Who, what, where, when and why. Add the prefix “we are” to all of them, and you have all the important questions about life. They represent the investigator’s perspective. The philosopher’s starting point. The Shaman’s domain.
“Who, what, where, when and why. The big questions. Through the right Meditation, we discover Who we are. What we are is a product of our Life History, Memory and the Trajectory of our Intent. Where and When we ‘are,’ depends on the vantage point of our levels of awareness and consciousness. Through the Shaman’s Journey, we discover Why we are.” ― Guru Tua
All of this is available through the spiritual technologies passed down through the generations.
Who We Are
Who am I, is usually one of the first existential questions we ask ourselves. It’s the question which often starts us on an active spiritual journey. The mystery of who we are is at the heart of our inner quest. Many great philosophers agonized on this questions. Perhaps we are fathomless and infinite in nature. For that very reason, this question remains unanswerable. It seems we won’t know the answer, at least in this lifetime. But, instead of frustration accept as just another one of the mysteries of life. Who we are remains as one of life’s greatest mysteries.
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 We Are
Technically, what makes up 99% of the mass of the human body is just six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. Only about 0.85% is composed of another five elements: potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium. But that really doesn’t tell us what we really are. There’s much more to us than a number of elements. There are other parts of us that are less easily quantified. We have awareness and consciousness. We possess an Ego which has definable characteristics of personality and instinct. But, these tools fall short of describing what it is that is looking out through our eyes.
We are also products of our DNA, our personal history made up of memories. To complicate things further, what we are is also shaped by the judgments of our culture. We are compared and categorized according to an arbitrary and unfair sliding scale. When we awaken to these realizations what we are becomes less important than the direction we’re headed. It’s accepting and making peace with all of our flaws. It’s learning to love ourselves because of them.
Where and When (we are)
When and where we are is definitely a matter of perspective. Time and our place in a three-dimensional space can be measured. But, these measures depend on arbitrary man-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 have a curious circular relationship.
Yes, it comes back to the basic question, why am I here. And, this leads us back to the question of who. Another endless circular loop. So, we invent religion as a means of putting an end to the loop. It gives us theological answers based on mythological superstition to the underlying philosophical questions. One question that awakened me, if I wasn’t here, where or what would I be? Would I be at all?
And, Shaman around the world smile. They give us the tools to reach other realities. And, show us how to walk other realms, to seek our own answers. The Shaman teaches us to see through our hearts. This is just one of the ancient spiritual technologies. We highly recommend learning as of these tools as possible. Use them to form your own spiritual practice.