Dead or Alive?

From which point are you asking questions? Are your questions living or dead?

Questions that come from the mind are dead questions. It doesn’t mean they have no value, or interest or should not be pursued. But I am personally unable to answer them. There are questions that are alive in you. They are immediate and real and fluttering like birds in your chest or burning like hot coals. The questions are ultimately about you, not about some topic.

Some examples of dead questions:

Tell me about reincarnation. What is your experience with kundalini? Are we The One trying to know itself through the contrast of experience?

Living questions are about you. They are not carefully constructed and beautifully symmetrical. They are about something that you are stumbling over, hitting your head on or something that’s throttling you in the moment. They are alive. They are raw.

Dead questions are fantastic for intellectual discourse. But that’s not what we are doing here. This website is about what’s raw and alive. It’s stripped down. There is a kind of alchemy that happens when you interact with what’s alive and work with that. It’s not about consuming or generating more information, which is what most people do as they surf around the internet…consuming spiritual information. I’m not producing material for consumption.

This is in response to a reader who just asked if I would write about free will. What about free will are you struggling with right now, in your life? Not intellectually or conceptually. Strip it down to the real question that is meaningful to you, that is biting at you, that won’t let you go.

It’s always, at the core, after you’ve peeled away all the mind stuff, going to come down to you. Not the topic. Not even the answer. It’s about the question and the place from which you ask it.

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