If your group or book club is reading Find the Seeker! then you’ll enjoy the questions in this Reader Discussion Guide to get the conversation going!
Spiritual growth: Many people are interested in growing, discovering their true Self, realizing their true nature and unfolding their potential as spiritual beings. What criteria do people use to judge how much “progress” they have made? Where do you think you are? What does the book say about this?
Everyday life: The book claims that spirituality is a moment to moment, here and now way of living. To what extent can you apply the key premises of this book in your everyday life? Are the basic premises of the book realistic, sensible and doable?
Individuality: The book uses terms like being a Nobody, letting go, realizing there is nothing to achieve and “offering up your life to get it back.” Is this a contradiction to the way we have been brought up – to believe in our uniqueness, in asserting ourselves as individuals, in doing our own thing and making sure our needs are met? Can people still live happily if they do not submit to the dictates of their ego? Do you think the book has helped you to become happier?
Expectations: Why did you choose to read this book? Why was it suggested to the group? What did you hope to get out of it? Did it fulfil your expectations? Was it worth the time and money? Would you recommend it to others?
Find the Seeker! Were you able to “find the seeker”? What do you think the book is ultimately trying to say? Did you understand the purpose it conveyed? Discuss the message you each derived from the reading.
Differences: What other spiritual books have you read or which paths have you already tried out? In what ways does this book differ from what you learned or believed in the past? How does it differ from other books on spirituality, self-help or religion which you have read? Has the book succeeded in changing your mind?
Authority: The authors speak with conviction when talking about their own first-hand experiences and the wisdom of Masters throughout the ages. Do you get the feeling that the authors know what they are talking about? Did you feel that the book picks you up where you are and addresses your concerns and problems?
Life’s lessons: The book says that people often have personal challenges to master before they experience inner peace and serenity. Has life forced you to confront major problems, obstacles or experiences which you think could hinder your own personal growth and development? What solutions does the book offer? Can you accept them?
Takeaways: What does the book say about further steps, or what you need to do in the future? Has the book succeeded in teaching you something? Has it inspired you to change anything in your life? Has the book helped you to change your perception of the world, the birds, the present moment, other people, or yourself?
Self-empowerment: The book asserts that you need to become “Self-empowered”– to take personal responsibility, that nobody else can go down the path for you and that ultimately you do not need a teacher, guru or advisor. Are you ready and willing to be “Self-confident” as the book says? What assistance from others do you think you will still need? Can you think of cases in which other people gave you advice which stymied you instead of helping you to grow and be happy?
Understanding: Find the Seeker! uses a lot of terms which may not be easy to grasp, and which people interpret in different ways, such as the Absolute, Enlightenment, Existence, Oneness, Tao, etc. Are these terms sufficiently explained? Was there anything in the book which you did not understand? Was there anything you would like to know more about? Do you have questions for the authors?