Spiritual seeking (quotes)

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Spirituality is about seeking

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Spirituality is about being a seeker

  • Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West-and then seek. I. Gurdjieff
  • …to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Lord Alfred Tennyson
  • You are asking yourself, as all of us must: ‘Who am I?’ . . . ‘Where am I?’ . . . ‘Whence do I go?’ The process of enlightenment is usually slow. But, in the end, our seeking always brings a finding. These great mysteries are, after all, enshrined in complete simplicity. Bill W.
  • It is the seeker, who understands there is more than what meets the eye, who is not afraid and makes the choice to go into the unknown. The process of awaking has begun, the discovery is underway. Alan Watts
  • I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul. Rumi
  • Just being the seeker, somebody whose open to spiritual enlightenment, is in itself the important thing and it’s the reward for being a seeker in this world. Walter Isaacson
  • The most challenging thing for the spiritual seeker to do is to stop struggling. Adyashanti
  • Silence is the speech of the spiritual seeker. Sathya Sai Baba
  • For I have always been a seeker, a dreamer, and a ponderer on seeking and dreaming. P. Lovecraft
  • The seeker’s silence is the loudest form of prayer. Swami Vivekananda
  • The True Seeker must, before all else, cleanse his heart. Bahá’u’lláh
  • Practice meditation. Become a seeker. Walk the path of the seeker. You will get the best of everything the world has to offer. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  • The seeker embarks on a journey to find what he wants and discovers, along the way, what he needs. Wally Lamb
  • Whether one moves slowly or with speed, the one who is a seeker will be a finder. Rumi
  • I bow to all the seekers of truth. At the very outset we have to know that truth is what it is. We cannot think about it, we cannot conceptualize it. Unfortunately at this human level we cannot feel it, we cannot know it. We have to be the spirit to know the truth. Nirmala Srivastava
  • We travel as seekers after answers we cannot find at home. Phil Cousineau
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We search for ourselves

  • The seeker is he who is in search of himself. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The source of joy is within yourself. Unless and until you seek yourself you cannot seek God. Nirmala Srivastava
  • Until one learns to lose one’s self he cannot find himself. Walter Russell
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We search for our source

  • If the ego is in the slightest way separated from its source, it yearns to find it again. This search comes from the remembrance of unity and plenitude. As every experience emanates from the non-experience which is our real being, the me also bears the scent of its source. This remembering is awakened through those moments of desirelessness and in deep sleep. Jean Klein
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We search for God

  • The more we search for ourselves, the less likely we are to find ourselves; and the more we search for God, and to serve our fellow-men, the more profoundly will we become acquainted with ourselves, and the more inwardly assured. This is one of the great spiritual laws of life.  Shoghi Effendi
  • The very search for truth is implicitly a search for God.  David Bentley Hart
  • What is seeking? Seeking is “you” wanting to know God. Ramesh Balsekar
  • You, eternal trinity, are a deep sea. The more I enter you, the more I discover and the more I discover, the more I seek you. Catherine of Siena
  • A sincere seeker knows what his goal is: the highest Truth. He will not delay his journey. In spiritual life, we aspire for the highest Truth, for God, nothing else. Sri Chinmoy
  • I am a passionate seeker after truth which is but another name for God. Mahatma Gandhi
  • The seeker of God is the real lover of vidya, unchangeable truth; all else is avidya, relative knowledge. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • God reveals Himself, unfailingly, to the solitary, thoughtful seeker. Honore de Balzac
  • For whoever seeks God in some special way, will gain the way and lose God who is hidden in the way. But whoever seeks God without any special way, finds Him as He really is… and He is life itself. Meister Eckhart
  • If we seek God for our own good and profit, we are not seeking God.  Meister Eckhart
  • If you seek answers you won’t find them, but if you seek God, the answers will find you. Mark Batterson
  • No one could tell me where my soul might be; I searched for God but he eluded me;  I sought my brother out and found all three.  Ernest Howard Crosby
  • Seek the spirit, forget the form.  Bulleh Shah
  • Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven because that is where the laws of God operate truly, and they can operate only truly since they are the laws of Truth. But seek this only because you can find nothing else. There is nothing else.  God is all in all in a very literal sense.  All being is in Him who is all Being.  You are therefore in Him since your being is His.  A Course in Miracles
  • Why is it so difficult to find God? Because you’re looking for something you’ve never lost. Meher Baba
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We search for truth

  • If you are truly a seeker of truth, truth cannot hide from you. It is in the lap of truth that you have happened. Jaggi Vasudev
  • A seeker of Truth looks beyond the apparent and contemplates the hidden. Rumi
  • Being a seeker means no matter what the Vedas said, what Krishna or Shiva said, you have to know the truth in your own experience. Jaggi Vasudev
  • If you want to be a real seeker of truth, you need to, at least once in your lifetime, doubt in, as much as it’s possible, in everything. Blaise Pascal
  • Seeker of truth follow no path all paths lead where truth is here. e. e. cummings
  • If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Rene Descartes
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We search for answers

  • We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. Lloyd Alexander
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We search for knowledge

  • Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds… To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner. Anne Rice
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We search for love

  • Everyone seeks for love as you do, but knows it not unless he joins with you in seeking it. If you undertake the search together, you bring with you a light so powerful that what you see is given meaning. A Course in Miracles
  • The search for love is but the honest searching out of everything that interferes with love. A Course in Miracles
  • You have so little faith in yourself because you are unwilling to accept the fact that perfect love is in you, and so you seek without for what you cannot find within. A Course In Miracles
  • Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. A Course in Miracles
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What we seek is a recognition of what we fundamentally are

  • We must distinguish between learning, accumulation of knowledge, and understanding or knowing, the immediate insight into our real nature. Appropriation of facts is necessary when studying a trade, an instrument, a language, and so on. But we cannot acquire what we fundamentally are. We can only recognise it. Recognition is an instantaneous happening. Jean Klein
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What we really seek is the end of seeking

  • Do you see that, ultimately, you are not seeking some object or future attainment? You are seeking the end of seeking. If you woke up tomorrow and the movement of seeking was gone, what would be left? This moment! There would be a deep sense of contentment with whatever is. Scot Kiloby
  • The end of seeking can only be realized now. All desire for future attainment creates a never ending search for something just out of reach. In noticing the movement to escape this moment in search of something else, an opportunity arises to realize that this moment is what you are seeking. That takes no time at all. Scot Kiloby
  • You will realise when the realisation called enlightenment occurs. Seeking will end. Scott Kiloby
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Seeking God

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There is no need to go on a pilgrimage to find God …

  • I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water is thirsty. I laugh when I hear that people go on pilgrimage to find God. Kabir
  • God is in your heart, yet you search for him in the wilderness. Arjun
  • Do not be under the delusion that God is somewhere and you have to search for Him; God is in you. Atharva Veda
  • You find God the moment you realize that you don’t need to seek God. Eckhart Tolle
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… for God dwells in you, as you

  • For although God is right with us and in us and out of us and all through us, we have to go on journeys to find him. Thomas Merton
  • ‘I travelled a long way seeking God, but when I finally gave up and turned back, there He was, within me.’ Lalla, a fourteenth century mystic
  • God doesn’t do the work for you; he does the work through you. It’s not enough to look up; you must also look within. Patti LaBelle
  • God dwells in you, as you, and you don’t have to ‘do’ anything to be God-realized or Self-realized, it is already your true and natural state. Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward, and sacrifice your ego mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being. For this to be your own presently lived experience, Self-Inquiry Meditation is a direct and immediate way. Ramana Maharshi
  • We need not wings to go in search of Him, but have only to find a place where we can be alone– and look upon Him present within us. Teresa of Avila
  • Don’t look for God in the sky; look within your own body. Osho
  • The purpose of life is to realize God within ourselves. This can be done even whilst attending to our worldly duties… Meher Baba
  • I searched for God, and found only myself. I searched for myself, and found only God.  Rumi
  • I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water is thirsty. You wander restlessly from forest to forest while the Reality is within your own dwelling. Kabir
  • The Lord is in me, the Lord is in you, as life is in every seed, put false pride away and seek the Lord within. Kabir
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God can only be found now in presence

  • Does your belief system include the idea that you must search for God into the future? Look around. There is nothing outside this moment. There is no presence outside this moment. Can you really argue with that? If there is no presence outside this moment, can there be a presence of God outside this moment? The separate self is a mental construct in time, contained within the thought realms of past, future, and resistance to now. Thought is mostly self-centered. It is always about you, where you have been, where you are going, and whether you have attained or will later attain a union with the God in your thoughts. Is God a thought? When you live as if God can only be found in the future, you set yourself up for not finding God. Conceptually, you create a “you” that is separate from “God.” This just fuels the spiritual search. God is looking through your eyes. The presence that is here, now, is timeless. It is eternal. It is outside of time. Therefore, it is outside of the separate self. It is beyond (or not of) personal will and choice. It is beyond (not of) the mind. It is beyond (not of) the conceptual ideas of “you” seeking “God.” The teaching of present moment awareness is simply saying, “come out of the stream of time (self) and into this moment (God).” Scott Kiloby
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Realise there is no seeker. There is only God

  • The final understanding: There is and never was a seeker. At that understanding’s cusp, you see yourself at last not as the person, but as God Herself. The person is an object, but You are the subject in which all objects arise. You are the experiencing of everything that arises. When You recognise this, You no longer care whether this or any person has reached the final understanding, because You’ve ceased identifying as a person. You realise You are not the person. You are God experiencing Yourself through the person.  Doug Fraley
  • The seeking ends only with the total realization-unquestioned, unconditional realization-that there never was a seeker.    Ramesh Balsekar
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We think we seek God but actually it is God seeking us

  • For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. Bayazid Bastami
  • God is always seeking you. Every sunset. Every clear blue sky. Each ocean wave. The starry hosts of night. He blankets each new day with the invitation, ‘I am here.’ Louie Giglio
  • Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty. Rumi
  • The mystery of seeking God is that He is the One who finds you.  Kingsley Opuueari Manuel
  • The seeker asking, Where is God? Is really God saying, Where indeed is the seeker! Meher Baba
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God is seeking God through us

  • Mystics throughout time, in all traditions, have said the same thing. We do not have to search for God because the presence of the Divine permeates all things. If there is a search at all, it is God searching for Itself, so to speak. Rabbi David Cooper
  • Resisting oneness is oneness resisting. Seeking oneness is oneness seeking itself. Tony Parsons
  • Seeking is an experience God has of pretending She is lost and looking for Herself. The seeking ends with an experiential recognition beyond question that, while there has been an experience of seeking, there has never been a seeker.  Doug Fraley
  • Who is seeking self?  Self is seeking Self. Michael Singer
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We seek God with God’s eyes

  • Has it ever occurred to you that you are seeking God with His eyes? Adyashant
  • ‘The eye with which I see God is the same eye with with which God sees me.’ Meister Eckhart
  • What we are looking for is what is looking. St. Francis of Assissi
  • I looked for God. Then realised that it was God that was doing the looking. God was looking for Himself through my eyes. Anthony Lambert
  • Lo, I am with you always means when you look for God, God is in the look of your eyes, in the thought of looking, nearer to you than your self, or things that have happened to you. There’s no need to go outside.  Rumi
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The search for God and the search for oneself are the same

  • One has to understand that the search for reality, or God and the search for the self are the same; when one is found, all are found. When ‘I am’ and ‘God is’ become in your mind indistinguishable, then something will happen and you will know without a trace of doubt that God is because you are, you are because God is. The two are one. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • When this secret is revealed to you, you will know that you are not other than God and that you yourself are the object of your quest. Awhad al-din Balyani
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Find God by letting the stillness in

  • The seeker after stillness should be told that the stillness is always there. Indeed it is in every man. But he has to learn, first, to let it in and, second, how to do so. The first beginning of this is to remember. The second is to recognize the inward pull. For the rest, the stillness itself will guide and lead him to itself. Paul Brunton
  • Be aware, the one who stands still, in his stillness finds God. The man who runs after God never attains to him because the running is of the mind, and that highest spiritual element can never be obtained by the mind. Osho
  • To go beyond the mind, you must be silent and quiet. Peace and silence, silence and peace – this is the way beyond. Stop asking questions. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • I felt in need of a great pilgrimage, so I sat still for three days and God came to me. Kabir
  • Silence is a great help to a seeker after truth like myself. Mahatma Gandhi
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Seeking awareness

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Seeking is awareness looking for itself

  • Seeking is simply the name and the shape that Consciousness takes as it sets out in search of itself. Happiness and Understanding are the experience of Consciousness recognising itself at the end of that search.  Rupert Spira
  • What remains cannot be given a name, for all names refer to the objects of knowledge and experience, and yet it is that for which all minds seek and all hearts long. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness is the primary experience in all experience, whatever the particular character of that experience. And for this reason, the search for itself, the desire to return to itself, to abide in itself, can never be extinguished. Rupert Spira
  • The search for happiness is consciousness searching for itself. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness comes to recognise that it is already precisely what it is looking for, and that it is the search itself that prevents this realisation. Rupert Spira
  • Seeking is based on a misperception that is naturally corrected when it is realized that what you are seeking is what is seeking. Awareness is looking for itself. It tends to look in every object that appears on its screen. In that way, it misses the simple and obvious recognition that awareness is what is looking right now (and always).  Scott Kiloby
  • What you seek is seeking you. Rumi
  • That which is being looked for it that which is looking.
  • Consciousness is in the looking, not in the looked for. Rupert Spira
  • Consciousness conceives of itself as a subtle object towards which it can turn. It does not yet know that it is already the attention that it is trying to give itself. It does not yet see clearly that attention divested of an object is already Consciousness, Presence, itself. So it plays a trick on itself. It searches for itself. Consciousness never finds itself in this way because it is, without knowing it, already itself.   Rupert Spira
  • It does not yet see clearly that attention divested of an object is already Consciousness, Presence, itself. So it plays a trick on itself. It searches for itself.  Rupert Spira
  • It is a hindrance to consider that there is a personal self, or an ‘I’, or an ego that is doing the striving or seeking or that will become enlightened. It is much easier to realize there is no such thing as the ego or an ‘I’ identity that is doing any seeking, but instead, it is an impersonal aspect of consciousness that is doing the exploring and seeking. David Hawkins
  • What they overlook is the actuality of that which does the seeing – that which everything has in common – the one universal canvas sustaining all manifestation. Leo Hartong
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Only awareness can find and know awareness

  • In reality, there are no paths to God. God knows itself by itself, through itself, in itself, as itself. There are no means to infinite Consciousness other than infinite Consciousness itself, because from infinite Consciousness’s point of view, which is the only real point of view, there is only itself. Rupert Spira
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Awareness can never be found by the mind as an object in awareness

  • The movement of search can only be from the known to the known, and all that the mind can do is to be aware that this movement will never uncover the unknown. Any movement on the part of the known is still within the field of the known. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • You’re like a traveler in a movie traveling the world in search of the screen. The screen will never show up in your world; the world of the finite mind, the world that appears to exist in time and space. Rupert Spira
  • Seeking is seeking for an object. Anthony Lambert
  • Thought cannot know Consciousness, although it is made of it, any more than a character in a movie can see the screen out of which it is made. Likewise, perception cannot see Consciousness, although it is made of it. Rupert Spira
  • When you hear of inner space, you may start seeking it, and, because you are seeking it as if you were looking for an object or for an experience, you cannot find it. This is the dilemma of all those who are seeking spiritual realization or enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle
  • The seat of Realization is within and the seeker cannot find it as an object outside him. That seat is bliss and is the core of all beings. Hence it is called the Heart. Ramana Maharshi
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Why seek for awareness when all is already awareness?

