Who, what, where, when, and why. Add the prefix “we are” to all, and you have all the most important questions about life. They represent the truth seeker’s perspective.
What Are We?
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 unique missions in this experiment. Many of these essential questions come early in life when we are children discovering the world. But, our parents don’t have the answers,
“Except for children (who don’t know enough not to ask the important questions), few of us spend time wondering why nature is the way it is . . .” — Carl Sagan
So, people look to organized religion and there they find the simple answers, just believe what we tell you even if it makes no sense, even if there is no proof. So, we are taught to ignore these kinds of questions.
“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” ― Charles Bukowski
Because we each have a unique mission, some fundamental questions about life are complicated. However, that doesn’t mean we should stop seeking answers. We just need to learn how and where to look.
“Who, what, where, when, and why. These are our most 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
The mission of our life is something obscure. Some people have do not have very long or happy lives. Others live a long time. So the length of life doesn’t correspond to our mission. Some people have 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; they drive our curiosity about life.
“Essentially, what the most important questions we can ever ask ourselves are, “Who am I? Who are we all? What do we share, and what is our purpose here? How do we discover meaning?” Addressing these questions is the core of Inspirational Psychology.” — Lee L Jampolsky
Inspirational psychology is the same as positive psychology. It’s a practice that focuses on optimistic rather than realistic or pessimistic thinking.
1) Positive experiences that give us joy, and happiness.
2) Higher values from the virtues of the spirit (love, compassion, and gratitude.
3) It also promotes the use of positive organizations that support positivity.
Our Most Important Questions
“We must not expect simple answers to far-reaching questions. However far our gaze penetrates, there are always heights beyond which block our vision.” — Alfred North Whitehead
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 spark our spiritual journey, and this mystery is at the heart of our inner quest.
“Almost all important questions are important precisely because they are not susceptible to quantitative answers.” — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
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 another mystery of life. The most important questions about who and what we are is 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 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 quantify easily. 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 consciousness 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 what religion tells us, 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 critical 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.
More often than not answers lead to deeper questions. It’s a eureka moment where you finally grasp the concept only to find it prompts additional questions.
“There are no simple answers in life. There is good and bad in everyone and everything. No decision is made without consequence. No road is taken that doesn’t lead to another. What’s important is that those roads always be kept open, for there’s no telling what wonder they might lead to.” — D. J. MacHale
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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