Ask yourself: "What do I want?"
WHAT DO I WANT?
The most important question to ask yourself is, "What do I want?" It
means asking this at the highest level of your desires.
There may be many things you want in the external world, but here you
want to have a key principle that you, yourself are seeking at the
deepest level of the inner chamber of your heart. It needs to be your
word, not just that of somebody else, something that was read in some
book, or is popular in the culture.
If you say you want enlightenment, Self-realization, or to know God,
when that word or phrase does not really excite you personally,
deeply, then it will not serve you at all. You will just be parroting
something you feel you are supposed to be wanting, even though you
Choose a keyword for yourself, some word or phrase that really
captures the spirit of what you are longing for. It's probably hidden
deep in the inner world, underneath all of the seemingly countless
other desires and words that have been programmed in as acceptable,
proper desires. It's a longing that has been there a long time, a
very long time. It was probably there in early childhood. It was with
you in adolescence. It is still there. But what do you call it? What
is that single word or phrase that draws you back to that felt
Just by having that word or phrase drift through your mind field,
that deep memory is no longer latent, but stirs in wakefulness with a
passion in the heart. There is a certainty about the purpose of life
that suddenly emerges with clarity.
Find that keyword that works for you and never, ever let it go. Write
it on little notes around your house; maybe even on your arm, under
your shirt. Be innovative in the ways you constantly remind yourself
of this one keyword that captures the highest level of what you want
out of life. It is your word, your phrase.
It may contain the many other lesser ways of saying the goal of life,
or the steps along the way, but this one, this keyword or phrase
pulls you, draws you to the stance where you know who you are and you
know where you are going.
How to get there will emerge, on its own, through effort, and
remembering your own keyword that captures the highest answer to the
question, "What do I want?"