Em-Body-Ment And The Inquiries

From a very early age, we learn that emotions are scary, something to avoid or resist.  Many of us, as we grow older, try to find spiritual paths or self-improvement plans that help us continue bypassing or avoiding these painful or scary emotions.  We are looking for a safe space or safe realization where we never have to feel those pesky painful and scary emotions.  If a particular path to awakening or self-improvement merely helps us avoid feeling, and keeps us in our heads too much, we still continue to feel disconnected from our bodies. And so we continue to suffer.

In some teachings, there is talk of the need for embodiment as one awakens, as some sort of separate process.  But this is only needed when awakening itself is used as a way to continue avoiding or escaping emotions.  Resting as awareness or even a realization of egolessness or “no self” can, itself, be just another way of avoiding emotions.  For example, one recognizes awareness as something apart from those pesky little emotions that come and go.  Refuge is taken in the space of now or the space behind the emotion as it is coming through.  But why would one be interested in this space behind or around an emotion if there weren’t some idea that the emotion is, in fact, you?

There is only a need to turn away from something, an emotion, if there is still identification with it on some level.

Just about every week someone emails me saying something like this:  “I have recognized that there is no self but I’m still suffering with a lot of painful emotions.”  My answer is something like this:  “Those emotions that you are trying to avoid are being avoided precisely because there is still identification with them. You believe the emotions are you. The avoidance keeps the suffering around.”  A realization of no self is superficial if it is only intellectual or if there is still an avoidance or an attempt to escape emotions because one still identifies with them.

What is embodiment then and is it needed?

With the Living Inquiries, embodiment is already happening during the process of unfindability itself.  No separate process is needed to embody awakening.  From the moment a facilitator begins working with you or you begin using the Inquiries on your own, you are guided to sit with every single emotion or sensation that arises, whether it is pleasurable or painful, blissful or scary.  Nothing is left out in the looking.  No stone is unturned.  Nothing is avoided or turned away from.  Nothing is escaped.  Every single emotion is allowed to be as it is, without trying to change or get rid of it.

In my own looking with the Inquiries, incredible pain and fear came up.  What a blessing!  With each emotion or sensation, the question “is that me” revealed that no single emotion or sensation is me.  So nothing needed to be avoided.  No separate process of embodiment was needed.

With the Inquiries, as you move through the process of not being able to find the self, you fail to find it in the words and pictures that arise as well as the emotions and sensations.  And in not finding that self anywhere, you have gone through everything.  You have bypassed nothing.  You have seen that there is no need to embody anything.  Everything has already been embodied in that looking including the most painful emotions or stubborn sensations.  And these things release in that looking. If they arise again, the avoidance is less or not there at all.  This is a natural acceptance.

A separate process of embodiment is needed only if one has intellectualized awakening only, kept it on a superficial level, or if one has recognized awareness as some space that is safe from the pesky emotions.  And I have found that some even use the process of embodiment as a way of going back into identifying with the body, afraid to look at the stories and emotions that feel extra scary or painful.  I encourage people not to take that safe route.  There is no safe space apart from what arises as emotion.  And no safe space is needed once you see that the emotions are not you. There is nothing safe about this kind of looking and that’s why it works.  “Safe” is just a leftover idea from the childhood belief that emotions are scary and need to be avoided or eradicated.

"Working with Dan has been nothing short of transformational. His open heart, honesty about his personal experience and permission to be real and not hide have helped me unlock those qualities in myself. And that has been a total game changer. I've been truly blessed, not only to have him as my KI Facilitator, but also as my mentor. Without a doubt, working with him has helped me to show up authentically, helped sharpen my tools and made me a better facilitator than I would've been on my own. I can't recommend him enough."
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Dan McLintock is a Certified Facilitator, Trainer and the Co-Developer of the Kiloby Inquiries method/approach the New Model of Recovery along w Scott Kiloby. 

A Jacksonville, Florida native, Dan graduated Flagler College in 2004 with B.A. in Theatre Arts and English Literature and has played music professionally in bands for over 20 years. But his true passion lies in sharing the context, possibility and practicality of healing, awakening and release. 

Dan has worked one-on-one with clients in and out of the Kiloby Center since 2017 and has an unconditionally loving and earnest approach to healing trauma, dissolving the drivers of addiction/suffering and unhooking long-held toxic beliefs about ourselves, others and the world at large. 

He’s also worked intensively, side-by-side with Scott Kiloby for the past three years to develop the transformative tools of the Kiloby Inquiries as well as the principles and approach of the “New Model of Recovery” rooted in unconditional love and non-judgment. Much of this approach was borne out of Scott and Dan’s work with each other on their own personal traumas as well as their work with clients at the Kiloby Center. 

Scott and Dan have simplified, demystified and condensed some of the principles and practices of eastern/non-dual spirituality into an easily accessible set of tools most anyone can understand, learn and utilize to free themselves from their own suffering. 

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Valerie Vinger is a thriving survivor of life’s painful challenges and growth opportunities. She has worked with 12-step programs and is currently a 13-year stage-III cancer survivor. Her cancer recovery journey started with the traditional “cut, poison, burn” approach but eventually led her down a natural path to healing her body, her pain and suffering, and her buried emotions.

