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"The kingdom of heaven is within" - Jesus of Nazareth

"The coin lost in the river is found in the river" - Zen Koan

"The real journey must take place within the wastes of one's homeland - the soul" - traditional Sufi saying.

"Know thyself" - Socrates

" A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unolcked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push" - Wittgenstein

Five different  traditions: one message! What the modern (and, apparently the ancient) world is seeking is not 'out there'. It's not in capital or in capitals. Not in Wall Street or Main Street. Not in consumerism.  Not in Diet Coke or Supersize burgers. Not in booze. Not in drugs - legal or otherwise. Not in my job or my 'vocation'. Not in my family or social life. Not in movies or tv or Wii. Not in books or blogs - even this one!

So - where is 'it'?

To find what I am seeking I have to turn round and look 'inside'. I actually have to do something other than thinking and planning and reacting and 'habit-ing'. I have to make the effort to take the inward jouney to find out who I am! Who I am is not the 'who' I have been told to be, taught to be, trained to be. Who I am is not the person I have practiced being for my whole life. Not the 'personality' that biography and 'culture' has moulded.

Most of the time, like most of us caught up in our lives, I forget this simple truth.  I spend so much of my time being busy or being exhausted and wanting to 'shut down'. I'm so swept up in the whirl of day-to-day acivity, where can I possibly find the time and energy for 'looking inside'? It takes a decision, a personal commitment and support from others! In my case I have committed to meditate every day and I am blessed in the support of my fellow OTH Workshop buddies.

This doesn't mean that I have stopped looking 'out there' for answers. It seems like it could take a lifetime to completely break the habits of a lifetime. But I find that if I maintain my commitment to 'returning home' and spend time with the moment to moment experience of presence, my awareness of the unsatisfactory nature of seeking 'out there' is greatly enhanced.

So "Just Do It'! Find the way that's right for you to take the inner journey. Try to find a way that doesn't rely on the GPS of a set belief system. When Gautama sat down under th Bodhi Tree he wasn't 'a Buddhist'. When Jesus spent forty days and nights in the wilderness he wasn't 'a Christian'. They found their way on their own. "A belief system becomes a barrier for your eyes so you cannot see the truth. Only the search for truth and the experience of truth - not a belief - is capable of healing your wounds and making you a whole being." (Osho)

No map exists for your journey so all you can do is step into the unknown with your eyes wide open willing to accept whatever you find. Just Do It!


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