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What Is A Quaker Query? Taking Inventory - Going Deeper Within - What Is Consciousness? How To Practice Deep Listening In Quakers Meetings - Gangaji On Self Inquiry - Spiritual Deepening

WHAT IS A QUAKER QUERY?
































What is a Quaker query?

As shopkeepers and businesspeople, Quakers developed queries as a way of taking “moral and spiritual inventory” of themselves. Doug Gwyn explains.

What Is A Quaker Query? 

Part of the process of self inquiry, or taking inventory, is seeking truth with an open mind and an open heart.

A closed mind and/or a closed heart does not allow truth to enter. 

QUERIES CAN BE USED FOR DEEPER REFLECTION AND AS SPIRITUAL EXERCISES






































Wikipedia; "Quakers use the term Query to refer to a question or series of questions used for reflection and in spiritual exercises.

Friends have used Queries as tools for offering spiritual challenges to the community for much of their history. Queries often take the form of a collection of themed questions that are read at the beginning of a time of worship or reflection.

Many yearly meetings maintain a set of basic queries in their books of Faith and Practice to provide guidance on certain issues over time. Individuals often offer queries from time to time to provide a spiritual challenge to their local community of Friends.

SAMPLE ADVICES AND QUERIES FROM A QUAKER MEETING IN WINTHROP ME































ADVICES 

"Be alert to how “way opens.” It may be revealed through a door closing.

Seek to know those Friends whose theology and practice of Quakerism are different from your own.

Learn about others’ experiences of the Light.

Take opportunities to enter into prayer and work with the wider community of faith. No one human being or group has the full measure of the Light.

Find ways to articulate your faith so that it may be shared with others.

QUERIES TO CONSIDER


How do prevailing cultural values affect your life?

Do your actions reflect your beliefs? 

What is your life saying to others?

When pressure is brought upon you to lower your standard of integrity, how do you resist it?https://www.fgcquaker.org/cloud/winthrop-friends-meeting/pages/advices-and-queries

SILENT WORSHIP AND QUERIES


Silent Worship and Quaker Values
"Like our style of worship, Quaker theology also differs from other religions. Because creeds could never fully represent all revelation and could limit or confine our perceptions of truth, Friends write no creeds. Instead, we write queries (probing questions) that help us reflect on our beliefs and actions; and yearly meetings, which are regional organizations of local congregations (known as monthly meetings), record our common values and experiences in manuals entitled Faith and Practice.

Without creeds, Friends have become diverse in our beliefs about God. Nonetheless, Friends common experience of God's presence within and among us has led us to realize that there is that of God, or something of the Divine, in everyone. This realization is central to Quakerism. It is confirmed in testimonies in the Bible and referred to by Friends with such terms as "the Christ Within," "the Inward Light," and "the Seed of Truth." As Friends have attempted to respond to that of God within, some common values have arisen that unite us.

SELF INQUIRY, SEARCH FOR TRUTH, FREEDOM AND MEANING IS UNIVERSAL FOR ALL HUMANS






























Every child has a natural state of wonder, questioning and/or curiosity. Some adults have lost that feeling. Why is that? 

Could I be something more than 'this' body and mind?

Am I my thoughts?

What happens if I stop thinking?

What is underneath this feeling of unhappiness?

What is underneath this feeling of fear or anxiety?

What is under or inside of the feeling of something/someone missing?

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SHARING A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IS PART OF QUAKER PROCESS


Sharing parts of a spiritual journey over a lifetime is part of Quaker process.  It may help to get assistance from a Clearness Committee and spend several weeks or even longer preparing for the sharing of this Journey. 


In one example of a share, the list of experiences wrote itself, and was\ broken into individual experiences within specific categories. Writing down a spiritual journey may help a person to become clearer on it, and see how all pieces were connected to form a 'picture'.

Asking if there are questions following each experience story and holding  a silence between experiences may also assist.

WHAT IS THE POWER OF SELF INQUIRY AND SEARCHING FOR DEEPER TRUTHS?



