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The Book Of Questions October 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Mindfulness, People.

If we want to live life more consciously, we need to become more conscious and aware of the decisions and choices we make on a daily basis.

One way to do that is to ASK QUESTIONS.

If you need help getting started, check out The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.

Workman Publications Synopsis:

A New York Times bestseller with over 1.9 million copies in print, The Book of Questions poses 265 questions that invite people to explore the most fascinating of subjects: themselves.

These questions are as intriguing as our very lives because they are about our lives-our fundamental values and beliefs, our dreams and nightmares about sex, money, love, power.

Some of the questions thrust you into a value-testing hypothetical situation (Would you accept 20 years of extraordinary happiness and fulfillment if it meant you would die at the end of the period?), some ask you to delve into your past (When is the last time you stole anything?) and help you find out if you’ve changed (Would you now return it if you could?), and others reveal your basic nature by examining your behavior (When you are given a compliment do you usually acknowledge it or suggest that you really do not deserve it?).

Whether used as an avenue for personal growth, a tool for deepening relationships, or simply as an entertainment, The Book of Questions may be the only publication that challenges-and even changes-the way readers view the world, without offering a single opinion of its own.

Gregory Stock’s first seven questions:

1.  For a person you loved deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing there would be little chance of seeing your friends or family again?

2.  Do you believe in ghosts or evil spirits?  Would you be willing to spend a night alone in a remote house that is supposedly haunted?

3.  If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone?  Why haven’t you told them yet?

4.  If you could spend one year in perfect happiness, but afterward would remember nothing of the experience, would you do so.  If not, why not?

5.  If a new medicine were developed that could cure arthritis but cause a fatal reaction in 1% who took it, would you want it to be released to the public?

6.  You discover your wonderful one-year-old child is, because of a mixup at the hospital, not yours.  Would you want to exchange the child to correct the mistake?

7.  Do you think the world will be a better or worse place 100 years from now?

Question for the day from Spirit Lights The Way: 

You are dead.  As pure spirit, you have the ability to be a “fly on the wall” at your funeral and hear what people have to say about your life.

Would you attend your own funeral?  Why or why not?

If you attend, what  would you most like to hear others discuss about your  life here on earth?  Your possessions?  Accomplishments?  Character Traits?

Related Post:  Access Your Inner Wisdom


1. Joanne - October 24, 2010

I would be the fly on the wall partly for the entertainment of it… Also, to check and see if my intuition was on target about the vibes I had gotten from others while I was alive… I’d be sure to turn it into a “spirits’ night out” and have some of my favorite friends on the other side join me to watch the show.

Of course it wouldn’t change anything, because even at funerals and memorial services people’s egos are intact. I wouldn’t put too much stock in what they had to say about me even then, but it would be highly interesting, entertaining — or disappointing… who knows? I can wait… 😀

nrhatch - October 24, 2010

I can wait too . . .

Mostly I’d like to be remembered as someone who laughed and smiled easily, and tried to spread good cheer.

2. souldipper - October 24, 2010

I’d attend my funeral with bells on. I’d stand beside anyone wanting to “get up and say a few words”. If that person showed signs of telling one of my secrets (like reading a line from one of my journals), I would loudly mimic flatulence. Every time they opened their mouths!

nrhatch - October 24, 2010

You made me laugh out loud! 🙂

Cindy - October 24, 2010


3. booksphotographsandartwork - October 24, 2010

Those seven questions are hum dingers! Really scary to think about.

I hate funerals and don’t think we should have them at all so I would not go to my own as a fly.

nrhatch - October 24, 2010

I tend to agree. I’ve skipped more funerals than I’ve attended.

But if I went, I know I would want to hear them talking about something other than my possessions, or symbols of status.

I’d like to hear that I made them LAUGH. 🙂

4. healing4tomorrow - October 24, 2010

I’m not sure if I would attend my own funeral Nancy. People usually don’t speak the truth about how they really feel about you anyway. Most people try to say you were nice and lovable even if you were not. I think I would be so glad to be home that I would be running towards it and not looking back. I will also feel sad for the them because they weren’t home yet and feeling the bliss I am feeling.

nrhatch - October 24, 2010

Ah, yes . . . how many “sinners” during life have we magically transformed into “saints” at death?

I expect you’re right. I’d probably have better things to do in the spirit realm than pop into my own funeral. 🙂

Cindy - October 24, 2010

I don’t want a funeral !!!

nrhatch - October 24, 2010

Me neither. A party on the beach with beer and pizza would be a better send off!

5. loreen lee - October 25, 2010

1. Yes, except I would want to maintain relationships with family. e-mail?
2. No. and then Yes – but what’s the point. I don’t need to be ‘tested’.
3. I plan to tell my daughter that I’m glad she’s not a ‘girlie girl’, and glad she feels the way she does. But I also would have liked to have given her more ‘girlie’ comfort when she was a child.
4. Sounds like that ‘pie in the sky eternal heaven’ that people talk about. Don’t expect I will end up there.
5. This is the problem with Mefloqun being given to soldiers to prevent malaria, but causing mental health disturbances in some. What would be needed, what is needed, is more screening, or a switch to another drug, if only for those with the propensity, i.e. with PTSD. More research would be needed in both that and the arthritis cases.
6. nrhatch. You’re the lawyer here. Tell me what would happen. I expect that the natural parents of ‘my’ child, would have some input into the matter. Extended family anyone?
6. Would like to be able to let Richard know how to view a lecture on Ted.com. It sounded like science fiction. The end game according to scientific expectations. Evolution was going to evolve through technology, science, tissue transplants, cloning, etc. etc. especially the development of robots that are being designed in universities today. But by the way, one of the researchers was kicking his robot, I had a nightmare of the revenge of the robots. This the ‘scientist’ says shows that we were evolving into a species that would no longer be ‘homids’. We would replace livers, etc. etc. through the cells growing another, like insects. I don’t know, do you want to see such an end to humanity, whether it be science or science fiction?
On the Spirit challenge. I must be dead already. People talk freely about me all the time. Yup! I’m just a fly on the wall. grin grin.

nrhatch - October 25, 2010

I saw one of the TED conferences on DVD a couple of years ago. Wow! Incredible stuff. What a fascinating conference to attend each year.

As far as #6, it has happened that babies are switched at birth. Usually, both sets of parents want to reclaim their natural child. If not, a lawsuit is filed to determine the best interest of the child. Given that parenting is as much “nurture” as “nature,” parents often retain ties with the “foster” child and its natural family.

I had a “fly on the wall” experience recently. Seeing a discussion about me on FB when the participants didn’t realize I could “hear” what they were saying. Quite a bit of “buzzing.” 🙂

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