A seeker is one who is either consciously or unconsciously seeking to know something. How can one be unconsciously seeking what it does not understand? Herein enters the human journey that invites us both within and beyond our cultural or religious upbringing.
A key point that can be helpful on this journey is to understand that you cannot seek that which you have not already experienced. While this sounds confusing to one who does not understand what they are seeking, it is actually a key that unlocks a perspective that assists you to become conscious of what you are not aware of. Simply put: It is impossible for you to desire or seek something you have at one time never touched, which means YOU HAVE touched the very thing you are seeking or you might even find what you are seeking has already touched you.
If you sit with this long enough you might purify your seeking to find that what some thought was so valuable to seek after is actually a waste of time or is rather, another person’s idea of fulfillment that really doesn’t lead to fulfillment. History is full of people and civilizations that rise and fall, while what lasts seems to go missing again and again. But it still remains that what we seek is hidden in plain sight. It just appears our sight has been blinded or distracted by a myriad of ideas and things.
It is safe to say, though others have been killed for it, that what we all seek is Something that lasts forever.
We all know that holding onto what cannot last eventually brings disappointment and disillusionment, even if it appeared to be able to last for many years. But what if there was a Way to break through the illusions and find what lasts forever? What if what we are seeking is actually seeking us?
If we change the way we think about our seeking, which is often wrapped up in its self, we just might be able to break through by “letting go” of the way we are seeking, which opens up a different Way that was always seeking us. If this is the case, we can trust that the Divine or what is often called God, is actually trying to get through to us far more than we are seeking to get through to God. This helps us to cease striving in ways that lead to disappointment and allows us to rest in something far Truer than what much of society or religion has demonstrated.
In the Christian tradition, there is a text that reads: “We love because God first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) All religious traditions *“at their best” have leaders who are saying the same thing. God is Love and is always seeking that which feels lost (us), and is seeking to help us become conscious of That in us, which can never be lost.
Is this not what you are seeking? Something within you that can never be lost? Is this why we need to lose (let go of) the myriad of things that can never last in order to find what always has?
Maybe this is why so many outward things like social media, news-feeds, cultural/religious acceptance, addictions, religious rituals, etc., can distract us from the things that last, because we blindly think they can give us life. In future articles, I will address this further to help us with practices like meditation or conscious acts of kindness that lead from a place that lasts. It seems practices that help us become conscious of our Truest Self are necessary on our journey.
But for now, what are some ideas or things that distract you as a seeker that you can finally say are not helpful on your journey? What practices have you developed to assist you in becoming conscious of your life and what lasts? What might be helpful about discovering what you seek has always been seeking you?
I’d love to hear your insights.
* ”At their best” because all religious traditions have many leaders and followers that miss the point and create traditions or ideas that are not actually helpful or true, and are often in direct contradiction to what God actually means. I remind us that many of our great leaders of religion "at their best" were often rejected or killed by the power brokers of cultural and religious ideas, whether they killed Jesus, Gandhi, MLK Jr., etc. I always like to highlight that Jesus did not come to start a new religion, but to change our minds about what religion had made God to be. His life was poured out for all of humanity, not just a specific religion, race, or people group. He was killed for loving the “whole world."