Many seekers do not take full responsibility for their own liberation, but wait for one big, final spiritual experience which will catapult them fully into it. It is this search for the final liberating experience which gives rise to a rampant form of spiritual consumerism in which seekers go from one teacher to another, shopping for enlightenment as if shopping for sweets in a candy store. This spiritual promiscuity is rapidly turning the search for enlightenment into a cult of experience seekers. And, while many people indeed have powerful experiences, in most cases these do not lead to the profound transformation of the individual, which is the expression of enlightenment.
I see this for myself. I have an image of a big shift in the future, and when there is a waiting for this to happen, I am less with myself here and now. I am less available to take care of what’s here – to hold satsang with it, take thoughts to inquiry, give it over to God etc.
Liberation becomes an image placed in an imaginary future, instead of looking at what’s here that I can help find liberation in practical and concrete ways.