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
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 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.
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 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 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, help develop 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
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 for inner work. Confronting your thought processes is taxing.
Cultivate a Beginner Attitude and Help Others
Personal and Social Awareness
Spiritual exploration isn’t always about seeking enlightenment. It is about being socially aware so that 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 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 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 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. 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 is invaluable in this quest. A good teacher maybe 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 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 teacher 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 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. 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 research. Enhance your critical thinking skills and familiarity with logical reasoning.
Spiritual Exploration Not Religion
The Right Questions 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 synchronicity 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