The seeker, in his searching comes to the river. Across the river a yogi is in deep contemplation. The seeker calls out to him “Can you help me get to the other side?” The yogi looks up and says “You are on the other side.”

sitting on river bank

As long as we believe we will find the answer to our struggle or pain and find happiness on the other side, we will continue to struggle in our search.

There is no actual resolution because it is our thinking that has created the idea that the answer is out there to be found.

The search for the other side is in vain.

When we realize there is nothing to find or fix, a different kind of journey begins.

In the words of Steven Harrison. “Coming to the end of the spiritual search is the end of spirituality and the beginning of spirit-actuality. Spirit-actuality is not an expression of our need for something, or the absence of something. It is the expression of the actuality of spirit, the articulation of what life brings to us,the exploration of unity, in which we are at once a part and the whole. The perspective has changed from the “me” looking for resolution, to a “me” turned inside out and upside down – “we” consciousness peering through the eyes of “me”.

The game has changed.

The point is not to find but to look.

Become an explorer rather than a seeker.

Discover that life is based on something more substantial, grounded and connected than our self identity and little “me”.

40 comments on “* Beyond the Seeker

  1. Love this, Val. So much here.

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  2. It seems that we are so firmly rooted in teleological and theistic cultural perspectives that the seeker fails to see that she herself is the obstruction in her desire to become and to acquire. It is perhaps something of a paradox that for her to find what she innately knows she wants, she – as seeker – must dissolve into awareness, no longer to live as a subject in search of knowledge-objects. H ❤

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  3. Love this – it really does come down to perspective and seeing what is there, in the moment.

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  4. “Become an explorer rather than a seeker” is spot on Val, I love it! 🙂

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  5. Beautiful. I like the part of the quote:
    “we” consciousness peering through the eyes of “me”.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    Love this, Val! Perspecitive, and shift of consciousness. So good. Thank you.

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  7. Such profound thoughts being offered. Not only by you, Val, but by others. Two things come to mind. The first is the importance of taking 20 minutes or so every day to be still and let the mind run free. To not actively think of anything but just observe what thoughts surface. For they are the words of your inner person.

    The second is a memory from nearly 30 years ago. I was 4 days out from Gibraltar sailing (solo) West towards the Azores. That moonless night there was the most beautiful of night skies. No lights from any land now almost a thousand miles behind me and no salt air in the sky, as conditions were very benign.

    The stars seemed to come down to the very horizon between night sky and ocean. A total 360 degrees of awesome experience. I was utterly lost in myself yet connected in some mysterious manner to the moment, as if life had come to a halt.

    I frequently return to that place when I need to rest.

    (Whoops, went on a bit!)

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    • Thank you for sharing here Paul! Being still and aware every day is a wonderful practice. Being still and aware, and having such a powerful wonder filled memory is blissful. ❤️

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  8. Yes! We reach the beginning . . . in the end

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  9. This is great Val and not so easy to do, but practice helps 🙂

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  10. Yes, thank you Irene! May we all keep practicing connecting to this inner wisdom 💛


  11. I always love looking here, Val!

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  12. Very nice post. The difference between seeking and exploring is powerful.

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  13. This is lovely. Substantial, grounded and connected sounds reassuring. I’m happy it’s not on the shoulders of the little “me” . Phew 🙂

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  14. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    This something I ponder often. As a relatively new spiritual seeker, I often fall into the trap of…….seeking. This week, the word “allow” has been on my mind, a lot. If we simply allow, there is peace in being exactly where we are. Thank you for all of the wonderful quotes.

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  15. Oh Yogi. You are so right.

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  16. Great wisdom here. Thanks for starting a thinking process. ‘Be an explorer rather than a seeker’. When we become aware of this universe, our surrounding, every creature , ego dips down. I’m a tiniest part of the universe whereas Seeker has I attached to it. I seek. .Thanks for sharing this post.

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  17. Brilliant Post Val.. your words full of wisdom, we are indeed upon that journey of discovery, and each of us if we would but look within ourselves, have all the answers and can find that which we seek within our hearts..

    Love and Blessings Enjoy a Peaceful weekend my friend.. and thank you for the Light that you are xxx ❤

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  18. Carol Ferenc

    Oh, this resonates with me, Val. “The point is not to find but to look.” Wise words to live by!

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  19. Not sure if I fully comprehend (or agree with) this piece in its entirety.
    I will come back to this in more depth in the new year (am busy with visitors at present). Happy Christmas to you Val. Catch you again in a week or two.

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