Spirit wants to meet you. To accept its invitation, you must be undefended. When you seek, begin in your heart. The cave of the heart is the home of truth.
Seekers are those who try to resolve the seeming paradox of God’s indifference and God’s love. They look into the crisis that most people shun, because from hurt of failure or disaster one can seize the deepest truth.
This enigma is worth devoting one’s whole lifetime to solving. “Don’t mistake me when I say that spirit leaves clues all around,” Merlin said. “I don’t mean that the clues are obvious or that the mystery will be easily cracked.”
If spirit is showering clues all around you, how can they be spotted? First, you must be willing to see these clues. They crop up in many forms: Meeting someone you just thought about, hearing a word that just flashed through your mind, having plans go awry only to find a hidden benefit, noticing that too many coincidences are occurring in your life to truly be coincidences. Spirit often begins to speak in these waysóthey might be called first encounters. Narrow escapes, lucky accidents, and intuitions that come true fall into this category also; in all these cases the normal patterns of cause and effect are stretched, sometimes broken. The real question isn’t “Why did this happen?” but “Why did this happen to me?”
You can’t decipher the hidden meaning, however, until you ask for it to be revealed. “Don’t expect spirit to write a book and read it to you,” Merlin said. “Life is creative, and so is spirit. Each clue meant for you is tailored to your level of awareness. Be grateful that spirit remains out of sight, just around the next bend. Rejoice that you can be a seeker all your life, for if spirit delivered its secrets once and for all, you would be left with pleasant memories but a listless and dull future.”
Because spirit is on the move, constantly creating your life from the invisible source of all life, you must be alert every moment to understand its ways. “Respect your mystery. Nothing is more profound,” Merlin said.
Adapted from The Way of the Wizard by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1995).