What Am I Going To Think About Now? The Most Important Question For Creative Decision Making Now.
Alice laughed, “There’s no use trying,” she said, “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” From Alice In Wonderland By Lewis Carroll.
If you scan the news you will find a bewildering array of challenges that seem overwhelming and indeed almost impossible to change, For example there is the U.S. debt and the lack of political resolve to solve it. There is futility of nuclear war yet the maintenance of nuclear armaments. There is a desire for safety in the United States yet the willingness to allow anyone the right to carry an AK-47. You will now see that there are movements afoot to ask the really big questions. and not by just the leaders involved but people at the grassroots. The political changes in the middle east are eye opening in this regard.
While these are “Macro” items and I have been blogging about “Micro” items, (how to manifest at the personal level), the basic idea is the exact same:
The Bond book experiment is aimed in this direction.
BUT WHAT QUESTIONS DO WE ASK?
That is the process which gets the ball in play and help from the larger forces in the universe.
For example If we make a list of our most pressing personal challenges and turn those from statements into questions we take the first step. The answer may not come immediately but if you asked the question with intensity then rest assured the answer is in process. For example many people are losing their jobs and perhaps their jobs supported a lifestyle they deep down inside were not that excited about, like maintaining a large house or a second home. The loss can then be a chance to ask the key questions. For example now might be the time to ask:
*What kind of activities would really make me happy?
*What is the most creative way I could earn money and enjoy myself at the same time?
*Am I happy with all of the things I spend money on?
The important idea here is not to dwell on the obvious and reinforce it with statements like “I am bummed out. I lost my job,” but to think of what you really want the answers to.
A great exercise would be to go through the most pressing challenges you have, make a list, then turn the list into creative questions or even better ask the question, demand the answer and then stay alert to receiving answers from any direction-a person you meet; the news; a book, film, magazine or tv program. It could come from literally anywhere and not necessarily be the complete answer but point you in the right direction.