  • If all there is is Consciousness, if there is only Consciousness, then why or for what are you still seeking? Why not live in this understanding, no longer requiring that you wait for all the supposed signs of ‘enlightenment’ to appear? Nathan Gill
  • The Great Search simply reinforces the mistaken assumption that there is some place that Spirit is not, and that I need to get from a space that is lacking to a space that is full. But there is no space lacking, and there is no space more full. There is only Spirit. Ken Wilber
  • Consciousness is still only experiencing itself, even during the appearance of the feeling that something is missing. That very feeling is itself still the experience of Consciousness knowing itself.  Rupert Spira
  • I, ego, time, thought, separation – if all there is is Consciousness then is not all of this already Consciousness? Any appearance of mundane, ordinary existence can be no less of Consciousness than any appearance of unconditional love, wholeness, bliss, stillness, silence or anything else.  Does anything really need to be transcended, found or let go of?  Why not live in this understanding, no longer requiring that you wait for all the supposed signs of ‘enlightenment’ to appear?  Nathan Gill
  • No matter how strange things get, know that with every breath, you are becoming that which you have always been. Eric Micha’el Leventhal
  • When the entire search to be more present—which is a search in time—falls away, presence is realized to be all there is. Even comparing, measuring, and searching arise in presence. There is nothing that happens outside of this timelessness. Thought is merely telling the story that there is a self who is coming to presence. No one comes to presence. Presence is all there is. The story of self is a dream of thought that simply arises and falls within presence. When it is realized that comparing past to future, measuring the “degree” of presence, and searching to be “more” present are all part of the dream of the thought-based, time-bound self, and that even that dream happens in presence, the search is off. It is realized that all there is, is presence appearing as a dream of a separate self.  Scott Kiloby
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Realise awareness is already here

  • Consciousness is an end in itself. We torture ourselves getting somewhere, and when we get there it is nowhere, for there is nowhere to get to. David Herbert Lawrence
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Seeking is ego in motion

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Seeking and resistance are the two main impulses

  • Seeking and resistance are the two main impulses that govern the thoughts and feelings, and the subsequent activities and relationships, of most people. Rupert Spira
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To seek is to have a sense of lack

  • The mind is a seeker; it is always hungry for more. Whether it’s the search for worldly success, or happiness, or permanent pleasure, or eternal peace, or spiritual enlightenment, it’s essentially the same movement of thought. A search always implies that something has been lost, that something here is not quite right, that there is something lacking in the universe. That is why the search for enlightenment is essentially no different from the search for worldly success. Jeff Foster
  • The search depends on a deep belief that The All is not present now. That this moment is not as it should be. Adyashanti
  • The more we seek, the more we experience a present sense of lack, which in turns fuels more seeking. Scot Kiloby
  • Seeking arises as the story, “I am not there yet.” Scot Kiloby
  • Ask yourself, “What am I seeking?” The answer may be money, success, fame, love, happiness, peace, or enlightenment. The story goes, “When I obtain whatever object I am seeking, I will be OK.” Translated, that means, “When I get whatever it is I am seeking, the seeking will stop.” Scot Kiloby
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To seek is to want something other than what is happening now

  • The spiritual search is a search for something more, for something other than what is happening now. It is a chase for pleasure in the future, or a release from (or an avoidance of) pain or discomfort in the present. The self center is the movement of thought that appears to perpetually chase pleasure and avoid pain.
  • Seeking can be very simply defined as wanting something to happen other than what is happening now. The search can also be described as the constant movement of looking to the future for a sense of completion. Scott Kiloby
  • Whether we have been seeking spiritual awakening for years, or have been seeking happiness in possessions, career, attention, fame, relationships, food, sex, or drugs, one basic fact remains: to chase after any state other than the one that is appearing now is to continue seeking within the story of the time-bound, thought-based self center. Scott Kiloby
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Seeking is a mental pull into the future

  • Seeking arises as energy in the body that pulls you towards the next moment. Do not try to deny or suppress seeking energy when it arises. Allow awareness to just see it. Scott Kiloby
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Seeking is a form of striving or grasping

  • Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal. You, O worthy one, are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose. Hermann Hess
  • How shall I grasp it? Do not grasp it. That which remains when there is no more grasping is the Self. Panchadasi
  • The very desire to seek spiritual enlightenment is in fact nothing but the grasping tendency of the ego itself, and thus the very search for enlightenment prevents it. Ken Wilber
  • When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the Supreme State will come to you uninvited and unexpected. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Seeking is a game of mind…

  • In playing the game of spiritual seeking, you believe that—through control, effort and practice—you will come to some later point of enlightenment, happiness, love, success, or contentment. But the hidden gem in seeking is the opportunity to expose the seeking for what it truly is—a game of mind. Instead of blindly following each movement of seeking, expose the game. Allow awareness to see it without judgment. See what is really happening. The thought-based self is playing the game of looking for spirit in form (i.e., things). Ordinary, everyday present awareness is already formless spirit. The dream self is lost in a dream of temporary ‘somethings’ (i.e., temporary thoughts, feelings, ideas, religions, beliefs, states, experiences, jobs, relationships). It goes from one something to the next something in search of spirit. This is about the possibility of seeing that control, effort, practice, thoughts, feelings, ideas, religions, beliefs, states, experiences, jobs, and relationships are temporary ‘somethings’ arising from the formless, changeless nothingness of spirit that is the source of all. In exposing the seeking game, there is no more avoidance of present awareness. No more escaping from the present experience to some fairytale experience in the future. The possibility arises for seeing that, in the timeless presence that you really are, nothing is appearing as everything. Spirit is manifesting as every form—every ‘something’—including every false idea about future awakening. Scott Kiloby
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… a series of thoughts arising and falling in awareness

  • In seeing that the spiritual search is happening all on its own, there is the possibility that awareness will start to see it for what it really is—a dream of thought. When awareness sees the dream of thought known as “you and your spiritual search” and sees that it is happening spontaneously and involuntarily, all of the mental and emotional effort drops out of the search. There is a natural resting into what is. Scott Kiloby
  • When awareness is realized, there is an undeniable knowing. Seeking stops because it is seen that the seeker is merely a series of thoughts arising and falling in awareness. There is no seeker there. There never was. There was only mind movement, which was mistakenly taken to be a separate self. Scott Kiloby
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It is the ego that seeks…

  • The dictum of the ego is seek but do not find. Course of Miracles
  • What is it in you that brings you to a spiritual teacher in the first place? It’s not the spirit in you, since that is already enlightened, and has no need to seek. No, it is the ego in you that brings you to a teacher. Ken Wilber
  • The very desire to seek spiritual enlightenment is in fact nothing but the grasping tendency of the ego itself, and thus the very search for enlightenment prevents it. The ‘perfect practice’ is therefore not to search for enlightenment but to inquire into the motive for seeking itself. You obviously seek in order to avoid the present, and yet the present alone holds the answer: to seek forever is to miss the point forever. You always already are enlightened Spirit, and therefore to seek Spirit is simply to deny Spirit. Ken Wilber
  • Seekers continue to practice all kinds of self-torture without realizing that such ‘spiritual practice’ is a reinforcement of the very ego that prevents them from their natural, free state. Ramesh Balsekar
  • A separate person is always looking for something. We might seek wealth, success, power, fame, or we might seek for ‘spiritual’ things instead – but really it’s all the same seeking. The spiritual seeker might seek awakening, enlightenment or a non-dual state instead of money and power and success – but deep down, it’s the same movement. Jeff Foster
  • Your ego’s biggest trick is getting you to spend your entire lifetime looking outside yourself for something you already are. Michael Jeffreys
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…trapped in the illusion of separation

