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On Asking Questions

Speaker: It’s important not to judge yourself. Look at the apostles with Jesus… questions, questions, questions, questions. He just kept talking and talking and talking. That just seems to be the way that we come to clarity.

I have asked lots of questions in my life and had times of wandering and being disoriented looking for answers. Questions about relationships and on and on. It only comes from questioning that we can come through that.

Participant 1: I was reading something that seemed to elude that the questions come from the ego and that the answers come from the Holy Spirit. “In you are both the questions and the answers. The demand for sacrifice and the peace of God.” So then, the question is the demand for sacrifice and the peace of God is the answer.

Speaker: Well, I don’t put all questions immediately in an ego category. Once again, Jesus simplifies it. Are you asking a ‘real’ question or are you asking a pseudo-question? And he says in the later part of the text that a pseudo-question is an ego question because it asks and it answers too.

So the way that I have worded it is, ‘Which of these illusions do I want or prefer?’ That is behind our asking as we go through the day. Even if we don’t have a conscious question where we are thinking, ‘What am I going to have for breakfast?… Which of these illusions do I prefer?…. What am I going to do next, will I do this or that?…. What of these illusions do I prefer?’ The real question is turning it back into the about, ‘What is it for?’ And that is what you are starting to ask in all the seeming situations, you are just asking, ‘What is it for?’ It’s a real deep question. It is not about what is on the screen. It is about, ‘What is the purpose of this?’ And that is a very helpful question.

Participant 1: Mmm Hmm.

Speaker: A closed mind will not question at all. It is arrogant. It thinks it knows that separation is a reality. A closed mind can even try to fool itself and ask the pseudo-questions which already have the answers built in. And then it is still not really asking a question.

But a crack of opening comes when the mind starts to ask these real questions in the sense of purpose. And the more it asks them, the more it opens and opens and opens to the light. And once it has opened up like a flower there are no more questions because the answer, the light, is apparent.

That has helped me because that way I don’t have to get into this putting all questions into the ego category. And people have brought that up from time to time where they have said, ‘I don’t even want to say anything because every question that I ask is of the ego.’ And we know that by asking questions and coming together with a sincere intention that it can be really helpful.

Participant 2: So the real question addresses the mind?

Speaker: Yes

Participant 2: It addresses content, not form.

Speaker: It’s not analytical. It doesn’t break it apart. With Participant 2, one of her biggest things was her "wonder" questions.

Participant 2: [chuckling]

Speaker: She would ask questions about form; about how things worked mechanically whether it was the computer or different machines or cars or nature.

Participant 2: Or motives… "Why do you think somebody did this?"

Speaker: ….motives about other people. And what happened was it just got to the point where we would go around all the time and there it would come. And I would just go… "wonder, wonder, wonder" or "another wonder question".

And after a while she started to get a cognition of that type of question because it was always about the form. Then sometimes when they would start to come out, the mouth would stop and she would say, "Oh, I guess this is just another wonder question. Never mind."

You could tell, it wasn’t like she became dependent on having someone there to tell her or pinch her every time she had a wonder question but she started to catch it. She’d catch the thoughts even before they seemed to come out of the mouth.

Then she started sharing with others. We went on a walk in the woods with some friends, a violinist, and he was saying, "I wonder where the stream comes from?" And then Participant 2 started teaching about the "wonder" questions.

Participant 2: And of all the profound things that I thought were said that whole day, that is the one thing that he remembered [laughing] which is not what I would have thought was the most memorable thing said that day but it really hit home apparently.

What I was going to say before, Participant 1, is that there are two different contexts in which you can hold questioning. One context is that it is a sign of weakness and the other context is that it is a sign of my willingness meaning the kinds of questions that Speaker described, a question of the mind.

I can’t imagine that you could come to the clarity and the certainty in which all questions cease except by questioning.

Speaker: That was the thing on our first trip out west. And the thing is that Participant 2 has told me that she does not remember a lot about that trip. But she just plied me with questions through the great plains mile after mile, the cornfields, wheat fields… you know how long it is from your recent trip. There would be a question which led into another question and then another one. And it didn’t take long, we weren’t out very far when she finally asked, "Is every problem just a problem because of the belief in the separation from God?"

Her questions were coming from all these different angles of all these seeming different problems in the world… relationships… and this and that…. and every time it was traced back to the "cause" the "unreal cause of the unreal effects". So finally the questioning led into; "Are they all the belief in the separation from God?" It can seem astounding that it would be so simple. But it is the simplicity of salvation to see it real clearly like that.

Participant 2: And it seems like you have to go through that a number of times before it starts to generalize. And when the mind can actually get to the point of generalizing then there is the recognition that you don’t have to unearth every single little concept and belief because there is really no difference. It is all one in the same.

Speaker: That’s the collapsing of time.

Participant 2: That all illusions are one, that’s the time collapse.

Participant 1: I am feeling that too. That every little conflict, I don’t have to bring up every little conflict. Even if I wouldn’t have brought this up tonight and you would have brought up your experience with the car mechanic instead, we would have still come around to this same idea. Everything is helpful no matter how it comes out.

Speaker: And that’s a relief too because there can be a belief that you have to spill everything. And it’s a relief that you don’t have to scrutinize every little thing.

Participant 3: You mentioned several times tonight the whole idea of forgiveness and I have been sitting here thinking, "What is forgiveness?" I just wanted a quick answer in a nutshell. So, I think the Holy Spirit gave that to me a few minutes ago when I see that I want to get upset about something on the screen, that forgiveness is saying, "Thank you for showing this to my mind, thank you for letting me see this part of my mind." And just remembering to stay in a state of gratitude.

Speaker: Because you are the dreamer. From the position of the dreamer, it is totally gratefulness to everything and everyone on the screen because it is just a projection. Because it is just a projection, just a falsity. I don’t have to change it, I don’t have to fix it or strive or anything. That’s what the joy is.

And that dreamer knows that the dreamer is causative… in other words, the mind is causative and not the world. So, I dreamed this up; it wasn’t done to me as a person or as a figure on the screen. I dreamed it up. Dream-ed. That ‘-ed’ – that past tense – is always important to me because I don’t have to then get into blame and guilt. I am doing this to myself…. Ah, I ‘did’ this to myself. From this vantage point, I can watch calmly.

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