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I'm going to ask this question because I have a genuine interest in the answers :)

It seems to me that this site has great potential to help those who are genuinely seeking alternative perspectives. There are some exceptionally deep and profound thinkers who have congregated here and regularly give up their time and effort to uplift others and help others find answers.

And I've noticed that when a questioner has a sincere powerful desire for an answer, that powerful desire seems to attract powerful and profound answers, often full of breath-taking insights.

Those are the sorts of questions and answers I enjoy reading and I think serve as a great example of what Inward Quest can achieve.

I've also noticed that when people ask questions just for the sake of asking questions then the answers that come tend to be rather vague and lifeless - a reflection of the energy and intent behind those questions perhaps?

I don't mean any disrespect to any answerer of those questions, it just seems to be what happens naturally - vague questions lead to vague answers.

I can only assume that endless questioning is ultimately driven by an inner need to amass points (or maybe a need for attention?) because of a lack of any structured follow-up questions, or any signs that points of views that are being presented in answers are being "integrated" into any future questions.

To me, the question and answer process seems to be a reflection of the "Focus and Allow" mechanics that underlie all manifesting processes. The question provides the Focus, and the answerers provide the Allowing aspect that the sincere questioner cannot align with in the moment of the focus because of our inability to bi-locate our physical perspective i.e. we can only focus on one vibration at a time...the question or the answer.

So the more pointed the Focus, the more powerful will be the subsequent Allowing in order to bring the energy of the original desire inherent in the question back into equilibrium - like an archer pulling back on a bow and then releasing it...and the by-product of that re-balancing process is clarity, awareness and knowledge.

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See How do I channel experience of meditation to art? if you want more information on what I mean by Focus and Allow.

I think we've all also noticed examples on Inward Quest of when questioners deliberately ask questions containing presuppositions with an "agenda" of trying to give more prominence to their philosophy, religion or point of view.

For example, asking "Why is XXXX so great?" assumes a point of view that XXXX is great, even though others may not agree :) I think the same idea of a lack of pointed, sincere desire to the question also applies in these cases.

Yes, it's not my role to tell others what they should or should not be doing, especially in regards to this community-driven website, or even their lives in general, but I am also an occasional contributor to this site and so I feel I am also entitled to have a point of view :)

I think that Inward Quest is a valuable resource for many people and will become more and more important as increasing numbers worldwide begin to "wake up". And it would be a shame to unnecessarily "dilute" the powerful resources (of people and knowledge) that have been established here.

And so, should we make it a point on Inward Quest to only ask questions of others when we are really interested in the answers?

asked 13 Mar '11, 09:53

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edited 13 Mar '11, 11:19

The question has been closed for the following reason "Discussions like this should be taken to IQ Meta" by IQ Moderator 30 Dec '13, 14:46

If someone is asking endless questions purely to amass points - which is seeking attention - they wouldn’t necessarily be aware that they’re doing it for the attention, so this question may fly over
their head.

I’ve answered many questions with an aim to pointing something out, but have noticed with certain members that there’s no real interest in my alternative, sometimes seemingly radical answers. Or they just ignore all answers that don’t fit in with their already existing belief system and vote up the answers that do.

Thus they do get confirmation that their belief is true, but that’s just the self-perpetuating and self-reinforcing action of the nature of belief. What I see is an erroneous presumption followed up by an erroneous best answer. Of course from their perspective it may be useful as confirmation, but it is confirmation of a faulty presumption.

That may seem like a judgment to some, but I assure you that once you’ve gone to the root of the personality structure of the physical mind things like judgment and attention seeking are no longer in play. Then you truly have a deep desire to understand the nature of reality beyond what the ME believes and to share those discoveries.

Sometimes, if I feel inspired I answer these kinds of questions from my point of view knowing full well that I may not get many points and certainly won’t get best answer. The best answer will always be the one that fits the presumptions and beliefs of the questioner. I answer because I want others reading to at least be aware of completely contrasting understanding.

Ideally, asking the right questions will net the best answers, but I don’t think we can expect everyone to do this as not everyone is ready to examine their personality structure and then maybe, be ready to release their lifelong beliefs, that were handed down to them or stated in some old book. I generally do not read questions from these kinds of people; I tend to choose which questions to answer very carefully with the aim of being most helpful :)


answered 14 Mar '11, 03:23

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Good point Eddie! I would go even further by advocating the removal of "best answer." Keep in mind there are many more who choose to read rather than participate and hand out points. Sharing, no matter how controversial, may proove to be of a service to another.

