Every successful coach will agree that asking the right questions in the right way at the right time are the fundamentals of effective coaching. Often coaches make the mistake while focusing on the information they can provide rather than focusing on the questions they can ask. The knowledge becomes not so important, knowing the fact that most of the time the client has all the answers to his problems, especially if we talk about spirituality.
Every one of us perceives spirituality in different ways, and there’s no correct explanation of what it is. Some of us associate spirituality with religion, while some of us associate it with the universe. You as a spiritual coach, should identify your client’s view on this abstract topic, and help him guide himself toward spiritual enlightenment.
For that, we should ask some powerful thought-provoking questions, which are simple and dynamic triggers for creating a change. The correctly formed questions can enable clients to discover their uniqueness, abilities, and potential that have been hidden beneath all those preconceptions, judgments, and limiting beliefs.
Besides that, spiritual questions can also help to:
- Tap into subconsciousness
- Discover the great purpose
- Connect with the universe
- Release the inner child
- Establish mind-body-soul connection
- Solve conflicts between values and identities
- Eliminate anxieties, and fears
- Heal trauma
- Connect with God
- & much more…
When coaching, you don’t have to agree or disagree with your client’s spiritual view. Instead of imposing your beliefs, emotions, and agendas, be neutral and extremely curious about what your client has to say. Show genuine interest by asking open-ended questions that will drive your client through the journey of self-discovery.
Here in this article, you will find 101 spiritual questions that you can ask your client during the coaching session. We have organized these questions into self-discovery questions, questions about humanity, life, and the world, as well as religion-related questions. They don’t have to follow a specific order, so feel free to ask them whenever you feel it’s right to do so.
1. What is your life philosophy?
2. What is your grand purpose? How you are following it?
3. What makes you connect with your inner self?
4. Where are you in your spiritual journey?
5. How do you feel like you are spiritually growing?
6. Where does your self-worth come from?
7. What do you live for? What are your most significant values?
8. What character can you imagine yourself to be in any period of history?
9. What type of literature do you enjoy reading in your free time?
10. What can you say about your parents and their impact on your life?
11. What is your most significant mentor and his influence in your life?
12. How would you describe your childhood?
13. What truly excites you?
14. What activities bring peace and joy to your life?
15. How do you react to stress? How would your life look without it?
16. How do you react to fear? How would your life look without it?
17. What was the most traumatic thing in your life, and why?
18. What is the most sensible thing you have ever experienced?
19. How do you view suffering? What have you learned from it?
20. How would your life look without suffering?
21. What do you see as your life-changing point?
22. What are your greatest personal accomplishments? Why did they matter?
23. What is more important for you – to be liked, or respected? And why?
24. How should you keep your life in balance?
25. How much control do you have over your life?
26. How much of your future do you control, and how much is down to fate?
27. What do you think is your best strength? How do you develop it?
28. What are the life lessons you have learned the hard way?
29. If you could teach a world lesson, what would it be?
30. What impact on your life has your best friends? Why do you consider them best friends?
31. Describe the best possible friendship.
32. What is materialism in your opinion, and how materialistic your life is?
33. If money didn’t matter, what would you do?
34. What are your most effective ways to cope with discouragement, disappointment, and rejection?
35. What art means in your life? How often do you express yourself through it?
36. If today was your last day on earth, how would you spend it?
37. How would your life look if you always said what you think?
38. What was your last memorable dream?
39. How do you think dreams reflect your perception of life?
40. What does love mean to you?
41. How does love contribute to your happiness?
42. How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them?
Questions about Humanity, Life & World:
43. What do you think should be everyone’s goal?
44. How can we really know everything?
45. What is the difference between religion and spirituality?
46. What is something all humans could agree on?
47. What is the goal of mankind after enlightenment?
48. What are consciousness and unconsciousness?
49. What in life is truly objective and not subjective?
50. What is the best way for a person to achieve happiness?
51. Do we need conquest in order to be happy?
52. Can we be happy if we don’t achieve anything?
53. Can we achieve happiness without experiencing sadness?
54. Does intelligence influence happiness? If so, how?
55. What rules society and the world?
56. How do you imagine humanity in the next 100 years?
57. What are the biggest threats to humanity?
58. How humans would be if they grew up outside modern civilization?
59. How has technology influenced our lives in positive and negative ways?
60. How do people change once they get power?
61. Why do bad things happen to good people?
62. Is suffering a part of our evolution? How would we be if he have never suffered before?
63. Are people in this generation less or more sensitive compared to previous generations? And why?
64. How having a big ego can be a positive or negative thing?
65. What do you want to be remembered for after you die?
66. How long you will be remembered after death?
67. How the world would change if everyone said what they think?
68. Why is it so hard to do healthy things, when it’s so easy to do harmful ones?
69. What is time? How do you perceive it?
70. What is the difference between living and being alive?
71. How art benefits the world and society? Are there any negative effects of art?
72. How creativity is more important than logical thinking, or vice versa?
73. Why do we dream? Why is it so hard to remember our dreams?
Questions about religion:
74. What religion you are closest to?
75. On a scale from 1 to 10, how do you consider yourself to be religious?
76. What do you think about God?
77. What is the purpose of having faith in God?
78. How do you think God has contributed to society and the world?
79. What does heaven or hell look like?
80. Why do you think is necessary to visit God’s house (church, mosque, temple, etc)?
81. What God’s followers should do on earth?
82. How religious are people around you?
83. How do others around you influence your view on religion?
84. How religious do you think the world is?
85. Why do people believe in something they can’t see?
86. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being religious?
87. Should people learn about all religions before deciding on one?
88. If there’s one God, why there are thousands of religions in the world?
89. If there’s a God, why do terrible things happen to people?
90. What would be the world without religion?
91. How did you have to change your life before you started following a religion?
92. How praying is connected to your religion?
93. What is your favorite prayer, and why?
94. What’s the most important story from your religion book?
95. What is the main message of your religion book?
96. Since you began college, have your opinions on religion changed? How?
97. What was the duty of God before creating the universe?
98. How do I know for sure that God exists?
99. How do we handle the trials God has given us?
100, What are the main ways to share your religion with others?
101. What does it mean to be an enemy of God?
Here we have covered 101 spiritual questions that will invoke self-discovery, and establish spiritual connections between the world, life, and humanity. Asking such types of questions is an essential part of successful spiritual coaching. They will allow you to effectively identify the spiritual positions of your clients, as well as their objectives and higher purposes. They will also help to specify what’s missing from the spiritual life and define the path toward fulfillment.
Use these questions as a reference while coaching your clients and try to come up with more questions while in the process. Use spiritual questions in every session, and you will be amazed at what can be achieved.