Who, what, where, when, and why. Add the prefix “we are” to all, and you have all the important questions about life. They represent the truth seeker’s perspective.
Our Most Important Questions
“Who, what, where, when, and why. These are the important questions. Through the right Meditation, we discover who we are. What are we? This is the legacy of our life experience and memory. Where and when both depend on the vantage point of our awareness and consciousness. The question, why are we here, propels our journey of exploration.” ― Guru Tua
No doubt about it. A big part of life is about lessons. Life seems like one great spiritual experiment. We are all playing the same game but with different rules. We must conclude we all have different missions in this experiment.
The mission of our life is something obscure. Some people have very short lives. Others live a long time. So the length of life doesn’t correspond to our mission. Some people are blessed with an abundance of resources and good health. Others have no resources and poor health. It leads one to conclude if we had some control over where, when, and how we came into the world, we must all be on different life missions. Either that or life is unfair and arbitrary. We don’t know the answer. These are the most important questions that drive our curiosity about life.
Part of living life is getting comfortable with the unknowns. That doesn’t stop us from seeking answers.
Who Are We?
Who am I? It’s is one of the first big questions we ask ourselves, and it usually coincides with the emergence of our existential fear of death. It’s the common ground we share with everyone when you think about it. These questions are designed to spark our spiritual journey, and this mystery is at the heart of our inner quest.
Many great philosophers agonized over these questions. Still, it remains unanswered. It seems we won’t know the answer, at least in this lifetime. Instead of living in a state of frustration, learn to accept everything as just another mystery of life. The most critical questions about who we remain one of life’s greatest mysteries.
“The real seeker of truth never seeks truth. On the contrary, he tries to clean himself of all that is untrue, inauthentic, insincere — and when his heart is ready, purified, the guest comes.” — Osho
Proper Meditation seems to be one of the best ways to come to terms with this question. It’s not an answer to an unanswerable question. However, it’s a process to find comfort in the silence of not knowing the answer.
What Are We?
Technically, what makes up 99% of the human body’s mass is just six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. Only about 0.85% comes from five elements: potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium.
The physical elements don’t tell us about the consciousness behind the scenes. There’s much more to us than several elements. There is much about our lives that cannot be easily quantified. So what are we? We have awareness and consciousness. We possess an Ego that has definable characteristics of personality and instinct. In the end, all these tools fall short of describing what is looking out through our eyes.
We are also products of our DNA. Our line of ancestors is part of what we are. Our lives boil down to a collection of memories. So, what exactly are we doing here? The judgments of our culture distort our values and individual mission. The culture compares and categorizes us according to an arbitrary and unfair sliding scale. When we awaken to these realizations, we can accept ourselves as we are. It’s welcoming and making peace with all of our flaws. It’s learning to love ourselves because of them.
Where and When Are We?
When and where we are is a matter of perspective. We can measure time and place in a three-dimensional space. But these measures depend on arbitrary human-made intervals. There’s nothing less absolute than time and nothing more pliable than space. We are back to the awareness that devised the measurements and the consciousness that makes awareness possible—the questions of where and when having a curious circular relationship.
“If you have a belief and you come against an experience which the belief says is not possible, or the experience is such that you have to drop the belief, what are you going to choose — the belief or the experience? The tendency of the mind is to choose the belief, to forget about the experience. That’s how you have been missing opportunities when God has knocked at your door.” — Osho
Why Are We Here?
Yes, it comes back to the most important questions. Why am I here? And this leads us back to the question of who.
Unfortunately, we turn to religion as a way to answer these questions. Religion doesn’t answer the big questions about the meaning of life. It gives us stories and theological answers based on mythological superstition. But Western theology sidesteps the underlying philosophical questions. Instead of accepting religion the easy way, we should use these questions to spark our spiritual quest.
“Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.” ― Osho
“Why are we here? To remember, and re-create, Who You Are. You use life to create your Self as Who You Are, and Who You’ve Always Wanted to Be.” ― Neale Donald Walsch. (1)
Our culture tells us our value is in what we do. So, we become human doing, instead of human beings. And that our value is only in the amount of taxes we pay. Some people get stuck in the quest for commercialism, always chasing the dollar.
In Conclusion — The Big Questions
What are we? Why are we here? These are the most important questions about the meaning of life. They spark our curiosity to seek the answers.
The Shaman teaches us to see through our hearts. The shamanic journey is just one of the ancient spiritual technologies we use for spiritual exploration. We highly recommend learning as many of these tools as possible. Use them to form your spiritual practice.
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(1) Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia