Recently, someone posed the question of whether the compulsion inquiry, by itself, is enough to end addiction. Certainly people have used it to drop addictions. But the key is readiness. The compulsion inquiry does not work if one doesn’t use it. And normally when someone doesn’t use it, they are not quite ready to put an addiction down. Readiness comes when it comes.
As for how important the compulsion inquiry is at the Kiloby Center, it is one of many tools we use. Addiction is really not about the particular substance or activity one uses. There are all kinds of underlying issues with addiction including blocked energies in the body, trauma, isolating behavior, anxiety and self-esteem issues. So dealing only with the cravings for a particular substance through the use of the compulsion inquiry is a pretty surface-level way of dealing with addiction as a whole. The compulsion inquiry tends to focus on one particular substance or activity. If people use the compulsion inquiry to put an addiction down (which does happen), the substance or activity will often be replaced with another substance or activity until the underlying issues are dealt with. This is why Scott asked the facilitators to stop working with people using the compulsion inquiry alone or even along with other inquiries. The deeper body and trauma work was missing online. This is being “fixed” at the moment, so that online facilitators will use the compulsion inquiry within a larger context with other tools. At the Center, we use the Compulsion Inquiry along with the following tools:
- The Anxiety Inquiry – Looking for the threat with the Anxiety Inquiry along with looking for the urge to use with the Compulsion Inquiry is simply more effective. Along with most cravings, there is an aversion or judgment against the substance or activity.
- Bodywork – This is a combination of tools that releases long-held blocked energies in the chakra or other areas. As long as these contractions are there, addiction will likely be present in one form or another. Bodywork at the Center includes Aperioga, continuous body tapping, Tong Ren, Natural Flow Movement, lazor inquiry and the Unfindable Inquiry.
- The Unfindable Inquiry – This tool is very powerful when it comes to the trauma and self-esteem issues that often underlie addiction.
- Tapping – In addition to the continuous body tapping mentioned above, we incorporate tapping on various parts of the head and body to help release body energies associated with addiction and to help undo the Velcro Effect.
Sometimes a lack of readiness comes from just not wanting to be done with an addiction. Other times, it is the underlying trauma, anxiety, body contractions or self-esteem issues that result in a lack of readiness. Until these issues are dealt with, using the compulsion inquiry on only the cravings may create frustration, as the body will continue to scream for the substance or activity until these issues are dealt with skillfully.
This combination of tools mentioned above has worked best with regard to addiction at the Kiloby Center. Using the Compulsion Inquiry by itself can undo cravings when they arise. But the key is to go to the source. The source is the body and its blocked energies as well as the self-esteem and trauma that lie at the root of addiction.
If you are using the Compulsion Inquiry by itself and it is not going deep enough, visit us at the Center or contact Scott Kiloby at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will refer you to online facilitators that know how to combine these tools effectively.