Drop the Hide and Seek
We all seek in our own way through recognition, success, wealth, secure relationships, creative expression, the celebrity lifestyle, finding our purpose in life, religion or being spiritually connected. Ultimately, we are all are seeking the same things; love, peace, acceptance, security. The seeker is present in each of us and drives us incessantly, never content and never at peace.
It is like the game of hide and seek children play. We still play this game everyday. We invest so much energy in seeking out happiness, love, security in the drama and noise of life. Many believe they need to find themselves, as if they were lost and living in some parallel universe. This constant searching is draining and frustrating. All the time we are looking in the wrong places, ensuring that what we seek remains hidden.
Regardless of how we seek, be it through money or power etc, what we seek is and always has been right in front of us. Well, more accurately right inside us, closer to us than anything outside of us could ever be. What we seek is in us. We are what we seek. Somehow we forgot this and got caught up in the game of life trying to find what we thought we had lost. So what can we do to end the incessant seeking? Just STOP!
Stop searching, stop seeking, just stop, drop anchor and be still. Begin to observe yourself and notice how dominant the urges or voices in the head are. This is the ego. The seeker is an aspect of the ego and is designed to keep the ego strong. The seeker does not want us to drop anchor and be still. It wants to keep travelling, keep on keeping on!
If you are always looking and searching, hoping things will be better so that you can then be happy, seeking the perfect partner, career, body or home then you will always be at the mercy of your deep seated insecurities i.e. the ego. When you begin to pay close attention to how the ego influences you, you see how you have been controlled by the ego, who is so mad and insecure you wouldn’t let it take care of a dead rat.
So what does it mean to drop anchor? Your anchor is your presence and you drop it by being in your heart, like a pebble falling into a clear, still pond. Bring your attention to your heart space, breath into it and let go of all doing and thinking as you step into your heart, as you drop anchor and be still. The ego does not and cannot influence you when you are anchored in the heart, you are beyond ego and have access to all you truly desire.
Dropping anchor gives you the space to see the truth of who you are. Slow down and really see. Look from the inside out, all you are searching for is and always has been inside you. I mean this in a very practical way. It may be you are afraid to stop in case you feel the fear or hurt you have been trying to escape from. But know this, such fears and hurts are the very doorways back home, back to your roots, the love and peace all of us crave. We need to go through our own ego created shit to get to the diamond that we are. It is there, waiting for us to stop, turn inside and show up.
You may think this is all a bit too deep or mad, either way you owe it to yourself to test it out. So shut up, relax, focus inwards, feel the feelings and sensations inside the body, focus on your heart-space in the centre of your chest, feel without judgement and trust in whatever comes up and allow this space to expand, be present to it, with practice and patience this way of being with yourself will bring greater peace and clarity inside which will be reflected in your life outside. A simple way to remember all this and to stay closer to your heart is to regularly tell your ego-mind to “Drop It”, no more worrying, analysing, obsessing, etc…..just drop it!