Asking the wrong questions won’t get you the right answers. But, asking the right questions will open doors, even expand your awareness. Yes, asking questions can be scary. But, in the end, facing your fears will pay off.
Fearless Spiritual Quest ― Question Everything
Every child you meet is always asking questions. Why this or that? What’s that? How does that work? Where is that from? So, when we answer the call to begin our spiritual quest, we are returning to childlike innocence. We are rekindling the inquisitiveness of our nature. So, start asking the right questions and never stop.
This quest also takes courage. But, it is our nature to explore the unknown. So, you are following one of our basic spiritual needs. Joseph Campbell calls this desire to seek the unknown the Hero’s Journey.
What are the Right Questions to Ask Yourself?
Start with 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.
Many people find it takes a while for the substantial questions to surface. So, use some tools, tips and topics below to prime your intuition.
Create Your own Path
Spiritual exploration is not about “following” a set way of doctrine or someone else’s journey; It’s about learning to find your own way. And it’s also about finding a place where it is okay to ask the right questions about your path. This is your journey. So, you find meaning on your own terms in your own time. You don’t always have to walk alone. But, in the end, it’s your path. It is your fearless spiritual quest. You may travel with others, but in the end it is your own. You create your schedules, your rituals, and rites. It’s definitely not following or being forced to “believe” out of tradition, relationship or fear.
So, the bottom line here is to learn as many spiritual technologies as you can. Learn basic mindfulness meditation and forest bathing. These practices, in particular, are helpful in developing your own path. This will help the voice of your intuition to speak.
What are the right questions to ask yourself? What resources are available to me to start my spiritual quest? How much time to I have to investigate and practice?
Personal illumination through the Enneagram
Spiritual exploration isn’t always about seeking those things that make us happy; it is about asking the right questions about what is the right thing to do. These well-prepared internal confrontations often provide the “Eureka” experiences, the explosive moments of personal illumination that enable great strides and leaps of growth and clarity. Often these epiphanies come in times of stillness when we listen attentively.
There are also spiritual tools that can assist in this endeavor. The Enneagram Personality Profile is a system based on a questionnaire that 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. So, this tool helps to put you back in the driver’s seat where you have more choices. At the same time, this can be emotionally challenging inner work. Confronting your own thought processes is taxing.
Cultivate a Beginner Attitude and Always 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 sharing what you learn and being in and helping others be in a constant state of awakening to new insight, often inspired by different people with different points of view.
There are many ways to express this. Some call it a transformation, or, putting on a new persona, being re-born, etc. Being in a state of spiritual exploration opens your Being to 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 originally understood. Always look for opportunities to help others.
Personal and Social Awareness
Spiritual exploration isn’t necessarily about seeking your own selfish advancement or enlightenment; it is about asking the right questions that direct your behavior and increase your breadth of awareness about others and yourself.
Eventually, you will come full circle. You will begin to 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 own progress. And spiritual growth accelerates within the community. Now you are taking others down the path with you.
The downside is that increased awareness gives you increased a line of sight. Social and environmental inequities and injustices will be more clear. This aspect of the fearless spiritual quest may end up being the mission for 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. So, instead of just giving money. Buy them food. Or, if you can other necessities. 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
This process is one that is best done with help. A good teacher or group where you learn and share with each other is invaluable in this quest. A good teacher may be a friend or a part of the group. The point is, they will find ways to make you ask the right questions. A good teacher or partner will challenge you when you complacent and inspire when you are down.
Above all, a good teacher is someone who provides tools that will expand your awareness and open the doors to higher states of consciousness. So, sometimes, a great teacher may annoy, infuriate, and frustrate you in order 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 good teachers someday.
A good teach will remind you to ask yourself… What are the right questions to ask yourself? This will help you to inward for the answers instead of relying on external sources.
Remember a Guru is like a boat. You need a boat to get from one place to another across deep water. If you can’t find a good boat, then swim. If the boat you are in is floundering and not going anywhere – find another boat. By all means, once you cross the river, get out and leave that boat behind.
Challenge Your Sacred Ground
Spiritual exploration most definitely is not about trying to find things to support a particular position; on the contrary, it’s about asking the right questions which penetrate your closely held 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. Most of the questions are those that challenge your sacred ground and your current thinking.
If you ascribe to a religion you need to start asking questions. Don’t ask those who have been indoctrinated into the religion. They have been programmed to give you answers that will keep you a customer. Use sources outside of your paradigm to find the answers that will give you clarity. Do your own research. Enhance your critical thinking skills and familiarity with logical reasoning.
Spiritual Exploration the Opposite from Religion
Many people don’t understand that spiritual exploration is at the opposite end of the spectrum of religion. This is especially true of Western organized religion. Rather, in this case, we have systems of doctrine concerning three things; who might have created the universe, what may happen after you die and rules of integrity for governing behavior. These doctrines are sold in fear or reward packaging. There is fear of eternal punishment for those who disagree, and an eternal paradise for those who do. Spiritual exploration has nothing to do with doctrine or dogma. It involves processes for expanding consciousness and opening the doors to higher states of consciousness.
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use a comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is mostly an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
The right questions always 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 hard questions are very personal. So, be gentle with yourself. Inner work is hard work. Be sure to take time to normalize what you learn from asking these questions.
What are the right questions to ask yourself? The universe has a way of providing an omen or synchroniscity to catch our attention. These events always prompt us to ask, what is going on here?
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia