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"What we are looking for on the Path with such an intensity of striving and passion and discipline is already within and around us at all moments."

Andrew Harvey, The Direct Path, Part 3

A Jewish mystic, Ben Gamliel, says of this ultimate truth state that it is the "seamless being-in-place that comes from attending to Reality."

All these formulations are stammering attempts to put into words what can never be adequately expressed but can be experienced--and has been over the course of human history by millions of true seekers in all traditions.

The Paradox of the Journey

All major mystical traditions have recognized that there is a paradox at the heart of the journey of return to Origin.

Put simply, this is that we are already what we seek, and that what we are looking for on the Path with such an intensity of striving and passion and discipline is already within and around us at all moments. The journey and all its different ordeals are all emanations of the One Spirit that is manifesting everything in all dimensions; every rung of the ladder we climb toward final awareness is made of the divine stuff of awareness itself; Divine Consciousness is at once creating and manifesting all things and acting in and as all things in various states of self-disguise throughout all the different levels and dimensions of the universe.

The great Hindu mystic Kabir put this paradox with characteristic simplicity when he said:

Look at you, you madman, Screaming you are thirsty And are dying in a desert When all around you there is nothing but water!

And the Sufi poet Rumi reminds us:

You wander from room to room 
Hunting for the diamond necklace 
That is already around your neck!

The "Sublime Joke'' of the Journey

Knowing that we are looking for something we already have and are does not, of course, mean that the journey is unnecessary, only that there is a vast and sublime joke waiting to be discovered at its end.

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