  • The belief that awakening is about such a state – that it is an experience for someone – constitutes the enlightenment myth. It continues the illusion of a separate seeker and keeps you trapped in the search.  Leo Hartong
  • The illusion of a separate seeker who can arrive at ‘destination enlightenment’ somewhere in the future. Leo Hartong
  • The seeker, who wants to get rid of his ego chases an ever-receding illusion. First, he splits himself in two – the ego and the one trying to get rid of it. Leo Hartong
  • When one first seeks the truth, one separates oneself from it. Dogen
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The ego perpetuates itself by seeking

  • The day effort ceased, I also ceased. Because you cannot exist without effort, and you cannot exist without desire, and you cannot exist without striving. Rajneesh
  • The egoic self is always engaged in seeking. It is seeking more of this or that to add to itself, to make itself feel more complete. This explains the ego’s compulsive preoccupation with future. Eckhart Tolle 
  • The more we seek, the more we reinforce the separate self, the ego. The more the ego is reinforced, the more we seek. And so continues the cycle of unhappiness and desperation. Aletheia Luna
  • The problem with trying to get THERE is that it automatically confirms NOT being there. It confirms that there really is a separate you that has to get somewhere later on. This keeps the illusion of separation and time alive and well. There truly is no separate character to reach a future state of timelessness. Leo Hartong
  • Where to go from here? The ‘Where to go?’ is the residual activity of doing or becoming that is inevitable if we imagine ourselves to be a separate, inside self. It is the subtle movement away from the ‘Now’ and the ‘This’ that characterises the imaginary self. The imaginary separate self is that movement, that dynamism of becoming which seemingly veils the peace of Being.  Simply see that clearly. You are already the transparent presence of Awareness. Why do you want to go somewhere? Only because you imagine that you are not already that one and are not, as a result, tasting the peace that is inherent in it. You are looking for that peace in a future object or situation.  Rupert Spira
  • With the collapse of resistance and seeking, the separate self itself collapses, for the separate self is not an entity that seeks but rather the very activity of seeking.  Rupert Spira
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Seeking lowers our state of consciousness and as a result, we cannot find

  • Pursuit and possession are accompanied by states of consciousness so wide apart that they can never be united. Jack London
  • To seek is to have a sense of lack and incompleteness. It is to be in a state of desire. This corresponds to a level of consciousness too low to find what we seek. Anthony Lambert
  • Seeking corresponds with a level of consciousness that veils our knowing of our true self. Anthony Lambert
  • Seeking is a level of consciousness too low for self-realisation to occur. Anthony Lambert
  • Seeking is a sense of lack. This pulls our state of consciousness below the level needed to see things rightly. Anthony Lambert
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Seeking is the antithesis of happiness

  • Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now, by facing what is rather than making up stories about it. Unhappiness covers up your natural state of well-being and inner peace, the source of true happiness. Eckhart Tolle
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To seek is to suffer

  • For all your pain comes simply from a futile search for what you want, insisting where it must be found. A Course in Miracles
  • All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss. Bodhidharma
  • To have a body is to suffer. Does anyone with a body know peace? Those who understand this detach themselves from all that exists and stop imagining or seeking anything. The sutras say, To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss. When you seek nothing, you’re on the Path. Bodhidharma
  • Suffering and seeking are intrinsically tied together. Suffering is the past. Suffering happens through identification with thought and emotion. Identification means that you believe that you are the thought-based story of your past and the emotions that arise in conjunction with that story. That story feels necessarily incomplete because it is not reality. It is a story that exists in time. Time is thought. This story is just a set of mental images. Images are, by their nature, incomplete. They have meaning only in relation to other images. The past story of you is looking for meaning—for completion in other images. Those other images are the future. Seeking is the future. When the past story is believed to be who you are, the mind believes that it must do something to make the story complete in the future. Therefore, it engages in self-help therapy, career movements, relationships, buying material items, seeking enlightenment and a host of other things in order to find that completion. This story is not really interested in completion. It is interested in continuing to keep the story alive. It does this through seeking. Suffering leads to seeking. Seeking leads to more suffering because future completion is never reached. “Future” is just a thought. It cannot be reached. Your true nature is the timeless awareness from which the thought-based, time-bound story of you appears and disappears. This seeing ends the cycle of suffering and seeking. Scott Kiloby
  • Seeking and suffering are created by focusing on past experiences for a sense of self, constantly labeling and resisting present experiences, and seeking future experiences for a completion of that sense of self. Scot Kiloby
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Seeking is counterproductive

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Seeking is counterproductive for it obscures what is sought

  • The seeking obscures what’s already here. Anthony Lambert
  • The agitation called ‘seeking’ veils the inherent Happiness and Understanding. It does not produce it. Rupert Spira
  • The real is near, you do not have to seek it; and a man who seeks truth will never find it. Truth is in what is – and that is the beauty of it. But the moment you conceive it, the moment you seek it, you begin to struggle; and a man who struggles cannot understand. That is why we have to be still, observant, passively aware. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Only when the pursuit ceases, is it possible to recognize what comprises you: pure being. Adyashanti
  • The Great Search simply reinforces the mistaken assumption that there is some place that Spirit is not, and that I need to get from a space that is lacking to a space that is full. But there is no space lacking, and there is no space more full. There is only Spirit. Ken Wilber
  • Only the action of non-action, the practice of non-practice, unmotivated non-volitional functioning, can lead to that recognition or awakening and why any kind of action, practice or intentional procedure is an insurmountable barrier to such awakening. Wei Wu Wei
  • In the gradual approach you are bound to the mind. The mind is under the illusion that if it changes, alters, stops, etc., it will be absorbed in what is beyond it. This misconception leads to the most tragic state in which a truth-seeker can find himself: he has bound himself in his own web, a web of the most subtle duality. Jean Klein
  • Those who are actively seeking enlightenment will not find it because the act of looking for it is the distraction from it. Enza Vita
  • By effort, seeking and doing, the separation and the idea of ‘not being there yet’ is affirmed. Leo Hartong
  • Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness. Chuang-Tzu
  • It is the preoccupation with time-even time spent seeking enlightenment-that drives eternity out of awareness. Bernard Haisch
  • The bliss you’re looking for gets obscured by the very looking, by wanting things to be different. Leo Hartong
  • There is nothing new nor anything you do not already have which needs to be gained. The feeling that you have not yet realized is the sole obstruction to realization. Ramana Maharishi
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What you seek can only be found now

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Enlightenment can only be found now

