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Like a spiritual time capsule, these questions provide you with a snapshot of your current beliefs.

In my early 20′s, I almost became a nihilist. An existential nihilist to be exact, which argues “life is without meaning.”

I based my belief on the reality I saw around me (or at least on the news): war, violence, and death was everywhere. In the face of such suffering, I couldn’t understand why anything “mattered.” The only logical explanation was that the universe had no purpose.

If I did the exercise again in 5 years, 10 years, 25 years… who knows the insight these polaroids will provide?

I quickly realized this mentality was a deep, dark hole, and decided to continue exploring other beliefs on the nature of existence.

Now, looking back 8 years later, I realize it would have been interesting to chronicle my worldview at that time. Like a spiritual diary, I would have been able to study where I came from, and better understand my personal evolution.

Recently, I came across 20 questions that eloquently serve this purpose. Featured in the 2005 documentary film One, these questions were posed to various spiritual leaders of today: from Deepak Chopra, to Ram Dass, to the Dalai Lama.

I realized answering these questions myself would provide a snapshot of my beliefs today. And if I did the exercise again in 5 years, 10 years, 25 years… who knows the insight these polaroids will provide?

If you, dear reader, would like to join me, here’s how:

Instructions

Copy and paste the questions below into a blank document or blog post. Answer each question with as much detail as you like, then publish your answers on your personal blog.

Leave a comment below with a link to your post.

20 Questions For Every Spiritual Seeker

1. Why is there poverty and suffering in the world?
2. What is the relationship between science and religion?
3. Why are so many people depressed?
4. What are we all so afraid of?
5. When is war justifiable?
6. How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism?
7. How does one obtain true peace?
8. What does it mean to live in the present moment?
9. What is our greatest distraction?
10. Is current religion serving its purpose?
11. What happens to you after you die?
12. Describe heaven and how to get there.
13. What is the meaning of life?
14. Describe God.
15. What is the greatest quality humans possess?
16. What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?
17. Noverbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world.
18. What is your one wish for the world?
19. What is wisdom and how do we gain it?
20. Are we all one?

Remember, post a link to your answers in the comments below!

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About The Author

Ian MacKenzie

Ian MacKenzie is the founder and former editor of Brave New Traveler. He is Head of Video at Matador Network. Ian is also an independent filmmaker, with his first feature (One Week Job) released in 2010. His more recent projects include Sacred Economics and Occupy Love.

  • http://www.ianmack.com Ian MacKenzie

    To kick things off, here’s my answers to the 20 questions
    http://www.ianmack.com/20-questions-age-28/

  • http://www.truequanimity.com/ Christine Garvin

    Thanks for posing these questions, Ian. I think it would be great for people to mark their answers at different points in life–we often forget, or don’t realize, how much we have changed over time.

    Side note, but a little chill ran through me when I read Deepak’s name, just because how much I have heard lately about him not being the type of spiritual leader we would want to follow…

    As soon as I have a few moments, I’ll definitely fill the “questionnaire” out.

    • http://www.ianmack.com Ian MacKenzie

      “…a little chill ran through me when I read Deepak’s name…” I’m not particularly a huge Deepak devotee, but curious what you’ve heard about him?

    • http://robbiewilliamsandme.blogspot.com Ekaterina

      I will also answer questions later on my blog, but you raised my curiosity Christine…about Deepak. I have probably missed some news, but why did you say that he is not the leader we would like to follow?
      I am currently exploring the issue with spiritual teachers, and it just rung a bell…
      Ekaterina

  • http://lukeradl.com Luke

    Interesting idea. I always was a seeker, but now it’s a little different than it was (but that’s ok, change is good) because my seeking lead me to atheism. I still see merit in some spiritual pursuits (depending on how you define that), but I think my responses may be a little different that most.

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=109512908236

    • http://www.ianmack.com Ian MacKenzie

      Hi Luke – thanks for sharing the link. It appears to send me over to the Facebook homepage. Any ideas how to fix this?

  • http://www.alottabitofhope.blogspot.com David

    http://alottabitofhope.blogspot.com/2009/08/20-questions-pertaining-to-life.html

    Here’s my reply to the 20 questions. They really made me think. Thanks, I really appreciate it :)

    -David

  • http://breathedreamgo.wordpress.com/ Mariellen

    Hi Ian,

    Thanks for continuing to include the spiritual in your content. I really appreciate it!

    I enjoyed your answers to the questions you posed — you have obviously given them a lot of thought. It will be very interesting to check back in 10, 20 years to see how you’ve evolved.

