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Nonduality Salon (/ \)
issue number one - September, 2000
What is Enquiry? Melody Anderson
Enquiry is the means (any means)through which my
perspective is shifted from that of 'doer' to that of
'observer' and ultimately to that of 'nonentity'.
In my practice of hypnotherapy a lady once came to me who
wanted to have an experience of being 'centered'. She had
heard that term often, and although she understood it
intellectually, she wanted to know what it felt like to
I guided her into a trance state in which she found
herself walking into an Indian teepee. Once inside the
room began spinning as if a tornado had entered. She
became very excited as she began describing the chaos in
the teepee....everything being tossed and strewn about.
I asked her, "Where are you?"
She replied, "I'm sitting in the middle of it
"Are you spinning around too?", I asked.
Immediately an expression of calm came upon her face and
she began to smile.
"Why, no! I'm simply sitting here watching the room
go crazy. But I'm still. Perfectly still.....simply
watching it all."
[And then moments later.....] " Not only that... but
from where I sit, I can look up [thru the top of the
teepee]....and I can see forever."
Enquiry is the process that helps people remember they
are not the chaos, the struggle, the destruction in their
lives..... but rather the Eye watching the movements of
And once that observation....that witnessing.... becomes
so complete, so single focused....
the sense of identity, the sense of there being a 'you'
and an 'I', falls away.
And 'Practice' is simply using the same process for that
'shifting of perspective' over and over again....
simply because it works!