Ending The Search

From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness
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For anyone feeling confused or stalled in their spiritual path, Dorothy Hunt takes the stress out of spirituality and points us toward the ever-present Heart of Awareness that is at once our deepest nature and the true home we long for. Hunt shares insights from her personal journey along with original poetry, teaching stories, and self-inquiry practices to help us "find the true identity of this precious and all consuming 'I.'"
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What is life when seeking ends?

Just what is, nothing more or less—

an ordinary person doing ordinary things,

not wishing to be more or less,

content to simply be herSelf.

—Dorothy Hunt, Only This

Do you ever feel as if your spiritual search is getting you nowhere? That despite sincere intention and effort, you’re reaping frustration instead of fruit? In Ending the Search, Dorothy Hunt unravels a dilemma that has vexed countless people on a spiritual path. “You may have tried all manner of practices, meditation, guru shopping, chanting, prayer, and still you have not attained your heart’s desire,” she writes. “This book is about the ego’s spiritual ambition, its search for its idea of ‘enlightenment,’ its struggles and its eventual fate as seeker becomes the sought.” 

Ending the Search explores the deep spiritual impulse to awaken and the ways a future-focused mind “co-opts” or veils what is timelessly free, loving, and ever present. Dorothy invites us to follow our longing for truth, love, or enlightenment back to their source—the Heart that is beckoning us beyond separation. While describing and honoring different practices and paths taken in one’s search for Truth, she emphasizes the practice of self-inquiry as taught by Ramana Maharshi. We are invited to search not for an idea of something “out there,” but for the true identity of the seeker, the unnamable Mystery that is compassionately aware, existing right now in each of us. The book also looks at the processes of embodiment and surrender, the need for “ruthless honesty” without self-judgment, and in its concluding section, shares a vision of life lived authentically.

“The spiritual search is a call to remember who or what you essentially are,” explains Dorothy Hunt. “What ends the search is actually present from the very beginning, beckoning you to come Home. In truth, you are what you seek, yet you must make the discovery for yourself.” This is your invitation, with Ending the Search.


  • The nature of spiritual ambition
  • When practice becomes problematic
  • How the thinking mind separates us from the moment
  • Silence and stillness, our greatest teachers
  • Ego and the trance of separation
  • The human heart as a doorway to the infinite
  • The freedom of Presence
  • The price of Realization
  • Gurus, spiritual teachers, and charlatans
  • Undoing core egoic beliefs
  • Resting the mind in the Heart of Awareness
    Format Details
    Paperback Book eBook
    Contents Paperback Book (288 pages) eBook (288 pages)
    Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
    Product Code BK05313 BK05313W
    ISBN Number 978-1-68364-063-9 978-1-68364-064-6
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    Dorothy Hunt

    About Dorothy Hunt

    DOROTHY HUNT serves as spiritual director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaching in the spiritual lineage of Adyashanti, who invited her to share the Dharma in 2004. She is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy and has practiced psychotherapy since 1967. Her published works include Only This! and Leaves from Moon Mountain.