Going Beyond The Shackles Of Your Questions

Our subject today is questions.

But, not just any questions.

Rather, our subject today is “What if?” questions.

And, not just any “What if?” questions.

Our subject is, instead, the ways in which “What if?” questions can enslave us.

Enslave us to what?

To fear. To scarcity. To insecurity. To anxiety. To lethargy. To deprivation.

And so on and so forth.

Without further ado, let’s begin.

Your Questions; Your Life

Our questions serve as a creative force.

A creative force that sculpts our lives.

No, that is not true.

Our questions serve to sculpt our assumptions.

Assumptions regarding what?

Who we are. What we are. What is possible. What is likely. What is right. What is wrong.

And so on and so forth.

Our questions serve as the sculptors of such assumptions.

Within our assumptions, we act.

We act. We think. We ponder. We meditate. We breathe. We create.

We live.

But, there’s a problem.

Our questions are not merely the creators of assumptions.

Rather, they are the directors of our creative power and, as such, they do more than create assumptions.

Our questions create the facts of the world we appear to live within and the being that we appear to be.

And, that’s not all.

The assumptions we live from are rooted in questions that we ask on a constant basis.

But, we do not recognize this asking, nor the assumptions that arise.

For these questions are habitual and unconscious.

Our only hope, then, is to become aware of the questions we are asking and, then, to change them.

Your Own, Personal, “What If?” Questions

You are you and I am myself.

Given this obvious fact, going over your “What if?” questions is not possible within this essay.

I cannot say what those questions are, and you can’t say what my questions are.

But, of course, I can go over the “What if?” questions I often ask.

The questions that serve to erect unfortunate assumptions and, as such, to sculpt unpleasant circumstances.

Going over all of these questions would take some time, but there are two questions, in particular, that may be worth sharing.

The first question is “What if it isn’t worth it?”

I often ask myself this question when pondering a new work opportunity, new travel plans, a new friendship; and so on and so forth.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad question to ask.

But, there’s an assumption within this question that isn’t particularly useful.

The assumption, in question, is that trying something out and, then, choosing to change my direction or approach is, simply, not possible.

But, that isn’t true.

No matter what, we always have a choice.

One opportunity doesn’t work out?

That’s okay, there are a limitless array of other opportunities to work with!

A new job just doesn’t work for you?

That’s okay! At least you tried and, if nothing else, now you know what you aren’t interested in.

No matter what, you’ll have learned, grown, and, well, enjoyed some new experiences.

But, that’s not all, either.

No matter what, you have the power to make new decisions, to pursue new opportunities, to change your approach, to find solutions; and so on and so forth.

Remembering such truths is, in my experience, the key to saying “Yes” to good opportunities, to learning, to growing, to really living in this world and to live the best life you can live.

To go along with that, though, asking questions that presume failure or disinterest makes it far too easy to say “No” to good opportunities, and far more difficult to forfeit comfort in favor of true growth and joy and experience.

Or, at least, that’s my perspective on the matter.

Returning to the two questions, though, my second question is “What if I never…?” and “never,” in this context, often means “Succeed” or “Earn money” or this and that.

The assumptions contained within this “What if?” question depend on what is being asked. But, generally speaking, these assumptions are assumptions of:

• Scarcity
• Powerlessness
• Difficulty

Such assumptions instill fear and anxiety, making it more difficult for me to imagine greater possibilities and, then, to pursue those.

Even more than that, though, such questions obfuscate my creative power — and, if you ask them, they probably perform a similar function — making me feel like a victim.

But, of course, these assumptions are just that: assumptions.

Simple, uninteresting assumptions that can shift with ease.

To shift these assumptions, and live in a new way, while experiencing yourself in a new way, you can ask better questions.

Asking Better Questions

Many of the “What if?” questions we ask are asked unconsciously.

Rather than considering the questions we ask, and what they suggest, we simply ask out of habit.

Or, at least, that’s the case for me and the “What if?” questions outlined earlier.

To go beyond this pattern of behavior, you can ask questions in a deliberate manner.

But, of course, you must ask the right questions.

The right questions that produce the right assumptions.

Some of these questions include:

• What if this is the best opportunity of my life?
• What if I succeed?
• What if I am more powerful than I know?
• What if I have a lot of fun?
• What if I can create something even better than this?

And so on and so forth.

Each one of these questions affirms your power and engenders positive expectations.

Assumptions of power and enjoyment will, of course, harden into fact.

And, when these questions become habitual, you will live within a new world.

You will no longer be bound to assumptions of scarcity and powerlessness.

You will live within a garden of delightful assumptions that serve you.

Delightful assumptions that give birth to a new world.

A new world of abundance, possibility, enjoyment, power, blessings; and so on and so forth.

A world that is rich with beauty and joy and creativity, in a way that aligns with your deepest yearnings.

To accomplish all of this, though, you must begin asking questions.

Or, at least, you can, if you want to.

Really, this is just one practice, out of so many.

No matter what, though, asking the right “What if?” questions, in a deliberate manner, will change your life.

And, if you do it often enough, you’ll find old assumptions and expectations falling away, in favor of something far more beautiful.

Conclusion

Remember, my friends, you are powerful.

So very powerful.

Sometimes, the best way to see that, is to ask a new question.

A new question that affirms your power and the limitless gifts of the world.

Or, well, something along those lines.

Regardless of the specifics, thank you so much for reading this essay!

As always, if you wish to reach me, you can do so at “maxwellcakin@gmail.com.”

Best wishes, and have a lovely day!

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Hey! I’m Max! I Hope You Enjoy What You’re Reading, And If You Want To Reach Me For Any Reason At All, You Can Do So At “maxwellcakin@gmail.com”.

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Hey! I’m Max! I Hope You Enjoy What You’re Reading, And If You Want To Reach Me For Any Reason At All, You Can Do So At “maxwellcakin@gmail.com”.