A Finder is someone who has stopped seeking because they found what they were searching for. We use other names to describe Finders like:
Discover more about Finders in the last stage of the Map of Consciousness – Journey to Awakening Living Awake
Before you become a Finder, you’re a Seeker.
When you’re a Seeker it means you’ve turned an important corner on your spiritual path. Congratulations!
You sense this life of freedom,
that doesn’t come or go, depends on nothing at all, yet is always here.
You feel the call of awakening.
You know there’s something more to life and you want it.
You may have had a taste of this while on retreat with an awakened teacher,
reading a spiritual book
or in meditation.
A resonance from deep inside showed you the truth of this. Not a truth of words or thoughts, but something much deeper and truer. And each time you have a taste of this, your motivation quickens.
You feel drawn to spiritual teachings, to books and videos of spiritual teachers like
and now me.
As a Seeker, you’re in the process of awakening. Often this is wonderful.
But, at other times, it’s quite challenging, isn’t it?
There are moments of great freedom, peace and love.
But at other times the suffering returns. And sometimes it feels even worse than before,
worse than when you didn’t know there was anything more than this,
worse then when you hadn’t yet experienced this great freedom, peace, love and well-being.
The Yo-yo Effect
Your life has become like a yo-yo. Moments of peace change to moments of stress, doubt, fear and suffering for no apparent reason. When you’re meeting with an awakened teacher in Satsang or on retreat, this profound peace, love and well-being can be very strong. But a few days later it seems to slip away. How frustrating to have this taste and then feel as if it’s been rudely snatched away or dissolved like smoke.
Things are Changing
Your life is changing. There’s disruption. The loss of old friends. The loss of interest and motivation in what you’ve been doing. The familiar is falling away replaced by the unfamiliar and mysterious.
What’s going on?
Don’t worry. This is all part of the Path of the Seeker. We’ve all been through this. It may not seem like it now, but each step is another step toward freedom, another step toward Finding.
You’re in Good Company
We’ve each awakened in our own unique ways, but the process of the Seeker we all had in common. If I hadn’t been through this Seeking process myself, I wouldn’t know how to help you make the transition from Seeker to Finder.
Satsang – The Company of Finders
One of the best ways to transition from Seeker to Finder is to spend as much time as possible in the company of Finders, those who are already awake. It’s not necessary to always do this in person. The energy of awakened beings permeates everything they do. You can feel it in writing, books and videos just as you can in Satsang. And today, thanks to the Internet, you have more access to awakened beings than ever before. You’ll find a number of other awakened teachers I recommend in the Resources section of this website.
A Living Awake Group Satsang meets online every Wednesday at noon Arizona time.
See where you are in your spiritual path in the Map of Consciousness – Journey to Awakening