    Some of your questions seem much more pertinent to me than others. But I think that’s also a part of being a spiritual seeker: I think each person needs to figure out what THEIR questions are. It’s not that you will find “the answer,” but just knowing what motivates you is very powerful. For example, for me, “how can I achieve compassion?” is a big one.

    As a yoga student I am moving from duality to non-duality; that is my biggest change. It is a huge paradigm shift that may take a lifetime (maybe several!).

    Not sure how Deepak Chopra’s name came up, but I wouldn’t be too quick to diss him. He works very hard at finding ways to impart India’s ancient wisdom to the west, in ways and words that people can understand. He is my favourite Tweeter! His tweets are lovely. Quotes from Rumi, from the Vedas; small yoga teachings, all kinds of lovely, inspirational, positive things.

    Mariellen
    http://breathedreamgo.wordpress.com/

  • late_stranger

    These are good questions, but 2 assume God and 1 assumes the afterlife. I just wanted to point that out.

  • http://foodandyoga.ca Karen

    This was a challenging excercise, and took me into a level of thought that I don’t normally occupy day to day. It’s hard for me to not keep questioning my answers “is that what you really believe?”. It was also difficult to answer them alone, without a situation for context, or others to bounce my ideas against. But I feel satisfied with this benchmark.

    http://foodandyoga.ca/20-questions

    • http://www.ianmack.com Ian MacKenzie

      “It’s hard for me to not keep questioning my answers” I’d say just think of the answers as a snapshot that’s always evolving, rather than anything absolute.

    • http://makiism.blogspot.com Ian MacLeod

      Karen,

      I finally got around to reading the answers of others, and I found your thoughts full of resonance. I especially liked your answer to the question “What is our greatest distraction?”, which I missed in my own perspective.

      Thanks for sharing.

  • Llynda

    http://innermostponderings.blogspot.com/

    Very stimulating questions. I have enjoyed reading others’ answers.

  • http://www.debworks.com Deb

    http://debworks.blogspot.com/2009/08/20-questions.html

    My answers to the 20 questions. It will be interesting to see where I am in 5 years. For me, everything kept coming back to love.

    How can there not be God? We are all God and connected and necessary to each other, the ebb and the flow.

    Thanks for letting my brain consider answers that work for me.
    @debworks

  • christine
  • http://livinginthemystery.blogspot.com/ Michelle

    Like, wow. I feel a cup of tea and some reflection coming on.

  • http://maureenmaloney.blogspot.com Maureen Maloney

    Thanks for this idea, Ian!

    http://maureenmaloney.blogspot.com/

  • Ian Macleod

    Ok, interesting exercise Ian. After much thought I will share my answers here:

    http://makiism.blogspot.com/2009/08/20-questions-age-54.html

    Note, these are just opinions – I do not intend to offend anyone…

  • http://anastown.blogspot.com/ Ana Maria Guevara

    Great questions, lots of thinking, but nice result fo me. Here’s my answers:
    http://anastown.blogspot.com/

  • anti_supernaturalist

    Why do I assume that I know what I’m talking about?

    Q 21. Why do I imagine that “teleological” questions are answerable in principle?

    Q 22. Why do I think that there are so-called spiritual truths?

    Q 23. Why do I think in black/white?

    Q 24. Why do I turn to metaphysical Ponzi schemes?

    Q 25. Why do I allow myself to be dictated to by frauds?

    The de-deification of western culture (including the sciences) is our task for the next 100 years.

    the anti_supernaturalist

  • http://www.rebel-workinprogress.blogspot.com Rebel

    This was a really interesting activity. I too wish I had a snapshot of what I believed at different points in my life.

    Here’s mine: http://rebel-workinprogress.blogspot.com/2009/08/20-questions.html

    And I’m off to read how others have answered.

  • http://livinginthemystery.blogspot.com/ Michelle

    I’ve finally finished my 20 questions and I’m looking forward to reading more answers from others.

    Here we go: http://livinginthemystery.blogspot.com/2009/08/20-spiritual-questions-to-ponder.html

  • http://makiism.blogspot.com Ian MacLeod

    In case any are still following the threads here, you might be interested in today’s Quirks and Quarks podcast on the evolutionary basis for violence

    http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/quirksaio_20090425_14761.mp3

    Interesting fuel for Question 5.

    • Ian MacKenzie

      Thanks for the find Ian, I’ll check it out.

