Don’t assume you know the right question to ask. Like this cow. She’s asking, “Will you take that annoying green thing off my ear? ” I don’t know how to do that. But if she is asking, “Will you take my picture?” She’s asking the right guy the right question. That I can do.
Too often we don’t ask the right question and as a result become frustrated because the answer we’re seeking isn’t forthcoming.
But, according to the most reliable universe sources, the answer you want will appear when you ask the right question. The most effective question you will ever ask, according to A Course in Miracles is, “What’s the question?”
Now the question you’re probably asking at this point is “Why is that the question?” That’s close enough. Let’s start with that.
Simply stated, from ACIM point of view…the answer that you seek already IS, because you are not separate from it, or anything else, for that matter. The answer is just waiting for you to ask the “right” question…the question that will release the best answer to your current level of awareness and for your best use.
The universe is very obliging with its answers. Like the answer to the question, “How do you stay together as a unity and not just fly off into the universal smithereens…answer: Gravity & Suns (as in Smith & Sons)
EXAMPLES OF RIGHT AND WRONG
QUESTIONS TO ASK:
I took a series of science courses at San Francisco City College for the fun of it, just to learn the subjects…Physics, Genetics, Geology, Physiology, etc. and I was planning on taking a course in what most likely would be way over my head, Organic Chemistry.
So I decided to bone up on some algebra…I got an algebra book and started working problems. After I finished one problem, I went to the back of the book to find the answer and compare it with the answer I came up with. The book’s answer was different than mine. My gut reaction question, “What did I do wrong?” As it turns out…that was the wrong question. When I compared my answer with the “correct” answer, I realized I hadn’t done anything wrong. I simply had not taken the answer the next couple steps needed to be the definitive and irreducible answer. All my steps were correct. I just hadn’t taken the problem far enough.
Could it be that some of our answers may not be wrong, just incomplete? We just don’t take them far enough…all the way out, or in, as the case may be, to the ultimate answer. For ultimately, the answer to life exists in…the Ultimate.
So, back to the question, “Why is ‘What’s the question?’ the question?” If your head is spinning, keep in mind that everything is spinning…you’re right on track.
When confronted by some of life’s more resistant conundrums… we might start asking our conditioned default questions like: “What should I do?” “How long will this take?” “Will it hurt?” “When will it stop hurting? “What will this cost?” “Can we afford this?” “Will we be late?” or one of our most popular questions, “What’s the matter with me/him/her or it?”
Or the unspoken questions…next layer down: “Will he like me?” “Am I doing this right?” “Will they see how embarrassed I am?” “Will this lie I’m telling keep the pain away?” “Why can’t they see the rightness of my point of view?” “When will he/she stop talking?” “Will I hurt their feelings?” “What if they say no…will I be crushed…like I was all those other times?” etc. etc.…all the many expressed and un-expressed questions that surge to the forefront of our minds when confronted by dilemma, contradiction or puzzlement.
My spouse, Rochelle, was trying to watch a video on my computer. She was having trouble seeing the picture on the screen because it appeared too dark. The question she asked was, “Why is the picture so dark?” Wrong question. As it turns out the screen appeared dark because she was sitting at an angle below the screen which made it look dark. All she had to do was either tilt the screen or sit higher. Which is why “Why is the screen so dark?” not the right question. It wasn’t dark. Right question… “What position do I need assume to be in relationship with the screen so that I can see it correctly?”
What’s a questioner to do?