Shamanism ~ Curiosity is the Key to Finding What You Seek

We’ve all heard the biblical phrase, “Seek and ye shall find.” It always sounds very positive and rewarding. But how many of us are so frustrated with seeking and not finding that we’d like to have a serious chat with the author of that phrase (St. Matthew)?

If you’ve been seeking for a long time but haven’t found what you’re looking for, don’t fret!

If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, it may not be because you’re not looking long or hard enough. It may because the quality or tone of the attention you give to the seeking process isn’t quite right for finding what you want.

The tone or quality of your attention can actually be the difference between finding what you want and being in total frustration. It turns out that the best tone for finding what you want is curiosity. If you can maintain the innocent curiosity of a child when seeking anything in life, you will find and get everything you want.

Why is this? Because there is an inverse relationship between attachment to what we want and getting what we want. The more we are desperately attached to what we want (i.e., “I just gotta have it!”), the less we are likely to get it. But, if we can become very curious about what we want without attachment, then we will attract it into our lives.

For instance, let’s say you want to bring a certain amount of income into your business. The first thing to do is to tell the Universe in a very clear and precise way. Write down exactly what you want and what you don’t want (and by when). Then, adopt a posture of curiosity. It might sound something like, “Hmmm, I wonder how the Universe will bring this about…” As you encounter different people or events in your life, you might ask yourself, “I wonder if this is going to an avenue for what I want?” or “Isn’t this interesting?”

The channeled teacher Abraham tells us that “genius is nothing more than continued attention on the same thing.” In other words, the longer you direct your attention positively toward something, the more you’re a genius in that area. The same thing is true about curiosity. The longer you can maintain a childlike curiosity about what you want, the faster that which you want will come into your life.

So the phrase “Seek and ye shall find” is most definitely true, but only if you learn to seek as a child would seek-with wonder, delight, and joy in the process. Anytime you find yourself getting obsessed or frustrated with the process, just go back to that lighthearted curiosity. The Universe will always bring you what you want, and that child like curiosity will keep the doors of your life open to receive it.

Alan Watts ~ Black and White View of the World


We can begin anything we do—start our day, eat a meal, or walk into a meeting—with the intention to be open, flexible, and kind. Then we can proceed with an inquisitive attitude. As my teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche used to say, “Live your life as an experiment.”

At the end of the activity, whether we feel we have succeeded or failed in our intention, we seal the act by thinking of others, of those who are succeeding and failing all over the world. We wish that anything we learned in our experiment could also benefit them.

Setting Daily Intentions

prayer pyramidTo bring about personal change, you need to first begin with an intention. Without one, you’re on a journey with no map, and no destination. You can start with this simple practice:

Before you get out of bed each morning, take five minutes to set your intention for the day. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and envision the day you want to have. If you have an important meeting, see yourself presenting with confidence. If you have a date, anticipate and welcome the romance of the evening. You may choose to see yourself sending out and receiving positive energy from all the people with whom you interact. Or simply see yourself moving through your day calmly, without worry or anxiety. Setting a clear intention in this way can have powerful effects on the outcome of your daily activity.

Aloha Ke Akua