If I ask you a question- I am offering a gift of insight and welcoming an exchange - a connection of our mind and heart. If I answer your question I offer my honest thoughts and my raw feelings. It is a true exchange especially if we are both willing to give and receive without judgments.
These days it is easy to give advice, opinions and yet much less easy to sit with any discomfort produced by either inquiry or the response to our question. It is in those moments where an opportunity for growth appears. I can choose to abide in the gift of inquiry or do everything to resist the process, continue to deny and protect myself from fears and discomforts or spare you from yours.
Inquiry invites us to discover ourselves beyond reference points, concepts or reliance on others views, beliefs, expectations, stories, etc. Inquiry is simple with no established rules, doctrines or beliefs. There may be a relinquishing of constructs, paradigms, and long held programming whether societal or individual.
I see inquiry as an exercise that stretches our mind and helps us to dive deeper into the heart. And while it is not about purely operating from the heart -it is about having balance or being aligned with what is true for us. This exercise allows us to build muscles in being with the unknown, not being defined but rather freed.
Feeling more free or less weighed down -we invite the unexpected from a space of openness and love. So inquiry can be a way of receiving love if we allow the question to touch our mind and heart.
First, we hear the question, then we process this question with our mind and then we allow it to sink into our heart. Or is it faster than that & does our heart recognize the question even before we start to think? I’m not sure but it seems that from the heart and in stillness we are more likely to get crystal clear answers or clarity. If we do not get clarity -further questions or considerations will guide us or lead us on our journey to deeper love and meaning. Ultimately, what we are and what we desire is to love and be loved.
So what question have you been asked that led to places, people, meaning that you had not even imagined? Have you considered that the question that may have seemed inappropriate or too uncomfortable was the one that liberated you or helped you transcend something within yourself? Is it possible the one who asked you the question -offered you love by way of that question? Of maybe the person and the question were but a vessel of the Universe’s love for you.