Insight #76 ~ ZEN Shredding…

Ask questions of your life.


Ask questions of yourself, of others; of what you’ve been taught; of everything you believe yourself to be. It’s important to engage and apply the process of enquiry and investigation into your life, to examine all the beliefs that you have about life. 

Enquiry and investigation prevent denial and resignation. It is the birth of a new narrative based on the present, not the past or future. Your best questions entice the Universe to respond in a dance of “co-creation” that transforms your subjective experience.


Extended commentary:


Any good dialogue therapist understands the impact of well crafted question. A well crafted, skillfully delivered question can change the understanding, perception and behavior of a client forever.  A “change” in ones understanding and perception can often lead to a change in behavior, which inevitably leads to a change in ones life and the way with which one lives ones life.  

Well crafted questions can open doorways that can lead to freedom: illuminating buried thoughts, revealing hidden feelings ~ placing a spotlight on self sabotaging ideas, notions, perceptions and associations with which we live our life.  A well crated question can also create context, meaning and purpose for an individual and their lives.  A well crafted question can unveil order where there once appeared to be disorder.

As a general rule we might often avoid the use of “Why” in dialogue; it is often relegated to a “use only if… and when… status”, due to the seduction of its nature as a “call for justification”; an invitation to create a story or reason, where there may be none.  Better said, one can easily trap oneself or another more deeply into the story of “me” and “why”; the story that we might be telling ourselves or others, when asking or addressing a question that begins with [Why?]

That being said, there are always exceptions.  There’s always exceptions, and there will always be moments when a well crafted, skillfully delivered [Why?] will open up a mother lode of information and ideas so pure, so informative and so valuable, that they can change the direction of ones life or another’s forever.

[ Living in the [Why] of Life.]


As a strategy for successful living, a well crafted, open ended [Why?] question, can reveal a spectrum of ideas, notions and values that often can shape and influence an individuals entire motivation; it exposes the roots of their “modus operandi”; the very impulse of [Why] we do, what we do; “our reason for being”.

 [Why] am I in this relationship?

[Why] do I enjoy my [fill in the blank] work?

[Why] do I want to do “this” or “that”?

[Why] am I so unhappy in this [fill in the blank] job?

[Why] do I feel what I feel?

[Why] do I do, what I do?

[Why] am I here?

 As any good dialogue therapist knows, a well placed open ended, [Why?] often initially unlocks a dearth of information that requires mind-full navigation: where the [How?] and the [What?]; the [Who?], the [Where?] and the [When?] must equally and necessarily, be applied with exacting precision, to the uncovered material so that it might be harnessed to its fullest potential.

A well crafted, closed ended, question [Who?, What?, Where?, When? and How?] can lead the dearth and seemingly, perceived chaos of that revealed information [the Why?] in supportive directions that will inform and enable the inherent value of that [Why?] to come alive.

A provocative, all encompassing [Why?] has the inspiration and power to lead us to an engaging [How?], and an engaging [How?] can steer us to an essential,[What?]! 

[Why] am I here?

[How] can I cultivate, refine and develop that inspiration most easily?

[Who] can support me in the implementation of that purpose?

[What] do I need to specifically do to engadge the creative process in the world of form?

[When] do I need to do the above?

And therein lies the strategy and life cycle of a well crafted question!


 What part of your own story do you need to question?



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