In his book, Riding the Ox Home: Stages on the Path of Enlightenment, John Daido Loori says:
“…the spiritual journey is a ceaseless process of investigating ourselves, of digging through the layers of our conditioning to reach the ground of our being (by the way, Paul Tillich described God as the ground of our being). Conditioning is unavoidable. It begins at birth and continues throughout our lives, perpetuated by our culture, parents, teachers (and I will add grandparents), religions, peers, and society. We all define ourselves through it. When we reach adulthood we find ourselves living our lives out of this deeply ingrained script. At some point, we may sense that something is not quite right. Feeling unreal, meaningless, or perpetually dissatisfied despite plenty of material goods and good experiences, we become aware of a undercurrent of suffering that permeates our lives. Questions (my emphasis) begin to arise, and with them the impetus to find our true humanity and to become completely free.”
Please listen to your questions, even the ones with no answers. Never quit questioning Eleanor.
I love you Eleanor.
You never have to question that.