What You Seek is Also Seeking You
I often find inspiration in the words of the Persian master poet, Rumi. Recently I have explored the deeper meanings of his quote: “What you seek is also seeking you.”
My reflections on these wise words led me to first ask: What is it that I seek? To some degree or another, that which I seek is the greater demonstration of peace, prosperity, love, health, joy and freedom in my life. Since we are all sharing a human experience, and we experience similar needs and desires, I speculate that what I am seeking is common for most of us.
Recognizing as I do, that Divine Spirit is the source and supply of love, peace, prosperity, joy and all forms of goodness – clearly, that which I seek is a greater demonstration of Spirit in, around, and through means of my life.
The next equally compelling question for me is: If what I seek is also seeking me, then why is there a disconnect? What gets in the way of Spirit’s full and unconditional demonstration in my life?
In reflecting upon these deep questions, in a moment of clarity, I discerned that what gets in the way are the mental constructs that have successfully disconnected, separated, divided and classified us. In other words, it is our self-association with race, gender, religion, politics, wealth, and / or sexual orientation that is at the root of our disconnect. Our inability to see beyond the external distinctions created by mass consciousness is what has successfully disconnected us from our source. Indeed, if we perceive ourselves as separate from each other – and if we classify one person as better than the other – we have unconsciously created a disconnection with Life and with Spirit. In the words of Rumi: “The ego has served as a veil between humans and God.”
The divisions that many of us have created in our own thinking often compound the depth of this challenge. Consider the additional separation we have created in our false beliefs: such as, “I am not worthy,” “I am not loved,” or “God is separate and apart from me.”
I appreciate the need to be compassionate with ourselves. After all, many of these beliefs are the result of false thinking promoted by (sometimes well intended) family, religion, country, and educational systems. It stands to reason why it is often difficult for us to act other than in the ways we have been taught to act and perceive ourselves.
I have come to believe that one path out of the muddy thinking represented by the consciousness of separation is for us to unlearn that which we have learned. Wisdom teachings remind us to detach from the thought patterns and beliefs that no longer serve us. In other words, we must unlearn and detach from what we have learned regarding race, gender, religion, politics, and sexual orientation. Those of us with awareness of this handicap must peel aside the petals of separation that continue to divide and separate us from “That which I seek.” We are called upon to regain a clearer understanding of that which we are – an awakened acceptance of our true identity.
As I move toward the end of this calendar year and hold high vision of the magnificent life that awaits me in 2016, I remind myself: I am not my race or my gender. I am not my job, my possessions or what I own. I am not my past, my mistakes or my judgments. I am not what others think of me or what I have previously thought of myself.
As I remove my attachment to the false thinking I have learned, I open myself to an awakening of my true identity – and a clearer consciousness of what I truly am.
I am an individualized expression of the Divine. Spirit – and all the goodness that I am seeking in my life – exists already within me. As Rumi noted: “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
It is my declaration and knowing this truth that allows me to transform any perceptions of separation – and which allows greater goodness to show up in and through my life.
All that Divine Spirit is – already exists within me. In the words of Rumi: “I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.”