Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Answer to (Almost) Every Question

Before I was drawn to self-inquiry, I wrestled with the questions that typically occupy the minds of spiritual seekers and/or followers of self-development methods.  These are questions such as:

What is my purpose in life?
How can I make a difference in the world?
What can (or should) I do to save the environment?
How can I create better relationships?
Why is there evil in the world?

I'm sure you could add your own questions to this list. 

A funny thing happened after I became involved with nonduality teachings.  I discovered that when asked these questions, sage after sage, teacher after teacher, gave the same simple answer to all of the questions raised above. 

The answer?

Find out what you are.

Could that really be the answer to all of these questions?  It seemed way too simple.

At this stage of my life, I'd have to say that the answer rings true in my heart.  Yes, if I want to know the answer to all those questions, all that is needed is to find out what I am. 

When we discover who we are, the rest begins to fall into place. Many of the questions dissolve as unimportant or no longer relevant.  For instance, do we need to have a purpose?  The mind may need to identify a purpose, but does BEING need a purpose for anything?  In addition, who is the one that has an apparent purpose?  Can that one ever be found?

The same holds true when you look for answers to questions about love.  What is love?  Can the mind ever come up with an answer that will satisfy?  Here's a better answer:

Find out what you are.

Perhaps that will give some insight about love.

Whatever "heavy" questions you have about life, free will or anything else, you just might find that the answer to all of them is:

Find out what you are.

If action is needed, it will flow from that understanding.  If inactivity or silence is preferable in that moment, you will know it.  Let the mind rest and stop trying to figure out life. The mind, and its conditioning, does a lousy job of answering these questions.  As long as we take ourselves to be limited, separate individuals our answers will be flawed.

Whatever your question, consider the possibility that the answer is to be found in the wisdom offered by many sages:

Find out what you are.