Why is this question vital for me and everyone on the planet? What is the most critical question to ask? And who should I ask once I find it?
How To Find the Right Question
What are the most important questions to ask? It is always the question that challenges our beliefs. These are the questions that expose our beliefs and values; this is our sacred ground.
To be sure, challenging our beliefs isn’t something that the dominant world cultural narrative wants us to do. They want to keep you a paying customer. There are around 8 billion people on the planet. Approximately 4 billion of these believers are members of the Abrahamic tree. These include the Semitic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. They fight to keep their customer base.
If you are a member of Western organized religion, they don’t want you to investigate any other belief system. They do not want you to research their heritage beyond what they tell you. Just remember, asking the right question always involves investigating your sacred ground.
Don’t just defend your sacred ground. Learn why you believe you need to protect it. Become a seeker of truth rather than a defender of religion.
Why Do I Believe That?
The most important question is the one you ask yourself. Start with the question, why do I believe this or that? Don’t let others answer this question for you. Don’t merely regurgitate answers you’ve been told.
Listen to what’s going on inside your head. Listen to your feelings. The second question to ask when something offends you is, “why am I offended?” Our emotions are a response to a threat. Anything that threatens our beliefs is good. Keep questioning and searching. Find the right question that pushes you past the boundaries of faith.
Do you believe it because it aligns with the opinions of others in your circle of influence? What is the source of your beliefs? Is it family, cultural or religious tradition? Is your faith the result of objective research? Did you not have a choice? Were you subjected to religious indoctrination as a child? Or did you find your faith because you were in crisis?
“If you want to develop and move beyond your current limitations, begin by asking yourself about your beliefs. There is no answer is greater than the question. It starts with asking, why do I believe that? What offends me? What threatens my beliefs?” — Guru Tua
Remember, when you encounter something that offends you, this is a key that your beliefs are being challenged. Instead of automatically disagreeing, ask yourself, why does this offend me? How do I know what I know? What makes me react this way? These are the right kinds of questions.
Suppose you’ve made it this far along, great. The answers about spiritual reality can be found. But you won’t find the real answers in religion. Now it’s time to do some research. Don’t be too lazy to do your research. To find the answer you need, find the right question.
Seekers of Truth Find The Important Answers
The objections you have to ideas, facts, are boundaries. Boundaries keep you enslaved. These boundaries can result from two things. First, the programming of our cultural narrative. Or unhealthy scripts that are a part of our default personality and instincts.
You can reveal the scripts of our personality and instincts using the Enneagram Personality Profile. The programming of the cultural narrative can be seen using the repeating question exercise. Once you unmask the harmful programming, then you and fix it. To do this, you’ll need to delete the negative and reprogram. It is serious inner work, but it’s worth the effort.
Asking the right question always begins by asking, “why do I believe that?” When you get an answer to the question, ask it again. Keep on asking it. If you get the answer, then keep going. There are some excellent tools to help us in this questioning process.
“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
Study logical reasoning instead of them relying on the opinions of others. Learn how to use logical axioms. Familiarize yourself with logical fallacies. When you use these tools, you will enhance your critical thinking abilities.
So, the right question to ask is always about your own beliefs. Many people are afraid to confront their beliefs. That’s because their beliefs are part of their identity. Religions like this because it cements you to their membership. You will defend the beliefs even when they don’t make sense or when that cause harm to others.
So, it’s hard for many people to confront new worldviews head-on. A useful tool that minimizes the stress of this quest is comparative analysis. This process will help you find your sacred ground in a non-threatening way. It’s a structured approach to comparative religious study. This approach can help you sort out your beliefs.
Above all, when you find yourself offended, ask yourself why. The key to your enlightenment is asking yourself the right question. Now it’s time to face the facts behind the comments you find objectionable.
The ultimate answer to all spiritual issues is I don’t know. Any other answer should lead to the ultimate answer. If it does not, is the answer is wrong. If you finally make it to the place where you have no answers, you are on the verge of a spiritual breakthrough. You’ve finally broken down all the human-made excuses holding back your enlightenment. Find the right question that leads you to this place.
This type of questioning prepares you for the Hero’s Journey. The quest to explore your truth. You can’t find spiritual truth in any book. No teacher can give it to you. It would be best to use the proper tools to find it within.
We are beings born to explore and seek the unknown. It is one reason we dominate the planet. The largest domain to explore is not the physical but the world of consciousness. The Abrahamic tree provides us with counterfeit answers instead of tools for exploration. Instead of confronting our existential fear of death, they give afterlife beliefs.
Instead of making the world a better place, the Abrahamic religions spread bias, prejudice, and discrimination. These religions are the source of the world’s conflicts.
“Religious people claim that it’s just the fundamentalists of each religion that cause problems. But, there’s got to be something wrong with the religion itself if those who strictly adhere to its most fundamental principles are violent bigots and sexists.” — David G. Mcafee
Asking the right question is a path to freedom. Are you ready to be free?
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia