We like to ask questions, such as: Who? Why? How? What? When? Where?
It could be said that our entire lives are driven by asking questions and finding or not finding their answers. Practical questions aside, as they are necessary for everyday survival, we might be slightly curious or even struggle to find our purpose in life and ask so-called ‘serious’ questions.
Who am I? Why is there suffering? How can I find happiness? What is the meaning of life? When will I know I’m enlightened? Where can I find the answers?
Sit for a moment without asking a question, not even ‘why am I doing this?’
Notice the brief moment of stillness, emptiness, before . . .
. . . a thought arises.
Keenly observe the thought as it appears, lingers for an instant, and then disappears.
It’s like watching the night sky when suddenly a shooting star appears out of seemingly nowhere, streaks across the sky, and vanishes into the darkness.
For the sake of inquiry, you might ask yourself (HA!), in what does the thought appear? In what or where does it linger? And to where does it vanish?
Where could anything appear other than in that which knows all experience, consciousness itself? Where could anything linger other than in consciousness itself? Where could anything vanish other than in consciousness itself?
There is nothing other than consciousness.
Can you find anything outside of consciousness, the knowing presence that exists prior to any appearance in the body, mind, or world?
You can’t. It would be like finding a shooting star outside of the night sky.
Consciousness asks no questions because it is the answer.
Set aside all ideas of who you think you are, what you think of others, of things, of the world, of the Universe, and consciousness will give you, we, the gift of peace, happiness, and love.
No questions asked.