Tell me what Life is.
What is Life? What is 'this' really? What is this very moment and all that is associated with it? We call it the "Life" question. This is a question I have been working on for 36 years. Over the years I have made many insights, fallen in love with everything and everybody, but I still fall short. I feel a bit separate from the direct experience of it. I call it the biggest question. Tell me what Life is.
Why is it so hard? First, it is not possible to experience Life if you cannot experience yourself. You have no starting point. Second, if you don't have "another" you have no connection. If Life is between you and another then "Life" is an advanced question.
Everyone is in life, right, so everyone "ought" to know the answer? True, there is a lot of information, but most of it is indirect knowledge. At an Enlightenment Intensive we only want indirect truth if it leads to direct personal truth. The life question is therefore really big! You have to know what direct truth is to move in that direction. To answer the question of "life" with indirect knowledge would take thousands of years of continuous speech. We don't have that much time. We want a more powerful answer. We want a direct personal experience and not the experience of general dogma. Few of us experience our own dogma. We "believe" it to be true - so we are stuck with it.
Life is the biggest question and it is also a dangerous question. Life is so wide open in structure, it is easy to lose your focus and get swept up into someone else's drama. With the life question, anything is a fair subject. You are easily seduced into acts of contaminating the people you are working with. This question takes great personal strength not to contaminate others.
Contamination is a real temptation. If you are to make progress towards any form of Enlightenment you must do your own work and further you must let others do their own work. Contamination is one of the big sins you can commit with the best of intentions. For example; suppose my question is "Tell me what Life is" and during my turn, I work on the trouble I have with my car. Maybe it has bald tires, and I am working on how that is "life" to me. My partner may be working on "Tell me who you are" and they bring up something very interesting. Maybe they find lots of anger about "Mother-in-law" in their nature, and they start off on a tirade. They are hot and bothered and in listening to them you become very connected to what they are saying. Now it happens to be your turn again. You must not change your focus because of "Mother-in-law" or bring up that subject. This requires great strength to let other people go their own way.
This web site is all about how to work on this question and other questions in what we call a dyad. A Dyad is designed to prevent contamination, but it does not work without your attention. You must not contaminate, even if it is done with great love. The question "Tell me what Life is" should only be attempted by people who have successfully worked on other questions. It requires great self-control and a real trust that people don't need to be protected from Life.
On the other end, this question can be used for clearing. Clearing is useful for people who are into big problems, always in a crisis. Unfortunately "clearing" only prepares one for Enlightenment; it can not be used as a direct path to enlightenment. Clearing deals with indirect knowledge not direct knowledge. Clearing is on a par with therapy. It is a temporary fix for the troubles in life. Taking an Enlightenment Intensive for its clearing properties can be useful, but it is not the original intent of the process.
In the final analysis, it is your choice what you work on. You are in charge of your life. You must do what you think is best. Just be sure you don't contaminate others. The first rule is "Do No harm to others." If you are willing not to contaminate others, it is a really great question. It is the core of everything.