  • cosmic turkey

    1. Why is there poverty and suffering in the world?
    Because of dysfunctional systems, cruel people, or because something bad happens naturally.

    2. What is the relationship between science and religion?
    They are both attempts to gain control over the unknown. Control through understanding, and also, with science, through innovation. They could easily coexist, but humans, especially when organized, tend to polarize and like to take sides.

    3. Why are so many people depressed?
    Because they are confused.

    4. What are we all so afraid of?
    Pain, in one form or another.

    5. When is war justifiable?
    When the state (or group or whatever) is attacked or oppressed (but it can only go to war with the actual aggressor), or when a (non-agressive) party is being attacked or oppressed and asks for help.

    6. How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism?
    I don’t know that there is a God, or that if there is one, it would have opinions about what we should do.

    7. How does one obtain true peace?
    If I knew that…

    8. What does it mean to live in the present moment?
    I’m not sure.

    9. What is our greatest distraction?
    It’s not the same for everyone.

    10. Is current religion serving its purpose?
    “Current religion”? What religion, where, for who? Some of it probably is for some people somewhere. Most of it seems like it isn’t for most people around here. But some of it is, even for some people around here.

    11. What happens to you after you die?
    Don’t know.

    12. Describe heaven and how to get there.
    I have no idea whether there is an afterlife, or, if there is, if there are multiple afterlives of differing qualities determined by the arbitrarily judged “goodness” of a person’s life.

    13. What is the meaning of life?
    Do you think I know that?

    14. Describe God.
    Potentially existent.

    15. What is the greatest quality humans possess?
    Passion.

    16. What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?
    Confusion.

    17. Noverbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world.
    I have no way of displaying my response to this.

    18. What is your one wish for the world?
    Reason.

    19. What is wisdom and how do we gain it?
    It’s what you get after seeing a lot.

    20. Are we all one?
    ` Literally, I guess maybe. Metaphorically, for sure. We’re all animals trying to satisfy our need for satisfaction.

  • Mary Ann D

    It was intresting to work on those questions thanks. Here is what came of it, and now I will enjoy what the others did with it.

    http://profiles.yahoo.com/blog/XKEOOYSXZZSZ35RRCJCZMONNAM?eid=VCX0v.JhyXhPiEEEkWimN.eQkwage9C3ekCCRkyVatGwwUWL1A

  • Jennifer Plasha

    I think there is a great diversity to belief. As with all the answers provided one can learn so much from others. What I have noticed most in life is that your beliefs change continuously based on your environment and the experiences you live. Therefore there is not any one answer to most of these questions that will be agreed upon by everyone. No matter who you are, where you are from, what you were taught, your experiences, your desires and your thoughts. These things all influence your judgement, as they should. The key to enlightenment is learning. If we allow ourselves to see, touch, and feel each emotion and thought, that is when we grow as people. We are all living beings and we have a place in this world.

    The old idiom of “you never know a person until you walk in their shoes” applies to each of the questions you presented here. Why is there poverty? Until you have lived an impoverished life you cannot answer this question. What you think of as poverty may not be poverty to the person living it. They may see it as something else. A simpler, less complicated life with hardships to overcome or live with. Maybe we think they are ignorant and need to be taught about disease and cleanliness. Most certainly we believe they need to be educated and helped which is why we have created many organizations to help those we feel need help.

    Many things attribute to poverty including choice and free will. Yes, we also have to consider that there are those who look to oppress and control others for their own profit and it is situations like those that we desire to change and the end result is almost always war. Good, bad, Ying and Yang. Everything has a balance. Chioce and consequence.

    Where we get into the most trouble as human beings is when we try to impose our believes on those around us who may believe something differently. This leads to war, terrorism, oppression. We are all kids on a playground bullying each other around to see who is right, who is strongest, and who is the best. All natural internal survival of the fittest instincts. I see it in my children. There is a quiet truth to sibling rivalry that we forget we carry as we age. Science and belief intertwined in a daily experiment for us to watch and learn from with constant opportunities for teaching.

    The older I get the more I appreciate my friends, my family, my surroundings, the environment, strangers, animals, music, art, wind. These are the things that we can forget. Why we forget them is different for each of us. Why are so many people depressed? They have forgotten how to explore, create, grow, learn, and feel. They are afraid that if they share their sorrow they will be exploited, demeaned, browbeaten and bullied. Or even worse? Who would care?

