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Embracing The Power Of Questions

It can be frustrating when you don't have all the answers.

I've been asking myself a lot of deep questions lately.

Things like...

- Who am I?
- What do I want?
- Who do I want to be?
- Why?...just why?

So, I was walking home after working from a coffee shop, and these deep questions kept popping up.

I don't mind that... I've been fascinated by consciousness, personal development, and deep questions for a long time. As a coach, I consider myself a "professional question-asker."

What I noticed, though, was the feeling of frustration when I didn't get answers.

Then an insight (dare I say an "answer"?) popped into my head.

What if the most important thing in the moment is the question, not the answer?

Another great question, if I do say so myself.

And that was it!

I felt like I "put in an order" to my consciousness and gave it time to cook up answers.

I made peace with NOT knowing the answer at that time.

So if you have big questions on your heart today (or at any time), give this a try:

  1. Ask your important question. I highly recommend saying it out loud (who cares if people think you're "talking to yourself" – because, frankly, you are). It doesn't have to be the deep stuff, you can ask, "How can I feel more satisfied with my work relationships today?"
  2. Invite any answer to come into your awareness, especially no answer.
  3. Trust that, in time, the answers will be revealed to you.
  4. Pause, breathe, and give yourself space.

Albert Einstein said, "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."

I believe that applies to questions as well. So if I were to be so bold as to rephrase my buddy, Albert...

"No question can be answered at the same level of consciousness that created it."

Again, give yourself space today.
– Clear your mind.
– Ask important questions.
– And bask in the empty (but brewing) answers.

Because they'll come in time. And if not, questions are more interesting anyway!

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