  • It is helpful to remember that neither Truth nor Enlightenment is something to be found, sought, acquired, gained, or possessed. That which is the Infinite Presence is always present and its realization occurs of itself when the obstacles to that realization are removed. It is therefore not necessary to study the truth but only to let go of that which is fallacious. Moving away the clouds does not cause the sun to shine but merely reveals that which was hidden all along. Spiritual work, therefore, is primarily a letting go of the presumably known for the unknown, with the promise of others who have done it that the effort is more than well rewarded at the end. David Hawkins
  • Our self – luminous, open, empty Awareness – cannot be enlightened. It is already the light that illuminates all experience. Nor can a separate self be enlightened, for when the separate self faces the light of Awareness, it vanishes, just as a shadow does when exposed to the sun. Rupert Spira
  • Rather, Spirit, and enlightenment, has to be something that you are fully aware of right now. Something you are already looking at right now… We are all already looking directly at Spirit, we just don’t recognize it. We have all the necessary cognition, but not the recognition. Ken Wilber
  • Furthermore, it is not that Spirit is present but you need to be enlightened in order to see it. It is not that you are one with Spirit but just don’t know it yet. Because that would also imply that there is some place Spirit is not. No, according to Dzogchen, you are always already one with Spirit, and that awareness is always already fully present, right now. You are looking directly at Spirit, with Spirit, in every act of awareness. There is nowhere Spirit is not. Ken Wilber
  • Behind most spiritual practices is the belief that you have to get someplace you’re not – a destination called realization or enlightenment. But realization isn’t someplace else; it’s the naturally occurring human state. It doesn’t belong to anybody. It’s who we all are. Suzanne Segal
  • Instead of directly seeing what is, the seeker continues to wait for a future event of enlightenment, not admitting that he’s already – and always has been – home. He often tries to anticipate what it would be like to reach a final and total understanding in which God and the universe reveal their secrets. In doing so he overlooks the fact that his mind is both part of and appearing in this universe and, thus, is not qualified to comprehend it. Leo Hartong
  • If all there is is Consciousness, if there is only Consciousness, then why or for what are you still seeking? Why not live in this understanding, no longer requiring that you wait for all the supposed signs of ‘enlightenment’ to appear? Nathan Gill
  • Looking forward” to what you think enlightenment might be at some grand point in the future keeps you from seeing the truth of its presence right now. Enza Vita
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You can only find yourself here and now…

  • For most things in life, you need time: to learn a new skill, build a house, become an expert, make a cup of tea. Time is useless, however, for the most essential thing in life, the one thing that really matters, self-realization–which means knowing who you are beyond the surface self, beyond your name, your physical form, your history, your story. You cannot find yourself in the past or future. The only place where you can find yourself in the Now. Spiritual seekers look for self realization or enlightenment in the future. To be a seeker implies that you need the future. If this is what you believe, it becomes true for you. You will need time until you realize that you don’t need time to be who you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • Spiritual seekers look for self-realization or enlightenment in the future. To be a seeker implies that you need the future. If this is what you believe, it becomes true for you: you will need time until you realize that you don’t need time to be who you are. Eckhart Tolle
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…not in the past

  • As long as there is dependence on memory (past) for your sense of self, there will be projection towards a future completion of that story. This keeps you locked in the cycle of seeking. Scott Kiloby
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…and not in the future

  • The very idea of a spiritual path is necessarily self-defeating, because it does the one thing that has to be undone if there is to be awakening to eternity: it concentrates attention firmly on `futurity.” Bernard Haisch
  • Time is always involved in seeking. What we search for is always in the future. We say, ‘One day I will find non-duality. I’ll get into the non-dual state or have an awakening experience or my person will drop away magically. Jeff Foster
  • To be a seeker implies that you need the future. If this is what you believe, it becomes true for you: you will need time until you realize that you don’t need time to be who you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • When a student asked Sri Atmananda, ‘When will I get it?’ he answered, ‘When the when stops.’ Leo Hartong
  • Does your belief system include the idea that you must search for God into the future? Look around. There is nothing outside this moment. There is no presence outside this moment. Can you really argue with that? If there is no presence outside this moment, can there be a presence of God outside this moment? The separate self is a mental construct in time, contained within the thought realms of past, future, and resistance to now. Thought is mostly self-centered. It is always about you, where you have been, where you are going, and whether you have attained or will later attain a union with the God in your thoughts. Is God a thought? When you live as if God can only be found in the future, you set yourself up for not finding God. Conceptually, you create a “you” that is separate from “God.” This just fuels the spiritual search. God is looking through your eyes. The presence that is here, now, is timeless. It is eternal. It is outside of time. Therefore, it is outside of the separate self. It is beyond (or not of) personal will and choice. It is beyond (not of) the mind. It is beyond (not of) the conceptual ideas of “you” seeking “God.” The teaching of present moment awareness is simply saying, “come out of the stream of time (self) and into this moment (God). Scott Kiloby
  • When we set enlightenment as a future goal, it becomes part of the story of the self center, a way to imagine a future state in which we are free of suffering. Scott Kiloby
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Happiness too can only be found in the present

  • Most of us spend our time seeking happiness and security without acknowledging the underlying purpose of our search. Each of us is looking for a path back to the present: We are trying to find good enough reasons to be satisfied now. Acknowledging that this is the structure of the game we are playing allows us to play it differently. How we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the character of our experience and, therefore, the quality of our lives. Sam Harris
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What you seek is already here

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What you seek is already here

  • Liberation is not to be gained in the future. It is there for ever, here and now. Ramana Maharshi
  • But there is no place where Spirit is not. Every single location in the entire Kosmos is equally and fully Spirit. Seeking of any sort, movement of any sort, attainment of any sort: all profoundly useless. The Great Search simply reinforces the mistaken assumption that there is some place that Spirit is not, and that I need to get from a space that is lacking to a space that is full. But there is no space lacking, and there is no space more full. Thre is only Spirit. Ken Wilber
  • The problem with following a spiritual path is that it can give us the impression that ‘we are not there yet’. Jan Kersschot
  • Right here and now, you are in the realized state. But you try to judge it through desires and mind concepts, hence your inability to apperceive it and abide in it. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • All that you seek is already within you. In Hinduism it is called the Atman, in Buddhism the pure Buddha-Mind. Christ said, ‘the kingdom of heaven is within you.’ Quakers call it the ‘still small voice within.’ This is the space of full awareness that is in harmony with all the universe, and thus is wisdom itself. Ram Dass
  • Give up the search and fall in love with what’s here now. Anthony Lambert
  • Give up the search for something to happen and fall in love, fall intimately in love with the gift of presence in What Is. Here, right here, is the seat of all that you will ever long for. It is simple and ordinary and magnificent. You see, you are already home. Leo Hartong
  • If there is anything at all to do, it is to verify in this instant the truth of what you are; to confirm that Awareness is fully present and that no effort is required for this to be so. Leo Hartong
  • If you could just STOP, you’d realize that you’re already there – or rather HERE. Leo Hartong
  • It is here. It is in you, it is in me, it is in all life, both sentient and insentient. It is everywhere. As long as you are searching for it, it cannot be found because you assume that it is someplace else. Gangaji
  • Life is not about a gradual progression to a future goal, but about a radical awakening to what is. Leo Hartong
  • Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find. Ann Patchett
  • The quest to awaken implies a futurity that precludes basking in what actually is right now. I am unable to see the value in any method of evolution that implies getting somewhere to becoming something different. As soon as one embarks on a path to somewhere, the awesomeness of what is, here and now, becomes unavailable.  More important, the somewhere people are trying to arrive is actually not located, since it is everywhere all the time.  Suzanne Segal
  • The thing which we speak of as beauty does not have to be sought in distant lands … It is here about us or it is nowhere.  Allen Tucker
  • There is no such thing as “getting to heaven.” There is only a knowing that you are already there. The irony is that most people think they have to leave where they are to get to where they want to be. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Waiting is self-defeating. We have whatever we need. This realization often is hidden behind veils, but as we peel these veils away through our awareness practices and our actions to improve ourselves and the world, we discover that everything we ever wanted is right here. Messianic consciousness is not something that comes in the future; it is our intrinsic nature. Rabbi David Cooper
  • We meditate not to attain enlightenment, because enlightenment is already in us. We don’t need to search anywhere. We don’t need to practice to obtain some high position. We can enjoy every moment. People talk about entering nirvana, but we are already there. Aimlessness and nirvana are one. We have everything we need to make the present moment the happiest in our life. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • When the trying and seeking drops away. Then, total acceptance, love, and bliss could be recognized as being already here. Leo Hartong
  • You get lost because you think there is somewhere to go. If you give up believing in a goal or a destination, then you cannot get lost. In the present moment, there is no destination.  Leonard Jacobson
  • If you cannot find the truth right where you are where else do you expect to find it? Dogen Zenji
  • The Seeker himself becomes the knower. The thing to be known is already there. There is nothing to be known afresh. More-over there are no two things. There is only the seer, the knower. Ramana Maharshi
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You already are that which you seek