    Our human brains that give us so much intelligence also have given us emotion which is a beautiful quality. That is if you have been taught that your feelings are OK. There are many who have not been taught that their feelings are normal or they have been forgotten by friends and family or society and therefore have no outlet for their emotions. As a society we have become closed. In that process we have cut ourselves off from our emotions, we don’t want to care about a stranger who is struggling and that is why we are failing.

    That is the true moment of possibility for peace. Opening yourself up to the world and the people in it. Taking that chance to look beyond yourself into the life and heart of another and with your whole being care for them. All of them, crazy, sad, angry, insane, tired, poor, or wealthy them. That is when you are living completely in the present. The more you do this, the easier it gets, and the more you gain from the experience. Wisdom comes with that experience so we need reach out as often as we can.

    I guess that is the greatest wish I can have. That we all decide that we all matter and act accordingly and if we could do this then our lives will be fulfilled. So yes, we are one and we need to remember that when we walk out of our door each day. One living sphere of energy that can only survive through community, conservation and generosity.

    • http://www.ianmack.com Ian MacKenzie

      Wow, thanks for your comment Jennifer! Much food for thought. I can’t quite answer right now, so I’ll let it sink in. :-D

  • Maggie

    My finding of this was rather timely, given that I’ve been struggling through some spiritual issues.

    My link: http://thenextstopis.tumblr.com/post/476706321/20-questions-for-spiritual-seekers

  • http://reachingforthetruth.blogspot.com Steve

    Very interesting questions that I know have changed since five years ago and will most likely change in another five, as well. I went ahead and posted my answers on my blog, as well as a link back to your site. http://reachingforthetruth.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-answers-in-response-to-20-questions.html

  • http://www.joyanddisquiet.blogspot.com Jeff

    Hey Ian, thanks for the post and giving us all a chance to question and hear from everyone. I discovered the post, along with BNT – and I am loving the site! Keep it up!

    Here are my answers:

    http://joyanddisquiet.blogspot.com/2010/04/20-questions-for-every-spiritual-seeker.html

  • http://creativefactory.blogspot.com Manu Stanley

    Hi Ian,
    I’ve posted this to my blog, along with my answers. I’m waiting for comments from others. :)

    Please have a look, at your leisure.
    http://creativefactory.blogspot.com/2010/05/20-questions-for-every-spiritual-seeker.html

  • wendy

    1.karma
    2,yin/yang
    3. disconnection from the “all”
    4.rejection
    5.to protect one”s young/ones home
    6. like water
    7. yoga/diet/lifestyle
    8. breather in, breath out
    9. worry
    10. no
    11. recycled
    12. here/now…NATURE…smile
    13. to live simply and naturally is the highest and final goal! neitzche
    14. prana/lifeforce
    15. creativity
    16. fear..lack of vision and faith
    17,
    18. reverence and protection of nature
    19. wisdom is insight and understanding. we “gain’ it thru honest observation, trusting ones GUT, experience
    20. maybe, certainly different aspects of the one…the many faced /armed/hindu god/dess/

  • louis

    i had these questions, i knew some people had answers i wanted to know. know not read or understand, it feels different. like i know not to stick my hand in fire, because i tried it… that kind of knowing. i attended a class of isha yoga class. at first i barely did the practice although i could feel it powerful. but after a couple of years when my questions got too loud i couldn’t ignore, i started doing the practices according to how much they said i should do. after a while my stress level and my physical discomfort went away. that was fine, that was not what i was looking for but its surely better to go on more comfortable while searching. so i took the advanced program since i saw that the exercises do what they said they would. as i sat more in programs and volunteered a bit, i continued doing my exercises and something happened. :D i would continue life normally even in my work schedule that is hectic, i developed a keen mind, that became like Sadhguru said undiscriminating as it by its nature but it became sharp and piercing. i would be going down the supermarket and would think “why do i want chocolate? and suddenly experiencing it as my karma…. i would know it, in a way by logical means would not have happened” seeing things like my karma chattering… life unveiling … takes me through states of bliss my tears fall down as i experience things beyond the trap of my mind. i wish you the same. learn an exercise u can do that opens you up to experiencing your questions rather than hearing about them. you can find a class at the ishafoundation.org

  • http://rickyastridaherman.blogspot.com Ricky
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  • Arnee Pantajo

    Thank you for these. I guess it was high time for me to assess my beliefs and outlook on life and spirituality.

    http://catharticsession.tumblr.com/post/692792935#n

  • AndyC

    1. Why is there poverty and suffering in the world? the current global economic system and greed.

    2. What is the relationship between science and religion? Two sides of the same coin, they are searching for the same answer from different perspectives. Science explains how, religion attempts to explain why.