(14 Mar '11, 08:54) daniele

Well said Eddie - The whole point of this site for me is to aid in my growth and break through those 'limiting beliefs' and hopefully any insights I gain along the way will help others in the process. Real growth only takes place when we are willing to become 'aware' of and examine our own ego - maybe some here just haven't reached that level of 'awareness' yet and are still letting their ego hold the reins completely. And if we are truly evolving and becoming more 'aware' of our own egos we should be okay with that :)

(14 Mar '11, 14:44) Michaela

Yes, it is true that some people on this site seem to be asking questions solely for the sake of asking questions... which I don't really get it either. But usually if the question seems to be asked for the sake of asking (those one sentence type without much elaboration), no one really seems to bother about them anyway and the question just gets slipped off and overwritten by newer problems, so it doesn't really bother me that much.

Personally I myself have a lot of questions I would like to ask, but I don't really pen every single question down... one of the main reasons is that I know I will not accept some of the answers that will be given - which defeats the whole point of asking the question in the first place. The main reason is that I find it difficult to trust or accept the answers people give other than the more "experienced" people such as Stingray, Michaela, Pat, The Traveller etc because the fact is you can sometimes feel whether someone is answering just for the sake of answering, or does the answer really connects and reasonate with what you are asking...

I have been here for around 1year to 1.5years, I log in quite frequently (not really daily though) but I have only amassed a reputation point of 1.7k, which doesn't really bother me much... but then I see new people shooting up to a few K after a few weeks, and I always feel puzzled. But then again, having a lot of reputation points on this site doesn't really mean much, you get sort of "mod" powers, but basically there's all there is to it... people will remember you more for how you have helped them before rather than how much reputation points you have. I don't answer a lot of questions on this site (if you check my profile I probably ask more questions than I have answered), not because I don't want to help, but sometimes I feel like there's no point in me answering just for the sake of answering when I do not really have the concepts of sprituality and non-physical stuff clearly myself. There was a period of time when I tried to go on an "answering spree" to try and answer as many questions as I could, but after some time... I just couldn't continue doing it for some reason. I felt really uncomfortable doing it.

So... in a nutshell yeah I do agree with what Stingray is saying, not just in terms of asking questions only when we are interested in the answers, but also answering questions when we really understand what the person is asking than for the sake of just answering.


answered 13 Mar '11, 13:58

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I have a feeling Stingray that you're saying what a lot of us are feeling. However I think we have to be careful and be able to discern what is true and what is coming from our ego. If the questions are being asked ( for whatever reason ) then maybe they do have a valid place here and who are we to say otherwise?

I know there have been times I have peeked in or haven't felt the desire to participate for a few days because some of the questions either irk me ( because of those presuppositions ) or don't mean anything ( I just don't see any growth potential contained in them ) - however isn't there a lesson and potential for growth there when I realize that and ask myself why am I feeling irked ? And everyone can only ask and answer from their current state of awareness so although there may not be any growth potential for me contained within the question who am I to say there isn't something in there for someone else?.... just another thought.

Thanks for asking this Stingray - I hope all regular participators offer an opinion. As for you being an occasional contributor I'll second what daniele said :)


answered 13 Mar '11, 13:43

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I believe it should be noted that, there are many people here of varying degrees of intellect as well as people to whom English is a second language. With this in mind I try to interpret a question that seems on the surface to not make sense. I feel if I was trying to ask a question in some other language and couldn't quite express what I wanted to say, it would be very frustrating. Now imagine how frustrating when you post a question that gets ignored because no one understands it because it is too vague.

I try to look at these vague questions in a zen way, it leads to some interesting enlightening thoughts for my answers. Now I will admit my answers to those questions are based on my interpretation of what the questioner was trying to ask hence I could be way off base with what was really trying to be expressed. Nevertheless I feel that some valid valuable answers come forth even from a vague question just because I found my self saying "what could that mean", or "what could that be?" That sets my mind off on a quest and before I know it an answer comes that seems to be related to the question and is informative.

