3. A Time For Reflection


Become A Seeker


Every now and then there comes a time when you need to remove yourself from the intensity of daily life and reflect upon who you really are and what you have become. Amidst the dusty journey across the desert of life you come upon an island of hope. What initially seems to be a mirage turns out to be a single palm tree growing next to a refreshing spring.


You decide to take a closer look and discover that this is no ordinary tree. It is the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil which holds the secrets of the creation of the universe and gives to the seeker who comes upon it, guidance and direction. All of a sudden an inner voice from deep within tells you “it is time to take a rest.” You become surprised at how real this voice sounds. Not only does it capture your undivided attention, but it seems so familiar, like the voice of an ancient and wise relative that has come to help.




As you start to get over the shock of the abrupt appearance of this voice, it asks some direct questions which leave you speechless without any answers.


“Does your life have meaning?” booms the voice.


“Are you doing what it is that you came here to do or have you lost sight of your true life purpose?”


And then it asks such an honest and pointed question that you find yourself hopelessly in its clutches . . .


“Do you have a joyous and fulfilling life full of love and happiness and satisfying relationships or do you experience lack, pain and sorrow?”


After such a powerful and yet brief moment of self analysis you find that you are extremely weary from your journey through life and all you would like to do now is take some time to reflect upon these questions and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. At first it appeared that you were too busy to avail yourself of the benefits of this oasis, and now you realize that without the answers it might provide, you risk getting hopelessly lost in the daily dredges of life.


As you sit beneath the Tree of Knowledge and drink of the waters of it’s refreshing spring, your entire life flashes before you. You become reacquainted with who you really are and start to see the life path you were supposed to follow since your birth. You realize that you are far off course, but you also see that there is hope just around the corner. As you partake of this refreshing process you start to become more certain of yourself and gain insight into what you need to do to complete the remainder of your journey. You become excited about the possibilities that lie before you and can’t wait to get back on your feet to complete your journey.


Life now becomes a quest. Empowered by an inner voice that guides you, even in moments of darkness, you find that there is a way to find true joy and happiness and most of all, meaning in life. All that you have to do is build and then maintain a daily connection with this voice, and with faith and confidence in your self, you will be able to fulfill your quest and create a joyous and fulfilling life.






You now see before you a magical symbol standing next to the oasis. It is the image of a seeker dressed head to toe in a hooded robe. The seeker holds a staff in one hand and a lantern in the other. As you look closer you attempt to get a view of it’s face and to your amazement you find that it is your own – it is you. As the seeker begins to speak, peace surrounds you – you know that you have found the voice and met the body of your higher self.


“Do not be afraid” says the voice. “Look carefully at me.” You are so attracted to the gentle command of this new figure in your life that you focus your attention on it while you listen intently to every word that it says.


“You are a spirit wandering through the desert of life. You have been given a chance to rest at an oasis to gain an understanding of the relative nature of things. Seize this opportunity and make the most of it. As a result, you will acquire the need and ability to master characteristics and skills which are timeless.


Right now, you feel uprooted, lost and without a home because you are now becoming aware of the realm of light and life. You long to be where you are not bound to your body, no longer tempted by lust, or limited by time and space. Ruled by your spirit, you are just passing through, merely a seeker.”




And then the voice continues. “You now wear a hooded robe which symbolizes the fact that you cannot look to the left or to the right, only straight ahead. This robe signifies that you have become aware of your life’s purpose. You wish to become what you have come here to become. You no longer desire pleasures which would inhibit your development. Rather, you look ahead and up. You are irresistibly attracted by the radiant heights in the distance.”




As the figure describes these new characteristics, it raises it’s right hand and continues. “Your staff symbolizes the contents of the Sacred Books. You gain support from what you learn from these. The miraculous wisdom which you find there, the irrefutable logic of their structure constantly keeps your feet firmly on the ground. You need this support, for although you are a seeker, you are still a creature composed of contradictions.


Not only the voice of the spirit can be heard, but there is also the voice of the passions and needs of the body which compete for attention and could shake your steadfast purpose. You truly need the staff to remain firm and steady. The story of the great evolution of all things helps you to evaluate thoughts and temptations and contrast them to the wisdom of the light of all ages.


In this way, you will find that your staff will change into a royal scepter at the end of your pilgrimage. This vision alone gives you such strength that you remain upright in your journey.”




And now the figure raises its left hand as it continues to speak. “Your lantern symbolizes a shielded light which gives you insight from beings of higher spheres. This light shines upon your path, showing you the stones, holes, and pitfalls so you can avoid them. It does not light up the entire path, only a part of it. If you were able to see the whole path, your courage might fail you as you see many difficult tests. This is why your path is revealed one step at a time.


You need to keep the lantern burning so you can find your direction if you get lost. Through the existence of this light, you are able to see things in a very different perspective than those hustling and bustling all around you who do no have the advantage of using the Light. In this unique position, you can discover things about your situation that you might normally have overlooked.


Now go in peace, my friend and let what you have learned resonate within you.”

The Seeker


The mastery of self is indeed very difficult. It is, however, the only accomplishment that generates anything of lasting value during your lifetime. Everything in life is temporary except for the growth in consciousness of your individual soul. Any growth that occurs is permanent and is the only possession your soul takes with it beyond this lifetime.

That growth occurs within you in many faceted ways uniquely different from any other life. You are different from everyone else around you, and yet you share one common purpose with all others. The need to develop as much soul growth as possible before you die.

You indeed are a seeker passing through the desert of life.  If you allow me to use this imagery:

Armed with your hood, your staff and your lantern, you will be able to walk the path that you came here to follow – the one that leads to the full development and emergence of your soul.

The purpose behind my offering this free course is to help you to get started with your own “adventure”. I do hope you agree and move forward.


If you decide to take on this mission, you will touch other lives in a way that only you can. Through the process involved, you will leave behind a gift – the gift of your life and it’s accomplishments. If you don’t do this, you will have wasted that incredible opportunity and will end up leading only a normal life without leaving a legacy that proves the value of the time you spent on planet Earth.

“Those who know others are intelligent;

Those who know themselves have insight.

Those who master others have force;

Those who master themselves have strength.

Those who know what is enough are wealthy.

Those who persevere have direction.

Those who maintain their position endure.

And those who die and yet do not perish, live on.”

(Lao Tsu, The Tao of Power)

The ultimate object of life is to leave the affairs of the world in a more evolved state than prior to the existence of that specific life. 

In so doing, through works of art, humanity, science and various other disciplines, the evolved individual lives beyond one lifetime through his or her life’s work, yet takes with them permanently the most valued portion – soul growth of immeasurable value. I wish you the best in this journey.


We honorably, humbly and from the depth of our souls give thanks to all of the magnificent people who have come before us to help pave the way and allow us the opportunity to expand our own awareness, perceptions and consciousness. To them, we owe our gratitude and to all others who cross our path, we owe you the same selfless dedication to helping you to become aware of the great Spirit of the Divine. You too are one of it’s children destined to lead a great life.

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