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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62 comments

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.3 years ago

Excellent

Zee K.
Past Member 3 years ago

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!"

Jane H.
Jane H.4 years ago

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

Anastasia Z.
Anastasia Z.4 years ago

Wise as always...

Zee Kallah
Past Member 4 years ago

The joy of the seeker is in the seeking.

Introduce space and enjoy.

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

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!

D. T.
D. T.4 years ago

Love your insight, thank you!

Ji H.
Jean H.4 years ago

This one requires more thought.

Holy Lawrence
Holly Lawrence4 years ago

Great Article!

Rita White
Rita White4 years ago

thanks for the information