There is only one journey. Going inside yourself. Rainer Marie Rilke
The I Ching
17 / Seeking
The search for truth is fraught with obstacles and disappointments. Sincere seeking means making many choices along the way, and selecting one way at a crossroads means foreclosing another way. Even though mistakes and errors sometimes arise-even though gains along the way are offset by losses-keep true to your search and the ideal that inspires it.
Edgar Cayce Q & A
(Q) What is the right road for me to take which I have not yet found?
(A) As indicated, first know what is thy ideal! There is none other. Let it be in the spiritual forces, not in the material. Seek to know the Christ Consciousness!
(Q) Why are there opposing forces in me that cause conflict and confusion?
(A) As has been seen through the experiences in the earth; yet will to do that thou knowest today, and then it will be given thee what to do tomorrow. 1167-2
Seek first, then, within self as to what is thy ideal. Hold fast, thou, to that strength as thou perceived that prompted the hearts and minds and bodies of those that served their fellow man without seeking for self-glorification. And with thy ideal set in the spiritual things, ye may find and ye will know the truth that was in Him. For the truth shall indeed make you free, when ye come to the understanding of same as ye apply it in thy relations to thy fellow man. 877-1
At that moment the holy revered White Mahapadmakumara instructed the assembly saying " In cultivation, the key to realizing the Buddha Jewel Sambodhi is a quiescent mind; that of realizing the Dharma Jewel is purity of body, speech, and mind; and that of realizng the Sangha Jewel is refuge in a True Buddha Guru"
We all have the karma to take one spiritual path or another, and I would encourage you, from the bottom of my heart, to follow with complete sincerity the path that inspires you most.
If you go on searching all the time, the searching itself becomes an obsession and takes you over. You become a spiritual tourist, bustling about and never getting anywhere. As Patrul Rinpoche says: You leave your elephant at home and look for its footprints in the forest. Following one teaching is not a way of confining you or jealously monopolizing you. Its a compassionate and practical way of keeping you centered and always on your path, despite all the obstacles that you, and the world, will inevitably present. Sogyal Rinpoche
"We must walk consciously
only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success."
- Henry David Thoreau
The teachings tell us what it is we need to realize, but we also have to go on our own journey, in order to come to a personal realization. That journey may take us through suffering, difficulties, and doubts of all kinds, but they will become our greatest teachers. Through them we will learn the humility to recognize our limitations, and through them we will discover the inner strength and fearlessness we need to emerge from our old habits and set patterns, and surrender into the vaster vision of real freedom offered by the spiritual teachings. Sogyal Rinpoche
When little obstacles crop up on the spiritual path, a good practitioner does not lose faith and begin to doubt, but has the discernment to recognize difficulties, whatever they may be, for what they arejust obstacles, and nothing more. It is the nature of things that when you recognize an obstacle as such, it ceases to be an obstacle. Equally, it is by failing to recognize an obstacle for what it is, and therefore taking it seriously, that it is empowered and solidified and becomes a real blockage.
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