Questioner: Do I need a teacher to do meditation and/or self enquiry.
Jonathan: Don’t wait. Start immediately. After all, there is no point in needless suffering even for one day of your precious life.
In parallel, I would certainly look for a teacher to guide you on the way. There are many, many ways to miss real meditation – it is subtle and somewhat elusive to grasp. A teacher can save you much time and effort and possibly enable you to achieve your goals. Self enquiry, equally, is easily mistaken for intellectual enquiry into concepts, which is not effective. and worse, may even create the illusion for you that you are on to the real thing, which can waste many years and generate untold frustration even to the point of giving up the whole endeavor.
If you can find a local teacher, that is wonderful. If not, I teach worldwide through internet video conversation. You are welcome to contact me whether or not you would like to study together.
Good luck with it,