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What You Seek, You Already Are

What You Seek, You Already Are

Seeking is a word often applied to the spiritual path, and many people are proud to call themselves seekers. Often, they are the same people who once chased too hard after money, sex, alcohol, or work. With the same addictive intensity they now hope to find God, the soul, the higher self. The problem is that seeking begins with a false assumption. I don’t mean the assumption that materialism is corrupt and spirituality is pure. Yes, materialism can become all-consuming, but that’s not the really important point. Seeking is doomed because it is a chase that takes you outside yourself.

Whether the object is God or money makes no real difference. Productive seeking requires that you throw out all assumptions that there is a prize to be won. This means acting without hope of rising to some ideal self, hope being a wish that you’ll get somewhere better than the place you started from. You are starting from yourself, and it’s the self that contains all the answers. So you have to give up on the idea that you must go from A to B.

There is no linear path when the goal isn’t somewhere else. You must also discard fixed judgments about high and low, good and evil, holy and profane. The one reality includes everything in its tangle of experiences, and what we are trying to find is the experiencer who is present no matter what experience you are having.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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12:45PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Excellent

8:05PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

I am a seeker.

There is an infinity of infinities through which I can seek as long as I find my joy in the seeking.

I am an "initiate" in several spiritual teachings. Each time I have found the promised state to be "nothing" which is exactly what many of those who claim masterhood say. Many say Samadhi is "nothingness". I agree. So is Clear, so is ......................

Don't tell me when I find what I'm seeking I will stop seeking. B.S.

The seeking itself is the fun and there is an infinity through which to seek.

As a saint once said, "All the way to heaven is heaven."

Once when I thought I had found the secret of all things, I was ecstatic for a few hours then dove into glum. A friend cheerfully asked me, "Don't you know the joy of the seeker is in the seeking?"

"YAY!"

7:51PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

My daughter once gave me a post card, the gist of which was the the Kingdom of God is within.

8:31AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Wise as always...

2:57AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

The joy of the seeker is in the seeking.

Introduce space and enjoy.

9:09PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

It's about being aware and present - and the discipline of meditation.
With regard to previous posts - This is not an article - it is an excerpt from one of Deepak's books!

9:02PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Love your insight, thank you!

4:12PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

This one requires more thought.

8:56AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Great Article!

6:36AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

thanks for the information

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