    3. Why are so many people depressed? Alienation felt as a result of the modern consumer condition

    4. What are we all so afraid of? Afraid?

    5. When is war justifiable? Only one war in history was acceptable: World War Two. All the rest have only served the interests of the ultra rich.

    6. How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism? Frankly i doubt god would care, it is particularly anthropocentric to believe god even gives a damn about the human race given the immense totality of his creation. (assuming you believe in god) I believe there are easily explainable reasons for why there is aggression and terror, though how to respond is a difficult question.

    7. How does one obtain true peace? Outside of the confines of the political system for a start. If i knew that surely there would be world peace?

    8. What does it mean to live in the present moment? I believe anyone who believes they do is lying to themselves.

    9. What is our greatest distraction? Holding down a job.

    10. Is current religion serving its purpose? Some are, many aren’t. Christianity appears, in a very generalised manner, to have lost its way.

    11. What happens to you after you die? You enter the glorious realm of the carbon cycle, what christians call eternal life and hindus call reincarnation.

    12. Describe heaven and how to get there: Delude yourself into thinking heaven is a place is a good start, then tell yourself blindly following dogma is the route to it.

    13. What is the meaning of life? You make your own, though the thought might terrify some.

    14. Describe God: God was created in the image of man.

    15. What is the greatest quality humans possess? Empathy

    16. What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential? inhibitions caused by the alienation of living in such a dissociative environment.

    17. Noverbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world: ???

    18. What is your one wish for the world? peace and goodwill for all.

    19. What is wisdom and how do we gain it? Experience i guess, but not just that been able to deal with experiences in a positive manner, proven by the fact that not all old people are wise.

    20. Are we all one? In a physical manner no, but we share common experiences that shape the identity and worldview. On a fundamental biological level yes, it all depends on your perspective.

  • http://www.bluechairdharma.com/ Daniel Lestarjette

    Turning this into a short series on my Web site. Part one is here: http://www.bluechairdharma.com/2010/06/twenty-questions-for-every-spiritual-seeker-1/

    Thanks for the inspiration and the interesting questions.

  • http://salutegod.com Salute God

    Naive
    spiritual seekers
    beware! Unless you want to pay with your lifetime of
    frustration and despair, do the "due diligence" before following a guru or the teachings. Your own Self is on guard, but you must not interfere through
    ignorant decisions…
    Peace,
    Sandy

  • http://yahoo Daniel Williams

    Here’s my thoughts:

    1) Why poverty/suffering? War/ conflict/hate.
    2) Relationship of science and religion?—-Not much.
    3)Why are people depressed? Failure to plan.
    4) What are we all afraid of? Death
    5)When is war justifiable? In defense..
    6)How would God want us to respond to agression/terroism? Stop it.
    7)How does one obtain true peace? Become peaceful.
    8)What does it mean to live in the present moment? Shortsightedness.
    9) What is our greatest distraction? Ourself.
    10) Is current religion serving its purpose? NO.
    11) What happens after death? One of two things-nothing or something.
    12)Describle heaven, how do you get there? Complete peace. become peace.
    13)What is the meaning of life? Glorious/beautiful.
    14)Describe God? absolute wisdom.
    15) What is the greatest human quality? Wisdom.
    16)What prevents people from living/reaching potental? themselves.
    17)Motion or gesture the current condition of the world? Total selfishness.
    18)Your one wish for world? -Stop the selfishness.
    19) What is wisdom? How do we get it? What we call God. work at it.
    20)Are we all one? NO.

  • Yvigneault

    1. Why is there poverty and suffering in the world? it is the path to wisdom thru duality to establish value2. What is the relationship between science and religion? spirituality is based on energy3. Why are so many people depressed? inability to understand their own base and how their emotions (neg) actually serve them4. What are we all so afraid of? lack of acceptance, withdrawal of love thru lack of understanding5. When is war justifiable? force, manipulation, expectation and any form of control will always deplete our inner greatness.  Our goal is our own greatness, non reflective of other. 
    6. How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism? with generousity of our selves and self responsibility for our wrong doing and force.  Ask why and what can WE do.  Take your focus off others and place it on your own goodness.7. How does one obtain true peace? learn to love what you hate, then learn to love hate itself…only then will it disappear from your heart and there will be no more battles only certainty of handling all things.8. What does it mean to live in the present moment? to empty your mind and place all energy and focus on what you are doing with great care and diligence.9. What is our greatest distraction? ego10. Is current religion serving its purpose? yes and no.  nothing is absolute.  everything varies in degrees.  I see separation in them all but love is the theme in them all too.11. What happens to you after you die? you enter a space where your energy is defined and amplified although your physical ability to act on it is not strong like it is here.  It’s the opposite of this world but interacts with us.  Meditation, prayer or thought helps us to tap into it.12. Describe heaven and how to get there.  learn to love what you hate…when you do that you will find heaven in your own heart.  your abilities are the only thing you ever keep in life and in death13. What is the meaning of life?  to sharpen the double edge sword of unconditional love.14. Describe God. energy and ability to use it constuctively in the ultiamate form.15. What is the greatest quality humans possess? free will16. What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential? fear
    17. Noverbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world. 18. What is your one wish for the world? acceptance of diversity being our greatest teacher.19. What is wisdom and how do we gain it? thru conscious, compassion and suffering20. Are we all one? reflections of what we love and what we can learn about our inabilities. yes.  When we help ourselves we help others, when we help others we help ourselves.  It’s completely interchangable.  Failure happens when this circle is not completed by not giving.

    • Guest

      It looks to me that you are more likely in a Cult.

  • Ambabhatta

    sir why god giving too much money to same person even though he is earning in wrong way.  why he is not giving money to middle and poor even he is suffering high level of poverty

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    20 Questions
    For Every Spiritual Seeker

     

    These are
    short answers which obviously do not encompass the depth of the questions
    asked.   My answers are simply
    a high level look at what shapes my world view.

     

    1. Why is
    there poverty and suffering in the world?

    Because
    of mans poor decisions.  We all
    have a measure of free will and many use this to seek material things at the
    expense of others.  This is because
    we are blind and somehow forget that we are only alive a short while and cannot
    bring what we have stored up materially with us to eternity. 

    2.
    What is the relationship between science and religion?

    Science
    is very important.  However it is
    often used the same irresponsible way that many accuse people of faith of
    thinking.  Circular reasoning or
    setting out to prove a certain thing often leads to one embracing certain
    things that support an argument and completely disregarding the things that
    contrast it.  Blind faith in either
    science or religion are the same. 
    True religion is loving your neighbor and loving God.  True science is questioning
    everything.  I believe you have to
    question everything including the foundations of your beliefs.  I have spent countless hours doing this
    for my faith including considering many very good arguments against it.  In the end it has only strengthened me!

    3. Why are so many people depressed?
    Depression is a symptom of double mindedness. 

     

    4.
    What are we all so afraid of?
    Ultimately every fear is a fear of death. 

     

    5.
    When is war justifiable?

    When
    we war against the things in ourselves that are self serving and without love.

    6.
    How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism?
    Do not be afraid.  Love your
    enemies and do good to those that persecute you

     

    7.
    How does one obtain true peace?

    I
    searched for peace of mind through knowledge and it was not found.  I searched through peace through
    meditation and had some pretty wild experiences.  I opened my chakras and mind and let cosmic consciousness
    flow in and had bliss and moments of peace but they did not continue far beyond
    the practicing of these techniques. 
    In fact over time of doing these things I noticed changes in my thinking
    and morality that were what I would call evil.  Eventually these things lead to decline of peace unless I
    was giving them more of my time. 
    It wasn’t until I was desperate and called on the name of Jesus that I
    experienced true peace that surpasses understanding!

    8.
    What does it mean to live in the present moment?

    When
    you consider God in everything you do. 
    Do not worry about tomorrow because it has enough troubles of its
    own.  Learn to trust in God and
    acknowledge him in all that you do and He will direct your path.

     

    9.
    What is our greatest distraction?
    The pride of life and the vanity of our own mind.  All of our purposes and devices are in vain unless they are
    worked in the Lord.

     

    10.
    Is current religion serving its purpose?
    Religion is dead.  All religion
    tells you is that if you work or try hard enough you can become new, changed,
    enlightened, saved etc… 
    Relationship to God is humility and accepting his grace by acknowledging
    that we are not good enough to be reconciled to He that is all light and no
    darkness.  The only way that we can
    be reconciled to God is by what he did on the Cross.  The great spiritual truth of the Cross is the power to
    save.  All have sinned and fallen
    short of Gods Glory.  God himself
    bore all our sin and shame and those who accept this and repent (turn from sin)
    asking for Jesus to come into their life and change them and forgive them are
    born into Gods family.

     

    11.
    What happens to you after you die?
    If you are not reconciled to God through his Son you will be destroyed.  It is given to men to live once and
    then the Judgement.  Eternity is a
    lot longer than the short life that we have in the flesh… Are you sure that you
    know where you are with God?

     

    12.
    Describe heaven and how to get there.
    Eyes have not seen and ears have not heard what God has in store for those that
    love him and obey his commandments (Love your neighbor).

     

    13.
    What is the meaning of life?
    Acknowledge its shortness and our frailty and surrender our pride and accept
    Gods plan for our life!

     

    14.
    Describe God.

    God
    is good, God is Love, God is light and there is no darkness in him.  God desires that man would come to
    him.  To completely describe God is
    impossible.

    15.
    What is the greatest quality humans possess?

    Different
    individuals possess certain natural virtues.  If only we could be saved by being good but we cannot.  The greatest quality a human can have
    is humility and compassion.

    16.
    What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?

    Death.  Knowledge of Death.  Not knowing God.

    17.
    Noverbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the
    current condition of the world. 

    Huh?  I just puked…

    18.
    What is your one wish for the world?
    That it would turn to its creator in humility and cry out to him for mercy.

     

    19.
    What is wisdom and how do we gain it?
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.  Tremble at his word and cry for mercy and
    understanding.  Ask God for help to
    turn from you wicked ways and he will! 
    The only way to the Father is by his Son.

     

    20.
    Are we all one?

    We
    are all one Human Race. 
    Spiritually we are not all one. 
    Gods plan is to reconcile humanity into One through his Son.  Jesus said he and his father were One. We
    are to become one in Christ through brotherly love.

     

  • Bradley Clay

    Life is about finding the answers to these questions or perhaps the journey you take in search of them.

  • Chantelle Wiggan

    12. Describe heaven and how to get there.

    • Chantelle Wiggan

      Heaven is not a place it’s a change of heart and its for all and how to get there our souls have to be cleansed and conscious clear is the right way to get to heaven.

  • Marko Radibratovic

    1. Why is there poverty and suffering in the world?
    Because people don’t know who they are, and they true nature.

    2. What is the relationship between science and religion?
    Science has proof for their claims, religion don’t, and both of them are going nowhere.

    3. Why are so many people depressed?
    Because they search happiness in outside world.

    4. What are we all so afraid of?
    We are afraid of death, and also of living.

    5. When is war justifiable?
    Never. In defence maybe. But with awaken people there will be no war, ever.

    6. How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism?
    With open minds and hearts.

    7. How does one obtain true peace?
    With finding peace within himself, with obtaining awareness of himself and the world.

    8. What does it mean to live in the present moment?
    Living in every breath, in every second. There is no past or future, only now.

    9. What is our greatest distraction?
    Our thoughts, our illusions. Our ego.

    10. Is current religion serving its purpose?
    No. They are making things worse.

    11. What happens to you after you die?
    I find out for myself, we all need to die in side of ourselves, and reborn with real life.

    12. Describe heaven and how to get there.
    Heaven is here and now. First we need to do is be aware of ours ego, and understand it.

    13. What is the meaning of life?
    To live. There is no meaning of life, that can be expressed with words.

    14. Describe God.
    Nothing can be said about God, only knowing is unknowing. It can’t be described with words.

    15. What is the greatest quality humans possess?
    His awaken mind that can read his heart.

    16. What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?
    Artificial system (program) of beliefs, that our happiness is somewhere out there and we need to chase it.

    17. Noverbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world.
    Fear and ignorance.

    18. What is your one wish for the world?
    To wake up. To crash illusions, and know their true selves. But first to do it myself.

    19. What is wisdom and how do we gain it?
    True wisdom is knowing yourself. Know yourself.

    20. Are we all one?
    How we are not, maybe one day, when we see universe in ourselfs, and in others.

  • Susan Sampson

    Those are questions for beginning spiritual seekers. Those are the conundrums that encourage spiritual thought. Beyond those answers are the beginning of the deeper questions whose answer only come from within, only pertain to the seeker, and after that there is the silence of knowing. Beyond knowing is when we each step forth onto a path of our own design, knowing it is perfect.

  • Amy Vibbert

    Why is there poverty and suffering in the world?
    The best answer I can come up with is lack of empathy for our fellow human beings. We are so self-centered that it’s not easy to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. We need much more empathy to be able to understand friend or foe. With empathy many doors would be opened and many walls would be removed. I often try to practice empathy when I think of the story of Jesus, what it must have been like to carry that cross, to go through the pain and the humiliation, and his suffering. I often feel so guilty for those who were able to treat another being this way. Makes me ashamed to know we all came from the same tree. Then I try to practice the empathy of those who beat him and spit on him, and nailed him to that cross and I can only feel a lack of empathy and love. I do this with every person I meet. I try very hard to understand where they come from and really feel the emotions of each person. There are some people that no matter how many times I try to have empathy for, I just cannot understand. Then there are others that I am able to help, because I can see their story so clearly. The dishonest people are the hardest to figure out, the ones that gain from the backs of others. It’s funny how the dishonest ones are the hardest to spot. I have been fooled by many, but then again I have seen real honest people. If the world could just have a bit more empathy for everyone, I really do believe poverty and suffering would not be as great as it is today. We will always have it, because you cannot have the ying without the yang, but I do believe it is out of balance in current times.
    2. What is the relationship between science and religion?
    I do believe in future times they will meet a cross road, and merge as one. Neither one has the complete answer alone, but I do think we are closer to the answers when we are able to combine the two. Both have a common start, creation, although they are in different concepts, told in different ways I think there is going to be a bridge that connects the two together. It would be arrogant and idiotic to think only one has the complete answer. There may be a “missing link” that we have yet to consider.

    3. Why are so many people depressed?
    Depression is a real illness, with chemical imbalances taking place. I think that is a design flaw. We are still evolving. Sadness on the other hand can be mostly be blamed on an illusion of what life should be. It’s a false sense of entitlement. When you search for happiness outside of your own mind and limits, you set yourself up for sadness, anger, resentment and a whole gaggle of negative impacts. When you can accept you have much and need little to be a survivor of this planet, then you can start really living a life full of joy and fulfillment. Happiness resides within you, you just have to first see it and then chose it. Remove the false beliefs of what happiness is. It is not something you are born with or are entitled to, it is something you must recognize at some point in your life and then nurture. The more you get to the core of your happiness and nurture it the more it grows. You eventually learn to avoid the negative that depletes your happiness meter.

    What are we all so afraid of?
    Failure. Failure is also an illusion. How can you fail if you are trying and keep on trying? This ties in with my views of happiness. We set up ourselves for “failure” by comparing ourselves to everyone else around us. Too many people depend on someone else’s meter of happiness. In reality of we could all just be comfortable in our own skin, and be happy with whom and what we are, failure is not even a thought. There is no such thing.

    When is war justifiable?
    I really struggle with this one. This is only because I try to empathize with people. The wars that have been and that are presently taking place, are motivated by something I cannot empathize with. I don’t really do politics. All I can see is the human race. Now, before anyone attacks me for not supporting my country, I do. I support the beliefs that everyone has about freedom, I believe the vast majority of this planet only wants that. I think we should provide assistance to every human being on the planet in regards to their freedom. It is what goes on in the background that I cannot support. Being an American, I would love for everyone of this world to enjoy the freedoms I have. I would fight for it. I want to explore this topic more, but for now this is what my feelings are. However scattered they are.

    How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism?
    I think he would want us to try to understand it, try to get the real reasons behind it. Why they do what they do. I think he would want us to somehow try to align our core freedoms and try to be united. I have such a hard time understanding terrorism. How is killing and hurting humans by the masses resolves any issues that we have against each other. I think if we could just become more educated about our neighbors and vise versa it may resolve some misunderstandings. Of course there are those of this planet that still believe there is only one race, one way, one religion and there will be no choice but to fight back. Some believe violence is the only way to obtain, what I think are illusions of society. I do not believe that the people of each country want this violence, I think many would much rather have peaceful talks. There is a core group of hate on this planet and the only way to lessen it is with the opposite, love. I have yet to figure out a way to love strong enough, that it over powers the hate, presently. However if we could just teach our children the real meaning of empathy, future generations of this world might come up with a way to stop terrorism altogether.

    I will stop here. I really hope there is not a bunch of back lash for this post. I am only posting what I am seeing and feeling right now, as always a seeker continues to seek and find the answers that best fit.

  • Amy Vibbert
  • mel

    Answer to it all is. ..I don’t know

  • Oziel Mtz

    basically, u lack conciousness and need to rely upon some one or something magical, well thats good for u.

    • Pskins

      Thanks for enlightening me!

  • friend

    To know the one is to know every thing. To know everything is just wast of time. Hence try to know the one, that’s all.

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