Asking the wrong questions won’t get you the correct answers. However, asking the right questions will open doors. It can be scary, but facing your fears will pay off.
The Fearless Spiritual Quest
This quest takes courage, but this is the ultimate reason for the design of our nervous system. It’s our nature to explore the unknown. So you are following one of our basic human needs. Joseph Campbell calls this desire to seek the unknown the Hero’s Journey (1).
Whether you realize it, you are taking part in a grand spiritual experiment. The goal is to experience lessons. When you finally come to terms with this aspect of life, it takes on a whole new meaning.
Questions & Answers
Every child you meet is always asking questions. Why this or that? What’s that? How does that work? When we answer the call to begin our spiritual quest, we return to childlike innocence. We are rekindling the curiosity of our nature. So start asking the right questions and never stop.
What are the Right Questions to Ask Yourself?
Start by asking yourself about the direction you want to go. Get an inexpensive paper journal. Sit down and Brainstorm for at least 15 minutes. Don’t leave any ideas out. Do whatever you can to ignite the creative spark. You may need to do this several times over a few weeks or even months. Create a good habit of learning to ask questions and finding what you should learn from the situation. Often asking the right questions will lead you to the vital lesson.
Many people find it takes a while for the substantial questions to surface. Don’t give up. Here are some tools, tips, and topics below to prime your intuition.
Creating Your Spiritual Path
Spiritual exploration is not about “following” a set way of doctrine or someone else’s journey; It’s about learning to find your way. And it’s also about finding a place where it is okay to ask the right questions about your path. It’s your journey, and you’ll find meaning on your terms in your own time.
You don’t always have to walk alone. It’s good to walk alongside others on the same path. Life is your opportunity to undertake a fearless spiritual quest. It’s not following or “believing” in mythology or superstition.
The bottom line here, learn as many spiritual technologies as you can. For example, start with a beginning grounding meditation. Then progress to the next steps of mindfulness meditation and forest bathing. Be aware of your opportunities to learn and share.
Above all, keep asking yourself about the lesson contained in the experience. What are the right questions to ask yourself? They are always the questions that challenge your sacred ground. How can I learn more? What resources are available to me? Don’t discount any opportunity. How much time do I have to investigate and practice? Allocate time to apply the learning.
Personal illumination through the Enneagram
The path isn’t always about seeking those things that make us happy. Looking within forces us to confront our biases and prejudice. These moments of personal illumination can give us additional clarity. It’s a chance to grow. Often these epiphanies come in times of stillness when we suspend the internal dialogue. One analytical tool that can help us do this is the Enneagram.
The Enneagram Personality Profile is a system based on a questionnaire. It helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, our personality, and instinct. It surprises many people to find they operate much of their waking hours on “automatic pilot.” This tool helps put you back in the driver’s seat, where you have more choices. Inner work can be emotionally challenging for inner work. Confronting your thought processes is taxing.
Cultivate a Beginner Attitude and Help Others
Spiritual exploration is not about becoming an expert. Nor is it about holding a title of a teacher or Guru. It’s about learning and sharing. Helping others brings new insight into our path. You will learn a lot by teaching and helping others. It puts you into a state of transformation.
We are natural-born explorers with an innate desire to venture into the unknown. We want questions & answers to the deepest secrets. The best way to do this is with the proper attitude. A beginner’s mindset makes you look at things with a fresh perspective.
Helping others is transformational. It will often help you discover other gifts. Some say this is like being re-born, etc. A state of transformation opens your mind toward mystical and magical experiences. As a result, with a beginner’s mindset, you’ll ask the right questions. And you’ll be encouraging others to do the same. When you teach and share with others, you always gain a greater understanding of the technique. Sometimes you learn more from teaching than you initially understood. Always look for opportunities to help others.
Personal and Social Awareness
Spiritual exploration isn’t always about seeking enlightenment. It is about being socially aware so you can help. It is about asking the right questions that open your conscience. It will direct your behavior and increase your breadth of awareness about others and yourself.
Eventually, you will come full circle. You will ask what you can give and provide others rather than what you can get for yourself. Sharing and helping others will provide invaluable meaning and insight into your progress. And spiritual growth speeds up within the community. Now you are taking others down the path with you.
The downside is that increased awareness gives you an improved line of sight. Social and environmental inequities and injustices will be more precise. This aspect of the fearless spiritual quest may end up being the mission of your life.
Don’t ignore the awakening of conscience. Don’t walk past the homeless person on the street. Sure, they may have secondary gain issues, but this doesn’t matter. Buy them food or other necessities like socks. Carry a plastic bag with you and pick up trash that other careless people drop. You’ll feel better by the end of the day, and you’ll spread love and compassion in a world the needs it.
Find the Right Teachers
The right teacher or group can be invaluable in our spiritual journey. Learning from the experience of others is wise. It can save time and frustration. The point is, they will help you with your questions & answers. A good teacher or partner will challenge you when you complacent and inspire you when you are down.
Above all, an excellent teacher is someone who provides tools that will expand your awareness and open the doors to higher states of consciousness. Sometimes, a skilled teacher may annoy, infuriate, and frustrate you to shake your hold on your spiritual point of view. Fantastic teachers will kick you out once you’ve learned what you need. They don’t want followers; they want people who can be outstanding teachers someday.
A good teacher will remind you to ask yourself. What are the right questions to ask yourself? It will prompt you to look inward for the answers instead of relying on external sources.
“Guru is not the goal. Anyone who establishes himself as a guru to be worshipped is not a guru. Guru is like a boat for crossing the river. It is important to have a good boat, and it is very dangerous to have a boat that is leaking. The boat brings you across the river. When the river is crossed, the boat is no longer necessary. You don’t hang onto the boat after completing the journey, and you certainly don’t worship the boat.” — Swami Rama of the Himalayas
Challenge Your Sacred Ground
Spiritual exploration is not about seeking things to support a particular position. It’s about asking the right questions that challenge our beliefs. It’s about asking the right questions that take you through and beyond your own “sacred ground.”
If you aren’t asking these types of questions, chances are you are not making the progress that you could. Asking the right questions is the basis of your fearless spiritual quest. The right questions constantly challenge your sacred ground and your current thinking.
If you ascribe to a religion, you need to ask questions about it. Don’t ask those who are a part of the faith. They are part of the group hypnosis, which keeps them a customer. Instead, use sources outside of your paradigm to find the answers that will give you clarity. Do your research. Enhance your critical thinking skills and familiarity with logical reasoning. What are the true origins of the religion? If the religion has sacred texts, are they consistent, where and when were they authored?
Spiritual Exploration Not Religion
Many people don’t understand that spiritual exploration is at the opposite end of the spectrum of religion. Western organized religion is mythologies presented as fact. They are systems of doctrine with three concerns; First, who might have created the universe, second, what happens after you die. Third, rules of integrity for governing behavior.
Religion uses fear to sell contradictory and illogical dogma by providing a counterfeit answer for the existential dread of death, which they call the afterlife. It keeps you from exploring the reasons you have this fear. It’s the world’s oldest scam. Spiritual exploration has nothing to do with doctrine or dogma. It involves using processes to expand consciousness.
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
The Right Questions & Answers Lead to Better Questions
Life is all about lessons. One of the core lessons of spiritual exploration is learning to ask the right questions. Many of these complex questions are very personal. So be gentle with yourself. Inner work is hard work. Take time to normalize what you learn.
What are the right questions to ask yourself? The universe has a way of providing an omen or synchronicity to catch our attention. These events always prompt us to ask, what is going on here?
Your fearless spiritual quest is a choice. Create a path and be a spiritual explorer and not a follower.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia