The Sacred Questions are questions we ask when focusing. The Sacred Questions can be anything we want to know about. The Sacred Questions are asked to bring greater awareness to anything we might encounter.
When I asked myself the Sacred Question, “Why do I want to lose weight?” and I got a faint hearted or wishy washy response I realized I was not asking the right question. My heart was not cooperating with my idea to lose weight and I needed to change the question. I asked a different question, “Why do I NOT want to lose weight?” and got some very powerful core reactions and answers to why I would NOT want to lose weight. There is a lot of fear involved with the prospect of my being my best physically. This is something I will look deeply into as I am ready, day by day, asking many more Sacred Questions.
Some Sacred Questions might be, ” What am I afraid of? What can I do about it? How can I heal it? What more do I need to understand about this?” With each of these Sacred Questions I will go to nothingness, thoughtlessness, and see what returns. There may be an image, a word, an understanding, a feeling, an event relived, or other type of answer. There may even be something in the environment that answers my question. Each Sacred Question can be asked over and over, peeling back the layers of answers to that one question. New questions may spin off answers received, taking me in a new direction of understanding.
The Sacred Questions can be asked by anyone, whether looking within or looking outside ourselves, at our environment. The Sacred Questions can be asked about absolutely anything. I learned about the tool of the Sacred Questions from my teacher Tom Brown Jr. He learned about the tool of the Scared Questions from his teacher, an Apache elder, Stalking Wolf.
If you have not tried this technique for introspection relating to weight loss, or anything else, I encourage you to try asking and see what you find out. As Tom Brown says, and I paraphrase, “The only failure of the Sacred Questions are the failure to ask them.” And, interestingly, the simple act of asking will uncover a lot. Exploring our psyche through asking ourselves questions and surrendering to the answers that return will shed light on dark places; bring hidden things to our attention.
This can be painful but the pain does not last. This is what is called ‘leaning into the sharp places’ and by doing so, and feeling those painful spots, we can help heal them. After all, it is impossible to remain in a feeling forever, the emotions will come and they will go. From my experience, as I feel into those painful places, it hurts a lot. I know it is not fun. I have had some things that have taken me years to get over, but I believe by occasionally shedding light on those wounded places, usually unwillingly I must admit, I was able to gradually let go of the pain.
Now I have some work ahead of me and this introspection may take awhile. I want to understand my aversion to looking and feeling my best. Why does this image repulse me?
What introspection might you be curious about? Remember — and this is paramount to the success of this exercise — there must be only kindness and non judgement when asking the questions and receiving the answers. Only through love of self and understanding that there are reasons for everything can healing occur.
I would love to hear about your experiences if you should decide to try asking the Sacred Questions and surrendering to the answers.
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