socrates- think for yourselfAre you a seeker? If you are, I can totally relate. If you are a seeker, Trinity’s line in the Matrix probably resonated with you: “I was looking for an answer. It’s the question that drives us, Neo. It’s the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did.” And, of course Neo responded, “What is the Matrix?” That’s it, isn’t it – the question that drives us seekers? Except, if the question were stated in my words it would have sounded like “Who are we?” and “Why are we here?” — different words, same thing, right.

So, it’s the question that drives us. I used to think everyone was interested in the ‘big questions’, but I’ve been close to people who really don’t think they are worth pondering — and, that’s okay. Answers are revealed on the journey no matter what. But, I do know that sincere desire to know your true self and the force behind you, speeds progress and answers immensely.

If you are like me, you’ve read tons of books, listened to many gurus, and know the shared truths at the center of the world’s wisdom traditions. Today’s post is just one of encouragement to keep pushing and keep asking the question “Who am I?” If you do, answers will come. Cherry pick from what you read and hear, choosing what resonates with you – accepting nothing just because it is written in ink or has been repeated before by many. Your best guru will always be you and the gut and heart barometer that is built inside you.

As well, in getting to the heart of your authentic self, challenge your own thoughts. We accept truths as children while we are still operating in a subconscious mind, before we’ve created filters and the ability to pick and choose our own beliefs. These travel with us into adulthood and we inherit beliefs all along the way. They say the mind is a powerful thing. I’m here to tell you it is and it isn’t. Thoughts aren’t reality. In fact, thoughts are nothing unless you believe them. Belief is what gives them power. Beliefs are acted upon and thus change reality. Actions create memories, and thus karma. How does it do this? Let’s take a simple action. You try a piece of sausage pizza (this is the action), you like it and file it in your memory as a thing you like. This action and memory creates karma because it will drive future action toward pieces of sausage pizza. Yes, even eating a slice of pizza creates beliefs, memories, karma – patterns for your future. We are but a set of bundled responses because all too often we live from memory.

So for all us seekers – let’s keep asking “Who am I?”, “What do I really know for sure?”, “What do I really want in this life?” Keep challenging your thoughts. Quickly assess, “Do I want to engage with this thought.” If you’re like me, the answer is “pass” on about 98% of the thoughts that surface. You’re best guru is always going to be within you, in the infinite stillness, beyond the chatter of your mind.

I want for you what I’ve been finding for myself, a deeper understanding of myself and my place in the world, and, more and more every day, an inner strength and solidness. I hope you find, as I am, that there is bliss and inner peace at your core, unshakable. Keep traveling inward, seek a silent mind, and a knowing will continue to surface and settle in deeper with each day. Blessings!

P.S. – The answer to “What is the guy hanging from in the picture?” is a parking space.

Sandra M Bell
Author of “Lunchtime Joy Magnet” & personal coach