My friend Amber lives in England just a few miles away from Grantchester, if you happen to be familiar with that BBC program. It’s in the neighborhood with Cambridge University. We talked about nondual inquiry recently, and I asked her to send me questions if any should arise. They did! Some of these questions are to ask yourself in response to reflexive thoughts, and others are of the pondering variety. They are on the money, I can tell you that. Spend some time with them and see what arises.
Please keep in mind these two important points:
1) The inquirer is always Awakeness, regardless of who it feels like is doing it. There is no Amber and no Fred, so Amber and Fred could never do inquiry. It’s the Self that does Self-inquiry.
2) You’re not looking for answers here, you’re simply asking questions to shake up or stop the mind. It’s that shaking and stopping that does the work. Ask, pause, and allow the question to settle in. Then move onto another, and take it through the same process. Let curious silence meet the question.
Did you plan to think that?
Is it any different than it is?
What exists that you are not aware of?
Are you sure?
Who says it shouldn’t be this way?
Does it matter?
What is stopping you right now from accepting that this right-now-ness is exactly as it is?
Do you really know you exist, or is it more accurate to say there is a sense of being?
Who is thinking?
Is there any reason why that last moment should have been different?
You know you are “shoulding” all over yourself, right?
What’s on offer is death. Do you want it?
What came before your last thought?
Is it possible that you could be wrong?
How do you know that you really exist?
What was prior to you?
Is it possible that what is happening right now is what “should” be happening right now?
What existed before your suffering?
Are you aware of a thought before it happens, or after?
Are you really sure that you have a body?
If you are thinking of the self but the self doesn’t exist, does that make any sense?
Did you do what your body just did, or did it just happen?
Could it be possible that you don’t know whether or not you exist?
What proof do you have that you exist?
If you weren’t trying to get anything out of this moment what would be left?