14 Existential Questions with Responses
Who are you without using the words to describe who you are?
On the physical plane, we cannot describe ourselves without using words. It is almost impossible to utter a word without our egos attaching onto it. This question shines light on the aspect of ourselves which has no definition — our being. Our identity is latches onto ego, but our consciousness, alone, has no definitive measurement and is boundless outside of this body. This is apparent in meditation. When the mind is quieted and calmed, then our consciousness is attached to nothing for that moment. It simply exists as it is. If no words can describe who we are, then the attachment to those words, confined by identity, is illusory.
Does your identity exist independently of the physical or material world?
This question conveys the nature of the identity and the ego and whether or not it is a part of the world around us, rather than a separate entity. For example, our personal possessions usually have the words “my” and “mine” attached to them, but if we are going to lose them anyway, are they really ours?
How do you know if you’re actually alive or hallucinating this experience?
This connects with the simulation theory, basically the belief that we are asleep somewhere else and dreaming this simulator reality, which is very much depicted in the movie “The Matrix.” Then, when we wake up, we will realize we’ve been hallucinating in our sleep all along. This alludes dreams are interdimensional portals into parallel universes, and we are currently living in one of these simulatory, multiverse dimensions at the moment.
How many different versions of yourself exist, and which one is really you?
Every human being has its own dimensions and sides. All of us are multi-faceted in plenty of ways, and nobody truly knows everything about us. But after experiencing these different aspects of you, which one is the real you? Are you every part of you, or are there certain parts that do not resonate with your true self? Who are you, truly, out of all these unique and diverse aspects of your personality?
Can you discern the differences between your own perception and reality?
One of the most important skills tied in with our ability to draw conclusions and make objective claims is to discern between our perception of the world and the reality of the situation. Oftentimes, we skew reality in a distorted direction, fortifying a delusion that doesn’t even exist. Discernment teaches us how to identify the differences between what is real and what is falsified.
Are you in control of your mind or do your thoughts dictate your actions?
Imagine you have a navigation system in your head. Is that system automated by the mind, or are you in control of the GPS direction? If your mind is constantly doing all of the actions, you will lose control of the direction you are headed. You will be heading off course into places you didn’t want to go. This question correlates with the quote, “The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.” If you let your mind control your life, then everything spirals out of control.
Can you tell when your emotions and thoughts are deceiving you?
This question surrounds the concept of discernment. The body is flawed in many ways, and this is very much apparent in our perception of optical illusions. Often what appears to be real is nothing more than a skewed understanding of what we are seeing. Sometimes, we don’t always know if our thoughts and emotions are correct. Most of our fears are figments of an overactive imagination and dark, pessimistic viewpoint that attempts to think of the worst-case scenario to avoid the underlying fear of the unknown or unexpected.
Why can you remember something you never experienced?
This question explores the potentiality of deja-vu to be much more than a repeated experience again. It signifies the possibility that we may coexist in parallel universes on an infinite time-loop through eternity, and deja-vu reminds us that our consciousness is familiar with the time and place, whether through our dreams or visions or while we are awake in reality. It also suggests that we have already lived through previous lives, re-experiencing them again but only remember glimpses of the past.
Do your visions translate to your perception of what is real?
The inner and outer worlds are completely different, but they often intertwine together, and ultimately, our inner world decides our external viewpoint. How we make sense of things depends heavily on what we believe is real. Although most people would claim that our subjective POV isn’t real, why do our visions have the ability to manifest into reality? This isn’t always true, but it can 100% happen. Perhaps our visions are more real than we can ever imagine.
Why can your dreams and visions manifest into the real world?
Whether or not we realize it, our inner worlds play a significant role in understanding what we believe is real. There are many reasons why dreams and visions can manifest. If your dreams and visions resemble common occurrences, then naturally, they will happen. If your dreams and goals are realistic in a way that they can be achievable through certain means, then eventually, they will manifest. Some incidences, such as meeting a stranger in your dream, then ending up crossing paths with them in real life, can result from an intuitive reminder or even the law of attraction. There are plenty of channels for manifestation, and it is a lot simpler than we think.
Can you define what is real without attaching subjectivity?
It is nearly impossible to define what is real without inserting our personal judgments and opinions into the circumstances. We are programmed by our egos to place ourselves in the middle of the realistic equation and decide what matches our perception of reality. However, if we remove ourselves from those circumstances, can we truly define what is objectively true?
What if everything you thought was true was proven wrong?
We think we are always correct… right? At least we like to believe everything we deem as true is accurate. However, what if we were all proven otherwise? It is possible through the death, the core of our belief systems will be shattered completely, and the unveiling of the true nature of reality will shake the fabrications of the world within us. Perhaps, there is something mysteriously hiding behind what we believe is real.
Are you okay with giving up all of your beliefs for the sake of the truth?
Once we break through the veil and awaken from our previous state of awareness, will we be okay with sacrificing what we knew for what is known now? Of course, we can attempt to resist and cling to what makes us comfortable in our understanding, but once our core being is raw and vulnerable to the truth, there is no going back to the way things used to be.
What is the truth if it cannot be defined without subjective attachment?
The truth is we don’t know the absolute truth. Subjective attachment is the theme of this human experience, and it’s the ego’s life support for ensuring its existence. Without subjective attachment, we would feel like nothing. Our thoughts would consist mostly of silence. However, we would have much more accurate interpretation of the world around us, and we would not be conflicted with the concept of attaching, gaining, and losing things. We would be more open to the truth because if we cannot attach to anything, then we cannot be controlled by our perceptions.