The Anxiety Inquiry

The Anxiety Inquiry


The Anxiety Inquiry (AI) can be used to look at the anger, fear, and frozen places that many carry. The Anxiety Inquiry is based on the fight, flight or freeze response that we all have. This response is natural; we could not exist without the ability to discern situations that may cause harm. This natural response is usually short lived; it comes and goes. Where this becomes a problem is when this natural response becomes inappropriately and habitually paired with mistaken beliefs.

The primary problem for most people is a case of mistaken identity – not knowing who they really are. Basing a life on a mistaken identity is the same as building a castle of sand or a house of cards. Such a construction is inherently insecure. With this mistaken identity fear, anxiety, and anger (and other afflictive states) arise. It’s inevitable that this would happen (given the original “mistake”).

When based upon mistaken beliefs this fear, anxiety, and anger often arises in an inappropriate, irrational, and habitual fashion. There is often the sense of being stuck. Conditions such as PTSD, phobias, and various anxiety disorders are noticeable examples of this. Milder forms of this include: shyness, fear of public speaking, fearing some potential future event, feeling disassociated, and feeling constantly irritable.

Through the Anxiety Inquiry we look for the actual threat.  As always, when using any of the Living Inquiries, we use our direct experience as the basis for the Anxiety Inquiry. Our direct experience is our words, pictures, and energies (physical sensations and emotions). We look at these words, pictures, and energies for what we believe is an actual threat. Not being able to find the existence of an actual threat allows ease, relaxation, and peace.

What Can Be Looked For Using the Anxiety Inquiry? 

The Anxiety Inquiry can be used whenever the fight/fright/freeze response is being inappropriately paired:

  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Terror
  • Phobias
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Worry
  • Irritation
  • Anger
  • Rage
  • Feeling stuck
  • Frozenness
  • Paralysis