Ask and Ye Shall Receive
In my bio-description about me (see link below), I say that I offer expert questioning and provide the technique of developing your ability to question as an aid to attaining your goal. Asking questions is important for self-improvement, personal relations, and enhancing one’s life. We can ask questions to ourselves or to others.
Some questions lead us off on tangents though and can result in wasting time and energy. The key is to ask questions from a sound base. If we ask questions that do not have any meaning to us, they will not have a beneficial result.
Asking questions can aid in developing a tactful approach in communicating with others. This is important because we operate in a social environment and help each other to attain our goals. Also, asking questions promotes a more humble attitude when done in an interested, honest fashion with an open mind.
Asking questions is a reminder that we do not have all the answers. It is a developmental tool. Some questions are simple such as the usual who, what, where and why questions that are easily answered. Other questions can be deep and profound without any set answer.
One such profound question is “Who Am I” which was often repeated in the talks and books of Dadi Janki, the active Spiritual Head of Brahma Kumaris. One might ask what identity is based on. I went to a talk in Forest Row Community Centre (England) about this a few years ago. Many aspects of our identities are available such as relations, career, age, gender and culture. The Brahma Kumaris, however, seek to look beyond these worldly identifications.
Some other good grounding questions are: “Why Am I Doing This?” Is there a better way? Is there a simpler way? Is there a way that is more connected to nature and my well-being? Masanobu Fukuoka devoted his life to asking such questions when he returned to farming after working as a biologist as described in his book, “The One Straw Revolution”.
Asking questions is how we get to know others and make connections. Refining our questions helps us to grow, develop, increase our understanding and expand our consciousness. For example, note the difference of asking:
“Do you believe in God?
“Are you conscious of God?”
Do you believe you can achieve your goal?
Are you conscious of how you will achieve your goal?
On this basis, we move away from beliefs shaping our reality to something more subtle and yet more powerful. All it takes is to keep asking questions.
Book Review by Jennifer Wilson - "The One-Straw Revolution, and an Introduction to Natural Farming" by Masanobou Fukuoka., B'org Food Chain blog, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2010/09/book-review-one-straw-revolution-and.html