Compassionate Inquiry is a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Maté that reveals what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world.
The modality focusses on shadow-work, trauma-work or in Ken Wilbers words: the process of cleaning up. Using the somatic gateway of our body we bypass the mind in order to access hidden and hurt parts of ourselves with curiosity, kindness and compassion.
This non-judgmental holding allows us to recognize the unconscious dynamics that run our lives. We reveal patterns and hidden beliefs that no longer serve us and learn how to liberate ourselves from them.
In traditional talk therapy we know of ourselves. In CI we know ourselves deeply through direct experience.
»Your conflicts, all the difficult things, the problematic situations in your life are not chance or haphazard. They are actually yours. They are specifically yours, designed specifically for you by a part of you that loves you more than anything else. The part of you that loves you more than anything else has created roadblocks to lead you to yourself. You are not going in the right direction unless there is something pricking you in the side, telling you, ›Look here! This way!‹ That part of you loves you so much that it doesn’t want you to lose the chance. It will go to extreme measures to wake you up, it will make you suffer greatly if you don’t listen. What else can it do? That is its purpose.« — A. H. Almaas
Compassionate Inquiry is a way to stop and listen to that part of ourselves that loves us more than anything else.