  • You are what you are seeking. Adyashanti
  • What you seek, you already are. Deepak Chopra
  • You are already that which you seek. Rupert Spira
  • You yourself are the object of your quest. Balyani
  • The seeker is that which is being sought. Gautama Buddha
  • Where all search ends, there you are. Shri Ramakant Maharaj
  • What you are looking for is what is looking.  Francis of Assisi
  • If you do not get it from yourself, where will you go for it? Dogen
  • You already are awareness. You just might not be it knowingly. Anthony Lambert
  • No effort in the world can make you what you already and actually are. Leo Hartong
  • You do not have to wait for grace to set you free. You already are free. Leo Hartong
  • I am always awareness. I have never been anything other than awareness. Rupert Spira
  • Seeking love keeps you from the awareness that you already have it—that you are it. Byron Katie
  • Be the Self and that is bliss. You are always that. The Self is always realized. Ramana Maharshi
  • You are all Buddhas. There is nothing you need to achieve. Just open your eyes. Siddhartha Gautama
  • Self-realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are. Ramesh S Balsekar
  • The seeking and the seeker are both annihilated in the realization that he is already home. Leo Hartong
  • You already are this Awareness, and you do not have to work to become what you already are. Leo Hartong
  • The only thing that blocks your seeing this right now is your insistence that you’re not there yet. Leo Hartong
  • We imagine that we will realize that Self some time, whereas we are never anything but the Self. Ramana Maharshi
  • There comes a time in the seeker’s life when he discovers that he is at once the lover and the beloved.  Sri Chinmoy
  • You are that which is looking for this ‘I,’ and as long as the search continues, this will be overlooked. Leo Hartong
  • We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us. Thomas Merton
  • Why am I seeking? I am the same as he. His essence speaks through me. I have been looking for myself. Jalaluddin Rumi
  • The great satisfaction you’ve sought through everything you ever desired; you already have, you already are. Adyashanti
  • We are on a journey of becoming that which we already are. That is the impossible paradox of our lives. Leonard Jacobson
  • All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The only thing standing between you and self-realization is the belief that you are not already fully realized. Sri Ramana Maharshi
  • The cosmic joke in the journey of the seeker is that the energy that fuels the seeking is precisely what is being sought. Leo Hartong
  • What you seek, you already are. Your awareness has its source in unity. Instead of seeking outside yourself, go to the source and realize who you are. Deepak Chopra
  • The power is in you. The answer is in you. You are the answer to all your searches: You are the goal. It’s never outside. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your ego’s biggest trick is getting you to spend your entire lifetime looking outside yourself for something you already are. Michael Jeffreys
  • The question and the cry ‘Oh, where?’ melt into tears of a thousand streams and deluge the world with the flood of the assurance ‘I am!’ Rabindranath Tagore
  • Enlightenment is understanding that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and nobody you have to be except exactly who you’re being right now. Neale Donald Walsch
  • No book or teacher can give you what you already are. The only thing a teaching can truly do is point to what you already are and to the fact that seeking what you already are is insane. Scott Kiloby
  • Indeed we ARE that which we are looking for, when our seeking ceases….What then prevents us from seeing this simple truth? Nothing but the misconception that ‘we’ can do something about it. Ramesh Balsekar
  • Behind the veil of ignorance, you are the Awakened One, aware of – as well as appearing in and as – this marvelous show of manifestation. You are, at once, Awareness and the totality of its content. Leo Hartong
  • The ‘I’ that is experiencing the feeling ‘I am not experiencing myself’ and the ‘I’ that is thinking the thought ‘I do not know myself’ is already that One that seems not to be experienced or known. Rupert Spira
  • The beautiful insight that is gleaned from all of this is that you already are that which you have always longed to become. It’s just that, at this level, you have no direct constant access to it and you have to go through the steps toward it.  Ziad Masri
  • True freedom is realizing, with absolute clarity and conviction, that we are already That for which we have been searching. All one needs is to call off the search entirely and abide in That which they presently are—empty of the mind’s illusory and nonsensical distractions. Brian Thompson
  • To search for the Seer is to miss the point. To search forever is to miss the point forever. How could you possibly search for that which is right now aware of this page? YOU ARE THAT! You cannot go out looking for that which is the Looker. Ken Wilber
  • By self-realization I do not mean something you have to get or attain. After all, there is a reason it has been labeled Self-realization instead of Self-improvement, Self-attainment, or Self-acquirement. Self-realization means simply to recognize what you already and truly are. Leo Hartong
  • For enlightenment to happen the perceiver must turn right around and wake up to the fact that he is face to face with his own nature – that HE IS IT. The spiritual seeker ultimately finds that he was already at the destination, that he himself IS what he had been seeking and he was in fact already home. Ramesh Balsekar
  • Enlightenment cannot be attained if it is sought as a future goal. Give up the search.  The entry point is now, not in the future.  The ego can only be transcended in the now.  In the depth of you, your essence is already complete.  You are already it.  You just need to realise it.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The spiritual search is a cosmic joke. Out of the non-dual awareness, a movement of seeking arises. A misperception happens. The misperception is that you need to seek or to do something in order to be what you already are. If you can see the futility of that right now, all seeking comes to an end. Scott Kiloby
  • Seeking arises and falls in the space of awareness. When it is seen that this space, this opening, is who you really are, it is realized that you cannot find yourself in time. It is seen that there is no separate you to find anything. There is only this timeless awareness and you are That. Everything is That. Scott Kiloby
  • The cold hard facts are: There is no difference between a ‘sage’ and a ‘seeker’ they are both appearances in that which you really are – ONE without a second –pure intelligence energy (Awareness) – BE what you are, you cannot really be anything else, though at times you may think so (both –mind clouds). ‘Sailor’ Bob Adamson
  • To seek something, you must have at least some vague idea or image of what it is you are seeking. But ultimate truth is not an idea or an image or something attained anew. So, to seek truth as something objective is a waste of time and energy. Truth can’t be found by seeking it, simply because truth is what you are. Adyashanti
  • Happiness arises when you relax into the reality of your natural condition. The secrets of the universe are already in you as you. Seeking anything implies that you don’t have it; every search for the idea of enlightenment  leads you further away from it.  The magnificance of life does not await you – it actually is you. Mark Whitwell
  • There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality. We think that there is something hiding reality and that this must be destroyed before reality is gained. How ridiculous! A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your past efforts. That which will be the day you laugh is also here and now. Sri Ramana Maharshi
  • The little wave is inherently a seeker, and he runs around the world like a headless chicken, trying to find something which of course he never lost in the first place. And he never lost this because he never had it. He always was it. The wave was always, always, a perfect expression of that which cannot be expressed. You – the character, the person, the individual – were always the divine expression, expressing itself perfectly, completely, and exhausting itself in that expression, leaving no trace, no residue.  Jeff Foster
  • The very desire to seek spiritual enlightenment is in fact nothing but the grasping tendency of the ego itself, and thus the very search for enlightenment prevents it. The ‘perfect practice’ is therefore not to search for enlightenment but to inquire into the motive for seeking itself. You obviously seek in order to avoid the present, and yet the present alone holds the answer: to seek forever is to miss the point forever. You always already are enlightened Spirit, and therefore to seek Spirit is simply to deny Spirit. Ken Wilber
  • Most of us have heard and read more than enough times that we are what we’re looking for, but can’t deliberately let go of the belief that the holy grail of unity, of enlightenment must be something other, something extraordinary that is hidden but can be discovered given sufficient vigilance, seriousness and dedication. Unfortunately there always seems to be some lack in our commitment, some failing that constantly trips us up and reinforces the idea that we’re inadequate and that realisation is only for the very special few. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, nothing is hidden so seeking will never succeed. Roger Linden
  • The root of all desires is the one desire: to come home, to be at peace. There may be a moment in life when our compensatory activities, the accumulation of money, learning and objects, leaves us feeling deeply apathetic. This can motivate us towards the search for our real nature beyond appearances. We may find ourselves asking, ‘Why am I here? What is life? Who am I?’ Sooner or later any intelligent person asks these questions. What you are looking for is what you already are, not what you will become. What you already are is the answer and the source of the question. In this lies its power of transformation. It is a present actual fact. Looking to become something is completely conceptual, merely an idea. The seeker will discover that he is what he seeks and that what he seeks is the source of the inquiry. Jean Klein
  • The moment you have an individual, you have separation, and the moment you have separation you have the longing to end that separation, to heal the divide, to come home. It’s the wave longing to return to the ocean. And of course on some level the wave knows that it was never for one moment separate from the ocean – that the sense of being a wave is merely a temporary contraction of the whole.     The little wave is inherently a seeker, and he runs around the world like a headless chicken, trying to find something which of course he never lost in the first place. And he never lost this because he never had it. He always was it. The wave was always, always, a perfect expression of that which cannot be expressed. You – the character, the person, the individual – were always the divine expression, expressing itself perfectly, completely, and exhausting itself in that expression, leaving no trace, no residue.  Jeff Foster
  • What are you seeking? You may believe that you are seeking more money, a better relationship, a better drug, a new job, or enlightenment. But what is it that you really want? If you are really honest, you will discover that you already know those ‘things’ outside you will not provide the permanent contentment you are seeking. Even if you get the new job or the new lover, at some point the newness will wear off and the seeking for something more or something better will begin again. If you are really honest, you will discover that what you are really seeking is the end of seeking itself. But if you listen into the quietness that is already here in this moment, that silent stillness already contains peace. That peace is who you already are. The notion of seeking into future to find what you already are is insanity. Just rest as awareness in this moment. The end of seeking is already here in the quiet stillness of awareness. Scott Kiloby
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Seeking is a fish looking for water

