The OneJourney Project is based on the powerful book The Seeker, The Search, The Sacred by OneJourney founder and self-realization author Guy Finley. The purpose of this book is to show that there are universal qualities in the human character and experience. On the surface we may look different, but at our deepest level we are all the same, and we are all on the same journey. To understand this is to open our hearts to true love and compassion for one another.
I thought it would be interesting to devote this newsletter for the next several months to each of these beautiful concepts of the seeker, the search, and the sacred. This month we’ll focus on the seeker, and look at quotes that span the centuries and the world, all sharing one truth: that when we realize the emptiness of life without a connection to something greater than ourselves, we become seekers, and then the doorway to happiness and wisdom opens before us.
Give me understanding, and I shall live.
— Old Testament
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
— Lao Tzu
When you know yourselves, then you will be known and you will understand that you are children of the living father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you dwell in poverty, and you are poverty.
— Jesus Christ
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
— St. Augustine
Of all knowledge the wise and good seek most to know themselves.
— William Shakespeare
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries,
And daub their natural faces unaware.
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The telling question of a person’s life is whether or not he is related to the Infinite.
— Carl Jung
10 Small Steps to Real Self-Knowledge
There are small, fun inner exercises that you can do that will help awaken the seeker in you. Guy Finley presents this list of ten steps to genuine self-knowledge:
Volunteer for deliberate spiritual growth by daring to venture into the unknown. It may surprise you to discover that the circumstances necessary just for you, and for your continuing inner development are much closer than you think! For instance, start with the following “10 Small Steps to Real Self-Knowledge.” Agree to step into these unknown moments and then step back… And watch how new confidence, unshakable courage, and higher intuition make their way into your life changing it… and you, forever.
You Venture Into the Unknown Each Time You Agree To:
1. Be alone when you don’t feel comfortable being with, or by, yourself.
2. Stay quiet without any distractions of one kind or another.
3. Get up in the morning when you wake up, even when there’s “nothing to do.”
4. Leave the dining table while still feeling a little hungry.
5. Refuse to run pleasing mental movies about a hoped-for brighter future when facing those boring reruns of your present life.
6. Ask nothing of God but for Himself.
7. Dare not to tell someone else how he or she failed to live up to your expectations.
8. Leave at least 24 hours between your wish to correct someone who has angered you and that moment when you decide to confront him or her.
9. Agree to assume more responsibility than you think it’s possible for you to handle.
10. Answer the moment the way you really want to… Without explaining to anyone why you answered it in the way that you did.
For additional spiritual benefit you’re encouraged to work with the following exercise:
Each day, at a point and time designated by you, go on a one hour retreat with nothing. Find a place where you can be by yourself and meet the hour alone and unknown. Spend this personal time without bringing anything known into it with you. Just be you, whatever that brings with it. And it bears mentioning that you can’t fail at this exercise. To attempt it is to venture into the unknown. If you’ll do this much, the Truth will take care of the rest.
Discover the Book at the Heart of the OneJourney Project
As I said above, the OneJourney Project was launched in conjunction with the publication of Guy Finley’s powerful little book, The Seeker, The Search, The Sacred. If you don’t already have a copy, you owe it to yourself to experience its life-healing truths. Click here to instantly download a sampler.
In January we begin a New Year. May we all become seekers of a greater life that will make the Earth a better place for all of us.
Dr. Ellen Dickstein
The OneJourney Project
P.S. If you sign up for our OneJourney newsletter you can get access to a free 60-minute video of a talk that Guy Finley especially prepared for OneJourney members entitled, Discover Your Role in the Greatest Story Ever Told.
Toward the beginning of this stirring video Guy explains that each and every one of us is a diamond in the rough. Our life experiences are meant to polish this diamond so that there is no end to the potential we have to reflect the Light from above. The entire talk can awaken you to the marvelous possibilities within you.