“Nondual inquiry” is way of coming to understand how experience is actually nondual even now. It doesn’t give you better experiences, it gives clarity that experience *is* your very Self. Nondual inquiry demonstrates how experience is sweetly unbroken, because your Self is unbroken sweetness.
Nondual inquiry is an investigation into the nature of experience, the world, body and mind, life and death. Other terms for it include self-inquiry, analytic meditation or koan study, or a Socratic dialog towards self-knowledge. “Nondual” means “not-two,” which implies there is no true multiplicity of phenomena. At the conclusion of the inquiry, gone the impressions that there are separate and distinct things, gone is the feeling of a gap between seer and seen. Gone is the anxiety caused by these impressions and feelings. And gone is the sense that there was ever a ego, activities or attributes in the first place. One common way to express this is “Nothing ever happened.”
Most people do it for one of two reasons.
It alleviates suffering. That is, inquiry is deeply therapeutic. This is agreed upon by all the world’s most beloved saints, sages and philosophers, Eastern and Western, religious and secular. Even a little bit of nondual inquiry makes everyday life sweeter and more peaceful. There is spontaneous acceptance and equanimity.
For some people, the inquiry generates its own sweetness, quite apart from any later benefit it might bring to the inquirer.
It’s a warmth that resembles the familiar and perhaps thrilling feeling of returning home where you are loved. When this is how nondual inquiry feels, it’s something you’d rather do than anything else. And because it requires no books or equipment, and no particular physical posture like the lotus position, it can be done almost anywhere.
People who feel drawn this way can find themselves involved in inquiry throughout the day or night when the mind is not otherwise occupied. There’s an Indian phrase, “Your head is in the tiger’s mouth.” It refers this inquiry not letting you go until the sweetness is indistinguishable from experience itself.
There’s a wide variety of ways this can be done. You inquire deeply into what life is, what experience is. You focus not on how to have a comfortable life or desirable experiences, but rather on the nature of these things. Are they really what they appear to be?