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Seeking is a fish looking for water

  • I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water is thirsty. I laugh when I hear that people go on pilgrimage to find God. Kabir
  • Look at you, you madman! Screaming you are thirsty and dying in a desert, when all around you there is nothing but water! Kabir
  • Where is God? Where can I find him?” we ask. We don’t realize that’s like a fish swimming frantically through the ocean in search OF the ocean, Ted Dekker
  • The self that seeks happiness is like a wave that seeks water.  Rupert Spira
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Seeking is to ride a donkey looking for a donkey

  • A man searching for enlightenment is like a man sitting on an Ass in search of an Ass. Thomas Merton
  • It is the belief in the perfection of our original nature, the realization that the process of enlightenment consists merely in becoming what we already are from the beginning. When the Zen master Po-chang was asked about seeking for the Buddha nature he answered, ‘It’s much like riding an ox in search of the ox.’ Fritjof Capra
  • You are riding an ox in search of an ox. Zen saying
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Seeking is to shine a torch around in order to try to find the source of the light

  • Looking for the self is rather like being in a dark room with a flashlight, and then shining it around trying to find the source of the light. All one would find are the various objects in the room that the light falls upon. It is the same when I try to look for the subject of all experience. All I find are the various ideas, images and feelings that the attention falls upon. But these are all objects of experience; they cannot therefore be the subject of the experience.  Peter Russell
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Seeking is to search for your spectacles while wearing them

  • Wei Wu Wei compared it to looking for your spectacles, not realizing that they are on your nose and, were you not looking through them, you wouldn’t be able to see what you are looking for. Leo Hartong
  • You wander from room to room,Hunting for the diamond necklace, That is already around your neck! Rumi
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Advice for finding

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Seek not without but within…

  • A seeker is someone who feels that the so-called material world cannot deliver true and lasting contentment and that an inner dimension needs to be explored to find peace, enlightenment, or Self-realization. Leo Hartong
  • All these years you’ve been searching and looking and trying to change things, trying to add things onto yourself, trying to acquire things when you have been the source of everything to begin with. Everything you’ve been looking for has been within yourself you have been that. You then begin to surrender everything to yourself. You surrender all of your thoughts, all of your feelings, you surrender all of your desires, all of your wants to the Self. You pull it in all inwardly. Robert Adams
  • All your pain comes simply from a futile search for what you want, insisting it must be found outside you. A Course in Miracles
  • Seek not outside yourself, for all your pain comes simply from a futile search for what you want, insisting where it must be found. A Course in Miracles
  • Seek not outside yourself. A Course in Miracles
  • Turn around a hundred and eighty degrees and to look directly to the place from where the looking arises, remember the seeing, instead of merely emphasizing the scene. Leo Hartong
  • We have fallen from that state and seek it everywhere: every human activity is an attempt to fill this void. But as long as we try to fill it from outside ourselves, we are making demands on life which life cannot fulfill. Eknath Easwaran
  • All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are. Adyashanti
  • What you seek, you already are. Your awareness has its source in unity. Instead of seeking outside yourself, go to the source and realize who you are. Deepak Chopra
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…so the search can collapse in your source

  • The value of seeking is that as long as it is taken all the way back to its Source, it brings itself to its own limit and dissolves there. That into which it dissolves is that for which it was seeking. Rupert Spira
  • Seeking never finds what it is looking for. It is dissolved in it. Rupert Spira
  • The mind dissolves when it tries to see or touch that objectless place. The search collapses. It is undermined rather than fulfilled. Rupert Spira
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Stop searching for happiness without and find it within

  • It’s very easy to look for happiness outside ourselves; in a relationship, a dream job, or the perfect body weight. When we chase happiness externally, we’re simply looking for God in all the wrong places. The outside search is based on false projections we place on the world. These projections build up a wall against true happiness, which lies within us. Gabrielle Bernstein
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Realise concepts are an obstacle to those who seek

  • Every concept grasped by the mind becomes an obstacle in the quest to those who search. Gregory of Nyssa
  • Drop your self-concept and there is only God meeting God. Enlightenment is the restoration of cosmic humor.  Adyashanti
  • During the spiritual search, the sense of being a separate self (i.e., ego) hijacks the search for truth. It looks to abstract concepts of what God is, how it can become closer to God, what spirit is, what it means to be spiritual, what enlightenment would look and feel like, how to be more present, or how it can become more spiritual in the future. These are all concepts, learned and memorized from the past. This very moment is truth itself. How can a concept present something truer than what is actually here in this moment? Thought, at its best, can merely act as a sign or a map that points to life. Look around. Life is now. Awareness is looking for itself. Stated another way, spirit is looking for itself. But it cannot find itself in an object. It cannot find itself in a concept. When this is recognized, the search is over. “Truth” is revealed. But it is seen not to be a concept. It is a realization that what is happening right now is all there is. What is happening right now is what is. Scott Kiloby
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To find, be receptive

