I’d like to share three fragments on »spiritual seeking« with you that came up for me these days. I didn’t add much of a commentary. May it touch the right ones in the right ways. Thank you.
Tim Bergling (Avicii)
On April 20, 2018 Tim Bergling (also known under his DJ-name »Avicii«) committed suicide. I was deeply touched by the following statement that his family released after his death:
»Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace. Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight. Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive.«
On January 17, 2018 Jim Carrey was interviewed by »The Talks«. Despite all the gossip about Jim Carrey’s gone mad I feel that he’s actually becoming sane. Here are three related statements:
»No one can be happy with a career. The career is whatever it is. There are ups and downs, there are temporary things that happen, energies that happen.«
»…getting to the place where you have everything everybody has ever desired and realizing you are still unhappy. And that you can still be unhappy is a shock when you have accomplished everything you ever dreamt of and more and then you realize, “My gosh, it’s not about this.”«
»I have gone through some really tough times in the last few years and I would not wish them on anybody, but my God, my understanding of life and what is real and what is not real has expanded exponentially because of that. And my ability to understand suffering, which is a valuable thing. It’s the way to salvation because once you understand it, you have compassion, and the next thing you know, you are free.«
Spiritual seeking, finding & being
The one absolute Truth exists. It is what we all essentially are. There are many names for it: The True Self, Brahman, Life, Absolute Awareness, God… All of them fall short because »IT« cannot be named or described. Many speak of having realized the One Truth within themselves through direct experience: Buddha, Jesus, Rumi, Shankara, Anandamayi Ma, Eckhart Tolle, Jim Carrey and maybe the girl next door.
Truth is not about religion, as religion is based on belief. There’s no need to believe in Truth… Truth simply is – in everyone of us. How to discover it? How to wake up? How to become enlightened? Discern everything that you are not and drop it. Surrender to the pull of your heart and go all the way with your intuitive urge for freedom. Practice what feels right for you – Meditation, Yoga, Mantras, Inquiry… – and then let go of that, too.
Your attention must become one-pointed for the greatest and last discovery in the human kingdom. This is the end of suffering. Unbroken peace. This is your true nature. Can you remember? Pure love and pure wisdom is what you are. This is not a spiritual fantasy. This life is for freedom. Find it!