Valerie first stumbled upon Scott Kiloby at a workshop of his in Boulder, Colorado in 2012, which she says is one of the most transformative experiences she’s ever had. She is filled with gratitude for the person she has become through her journey with cancer recovery and with the Inquiries, which she describes as “coming home to myself.” She loves working with people who are ready for relief from their pain and suffering.

Julianne Eanniello is a Certified Trainer and Facilitator of both the Kiloby Inquiries and the Unfindability Inquiries (formerly called the Living Inquiries). She is also a Certified TRE Practitioner, and the developer of the somatic movement process called Natural Flow Movement. She works with clients all over the world on virtually any topic, including spiritual seeking, stress, anxiety, depression, pain and health related issues, traumatic experiences, repression, relationship issues, and general unhappiness with ourselves and our lives. She does this through online sessions, deepening courses, workshops and facilitator certification training.

About Julianne:

For most of my life I’ve wondered who I am and why I am here. As I was growing up, no one else seemed to be talking about these things, or even thinking about them, so I buried it deep inside and tried my best to fit in the way I was “supposed” to, all the while feeling like there was something desperately wrong with me and that I needed to fix it.

In my early thirties, the death of a young relative left me feeling hopeless and helpless, wondering what is the point of life if we’re all just going to die anyway? This launched me on a search. I didn’t even know what I was looking for, I just knew that there was a longing – a desperate longing for something that actually made sense about life. I learned several alternative spiritual and healing techniques. I meditated. I read books and watched videos. I eventually learned of non-duality teachings, and I read more books, watched more videos, and even sat with several ‘awakened’ teachers. Yet I was still searching, something still felt missing. I was looking for the key that would unlock the mystery of me and of life.

In my early forties, I developed a chronic health condition that left me unable to work for several years, and most days barely able to get out of bed due to extreme fatigue, brain fog and pain. I lost my banking job, and eventually lost my home. I saw a multitude of doctors to try to find out what was wrong with me, and used every tool in my metaphysical and alternative medicine toolkit to try to heal myself. My seeking became even more intense, and I was looking for a way to escape my pain.

In 2009, I met Scott Kiloby. Since I started working with him and doing the Living Inquiries, the seeking for enlightenment has stopped, and the question of ‘who am I’ is no longer relevant. My victim stories around my health started falling away. Once I started looking at my experience through inquiry, everything changed. I stopped chasing something ‘out there.’ I no longer seek some future state of happiness or peace. This is not to say that I don’t have problems, or ever experience pain. Quite the contrary. I still use the inquiries regularly, and now there is much less avoidance or resistance to what I’m experiencing. I experience more and more freedom in the present moment, exactly as it appears.

Having trained with Scott, I was one of the first to be certified as a Senior Living Inquiries Facilitator and Trainer in early 2012. In 2014, I moved to CA and became a business partner with Scott at The Kiloby Center for Recovery, where we worked with people suffering from addiction, anxiety, depression and more for the next 8 years.

I can’t imagine my life without these inquiries. They saved me from myself. If you are still suffering, searching, longing… I encourage you to give this a try.

As a young child I saw a picture of Jesus gazing lovingly at some children around his feet. I immediately longed for the unconditional love I saw in his gaze. At the same time, I was being read fairy tales, like Cinderella, and came to believe that romantic love would satisfy that longing for love.

So, I married my handsome prince at age 19. But then, by age 29, I found myself alone, as a single mother, with four young children. I was devastated and convinced that something was terribly wrong with me, to have ended up in such a predicament. 

I had learned to love and please others, but not how to love and respect myself. I was a “good girl,” and repressed my urges to have my own needs acknowledged and met. A wise teacher later told me, “We need to love everyone, including ourselves.” This was an amazing revelation for me!

Learning to meditate helped immensely to bring moments of peace, while I was sitting still, though I was still being triggered regularly in my relationships. Finally, the Kiloby Inquiries taught me how to turn my attention inside in daily life – towards the trapped thoughts and emotions I’d been running from – so that I could face and release them. It was like some tender, lost children began coming home, to take their rightful place in my inner world. 

I am honored and excited to be able to facilitate these wonderful inquiries for others.

Sumitra lives on the Hawaiian island of Kauai with some of her family. She has four grown children and six grandchildren. For many years she lived and worked in a yoga retreat community in California, and has taught yoga, meditation and Compassionate Communication in addition to facilitating the tools of the Kiloby Inquiries (since 2013).

Sumitra also loves working with couples and others with relationship challenges in a simple (though not always easy) deep listening practice that allows each person to be truly heard and acknowledged.

Alina is a certified KI facilitator & a founder of Presence Alchemy – An advance mindfulness platform dedicated to liberating suffering & limiting core beliefs through Kiloby Inquiries & non-dual awareness. Presence Alchemy was born eight years into Alina’s embodiment journey of an inner shift from ego to wakefulness. Alina works one-on-one with clients, hosts online intensives and training, and organizes local retreats & workshops.
Alec Rodrigues has been certified to facilitate inquiry since 2015 and brings a keen sense of intuition to his work. He believes that in connection, the deepest healing takes place, that the mirror of relationship is the best crucible for transformation. Through rest and inquiry, Alec has found the empowerment to meet others authentically and stop running so damn fast from the seeming “ordinariness” of life.

He currently lives in Washington state with his girlfriend and works as a training assistant for the KI Personal Mentorship Program, where he empowers enrollees by teaching them the KI tools.