  • Truth cannot be sought – one can simply be receptive, that´s all. One can open the doors and wait. One can say only this much, “If the divine guest comes, you will be received, welcomed. I don´t know who you are, and I don´t know your address and I cannot even send an invitation. But whosoever you are, and whomsoever it concerns, if you come, my doors will be open – you will not find them closed.” That´s all that a seeker can do. And that´s all that is needed to be done. More than that is not possible and is not needed. So let this posture be your deep attitude. One has to become receptive. The search for truth is not a male search. It is a feminine search – just like feminine energy – receptive. Not like a male – aggressive.  Meditativeness is simply a deep receptivity, a readiness, an open door.  Osho
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Stop the search

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See the futility of seeking…

  • The end of seeking only comes when you realize who you are. Who you are can only be realized now in the quiet stillness of non-dual awareness. Can you see the cosmic joke yet? Quietness is seeking quietness. Stillness is seeking stillness. Peace is seeking peace. Out of Oneness comes a movement of energy called the “separate self” who is seeking Oneness. Oneness cannot be found in time. It is already here. To see the futility of seeking is to rest in the non-dual awareness, the quiet stillness that is already here right now. Scott Kiloby
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…and stop the search

  • If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing. Dōgen
  • Illness is some form of external searching. Health is inner peace. A Course in Miracles
  • It’s not difficult to discover your Buddha Mind But just don’t try to search for it. Cease accepting and rejecting possible places Where you think it can be found And it will appear before you. Longchenpa
  • It’s only when we stop seeking with the mind that God can appear. Anthony Lambert
  • Learn only how to avoid seeking for and attaching yourselves to anything. Huang Po
  • Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.   Huang Po
  • People of this world are deluded. They’re always longing for something – always, in a word, seeking. Bodhidharma
  • Seeking is like swimming the surface of the ocean trying to find who you are. Only when you stop swimming do you sink below the water and discover the wonder-world there. Anthony Lambert
  • Seeking is simply a game that is played until the recognition that there is nothing to find. Unmani Liza Hyde
  • Seeking, like desire, comes from a sense of lack. It is an attempt to escape from what is here now. Yet here now is the only place peace can be found. Anthony Lambert
  • The idea that an individual can find God is terribly self-centered. It is like a wave thinking it can find the sea. John Templeton
  • To the exhausted seeker I would like to say, ‘Drop the search and drop your concepts. Stop looking for your ass. Just sit down and relax.’ Letting go of your preconceived notions could suddenly shift your attention from the far-off horizon at which you gaze in anticipation of a grand and extraordinary event and reveal the wonder that exists right in front of, behind, and in your own eyes. Leo Hartong
  • When a student asked Sri Atmananda, ‘When will I get it?’ he answered, ‘When the when stops.’ Leo Hartong
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Instead of seeking, relax into present experiencing, just as it is

  • When the impulse to seek enlightenment arises, it is an opportunity to relax into present experiencing, just as it is. Rest in thought-free awareness and let all present emotions and sensations be as they are, without labels. This relaxing into present experiencing is the doorway into enlightenment. This doorway does not lead to the future. It reveals that present experience is complete and whole as it is. This relaxation is the end of seeking. Scott Kiloby
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Instead of searching, simply notice

  • Searching has the element of time in it. It is based on the idea that there is a “you” that must engage in some method or practice to find enlightenment in time (tomorrow or next year). Be clear that time is mind. The notion of “future” arises only as a present thought. The notion of “you” also arises only as a present thought. Searching happens when this is not seen and, instead, the mind chases after concepts. It’s like being on a treadmill. It feels like you are going somewhere but really you are just moving your legs, exhausting yourself. Noticing has a totally different quality than searching. It takes no time at all. Noticing is the present seeing of what is actually here now. What is here is a timeless aware space in which everything is happening—thoughts, emotions, experiences, states, and situations. This aware space sees the concept “you” searching for the concept “enlightenment” in some other concept called “future.” In that sense, time arises in that timeless space. That is just another way of saying that mind arises in that space. So what is enlightenment if it is not a concept? Is it real? Yes! Enlightenment is the present recognition that your true identity is this aware space from which thoughts arise, not the thoughts that arise in that space, and that the thoughts do not have a separate existence from the space. Scott Kiloby
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Transcend seeking through love

  • A useful approach is to let the love for God replace the willfulness that is driving the seeking. One can release all desire to seek and realize that the thought that there is anything else but God is a baseless vanity. David Hawkins
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Seeking a state of mind

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Stop seeking a special state of mind

  • We think there is a knowledge or practice or surrender is needed that will close an imagined or felt gap, and allow some kind of merging with the truth. This is an idea, a thought that will keep you searching forever for some blissful experience that will last – no experience lasts. Who is watching this? Don’t try to imagine it. You will only create another concept an imagined object and a lot frustration. Just be that. – and don’t expect it to be a wow experience…don’t expect it to be anything. Mooji
  • The word awareness is sometimes mistakenly associated with a state found in time. This is the “I got it/ I lost it” syndrome. The “I got it” sense happens when there is pure awareness without much conceptualization (i.e., “I am present”). The “I lost it” sense occurs when there is the experience of being lost in thought or emotion (i.e., “I am not present”). This can create a cycle in which you are chasing the state of awareness and trying to quiet thought and emotion. This is still control and tends to keep the search going as you continuously fuel the idea that there is some state that you must find, maintain, or recreate. Instead of treating awareness as a state that can be found or lost in time, notice the timeless opening in which all states happen. Temporary states of thinking and not thinking, feeling and not feeling, and seeing and not seeing arise and fall within that opening. The opening does not come and go. In noticing that your true nature is that opening, the movement of chasing states and the notions of “I got it/ I lost it” tend to relax naturally. In this opening, anything can happen. There is no “you” there resisting or controlling or trying to maintain or recreate anything that comes through the opening. There is only the opening and whatever is coming through it. Scott Kiloby
  • Don’t make the mistake of chasing after particular states and experiences. You hear about this thing called non-duality or enlightenment and thought reduces it to a state or experience. For example, you hear about great Oneness experiences in which people see that they are not separate from others, from the floor, or from the sky and you believe you must have that experience. Non-dual realization is not a particular experience. It is emptiness appearing as every experience and every state. One way of pointing to it is with the word “opening.” Do not envision the opening as a state or experience or something to find or arrive at. What you really are is the present opening through which everything arises and falls including thoughts, emotions, beliefs, experiences, and states. The opening never changes. It does not come and go. It is stateless and experience-less. In realizing that what you really are is this opening, it is seen that every thought, emotion, belief, experience, and state that comes through the opening is not in fact separate from the opening. You are both the opening and that which comes through it. The opening and that which is coming through the opening constitute one present reality happening. Scott Kiloby
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Don’t seek any state other than the one you are in right now

  • You are still seeking outside, and you cannot get out of the seeking mode. Maybe the next workshop will have the answer, maybe that new technique. To you I would say. Don’t look for peace. Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now, otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender. You may have heard the phrase “turn the other cheek,” which a great teacher of enlightenment used 2,000 years ago. He was attempting to convey symbolically the secret of nonresistance and nonreaction. In this statement, as in all his others, he was concerned only with your inner reality, not with the outer conduct of your life. Do you know the story of Banzan? Before he became a great Zen master, he spent many years in the pursuit of enlightenment, but it eluded him. Then one day, as he was walking in the marketplace, he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer. “Give me the best piece of meat you have,” said the customer. And the butcher replied, “Every piece of meat I have is the best. There is no piece of meat here that is not the best.” Upon hearing this, Banzan became enlightened.  I can see you are waiting for some explanation. When you accept what is, every piece of meat – every moment – is the best. That is enlightenment.  Eckhart Tolle
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The great paradox of seeking

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God cannot be attained by seeking, but only those who seek it find it

  • The knowledge of God cannot be attained by seeking, but only those who seek it find it. Bayazid Bastami (Sufi mystic)
  • The thing we tell of can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers find it.   Bayazid Bastami