The first focus of inquiry centers on being. Being is the key that unlocks the kingdom. Who or what am I? Apart from body, mind, belief, occupation, gender, role, memory, or history, what am I? Exactly what is “I”?
Remove all that the I is not. Strip the I of all the masks it wears. What’s left? Something? Nothing? What’s aware of that?
In your direct experience, is some-thing aware, or is no-thing aware? Is someone aware or is no one aware?