To me it seems rather disingenuous that one who writes a blog about spiritual matters seemingly disparages the very readers of the blog he writes by announcing how superfluous it is they continue to seek. Readers who, like him, seek to more fully understand and live the truth they have experienced – that they are a complete soul now and not the self image associated with the temporal body which carries the soul during this earthly lifetime – appreciate being able to read those who elucidate and verify their experience. Teachers, prophets, ministers, churches and now bloggers come and go with their various messages, but the complete soul remains, and we continue to appreciate having this truth verified.
Perhaps I’m missing something here, but even the individual in your favorite parable engaged in a search before he found the treasure that was hidden. The fact that it was hidden implies that it must be sought before it is to be found.
This is a comment that deserves a fuller response that will, hopefully, clear up any misunderstandings around yesterday’s post.
Suppose you are car shopping. You’re driving down the street and you see the most beautiful car for sale. It is everything you want. Right color, right style, right everything. Guess what? Your search is over. You are no longer a car seeker. You found the right car. So what’s left? Now you have to figure out how to buy it, a whole different kind of activity. You may have to sell your present car or borrow the money. If you really want it, you’ll figure out what you need to do to get that car.
Of course there is another option. You can leave the lot without buying it. Every day you can drive by that car, admire its beauty and hope that some day you can figure out how to own it. Here’s the important point. You know which car you want. You need look no further. You are enlightened.
With this analogy, the spiritual quest is like car shopping. This is the process all of us were engaged in before we found what we believe is Truth. We were taught that God was in the sky and we were on earth, separate from God. We could not quite buy that so we searched for something more, something that appealed to our intuitive logic. When we heard that God was within, our soul rejoiced. We found what we were looking for. That was our moment of enlightenment.
So, do we spend the rest of our life looking for what we have already found? This would be like driving by that car we love every day but never really believing we can possibly own it. Maybe in ten years or maybe next lifetime I’ll be so prosperous I’ll be able to buy this car or something better.
This is exactly how many (myself once included) approach their quest for Truth. We’ll say, I know where God is. I know my soul is complete, but I don’t have the spiritual capital to make the experience of either a reality. These are glittering concepts sitting on the car lot that I drive by every day and imagine owning. I love to read books about them and have bloggers tell of their wonders. I love to attend seminars and travel around the world hearing about God within. It feels so good when I hear someone tell me what I already know.
We all know there is a vast difference between ownership and wishful thinking. Many on the spiritual path have come to know that God is within and that their soul is accessible. But this is not their experiential reality. The car remains on the lot and they remain the passer-by. In the parable, the man’s search ended the moment he stumbled upon the treasure. Jesus was saying, the next stage is ownership. I’ve told you the treasure is within. You know this is true and you love hearing it. So now you have to come into possession of this truth. You’re enlightened. You know where to look. Now do what you need to do to own that treasure.
When Jesus said to seek, knock and you will find, I believe he meant it. Many of us have, in fact, done exactly that. We know where our contact with God is. We can accept that the soul is complete now. So our search is over. What is left is to make the soul our core identity, to build our house on this rock rather than ride with the ever-shifting wind blown sand.
I hold that anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time is spiritually enlightened. But not because you follow this blog. You have discovered for yourself where your contact with God is, and this blog reaffirms this. No one can argue you off of this understanding. What I hope to accomplish here is to encourage the shift away from the notion that you are an eternal seeker and start owning the truth of what you have actually found, what you know to be true. This is a very different process.
To say the soul is complete sets a very high bar. If I’m complete, why don’t I feel complete? The answer. I have some selling to do. Here is what I know. I am no longer a seeker of Truth. I have found what I was looking for. I know without any doubt that my soul is complete and my oneness with God can never be compromised, not even in my darkest moments of ignorance. Have I sold all of my possessions to come into full ownership of this truth? No, I’m still doing that. But the coordinates of my treasure are marked. I know exactly what I am looking for and where it is located. And I’m willing to bet the farm that you do too.
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Good blog; I get it.
Thank you for your response to my earlier comment. To expand on your car analogy, people who have finally found and “bought” the car they’ve always wanted no longer spend time continuing to look, but instead love to visit with other owners of the same make/model to share their experiences and satisfaction with their vehicle. Perhaps they even exult in their good fortune in having found it! In doing so they learn from other owners new things they’ve not yet discovered or experienced about the car. Like motorcycle lovers subscribing to “Cycle World,” we all love to continue to learn about things we love for there is always more to know even though we love the vehicle we own. For this reason I always enjoy reading your posts and truly appreciate your comments!
As you know, I started this blog as the result of an organizational crisis of sorts. This had the unexpected consequence of setting me on an entirely new path, or mindset. I have not strayed away from my old Unity ideals, but I have carried them to their logical conclusion. So some of what comes out of me now sounds different than my training dictated. I do not shy from disagreement, but actually welcome it, for it helps clarify some of the finer points of my thinking. I appreciate your insights and honesty.
By selling all that you own in order to buy that car (totally realize your complete soul), I am sure that you don’t mean it is necessary to divest yourself of all your worldly goods and go sit in a cave in meditation for the rest of your life–which would probably be short. I think you probably mean that all of your worldly goods would be- come of less value to you than the bliss of being one with your complete soul, and of living your life according to the truth as you know it. It is a matter of losing your attachment to the self-image and the material world.
Am I right, or have I missed your meaning?
You are right. We “sell” our belief that enlightenment is a supernatural achievement. We sell our belief that the soul is incomplete. We sell the belief that the spiritual awakening is far away and we have a long way to go spiritually. We sell the belief that more hard work and study are needed to become closer to God and an experience with our soul. We sell the belief that we must become something fundamentally different from what we are now.
It is not what we do not have that blocks our way. It is what we “own” in the way of false beliefs that keeps us on this endless trail of one seeking answers. We know where to look for what we seek. All that is left is to let go of the false perceptions to which we, often in the name of truth, so desperately cling.