I have been reading self help books and attending various “spiritual growth” events and workshops for many‚ many years. I have devoured the writings of Rhonda Byrne‚ Eckhart Tolle‚ Don Miguel Ruiz‚ Alan Watts‚ Deepak Chopra‚ Ernest Holmes plus many books on Buddhism and Christianity.
Last night‚ in a Nyquil induced daze‚ it occurred to me that all these attempts to find enlightenment (ie. inner peace‚ happiness‚ self confidence‚ prosperity‚ etc) are actually impeding me from finding enlightenment!
The recent tragic deaths of James Ray’s followers helped me realize that I don’t need a guru who claims to know the $ecret to everything. The answers were always there‚ I just had to quit trying so hard to find them.
When we seek enlightenment‚ inner peace‚ happiness‚ etc. it will always elude us because the thing we seek does not exist in and of itself. It is nothing more than an abstract concept in our mind. The more we are attached to finding that elusive state‚the less likely it becomes available to us. The cycle of searching goes on an on‚ like a dog chasing his tail.
For those seeking money and fame.. quit seeking money and fame. Find what you like to do and do it with passion. For those seeking enlightenment…quit seeking enlightenment. Live your life with kindness‚ authenticity and awareness.
Don’t get me wrong. Some self help books/teachers are helpful and can be a stepping stone to making positive changes in your life but focusing on the outcome can only lead one further and further away from the outcome!
My advice to myself and anyone else is to stop seeking and start living‚ one present moment at a time.
and so it is…