It's the question that drives us; it's the question that brought us here. You know the question. The answer is out there; it's looking for you. And it will find you if you want it to. (The Matrix)
What are you looking for? Is it something or someone? Is it God? Is it yourself? Whatever it is, you will probably discover that it began with a question - a question that has been driving you to find an answer - and every choice or decision you have made has been prompted by the urge to get your question answered. It does not matter what you believe the question is or where you believe you will find the answer. Every possible scenario of questions culminates at the destination of one primary question: Who am I?
The desire for self-discovery is motivated by the spiritual DNA that was implanted within us at creation, and creates a deep hunger to get at the source of our existence. Every invention or design has been a feeble attempt to find the answer. Every relationship has been the pathway to finding it. We have been just around the corner from our goal at every turn, but we keep missing it. Why? Because we didn't know where to look. That which we have been seeking has been seeking us. The answer to our question, in whatever form it may take, has been out there looking for us. The answer has been given to the Holy Spirit to keep it for us until we asked the question, and the Holy Spirit has been awaiting our call to return to us what he has kept for us. Yet we cannot find the answer because we do not know either the question to ask or of whom to ask it. We continue to wander from question to question, asking and never getting answered because we never asked the question that would give us every answer we have ever needed.
When our elder brother, Jesus, made his transition he told us he was sending a Comforter who would teach us everything we needed to remember. He was talking about the Holy Spirit.
But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you. (John 14:26 MKJV)
The Holy Spirit is the bridge that stands between us and the Kingdom of Heaven to keep the distance from seeming so great. It is the reminder that getting there is possible and is the interpreter of all of the signs and symbols along the way to keep us from getting lost amid this morass of illusions we have made for ourselves. The Holy Spirit's message is "come, I will help you across."
The other function of the Holy Spirit is to provide the answer to the one question that summarizes every question we ask: What is this for?
Every aspect of our journey through this human experience is a stepping stone to the Kingdom of Heaven, regardless of the structure it takes. When we get confused about its purpose, we can ask the Holy Spirit "what is this for?" The Holy Spirit will respond in a form that is appropriate to our ability to hear the answer. The answer may come through a multitude of mediums, but it will originate with the Holy Spirit because we asked it of Him.
I was watching "The Matrix" recently for about the twentieth time and heard Trinity tell Neo at their first encounter: It's the question that drives us; it's the question that brought us here. You know the question. The answer is out there; it's looking for you. And it will find you if you want it to.
I hadn't really caught the magnitude of that dialogue before. It had not occurred to me that all of our seeking, striving and creating, in fact our very existence, was motivated by a question. From the deeper metaphysics of that dialogue it would appear that every journey begins with a question. Neo's journey certainly did. His question was "What is the Matrix?" Our question is "Who am I?" They both add up to the question "What is this for?"
"Who am I?" translates to "What is this life about?" and "What is my purpose in living it?" The Holy Spirit simplifies it to "What is all this for?" and then provides the answer. What we have been searching for, then, is the Holy Spirit to learn the question that needed to be asked to get the answer we truly wanted. To find the question we need to find the Holy Spirit.
Where do we find the Holy Spirit?
Everywhere. The Holy Spirit has been conveniently located in a place where we could find it when we were ready to get the question that needed to be answered.
If the Holy Spirit is so convenient, why haven't we already gotten the answer?
Because we didn't call upon the Holy Spirit to get the question. The Holy Spirit will not come uninvited, just as our elder brother will not come into our hearts if unwelcome. All we need do is welcome either of them or both and they will come and they will answer; they will respond in a way that speaks to our souls.
How do we call the Holy Spirit?
We simply say "Come Holy Spirit." When we speak or think the words we open the gateway to a relationship with the Holy Sprit; when we call upon the Holy Spirit regularly we establish a relationship that sustains us and provides us with guidance and direction that is unencumbered by pain and suffering. In its role as Comforter, the Holy Spirit can take away the sting of life and apply the soothing balm that heals whatever ails us.
As we look around us at the challenges of life and what is going on in our world, we are often perplexed and horrified by what we see. Why am I so unhappy? Why is my life such a mess? Why are thousands of children going to bed hungry in a world where there is so much abundance? Why were thousands killed in the aftereffects of an earthquake in the Indian Ocean? Why is there so much suffering in the Sudan? What is going on?
These are the questions the Holy Spirit simplifies into "What is this for?"
Our elder brother said the Holy Spirit would remind us of what he told us during his ministry and, if we look back over some of the highlights of Jesus' ministry, we can see where he was preparing us for the day of his departure by giving us wisdom teaching after wisdom teaching. He knew that we were not yet ready to absorb, embrace and demonstrate what he had taught us when he said to his disciples who studied with him day in and day out: I still have many things to tell you, but you can't handle them now. (John 16:12 MSG)
They still hadn't mastered the basics; therefore, he knew they could never grasp the concepts of the greater mysteries.
He also said, If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how shall you believe if I tell you heavenly things? (John 3:12 MKJV)
If they could not wrap their minds around what he had taught and shown them and what they could see with their very eyes, they definitely would not be able to understand those things which must be understood beyond human vision.
He also knew that, as long as he was a living, breathing entity, they would focus on him and not the message he came to bring and depend upon him to do the things they had the power to do themselves. He knew he had to leave to bring the message home.
But I tell you the truth, it is expedient for you that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you. But if I depart, I will send Him to you. (John 16:7 MKJV)
While he was with them, the Father and the Son were the working powers; however, once he had transitioned, the Holy Spirit would come and the Trinity would be complete - the whole Spirit of God would be available to be the new teacher.
His physical departure would leave us with nothing outside of us to impede our inner vision. We would be compelled to depend upon the power within us to create the life we were meant to live. We had what we needed in order to heal ourselves and heal our world; we simply had to discover and use it.
But when the Holy Spirit comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won't draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. (John 16:13 MSG)
So, the Holy Spirit is here to answer the Question and our only part in it is to call upon it. It will provide us with the answer and the question if we don't know what to ask. It is up to us to "stay in the question." With every question comes the deeper quest and, as we go deeper into the "rabbit hole," we discover more questions to ask. As long as we keep asking, we draw to us every opportunity for greater discovery; and what we are seeking to discover is that there is nothing to seek. It is all here, it is all within and all of it is everywhere present.
When I got about three-fourths of the way through this column, I read what had come through me to my husband. As I finished, he said "that's exactly what I'm going to be talking about on Sunday."
Sure enough, on Sunday, he discussed the tragedy around the Tsunami. He recounted the statistics and discussed the horrific results of the devastation upon so many countries and their population. He then told the congregation that he was not going to give them an answer as to "why these things had happened." He told them to go within themselves, ask the question and let the answer emerge that would truly satisfy their soul. Only the presence and the power within could reveal the answer. It was one of the most powerful messages he had ever delivered and it really resonated with people at a much deeper level than actually telling them how to see what had happened.
You see, beloved, answers have the characteristics of the end; and every situation or circumstance should always be the beginning - the beginning of that which takes us deeper into the awareness of who we are and whose we are. Inherent within every difficulty is opportunity and by asking "what is this for?" we open the door to the opportunity that awaits us. Asking is seeking, seeking is discovering and discovering is awakening. When we seek God, we discover ourselves and when we discover ourselves we awaken to God. God is the only answer we will ever need. The answer is out there looking for you. Stay in the question and it will find you.
Keep asking the question and when you get close to an answer, ask again. Allow yourself not to know and be teachable.
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