ZEN Shredding ~ Insight #73

There is only perfection. 

 Life will become effortless to the degree you are aware of your own inner perfection.  As you learn to cultivate this inner perfection by becoming aware of it, you will open the doorway to see an outer perfection that has always been present.


Extended commentary:

Perfection cannot be found by the mind.  By its nature the mind can only see duality; the mind thrives in the field of polarity.  In the binary of up and down, in and out, right and wrong, good and bad, happy and not happy, the mind can only ever fixate its perception of reality through the filters of patterns, judgments, assumptions, associations and memories; perceptions of reality that might appear to be true to at the level of the filter and a mind that is bound by its self engendered thinking.

A mind that is bound by its own content can never be free from its content.  A mind that thinks from its own conceptual level cannot escape from its conceptual level.  As long as “you” are standing only at the level of the mind there will be no perfection.  If you stand only in the mind, chances are you will think and identify yourself only as the mind. Likewise, if you are standing only in your emotions, chances are you will think and identify yourself only as your emotions.  You are not your mind and you are not your emotions, and you are certainly not the thoughts that appear “in” what you call the mind, which appear to create various states of the mind and emotions.

This confusion is clearly illustrated in many contemporary spiritual belief and psychological systems that spiritualize or demonize the thinking level.  All the “YOU CREATE YOUR REALITY TEACHINGS” are based on a number of erroneous precepts or assumptions, systems of thinking that try to create perfection at the level of the mind where there can be none.

You might think or have been told that thoughts create your reality, when in fact if you take the time to notice deeply the process of thinking you will begin to realize that first, something happens, and then the thought arises, first you appear, and then the thought arises.

The extreme delusion of this can be seen in the fixation and obsession that now occurs in the attempt to “BE POSATIVE”; because being “positive” is presumably better or more perfect than being negative.  This construct then spirals into the erroneous idea that if you’re positive you will create positive experiences or perfection in your life, as opposed to, if you’re negative, you will create negative experiences or imperfection in your life.

All of this is false.  Any interpretation of reality by the mind can only be an illusion, a story created to control the chaos that exists prior to creation.  Let me say it again; being positive or having positive or negative thoughts, has nothing to do with spirituality or finding out Who You Are.  And it certainly has no causal effect on the nature of reality as it expresses itself in the external worldly, dimension. 

At best, we could get away with saying that “being posative” or having a posative attitude may have a small influence on your inner subjective experience, which then appears to shape the perception and experience you have of your perceived, outer world.

If we look closely enough though, “we” will see that it is only because our attention is fixated on the foreground of life that all of these things appear to be true; when we withdraw our attention prior to the expression of this foreground, there is no foreground. 

Prior to the labeling of a thought, there is only an impulse that will eventually be labeled a thought.  Prior to the thought, there is no thought.  When there is an absence of thought and thinking, attention will reveal that even the thinker itself is an illusion.  If there is no thinker, how can a thought have any legitimate power?  How can an imagined thinker have any control over something that arises and something that will subside?

There is no causal relationship between thinking, having, being and doing, because thoughts are not things, they exist in language only, which appears to exists at the level of a so called mind.

The validity of your divinity has nothing to do with the kind of thoughts you have which occur at the level of the mind.  Any thought, good or bad, arises from the same place that ALL reality appears to “emerge” from.  At the level of the mind and later in the external world, there may be a labeling and judgment of whether a thought is good or bad; however, at the level of consciousness, they are equal. 

There is only “one” substance. 

Prior to the label or judgment of a thought as good or bad, it is just a thought or impulse, and prior to the thought or impulse, or after the thought or impulse subsides; you are.  So ignore the thought; your thoughts are irrelevant.  Place your attention not on the thought, but the thinker of that thought itself.  Notice the thinker. 

Don’t get lost in thought.  You cannot be “free” from thought if you do not notice the thinker that lies before, during, and after the thought.  Don’t try to change, fix or transform your thoughts; they have nothing to do with anything, especially Who You Are.  Prior to the idea of imperfection or even perfection, you are.  Stay there.    

Can you find the perfection in your life?

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