If you’ve ever asked the question, ‘Who am I?’ or ‘What am I doing here?’, you would realize that you have more questions than answers. Isn’t it interesting that most of us stop there, getting carried away by a world of experience?
We get entangled in the stories we have been told, creating our own narratives and imaginative ideas about existence. We often believe these stories without questioning them. However, WAKING UP from this illusory dream begins by persistently STAYING with the questions.
Waking up from this illusory dream entails recognizing the stories for what they are, understanding that even answers are just another question, and realizing that there is no one truly asking any questions.
From my own experience and that of countless individuals, I have discovered that delving into the questions and assumptions about “our selves” allows us to peel away layers of conditioning. This process eventually reveals the mind-created persona called “me.”
Over time, we develop a fascination with that which is undeniably real. We begin to distinguish between a truth and THE truth, realizing that there is much more to life than our personal narratives. In fact, as we perceive this apparent ‘much more,’ we come to understand that there is ultimately ‘nothing.’ And that profound realization becomes everything!
I have curated a selection of self-inquiry prompts that have personally aided me in staying with the questions. Many of these prompts help to neutralize the mind’s activity, enabling us to observe the interplay between perception and reality.
This deck contains three types of cards. The yellow cards (50 in total) serve as self-inquiry pointers. To utilize them effectively, choose one card and ask yourself, “Which question truly stirs something within the deepest part of myself?” Once you have identified the question, remain present with it. Carry the card with you throughout the day, pausing whenever you see it to reflect upon the question. There is no right or wrong time to use these cards; you can incorporate them before or after meditation, upon awakening, or before sleeping. The choice is yours!
The green cards are adapted from Byron Katie’s work, known as The Work, Four Liberating Questions. (For more information, visit: https://thework.com/2017/10/four-liberating-questions/) Additionally, I have included the prompt “How Can I Radically Accept All Things,” inspired by Matt Kahn’s work, Whatever Arises, Love That. These questions prove particularly effective when intense emotions arise or intrusive thoughts are noticed. They are not meant to suppress such thoughts but rather to see beyond them.
The blush-colored (or pink) cards draw inspiration from the words of Angelo DiLullo and a profound session I had with one of my pointers, Josh Putnam, which I found to be exceptionally potent. They could help with breaking belief structures, especially limiting beliefs.
Feel free to use these cards with friends as well. Consider discussing your observations with a trusted companion; you may be surprised by the lasting impact these prompts can have on softening the mind. You will find other use cases on s-inq.com/about
At this point, you might be wondering, “What will I achieve by using these cards?” Ah, absolutely nothing! 😉 I only hope that through these reflections, you may see for yourself what can’t be seen. That you may seek for yourself, what can’t be found. That you may find for yourself, what was never lost.
And I hope that you, being rooted and established in this unexplainable Love, may grasp how wide and long and high and deep it is. This love that surpasses all understanding. This love that transcends all knowledge.
Ah, this that cannot be known but yet knows all things.
The S-INQ cards were designed and crafted by this no-body, Seye Kuyinu.