Those with an interest in spiritual living are aware that all sincere questions are answered. But does it matter who asks the question?
This years PAGL conference is all about asking questions.
When I first heard that there would be an opportunity to ask “anonymous” questions, some personal issues I had been struggling with immediately popped into awareness.
Simultaneous to the full awareness of the issues came the answer, followed closely with release from the heavy burden of the problems I had seemed to be living under.
These were questions I had been asking for some time. So, who asked the question in a way that allowed the answer?
When a question is not anonymous, it’s personal. There is someone who wants to solve the problem, who, at the same time, is self-protective. It seems that there is something “personal” about the question – that both the question and problem “belong” to us.
Consider, for a moment, that what makes a situation a “problem” is the personal identification with it. “There is something going on that is difficult for Me, and I don’t like it!” Paraphrasing a well-known Zen Koan we could say that the “person and the problem are one.”
Metapsychiatry suggests that it is not a person, but the spiritual quality of radical sincerity that is open to hearing truthful answers. “Anonymity” neutralized the “personal” allowing the underlying quality of being to be fully present.
So, what is the difference between a “person” asking a question and the “quality” of radical sincerity?
The “person” asking a question is attached to the problem. While the agitation and suffering experienced from having a problem may bring the “person” to ask the first intelligent question – the answer can only be understood when the person/problem duality is transcended.
Radical sincerity is the quality of being that is committed to seeing the truth, regardless of personal embarrassment and spontaneous new responses to habituated situations that will surely flow.
Radical sincerity already exists as a quality of God, Divine Wholeness. It can be appreciated by each individual being. We can each be committed to being sincere, recognize when we are not quite there yet, and pray for the transcendent moment when the “person” with a “problem” disappears and all that is left is the glorious truth.