What You Seek Is Seeking You!

Chances are you have heard or seen this phrase at least once in your life. But, if you have not, think about it for a moment:

What You Seek Is Seeking You!

That is, what you are looking for is also looking for you. This is a lovely translation of a verse by Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet. A closer look at the Persian verse reveals that you ARE what you seek. This is possibly one of the most important verses of poetry in literature in our time. Why? Consider the following:

Have you heard the following: “You Will Become What You Think About!”

How about this one: “Our Thoughts Create Our Reality.”

This piece is very important because there is this huge misunderstanding around Meditation, The Power of Thoughts, Positive Thinking, Visualization, and Journaling.

The misunderstanding is often labeled under “manifesting.” The point here is not to talk about whether manifesting is true or not; for the record, it works to take a scientific approach of trying to demystify that phrase.

Reading Rumi’s poetry, I have come to find him a Neuro-Poet, a poet who understood the Mind MASSIVELY. The question now is what Rumi meant by:

What You Seek Is Seeking You!

“The process of thought causes electrical sparks — the Mind — in our brain,” says a renowned Neuroscientist. This is an electrical method of communication between neurons, of which there are billions. Over time, if we use the power of REPETITION — which we don’t do nearly enough — these neurons that have consistently fired in a specific manner begin to wire together. So what exactly does this mean? It means that it has become calorically easier for the Mind to think the same thought(s) because it has hardwired itself in the brain through a process of wrapping a fatty sheath — myelination — around that group of neurons to continue communicating easily.

Once a thought or a certain sequence of thoughts are repetitively fired and wired together, it has become ingrained in our brain to reduce the need to spend calories communicating that message constantly. It becomes almost second nature and, with practice, turned into a habit.

Now, why is it that we will become what we think about? The act of thinking, once emotionally translated in our brain — goes from the prefrontal cortex (main responsibilities are reasoning, problem-solving, comprehension, impulse-control, creativity, and perseverance) to the limbic brain ( responsible for facilitating memory storage and retrieval, establishing emotional states, and link the conscious, intellectual functions of the cerebral cortex with the unconscious, autonomic functions of the brain stem) — causes us to go a layer deeper in the brain. At this stage, taking action is easier because one has already accepted that at a limbic level.

The key is to take ACTION. This is the stage that is misunderstood or ignored. The stage in which acting on those groups of thoughts in return reinforces them further — further hardwiring — and starts producing results of a kind that will cause one to think more of those kinds of thoughts.

A loop starts to format a stage where the thoughts have been hardwired enough to make it easy to think those thoughts.

The loop is frequently used as a self-fulfilling prophecy. If one seeks a specific type of evidence — biased seeking — one will find it and continue to feed it into the investigation method until the desired result is obtained. However, this is NOT true.

A simple example would be that Your blood results indicate what’s in your blood, not what will be in your blood. Without going into a lot of details, mentally, this is the process of thinking and feeling thought on a repetitive basis — mistaking it for as facts — until it becomes ingrained in the brain and becomes part of the basal ganglia — plays a key role in the development of emotions, memories and pattern recognition.

If humans can control their thoughts, then we can agree that we are architects of our brains — literally. At least to a good-enough degree. Scientific research shows that we can offset it with five positive thoughts for every negative thought.

So still, one might ask why the second part of that verse “is seeking you”?

Once one is thinking those thoughts, focusing on what one is seeking, one will move in a certain direction — positive or negative -and start to get results in what one is seeking. The frequency of this occurrence is determined by how much a person thinks repetitive thoughts and how emotionally invested they are in those thoughts. The effects can become so strong that it appears as if the thing is also looking for you or, in some cases, has been looking for you all along. If you believe you can, you will seek confirming evidence and hence make progress; if you think you can’t, you will seek disconfirming evidence, therefore end up taking no action or the wrong kind of action. It’s important to note that this is a double-edged sword. Since the majority of the time, humans think negative thoughts due to evolutionary conditioning, they tend to find negative results or, in this case, negative results tend to find them. However, if the focus is on POSITIVITY, GRATITUDE, and OPTIMISM, those will SEEK YOU!

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Independent Consultant — in the field of Strategy & Risk. Enthusiastic about Growth-Mindset & WEB 3.0.

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Independent Consultant — in the field of Strategy & Risk. Enthusiastic about Growth-Mindset & WEB 3.0.

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