The Compulsion Inquiry

The Compulsion Inquiry

The Compulsion Inquiry: how it works        

Scott Kiloby’s Compulsion Inquiry (CI) is the best tool I know to free yourself of compulsion or addiction to any substance, whether it involves eating, drinking, smoking, surfing the net, having sex, or seeking enlightenment—take your pick.

The good news is: it works.

CI is actually not about stopping you from using or doing anything. Nor is it about willpower (that doesn’t work – does it?). CI simply stops the compulsion itself to… whatever it is you that crave.

The “ghost image”

Scott noticed that there are subtle, often unconscious mental pictures that pop up before you engage in any compulsive behaviour. He called this the “ghost image”. Test it for yourself next time you crave something—see if you can notice the ghost image appearing and disappearing, so fast that you are usually not even aware of it.

The “Velcro effect”

What gives solidity to the compulsion is what Scott called the “Velcro effect”—the strong attachment between your thoughts (which may appear as pictures or words or sounds) and bodily energies (sensations and/or feelings), which translates into craving. You don’t crave a stone when you look at a pile of rocks. No Velcro there. Not so when it’s your favourite chocolate cake. Imagine your favourite food. Can you feel it now? Ya.

The CI is a very simple, direct looking that reveals there is no command, anywhere, to do or use anything.

It’s not about how well or badly you do, or how quickly you quit or reduce. We give you the tools to quit, and the rest is up to you. It is not a magic wand, yet the end result—when the compulsion itself vanishes—is magic.

The recovery process

Recovery is a process. Don’t fool yourself that years of craving will disappear in one session, though for some this has been known to happen. Usually, you want to have a process in place. This can be as simple as committing to a package of 4 sessions in a row. We don’t usually offer less then that for CI consultations. We decide together what will suit you best as a process when we meet.

The process also often involves “weaving” – meaning that we use more then one type of inquiry in a session. For example, the need for an “Anxiety Inquiry” often emerges during the CI process, when people experience anxiety around the thought of letting go of their addiction—to replace it with what?

For me, what really did the trick was that the stillness and peace that I felt in the inquiry was so good, that the substance I wanted to get free of has seemed a poor replacement for the real thing ever since. Does this mean there are no compulsions left for me? No. Is it a problem? Not anymore.

One more thing: We teach you to do it on your own – already in the first meeting. You have the tool now and there is no way back :) .

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To see a brief video of Scott talking about the Compulsion Inquiry and how it works see Media.