Questions are powerful. When you give your mind a question, it will always try to answer it. We do this all the time with questions like “why is it always my fault?” or “why do I never have enough money?”. The problem is that these questions are often negative, so the answers are negative too. The solution is to use Lofty Questions.
I first came across the concept of lofty questions after watching a Mindvalley seminar featuring Christie Marie Sheldon and Vishen Lakhiani.
In this article, I’ll cover the benefits of Lofty questions, how they work and the 4 keys to creating powerful lofty questions. I’ll then share with you 18 fantastic lofty questions to help you change your life for the better.
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What are Lofty Questions?
Lofty questions are positively phrased questions that encourage helpful answers, insights or solutions. Lofty questions are posed by you and are answered by you.
And an example of a lofty question is, “why am I always happy and positive?”
Your brain loves to answer questions. Give it a good question and you’ll get a wonderful answer. Give your brain a poor question and you’ll get an answer that keeps you stuck.
Benefits of Lofty Questions
They allow your subconscious mind and the universe to find creative answers to the question posed. They encourage intuition, insight, and a shift in focus. This leads to more positive life experiences.
They help you take action, solve problems and create a higher vibratory frequency. Lofty questions encourage you to discover new and exciting possibilities. They help change your meaning and perspective on certain life situations and replace unhelpful negative questions such as:
- Why am I always broke?
- Why am I so unlucky?
- Why does this always happen to me?
- Why is life so hard
- Why do I seem to be unable to live the life of my dreams?
The answers to your lofty questions will give you a roadmap and a way out. The answers will show, help and guide you towards living the life of your dreams.
How the Subconscious Mind Works
To understand how the subconscious mind works, and why questions are so effective, I encourage you to do this exercise right now.
Imagine a pink elephant in your room. Notice where it is, how big it is, how cute it looks. Is the pink elephant smiling at you?
Now don’t think about the pink elephant in the room. I really want you to not imagine that pink elephant in your room. Don’t notice how big it is, where it’s located or whether it’s smiling at you.
Could you do that? – It’s pretty tough right?
When I asked you to not think about the pink elephant, your brain had to think about and imagine the pink elephant first. It has to think about it in order to not think about it. Or to put it another way, your subconscious mind cannot understand negative words such as “don’t” or “not”.
When you think or say “I’m not anxious”, your subconscious mind has to think, feel and imagine being anxious first.
What about “I’m not scared”? Again, your subconscious mind will think about being scared or imagine a scary situation first. This all happens incredibly fast. In less than 1 second.
This works with positive phrases too. When you think or say “I am relaxed”, your brain thinks about the word relaxed and the feelings associated with this word. It may imagine a relaxing situation.
The same principle applies to any positive statement or affirmation such as “I have courage” or “I am peaceful”
When you feed your mind with positive phrases and positive lofty questions, your subconscious mind will give you empowering answers because that’s what your mind is focussing on. To get this at a deeper level, read my article on why you get what you focus on.
The 4 Keys to Powerful Lofty Questions
I will now cover the 4 keys to creating and using powerful lofty questions.
1. Phrase Question in the Positive
The first key is to phrase the question in the positive. As you now know from the pink elephant example, the subconscious mind cannot deal with a negative question or idea.
So, “Why am I always peaceful and relaxed?”, rather than “Why am I always anxious?”
2. Start with the word “Why?”
Starting with the word “Why” turns your statement or affirmation into a question. This tricks your subconscious mind and reduces cognitive dissonance. This is the internal voice in your head that questions or challenges new positive ideas.
The affirmation “I am always peaceful and relaxed” may be challenged with an internal voice that says things like “Oh no you’re not” or “you can never be peaceful and relaxed”, or “the last time you were peaceful and relaxed this happened”
Turning it into a question that starts with the word “Why” tricks this internal voice into submission. It shuts this voice up or reduces its intensity.
3. Include the word “always” or “at all times”
Using the words “always” or “at all times” tells your subconscious mind that you want this consistently and forever more. It’s something that becomes part of you. This kicks your Reticular Activating System into action.
This is the part of your brain that notices people, places, and situations that can help you. It identifies opportunities and resources that match the lofty question.
4. Relaxed Meditative State
Before asking lofty questions, get into a nice, relaxed and meditative state. If you’re new to this, use my rapid relaxation exercise to guide you. Otherwise, any relaxation or meditation technique that you are familiar with can be used.
18 Powerful Lofty Questions
I will now share 18 great lofty questions with you. I’ve categorized these into a few different areas.
Lofty Questions about You
These lofty questions are about you.
- Why am I surrounded by joy and happiness at all times?
- Why am I always able to learn positively from any experience?
The phrase “any experience” includes any difficult or challenging situations that you might be going through right now.
- Why is my life always so amazing that it exceeds all my expectations?
- Why am I always the person that amazes the world?
You could make this more specific by changing it to “amazes my partner”, “amazes my boss” or “amazes my clients”.
- Why do I always use what is happening in my life to become a better person?
What I love about this question is how it helps you identify the positive benefits from negative situations that may have occurred in your life.
- Why do I always do the right thing for my mind, body, spirit, and relationships?
Lofty Questions about Relationships
Here are 3 lofty questions to help you with relationships.
- Why am I always surrounded by love and incredible people that I feel a deep bond with?
- Why am I always surrounded by people that love, support and respect me at all times?
If you’re single:
- Why am I always so good at attracting the perfect person for me?
Lofty Questions for Money and Abundance
Here are 2 lofty questions for money and abundance.
- Why do I always have more than enough money to pay my bills, save for the future, and have some leftover for fun activities?
A shorter lofty question could be
- Why am I always so good at making, keeping and multiplying money?
Lofty Question for Productivity
A great lofty question for productivity is:
- Why am I always able to do so much during the day?
Lofty Question for Health
Here is a powerful, lofty question for health.
- Why am I always so good at looking after my health and knowing exactly what my body needs from me?
Lofty Questions for Achieving Goals
Here are 2 lofty questions to help with goal achievement.
- Why do my goals and dreams always come to me so quickly, easily and effortlessly?
- Why do I always take effective action to achieve the life of my dreams?
This question can help guide you to live the life of your dreams. It also counteracts the common negative question that is “why can’t I live the life of my dreams?”
Lofty Questions for Guidance
Finally, here are 3 fantastic lofty questions to help you with guidance.
- Why am I always so brilliant, so clever, and so able to develop creative ideas through my intuition or through something greater than myself?
- Why does the universe always guide and look after me?
- Why does the universe always give me more than enough health, vitality, and energy to reach my goals?
These are my 18 powerful lofty questions. Did your emotional state change just by reading these questions? It certainly did for me.
So I encourage you to ask these lofty questions regularly. Use the most relevant to you right now. Feel free to change them. The best questions are the ones unique to you. Just remember the 4 keys to creating lofty questions. To recap, these are:
- Keep them positive
- Start with the word “Why”
- Include “always” or “at all times”
- Be in a relaxed, meditative state when you ask these lofty questions
I hope you enjoyed learning about lofty questions. Take the time now to create your own empowering questions. Then use your lofty questions regularly and consistently. The results will surprise you!
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