This came through my inbox today and since we all seem to be trying to find ourselves I thought I would post it here.
The Lost Necklace
...No special effort is necessary to realize the Self.
All efforts are for eliminating the present obscuration of the Truth. A lady is wearing a necklace around her neck. She forgets it, imagines it to be lost and impulsively looks for it here, there and everywhere.
Not finding it, she asks her friends if they found it anywhere, until one kind friend points to her neck and tells her to feel the necklace around her neck. The seeker does so and feels happy that the necklace is found.
Again, when she meets other friends, they ask her if her lost necklace was found. She says, "yes" to them, as if it were lost and later recovered. Her happiness at re-discovering it round her neck is the same as if some lost property was recovered. In fact, she never lost it nor recovered it. And yet she was once miserable and now she is happy.
So also with the Realization of the Self.--
Ramana Maharshi, 365 Nirvana, Here and Now