Kyle Mercer’s Inquiry Method™
What is Inquiry Method?
When I first began to work with my teacher, Kendrick Mercer (my father), I was in awe. The way he worked with people was amazing. He had a tremendous effect on them and their lives. His approach made people feel safe while he challenged their most closely held beliefs. He was strong and soft, his ideas were powerful and spontaneous, and he had some connection to a deeper truth, saw deeper than others. He still does.
I wanted to be able to do this too.
As his son I had an advantage. I understood him in my bones. My mind is also deeply curious about things and how things work. As we began to work together, I had to figure out how to do what he does.
Over time I developed my understanding of what he was doing and my skills. As I began to coach and mentor more, I had to refine the process so I could get the results I was seeing my father get. It was a lot of trial and error.
Curiosity alters the course.
The most obvious lesson that kept getting driven into me was that I got positive results more consistently when I was asking questions and helping the other person go deeper into themselves. I ran into obstacles when I began to assert, tell, teach, or make the interaction about me or my beliefs. My ego kept getting in my way.
Over and over I would have to backtrack from these assertions or ego and get humble and curious again, start asking questions, and then all of a sudden people would have breakthroughs, insights, and greater awareness. I just kept asking questions and letting my natural curiosity have its way.
This is how Inquiry Method was born.
Once I began to have some level of mastery of Inquiry Method, I wanted to start teaching others how to do it. I started teaching Inquiry first as a coaching methodology, but it soon became apparent that it was more than that; it is a life approach, a philosophy, a position on life that leads to inner happiness. The tool of Inquiry opened the door to a depth that I still have not fully plumbed.
Now, as a teacher, I do often assert and share, but it is from a different place. I am connected with a deeper source that is not my ego and so I can teach. This source is accessible to all of us, but we have to go through a barrier that is not easily seen. For me it all started with Inquiry, with getting humble. In this way I began to melt my ego and found a deep richer world within.
The deeper I go, the more I realize that Inquiry Method, in itself, can take you as far as you want to go toward happiness, effectiveness in life and business and in relationships, love, leadership, and parenting. It is a true panacea.
Inquiry can inspire our courage and contribution.
Kyle Mercer’s Inquiry Method™ is an overarching approach to life – a way of being in your life and in your work – that offers many applications. Inquiry Method™ is a grounded methodology and proven tool for many applications:
- Use Inquiry Method™ to relate to your spouse, family, friends, employees, and business partner.
- Use it to manage and grow your business.
- Use it to clarify your next big step.
- Use it to go within yourself for ongoing self-development.
Simply put, Inquiry Method™ shifts how you relate to yourself and others – how you relate to life.
More than simply shifting your perspective, Inquiry Method™ is a philosophy and ongoing practice. It’s a way to discover your fundamental truth – your inner knowing. While the technique is accessible, mastering this life tool and philosophy takes a willingness to open up and shift your perspective.