|| As for not asking the right questions, pray tell me, what are these questions? Are they particular to each person, universal, or…? I like what the old woman says in the musical ”A Little Night Mysic”— she says first, as I recall, “I have no answers,” then a time later, “I have no questions.”
The common theme of ‘I have no questions’ runs through many conversations on ‘enlightenment’. You may remember Paul in the first book of Jed McKenna saying exactly that. It sounds very final, and it could have been. It is difficult to judge a fictional character, but let’s imagine that he is real. Then what? CAN THERE BE NO QUESTIONS AT ALL?
Well, we only apply this to existential questions. Paul had no existential questions left, but he might have wanted to know how to do samba dancing.
Here is the trick.. to get to the stage of no questions one goes through a million questions. What are they?tano
When you want to understand the movements of the Sun, you do not just keep asking ‘Why does the sun rise every day’? It is a question, but a question that serves just to wake up your curiosity about this phenomenon. You cannot just answer ‘Because it rises in the East’; that’s not the answer. You cannot say ‘Because it has always been so’; but that’s not the answer. You cannot say ‘Because we all need light’; that’s not the answer.
This is because the question is not formed in the way that it can be answered. It has to be refined further.
One will ask themselves what the sun is, how far it is from the earth, what its movement trajectory is, what it is made of perhaps, where it is in relation to planet Earth. You will make your questions pretty well defined in order to gain meaningful answers. Once those answers become available, you will form a coherent picture about how the sun comes up and goes down. NOW, you have connected the dots in your mind, and the question was answered. Connections!! Clarity is about making connections into a full picture.
So why on earth do people ask ‘Why am I suffering?’…. ‘Why does he behave like an asshole?’…. ‘Why has my daughter given up her studies?’… ‘Why do I have no money?’…. Those questions are inherently designed to be asked without fetching any answers. And boy… just look at the list of spiritual nonsense questions that keep people going round in circles; incidentally, I once listed some of those to Ken as the most useless from my perspective, and that was waayy back:
- who am I
- do I exist
- what is the meaning of life
- is there god
- why is there evil
- what is consciousness
- what is love
THESE ARE NOT QUESTIONS. They are POINTERS of interest, the placeholders formulated only to tell you what topic/subject is of interest to you right now. They need to be transformed into something a bit more meaningful. So let’s do it:
|who am I||what do I like/dislike|
what makes me happy/unhappy
how do I react to stress/confrontation
what am I afraid of the most
what kind of people do I like
what do I feel about my parents/children
am I a kind/angry person
what are my sexual preferences
can I murder
There is no answer to the question in the way it is phrased in the left column; it’s a trap. But when you answer the above questions and many more, eventually you will know who you are.
|what is the meaning of life||what is life|
what does it mean to be alive biologically
what does it mean to be alive psychologically
is life prescious/worthless
what is meaning
can I imagine not to be alive
what is human
am I human
what makes me human
is human life prescious
is an animal’s life prescious
can an animal’s life have meaning
The same applies here. Once the real concrete questions are answered, you will be gaining insight after insight, and eventually will see the meaning of life in all contexts. The meaning of life depends entirely on the context.
Looks a chore, doesn’t it? But in reality one goes about their daily life in a state of seeking and addresses the questions as they come into one’s head and grip their mind. Look for answers EVERYWHERE, one can even ask a ‘guru’. Ask – and walk away, check against your own instinct, knowledge and feel.
This is what Peter was writing. No, I have not seen his (burnt) notebooks, but the process is really the same IF you are on the correct path. That’s your autolysis. I was not writing anything prior; it was all happening in my head, but the process was the same. In the ‘after’ event I wrote loads, just for myself; getting it out on paper clarified the answers. If I remember, Richard Rose did the same, trying to capture the essence of things in written form.
So.. what was that question.. oh yes. ‘Why am I suffering?‘
Try it. Many people have lazy minds and stop asking. Then they are surprised to find themselves in the dark about everything.