Subject: Self Inquiry
I have now purchased and continue to work through 4 of your books – they are wonderful and I appreciate how they have reached me and taken me further than the hundreds of books, teachings workshops, etc. that have strewn my path these past 30 years.
My question relates to self inquiry. And not the obvious self inquiry, but that which relates to Cathryn-ness and Fredness – when I have identified with the mind and am believing its thought/s. You have spoken of using Byron Katie’s work combined with that of other teachers over a number of years in your own self inquiry. I am familiar with Byron Katie’s 4 questions, but wonder if you outline anywhere the technique you developed for yourself over time to use self inquiry on a day to day basis (My lover rejected me…..Is that true…..Who is thinking this???…)
Hi, Cathryn-ness! Thanks for writing. I talk about inquiry in any number of videos, but I can’t specifically point you to them, because I don’t know which ones they are. It’s my job to cut them–there’s no way I can actively curate them. So it’s your job to find the appropriate medications and apply them! [However, one of my alert friends, Mike Z. gave me enough of a hint to find one video from 2013 that might help. Possibly a lot!
Here’s a link to my YouTube channel. Just go down the list and look for titles you think might be relevant. In truth, every single one of them will be, because seeing through the illusion of Cathryn-ness–right now–is the very nature of our work.
My guess is that the book you’ve skipped is Beyond Recovery, because you don’t think you’re an addict. If my guess is correct, my suggestion is that you not skip it. Most addicts don’t think they are addicts; that’s the nature of addiction. But how about these thoughts you’re complaining about? Aren’t you addicted to believing them?
There are specific exercises and inquiries within Beyond Recovery that can help you begin to see through your addictions to thought and separation. It will also give you some background on this teaching. I’ve gotten a ton of positive emails about that book, and half or more were written by people who had no direct connection to any type of recovery. You have to recover from the dream of Cathryn.
I just don’t have time to go into any more detail. Satsang and/or sessions are where to go for specific detail. Good luck!