ZEN Shredding ~ Insight #28


For “it” to happen you need to step aside. 



You are not the doer: you are an instrument, a vehicle, and a vessel.  The more you show up and step aside in the moment, the more you will experience the exhilaration, the passion, the inspiration and joy of simply being. 


Extended commentary:


“I’ve” “done” a lot of work on “myself” over the last 20 years or so.  I often joke to people that I’ve spent enough money on seminars, workshops and trainings to put a hefty down payment on a condo in Whistler, Canada!


 I never was a workshop junky; “I” choose selectively “invest” in myself and the path that unfolded before “me”; in the travels, the workshops, the passions and projects that stoked “me” [and in the process happened to spend a lot of  $ : )]. 


I also do not regret any of the choices I made, as each step of the adventure brought greater levels of intimacy, meaning and fulfillment into my life.  “I” will admit there is a small part of “me” that envies somewhat the imagined security that comes with having a healthy bank account and retirement savings plan : ).


Of recent my journey has and is, taking me to places of understanding I could never have foreseen.  While I’m still integrating those experiences and understandings; most of which I will never try to articulate, I do want to share with you the relevance of this blog entry and insight from my book ZEN Shredding, that has become “significant” on my journey.


As I mentioned “I” studied; I’ve taken enough trainings to have significant degrees of specialty in those areas.  What I am realizing more and more of late, is how insignificant those studies are to the relevance of Who I AM.  In the West, especially; we are indoctrinated into the path of accumulation and gain.  For most, wheather it be money, esteem, knowledge or things, there is an unconscious assumption that more is better, higher, significant and important, than less.  While this may have some truth at the level of conventional living in the world of form and phenomena, it is not true at the level of the Self.


My journey is now becoming a journey of “Unlearning”, of letting go of everything I imagined myself to be.  It is recognition that we are who we are, regardless of the garments, bells and whistles that may be conventionally seen as signposts of development or “spiritual” evolution.  I now realize most of it [knowledge and experience] is in fact a lot of nonsense; entertainment and distraction for the “I” mind, that is shrouded in the guise of so called spiritual teachings and experience; that have simply been passed down through the ages, as “enlightenment teachings”.


 Simply said, most “spiritual” teachings become another form of indoctrination that in most cases, are only another substitution for previous conditionings.   While many of these teachings may provide the “feeling” of liberation, they in fact only serve to further entrap oneself into yet another box; they provide only, an improved idea of Who You Are, they do not reveal Who You Are.


Now more than ever, I realize the greatest obstacle to my own realization of Who I AM, is in fact the self I imagine(d) myself to be.  It is the “not self”, that I have spent a lifetime living and decades of “developing”.  It is the “not self” that I have been trying to improve.  It is the false, “not self”, that I have been trying to fix, change, evolve, heal and transform; most of it based on the false idea of accumulation; the belief that the more I know the more I will be.


Much of this approach in living can be subsumed in a famous statement made by the philosopher Rene Descartes:


Cogito ergo sum [latin]


Je pense, donc je suis [French]


I think therefor I AM;




I am thinking, therefore I exist.



The act of thinking does not qualify my being; equally as much, the idea that I act also, does not qualify or quantify my beingness.  My existence in fact is not based on thinking, acting or being, and my being cannot be qualified or quantified by anything that exists.  My existence cannot be perceived or experienced at the level of the mind, body or so called “Spirit”.  I AM, prior to my I Am-ness, and to imagine that I can discover Who I AM as a result of what I am doing, thinking, knowing or being, is an illusion.


The path of unlearning is seldom taken.  We spend most of our lives enriching and accumulating ideas within the mind, with the belief that it somehow allows us to eventually transcend, reaching Who We Are.  This is the trap of knowledge and the trap of understanding; that Who We Are somehow relates to what we know and understand at a knowledge and experience level.


Regardless of our perceived “sources” of conditioning, the “yoga” of unlearning, provides the space for us to settle into our real nature or “true Self” by abandoning lifetimes of ideas, thoughts, feelings, notions, beliefs and perceptions; the erroneous concepts that we imagine our self and THAT Self to be.   It is a mystery that in the surrender and annihilation of these concepts that the revelation of our “true Self” or nature spontaneously, begins to appear…



What would your life look life if you knew that success had nothing to do with planning or rehearsing of the moment?




I would like to take a moment to wish you the best for the upcoming holiday!  While this time of year can often feel overwhelming as we navigate the seduction and distraction this season brings; the New Year also often, can provide a feeling of new possibilities and potentials; If only in the mind there appears an opportunity for greater levels of joy and fulfillment on our quest into the mystery of our journey.


I’m in the process of finishing up a small “book” project that I would like to send you via email, a little inspirational “ditty” for the New Year J.


Please feel confident that I will not sell your email or my “list” to anyone…


my email:


divinite[at]telus.net   (spelt!)


Warm regards for the season!


michael sean symonds



To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:






Check out “Living The Dream”, the gift book version of the slideshow/movie that is available to view free on You tube or the ZEN Shredding website; an inspiring read with full color photo’s of Whistler/Blackcomb Alpine…





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