Posted 7 November 2016 by Sal
Spiritual Seekers Really Want Some Great Stuff
I recognize that I want something. Even on the call last week, “I'm going get something out of being on this call.” I asked if it was even necessary to be on these calls with the information that I have now. And after the call it was really clear; I got nothing out of that call. Nothing! So there was this disappointment, but something else clicked. That's exactly what you're supposed to get out of that call, nothing. It was just beautiful; this thing that wants something, didn't get it, then the realization happened.
That's right. Because seekers, and not just seekers in the spiritual world, but mundane seekers as well, are seeking for something. That's what seeking is. And let's face it, spiritual seekers really want some great stuff. They want merging with God and enlightenment and mystical experiences and never experiencing any disturbance ever again. It's better than money. But when you recognize your essential being lacks nothing and you're complete and whole, you realize you get none of those concepts and desires that you thought you were going to get as a seeker. You get none of it. It's the end of all of that. For most seekers that's definitely not interesting. That's not interesting at all. That's why most seekers won't come to work like this.
But when you recognize as you did, you see the value of truth. Freedom is free. Freedom is free from seeking and wanting and hoping and longing for all of those special and extraordinary states. When you recognize the value of that, and it sounds like what you're saying, it means that you're authentically interested in freedom, in liberation and truth. I always say, you get nothing. You come to know liberation, you get nothing—none of your cherished spiritual hopes and ideals. You don't get what you thought you wanted. You get the end of all of that. To me, it's great. I know nothing, I have nothing and I am nothing. In freedom you get to recognize that in truth, you are not what you thought you were. So, you are no-thing in a sense. You have nothing, as far as conceptual ideals or philosophies or the false security of the known, which is ignorance and not truth. You can't grasp onto anything as a permanent fixed idea of self. And by not getting anything I mean, what you thought you were going to get with this thing called enlightenment. It is called freedom. And freedom elicits ease of being.
Things come and go, everything's constantly changing, this knowing stays the same. So you really have nothing. And you know nothing, as far as the meaning of life, spiritual philosophies, what will happen in the future or after I die, etc. All you know is truth, your self, as you appear now, not as a time based, mythical story character. You don't know why anything is, where anything is going, or the meaning of anything. You don't know any of that, no one does. We pretend to, we hope to, we feel we need to know for a sense of security of self, but we get to realize in liberation that I am no-thing, I have nothing and I know nothing. That's freedom. For most people, most seekers, that's not very interesting. I'm sure everyone here recognizes what I'm speaking about, and sees the value of it. It's a relief to not need to be someone special, to know something special or to have something special. Not to need any of that anymore is a tremendous relief.
I noticed today that a thought came up that I'm not even spiritual anymore. It's like normal life or something. As if the life before was just a very confused life of believing things that I didn't know anything about. And I thought I didn't have them and I have to get there. I noticed I'm not interested at all in spirituality. That's great, it's actually so beautiful, to just have nothing to do.
That's what my book is about, the end of the spiritual path. What's so spiritual about your essential being? It's you! It's just truth, it's ordinary. And it's true for everyone. Everyone's essential being is the same. What's so special or spiritual about that. The spiritual carousel that we talk about, which is future self, mostly, is very compelling for most people. Most people get on that crack pipe and never get off.
Inquirer 2: For me it was a torment. I have volumes and volumes of books which I used to read continuously. It dawned on me at some point that the next page is not going to change anything at all. And now it's all garbage, I can't even look at them. I'm going to have to throw them out.
Sounds good to me.