Welcome to the Living Inquiries. We are glad you’ve found your way to us. The Inquiries are an intimate and fully embodied exploration of both our felt experience and our beliefs. The Inquiries invite us to discover what has previously remained hidden or unconscious, allowing an unraveling of thoughts and feelings which can bring a new-found sense of freedom. Whatever your life circumstances and whatever challenges you face, here are the broad brushstrokes of our invitation to you.

The Living Inquiries are transformational. Move beyond endlessly trying to fix yourself. Learn a simple process that unravels the belief systems and conditioning that seem to define you. Find out who you are by discovering what you’re not. Find your innate capacity to be okay (even when you don’t feel okay).

Honor and embrace your experience. Listen deeply to your mind and body, and become gently and honestly present. Integrate your abandoned, neglected or rejected parts as you gradually learn to love yourself. Tenderly hold your wounds and negative self-beliefs, beyond judgement and shame. Discover the natural spaciousness in which resistance and effort relax. Experience the relief of ending the war against yourself.

Connect deeply. Connect with the deep wisdom of your body and strengthen your capacity to trust its guidance. Connect with your heart and reveal your authentic self. Connect with others in this open-hearted and inclusive community.

Discover the liberation of simply being. Discover the gift of resting with whatever is here, just as it is. Discover a deep trust in life, however it is unfolding. Experience the sheer aliveness of being here, just as you are, unencumbered by the past or future.

If our invitation resonates with you, take your time to explore these pages further. You’ll find more on the what and how of the Inquiries here, and details on who we are here. You can read, watch and listen here. You’re also very welcome to contact us.

“The Living Inquiries enable us to chip away the false, hardened places that conceal the evidence of our bare and fundamental nature.” H.M.P.

Blog

In The Range of Our Inner Experience Fiona Robertson discusses how we can worry that the content of our experience is wrong ( I shouldn’t be feeling this feeling or thinking this thought) while Lisa Meuser examines why we often blame ourselves when we feel bad through A Journey of Connecting With Discomfort and Sumitra Burton walks us through an inquiry into directly experiencing her angry, fearful thoughts in Scum Of The Earth. – read more…

Facilitators

Our facilitators come from varied backgrounds and locations; from Hawaii and across the US and Canada to the UK and Europe. Read about their individual journeys, how the Living Inquiries have impacted their lives, and how they might be able to help you – read more…

Events

There are many ways to inquire and we offer a variety of events. Join one of our weekly online Support Groups, become a member of a Natural Rest group, or sign up for one of our Deepening Courses to dive right into inquiry. Or attend a Workshop or Retreat – read more…

Resources

Watch facilitators talking about the Inquiries and the thinking that lies behind them. See self-facilitations on a number of topics, including the fear of driving, feeling lonely, and the need to get somewhere. Listen to recorded sessions about being perfect, body image issues and discovering what’s ‘real’. Read books from facilitator Fiona Robertson about living a life of deep self-inquiry and articles about the Living Inquiries that have been featured in Elephant Journal – read more…

Empowered People Will Change the World

By Lisa Meuser. “The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave.” Buffy, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Empowered People Will Change the World.” Lisa Meuser    I’ll get back to these quotes in a minute. Before bravery, comes naming what gets in our way of truly living in the world… what gets in the…

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Listen For The Heartbeat

By Julia Stolk.   The other morning I woke to the remembering of a dream.  I had been in labour, and everything was unfolding normally, until a particular moment when I became utterly convinced that something was very wrong with the baby.  Yet, when the care provider listened for the baby’s heart beat, it was…

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Artwork by Jen Peer Rich

The Dance of Comfort and Discomfort

By Lisa Meuser. As we have been discovering over the past few months, the topic of discomfort [1] has many, many tendrils – some of which are still to be discovered! Always “on the journey,” new sacred tendrils constantly reveal themselves as I evolve. Maybe you’ve discovered that too? The Field of Possibility is ever…

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Heart Seeing

By Julia Stolk. So much of everything and nothing here this morning. The question comes, is it a choosing of where the attention is placed that is the everything or the nothing? And then a noticing, there is a natural resting, a natural choosing that finds nothing. The orientation to the heart mind. Where does…

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Photo by Lisa Meuser

Going Deeper Than Safety

By Lisa Meuser. In the last two blog posts I wrote about the possibility of discovering a sense of well-being even when there is discomfort. In this next blog post I will take that a step forward into the territory of safety, a topic that is very related to discomfort. Safety is a huge topic,…

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Artwork by Stacy Lee for NPR

Being Alone

By Sumitra Burton. This little word “alone” can be terrifying, perhaps second only to the word “death.” We naturally feel threatened by these ideas of being alone in life or of dying. And sometimes the sense of being alone feels worse than death. Also there can be a big difference between feeling alone and feeling…

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