I know for an example a question on appreciation, my interpretation was from a receiving appreciation perspective but it could have been meant about giving appreciation. This opens a door for more varied answers that seemingly have nothing to do with each other but are all valid points of awareness depending on how you take the question in meaning. In other words more oppertunity for those wonderful Ahha moments!


answered 14 Mar '11, 00:12

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Wade Casaldi

Quite right Wade! For me, English is my third language :)

(14 Mar '11, 08:55) daniele

Good point about the language thing.I tend to assume (wrongly) that all the contributors are British or American.

(15 Mar '11, 12:00) Monty Riviera

That is okay Graham, it is growing thing, we all need to grow in one way or another, you just did for that. :-D

(16 Mar '11, 03:05) Wade Casaldi
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Since I don't know for sure exactly which questions you mean, or what exactly you mean by follow up on the part of the questioner, I can only guess. I know I have not picked a best answer yet because I think it might discourage future answers. I want to give them time to sit there and get checked out by new people or people who just don't frequent the site that often. I have answered some questions after they had already picked a best answer because in answering the question, it expanded my awareness and understanding, like it allowed me to draw from the collective consciousness in a way that I would not experience if I didn't answer the question. I also have answered many questions for that same reason, or if it is a similar answer, because I feel it pertinent to the question and hopefully beneficial as well. Some questions I have to mull over for a few hrs or days and come back and answer it.

Sometimes I get new insight from reading something or watching a video like on Dr. Emoto, Bruce Lipton, etc... and things start to come together for me and I form concepts in my head that I want to share with others and get feedback. I have not yet figured out how to ask that as a question without it sounding like a chance to indoctrinate or something, so I haven't asked them. It would be more of a discussion than a question and since it seems that we are not having discussions, but question and answer sessions, I keep them to myself unless a question allows for that idea to flow. I hope that I do not become more self concious, thinking that you are talking about me, and become insecure about asking questions. Maybe if a moderator gave some feedback on these poorly thought questions, it would help us in our question asking. I know I don't want to ask questions that are out of line with intent of the site.


answered 13 Mar '11, 19:55

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Fairy Princess

I really appreciate your contribution Juniper!

(13 Mar '11, 21:06) daniele

Thank you Daniele! I am so glad I found this site. I do want to contribute positively.

(13 Mar '11, 21:09) Fairy Princess

I have enjoyed your questions and answers too Juniper. :-)

(13 Mar '11, 23:50) Wade Casaldi

Thank you Wade. I am glad I must not be one he is talking about then. Thanks!

(14 Mar '11, 01:13) Fairy Princess
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I genuinely believe that all questions and answers are sincere. Even without the point system they would still exist. I do find that some questions are of the leading type to help educate/steer other selves into one's own point of view. It is ok by me, for I can always choose what to answer or not to. Stingray, you are not just one of the contributors on this site. You want it or not, you are a top teacher here. You bring theories to life with appropriate applications explained in such a simplistic way so it is comprehensible even to those such as I. Allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your services and what an honour it is to know you.

thank you, namaste


answered 13 Mar '11, 11:50

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edited 13 Mar '11, 21:09

I think you have a good point Stingray.

The sites still very attractive to me because now and again i will stumble over a querstion which makes me think on a little. The question is often answered by some links which sometimes contain stuff i find even more intriguing than the original question.

One example is a question which contained an answer from Michaela which led me to look into Eckhart Tolles teaching.This has given me a lot of quite mind blowing perspectives and im glad im studying him.

Your links have also led on to some interesting learning and these links are oftentimes attached to questions that ive not been massively interested in.

To sum up i agree with your point,but often i read questions im not immediately fascinated by because the answers may contain more sense and information than the question.

But i do see your point,some questions appear almost as if there being asked because the author is a little bored or perhaps wants some attention.

I think the follow up question and also answers AND comments to answers often flag up, for me an interesting thread.



answered 13 Mar '11, 12:11

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Monty Riviera

I ask a lot of questions, and I do so because I am both interested in the answers, but more so, am interested in the questions. I have had the opportunity to ask questions here that I genuinely care about, but my schooling (I am a full-time student) prevents me from always following up. This is why I have failed to earn a "100 days" badge. I thought I was helping the site with my questions.

I have noticed that things tend to get slow at times, and regenerating an old question, or creating a new one seems to help the site. Many of the questions I have asked have garnered five points or more. I think that means that the questions I ask are pertinent. I have noticed that some people just seem to ask questions for the sake of asking. I ask some questions that are rhetorical- I know darn well what the answer to my question is-for me, but I have decided that maybe others have a different point of view that merits discussion. When the "Best Questions and Answers of 2010" was posted, no one noticed how many of the questions selected were mine...Point taken!

