Understanding ourselves and the way our minds work brings intelligence, wisdom, compassion and a sense of peace. It also allows us to understand others better because hidden from our awareness, the human mind functions in the same way in all of us. This leads to harmonious relationships which are essential if we want to be happy and successful in life.
The Human Enquiry Project aims to encourage everyone to begin their own journey of self-enquiry and create a space where this understanding can be shared. The book Understanding Me, Understanding You, provides an easy framework for everyone to do this. This website complements the book with videos, mind maps, discussion forums and questions for self-exploration.
The project also aims to integrate self-enquiry into our education system, all over the world, so students get an understanding not only about the world around them, but also about how their minds work and their inner spaces. This is not an understanding based on any person’s interpretation, but just based on observing the facts.
We all experience the same emotions, experience stress and loneliness, want more tomorrow than we have today, and are influenced by our past which shapes how we think and act in the world. Just as many computers have different contents in their hard drives, but share the same operating system, so we humans have different contents in our memories which we think makes us unique, but our minds work in the same way in the background.
We human beings are astonishingly capable when we come together to tackle a problem. We have eradicated so many diseases, cracked the genetic code, created the internet and can feed 7 billion people on this planet. We are now trying to tackle climate change.
Yet, when it comes to our inner spaces, we just assume that the problems we see there like stress, loneliness, conflict and sorrow do not have a solution. We have assumed that we can never change. Why is that? In the last century alone 200 million human beings were killed by other human beings. The same consciousness, the same mind that led to those killings, is also alive in you and me today and given the right circumstances we are all capable of that violence. If we want our children to live in a peaceful world we have to investigate that shared consciousness and find out if it is possible to change.
Each of us can be a scientist and investigate the way our minds work, ask questions and share what we find with each other. If in investigating jealousy for example, you had an insight that completely ended it in you, that would help all human beings.
We can then begin to ask questions like ‘Is it possible to live without conflict in a relationship’, or ‘Can loneliness be dissolved’, or ‘How can we find love in our lives’ or ‘Is it possible to live a life based on intelligence, and not just one influenced by our past’?
Please do not think only clever people can do this or that some expert is going to solve the problem. Each of us is equally capable of this understanding.
About the Author
Manoj Krishna trained as a doctor in Pune, India before coming to the UK to pursue a career as a spine surgeon. He left that career to write this book and launch the Human Enquiry Project. He lives in Yorkshire, England.
He has had a deep interest in understanding how the human mind functions all through his life. He has facilitated dialogue groups where people would gather to enquire into the mind we all share. He feels passionately that we all need to be educated not only to understand the world around us, but also our inner spaces and how our minds work, and has worked with young people to explore this with them.