On Seeking Him

You are the receptacle (anta al-inâ’) and I am I (wa anâ anâ). So do not seek Me in yourself, lest you suffer and toil; and do not seek Me outside yourself, or you will have no pleasure. Never stop seeking Me, or you will suffer torment. So do seek Me until you find Me, and then ascend! But follow the right etiquette (adab) in your seeking, and be ever-present (with Me) as you set out on your way of going....
— Ibn Arabi, a conversation with the Almighty
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