What You Seek is Seeking You
Long ago I read the book, ‘What You Seek is Seeking You’, by Brian Tracy, and often the title resonates with me. What you seek is seeking you. Last week I wrote about the dilemma of the use of psychedelics. This week while I was reading the book ‘Small Creatures Such as We’, the author Sasha Sagan, daughter of famous astronomer Carl Sagan, speaks about her experience of psychedelics in a chapter. Psychedelics are just an example, it is not the topic of my blog, but the fact that I got insights into the experience, makes me wonder how random it is that we get answers only when we seek answers? I had been curios about psychedelics and have been researching since I read the book, and the unclear effects of these compounds makes me wonder how these drugs affect the biology of the brain. Sasha’s book gave more insights into the question.
As Brian Tracy says, whenever you are aware of a certain fact, you will get answers in the most random events. Through personal experience I have found connections in the most random of all things. A lot of self-revelations occur when we are able to connect our query to the seemingly impossible facts. Overall the book, ‘Small Creatures Such as We’ revolves around rituals and traditions in a secular world, the values we choose to instill in our next generation and the ways we connect them to the universe. In the first half of the book, Sasha speaks about her own life, the way she grew up in a secular household, despite being a Jew and how religion framed her life.
Before coming to United States in 2018, I did not have much idea about Jewish traditions and religion. Recently while driving around in Brooklyn, I found orthodox Jews in their traditional attire walking down the streets. I wasn’t even aware that Borough Park in Brooklyn is the home for orthodox Jews. The modest look and the uniformity in them made me curious. I started researching and reading about Jewish customs and traditions. The rituals and holidays that are performed, the mode of worship and what means to be a Kosher. The Netflix show, ‘Unorthodox’ gave me some insight into the life of the people I saw in the streets that day. This book added insights about a different form of Judaism, informing me about Jews who undertook reforms in their beliefs. The already established knowledge connected with the new information I gathered while reading. The bridge between information occurs when an already existing question, is either ignited or satisfied by a random information, that’s able to connect the sequences of a story.
‘Keeping your eyes open’ is a proverb. Your sensory perceptions need to be heard and processed which then evokes a sense of curiosity or satisfaction from within. What you are seeking might be seeking you in several manner. Your job is just to be present for a successful connection to happen.