Wade and I often discuss things offline, and when we do, I will say, "Hey! That would make a good IQ question!", so I post it.

I will be more careful in future to ask better questions, and to be sure to follow those questions with comments. I get the message here, and it is a good one. Well done, Stingray!

Blessings to ALL!!! Jaianniah


answered 13 Mar '11, 17:22

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edited 13 Mar '11, 17:28

I wouldnt think your questions were at all boring or just asked for the sake of it.I wouldnt worry Jai.You dont need to make any apologies for asking your questions.There as valid as anyone elses.

(13 Mar '11, 18:04) Monty Riviera

I like your questions and answers Jai!

(13 Mar '11, 18:38) daniele

Gorsh <head hanging="" shyly=""> Thanks, Guys! Thanks for the pat on the back! Blessings...

(13 Mar '11, 18:59) Jaianniah

I think your contributions are good.

(13 Mar '11, 21:11) Fairy Princess

Im sure Stingray or anyone else isn't really pointing fingers at specifically anybody else, but rather in general, so you don't really need to worry so much about it :)

(14 Mar '11, 01:11) kakaboo
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Psychology teaches that 99% of time what we assume to be right is wrong, so we should not spend our time assuming what we cannot prove, especially, since it is based upon our own personal biases!

I ask question based upon subject matters that I have read, and I am interested in, and I read every answer for the same reasons you read the answers. And I answer questions based upon what I am interested in for the same reasons that you do, and I do not see anyone on this site singling you out for doing that. So, why are you spending your time singling out someone else? Why do you care how many questions and answers anyone wants to post on this site, and why should it be a problem for you? Is there a policy against how many questions, and answers one can post, and answer, if so what are the stipulations? My question is, what are the real issues here, and what are you trying to promoting here on this site! I can feel the negative energy you are sending out!

Solomon said: “Each to his own!” So, allow everyone on this site to be their self, and not cast judgment. We should all learn the lesson: to do upon to others as you would like them to do onto you. We can start by learning to respect everyone for whom they are, and not to place our value upon them, because this is the wrong thing to do! Also remember we all have our own unique style of doing things, so let it be!

Indeed we are a diverse group!

Peace, Love, Harmony, and abiding fellowship to all, and let us promote positive energy on this site all the time. And best wishes to you my friend Stingray and you need to grow Up!


answered 16 Mar '11, 05:41

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I like your style Vee! Your questions are thought provoking and deep.

(16 Mar '11, 07:46) daniele

Vee, we have guidelines for asking questions on this site such as Make Your Questions Detailed And Specific ( ) . We would be grateful if you could comply with these guidelines to make Inward Quest a more useful experience for all. Thanks.

(16 Mar '11, 09:40) Barry Allen ♦♦

The problem is that if everyone started to post questions with only one line and not bothering about the answers they would get, it would defeat the whole purpose of this site

(16 Mar '11, 11:52) kakaboo

The main body of the question is where we explain why we are asking the question, the more detail the more you will get an answer suitable to what you originally wanted to know. Vee I like your questions I just wish you would fill them out more with a few paragraphs, that would be so much more helpful to the people answering.

(16 Mar '11, 18:37) Wade Casaldi

@ daniele: I like to make my point in one sentence, it is a skill that I am working on to develop. Thank you.

(17 Mar '11, 05:52) Inactive User ♦♦

@ Barry Allen: During one of my writing classes, I learned if you can write your meaning into one sentence, and fit your resume onto one page people will read it. Since we are in a time of information overload people have to work on shortening their writing style, and get to the point. I appreciate your feed back! Thank you.

(17 Mar '11, 05:54) Inactive User ♦♦

@kakaboo: Well that was not my reason for writing one sentence, as you know I also answer questions, and some of my answers are lengthy. So, it depends on my approach. Promise to do better. Thank you.

(17 Mar '11, 05:55) Inactive User ♦♦

@ Wade C: Thank you for your feed back, and I appreciate the point you made, and the fact that you like my questions. You answer them very well, and on point. I am trying to develop my writing skills to write less instead of more, but I hear what you are saying, and I promise to do better. I love reading your answers, and I have learned a lot from your answers. Great stuff!

(17 Mar '11, 06:00) Inactive User ♦♦
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