This past month I’ve been leading classes in Inquiry, and I’ve been moved by how universal the beliefs are that hold us hostage. Because I usually work with people individually, I have plenty of experience of the power of one-on-one seeking. Not that this process is without surprises. Just when I think I know where freedom will arrive in each client’s mind, some new way of thinking shows up from the periphery that has the power to completely shift their world.
But in a group, this power is primed. And it is deeply powerful for all of us. As each person finds a belief that they may not have even been aware of holding, we all notice we’ve held that same belief about our lives. And as we observe the questions and answers that bring freedom to one, we all find relief. One by one we question thoughts like, “It shouldn’t have happened,” “My body is too fat,” “I can’t get it right.” And one by one we find the kindness of truth.
Spring Inquiry group events here at Oasis are over, and now my mind travels to summer. In my mind, summer solstice seems like the perfect time to hold thoughts up to the bright light of inquiry. Best of all, my friend Maggie Carter, director of the Institute of the Work for Byron Katie, will be coming to Oregon to join me at a couple of events. We’re both looking forward to joining people who are beginners as well as seasoned facilitators. We’ll be spending a day in Portland (June 20th) and then three whole days soaking in inquiry and the peace of the Oregon Cascades at Breitenbush Hot Springs (June 21st through 24th). All are welcomed. Liberate yourself of some excessive winter beliefs and make peace with reality. With all of us.