What was the question I was going to ask? What is it that I most wanted to say? How can I access that deeper knowing that longs to be heard? What does my soul most want me to know today? What are the things, the noise that shut out my heart’s deepest desires?
We are always seeking answers, yet so often we forget to ask the questions. Without an imaginative question, there are just routine, dull answers. The universe is only an answer, so the quality of our answers depends upon the quality of our questions. So an important question becomes, “How do I ask more meaningful questions?” If we spent more time learning how to ask meaningful questions, we might have more meaningful answers.
As a child, you may recall that you were often in the role as a student being asked questions for which you were supposed to have answers. This was done to assess your understanding of what was being taught. The teacher would call upon different ones, and woe to the student who was not paying attention or who didn’t know the “right” answer that the teacher expected to hear.
You may also remember as a child, being the one who asked questions—especially before your school years. “What does that do? What is that for? How does that work? Who is that? What is that? Where are we? When will we be where we are going? Why?” There was an endless barrage of questions presented to our elders. This is how we learned.
It is not difficult to see how we stopped asking questions and started struggling to provide answers. Your questions could seem an annoyance or threatening whereas you were rewarded for giving “correct” answers. So somewhere along the line we stopped blurting out our spontaneous questions and sought to be “wise” by having all the answers.
It’s a shame really, when you think about your forgotten, inquisitive child self who had an insatiable desire to ask and learn. The reality is that we still have to learn in the same way. The joy is not in having all the answers it’s in being able to ask endless questions and explore the universe to learn what is out there.
In religion the trend has been the same. When it asks many inquisitive questions with the desire to learn about Source and what we are here to do, it can be a vehicle of knowledge and wisdom. When it seeks only to provide all of the correct answers, it stunts our growth and grows stale and small. The majority of the universe is shut out when religion stops being passionate about meaningful questions and seeks only to provide answers.
On our spiritual journey, the same thing holds true. It is the ego that longs to be right, maintain control and superiority and have all the answers. The soul delights in questions and in the journey of unfolding. The soul know that you never “arrive” but that the joy is in walking hand in hand with our Creator, exploring all that has been created or what still longs to be created.
Just for today, imagine that you don’t have to have all the answers. Imagine that you are that small child of two or three who just has questions to ask and things to learn. Just for today, imagine that your soul is in charge of your life and you can trust it to bring you along the path in just the right way. Just for today, give thanks to your Creator that you are who you are learning just what you need to know, traveling in just the right way in just the right place.