Gangaji - Self Inquiry And Searching For Truth

A moment with Gangaji
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/0qPvBwBiX1U 47 min

"Searching is looking for something, reaching for something, trying to find what you think will give you what you want.

Self inquiry is discovering what is already here. If there is still activity it is directed toward the source rather than objects.

We can make self inquiry a search. We can do self inquiry to get something, and then it becomes searching.

But the purity of self inquiry is in the willingness to stop the outward flow of thinking. Thinking is normally about gathering information for survival. By overriding that very natural instinct, and simply telling the truth about what is here, what you are experiencing, you discover yourself."
Gangaji

GOING DEEPER; WHAT IS THE POWER WITHIN DEEP LISTENING?







































Deep listening can be very powerful as well.. Practice both and experience what happens.

The Power Of Compassionate Deep Listening Inside Self And Inside Of A Sacred Circle, Healing Ourselves And Each Other, So That We Can Then Heal The World
https://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2015/02/the-power-of-compassionate-deep.html

The Power Of Compassionate Deep Listening Inside Self And Inside Of A Sacred Circle, Healing Ourselves And Each Other, So That We Can Then Heal The World
https://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2015/02/the-power-of-compassionate-deep.html


GOING DEEPER; WHAT IS THE POWER FOUND WITHIN DEEP GAZING?






































The eyes are the windows to the soul. When you gaze into the soul, you will learn to truly 'see' reality, in all of it's miraculous splendor.

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https://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2015/08/deep-gazing-exercise-braco-is-example.html


What is behind and underneath the physical eyes?

Is it possible to see beyond the physical eyes and into something much more mysterious, miraculous and majestic?

GOING DEEPER; WHAT IS THE POWER OF LOVE?








































What is the power of love?

What happens if the power of deep listening and/or deep gazing is combined with the power of love?

Try it and experience the result. 

Greg Braden; The Science Behind Miracles And Heart Based Living; Evidence of Tumor/Cancer Healing With Prayer Using Power Of Love Plus Directed Life Energy, Art And Science Of Miracle Based Living, Power Of Unifying Emotions
https://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2012/05/greg-braden-science-behind-miracles-and.html

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GOING DEEPER; WHAT IS THE POWER OF MIRACLE BASED LIVING?






































As Einstein said, there are two ways of living life. 

One way to live is to close the heart and mind, and then create a world where there are no miracles. 

Then there is another way of living life, with an open mind, and an open heart, which allows for the potential for all life being a miracle. 

What is the definition of a miracle? 

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By going deeper in the definition of the word miracle, we may also explore how and why miracles work in this world. 

Is it possible to awaken to an inner light or consciousness that manifests as miracles? 

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WHAT YOU CAN DO; ASK QUESTIONS AROUND THE HERO'S JOURNEY

Everyone is on a hero's journey, which goes within. 

Everyone receives a call. 

The longest and most difficult journey is the journey that goes from the head to the heart. 

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WHAT YOU CAN DO; CHERISH YOUR VISIONS, LEADINGS, DREAMS, AND IMAGINATION

Nurture the dreams within your heart. Nurture the visions. Cherish the leadings and openings. 

Imagination is a powerful opening tool, which leads to realms that are beyond the imagination. 

Lloyd Lee Wilson; The Power of Vision, Leadings - Cherish Visions, Dreams, Imagination - Support and Nurture Potential Visionaries To Birth, Then Grow, New, Infinitely Powerful, Sustainable Seeds, And Ways Of Living That Do No Harm To 7 Future Generations

WHAT YOU CAN DO; TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO QUESTION AND TO GO DEEPER



One Dimensional Thinking Compared To Two Dimensional, Three Dimensional, Fourth And Multi Dimensional Thinking; Being, Awareness, Imagination, Intuition, Curiosity, Compassion, Empathy, Questioning, Love, Evolution, Growth And Expanding Consciousness
https://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2017/06/one-dimensional-thinking-compared-to.html


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What Is A Quaker Query? Taking Inventory - Going Deeper Within - What Is Consciousness? How To Practice Deep Listening In Quakers Meetings - Gangaji On Self Inquiry - Spiritual Deepening

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