced from our depth, and that can be an issue, but with proper practice and guidance, it develops into a precise instrument for seeing deeper. Although we are working with words, necessarily bound to the dual or conceptual world, the invitation to the present moment is a non-dual pointer right from the beginning of your practice.
There is always an attitude of seeing the truth of one’s situation. Over time, students who do this regularly report that they have an intimacy with their practice and life which is new and fresh.
A Chance to Practice Inquiry
You can’t read about Diamond Inquiry and understand it. The words can whet your appetite, but to understand it, you need to try it. Diamond Heart Michigan offers classes in this practice taught by qualified teachers.
The next class will begin in September ’23. If you are interested, please get in touch with Lou Weir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next month, in Part Three, we will discuss inquiries in groups of three.