Archive for April, 2010

Earth Day; 10 Questions for a New Humanity
April 22, 2010

 

Today is a day of celebration and reflection.  Today marks the anniversary of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.  Forty years ago, there was a collective breakthrough; the baby steps that began the start of a progressive movement for environmental awareness, which elevated itself to an international level.

In our celebration, we should acknowledge the proliferation to which our individual and collective, day to day habits and attitudes, have changed our world forever.  In our reflection we should recognize the degree of challenge and danger we face as a planet.  We should recognize that our success or failure, individually and collectively, is inherently linked to the level and degree to which we can clean up our own consciousness.  How far we have come on this journey is irrelevant.  The question at hand is how far can we go? 

I’m amazed and often dismayed at how the sustainability conversation dilutes and distracts us from the very perpetrators of the crime; it is our own individual ideas and notions, attitudes and beliefs that strangles our life force, another’s, and the potential demise of the Earth as we know it.

How often and how many of us look to the sustainability of our individual wellbeing and the interconnectedness it has to the wellbeing of the natural world?

How often do we examine the health of our own attitudes and beliefs and the impact it has on our day to day thinking, being, having and doing, that lead to many of our present day challenges?

The concept of sustainability is a valuable idea.  First and foremost we must look with vigilant eyes, to the sustainability of our own life and the way we live those lives at a thinking, being, having and doing level; to recognize and know experientially the interdependence of it all. 

TEN Questions For a New Humanity

1)     What aspirations do “I” have in life that if pursued, could provide the preamble for more peace, passion, inspiration and transformation in “my” life and the world “I” live in?

 

 2)     Do the dreams, desires, gifts and talents “I” pursue in life, enhance, refine and elevate the resilience “I” have to “my” life experience, “my” inner wisdom and the service “I” could provide to the ONE greater Earth community?

 

3)     How can “I” refine, enhance and elevate the visions and aspirations “I” have for “my” life so they are synchronized in solidarity and kinship with all “others” and the extended living world?

 

4)     What changes do “I” need to make in the way “I” live “my” life that if made, could enhance and improve the quality of “my” own well being and the well being of the ONE greater Earth community?

 

5)     How can “I” live “my” life with greater congruence, admiration and reverence towards “my” Self, “others”, and the larger living world?

 

6)     What unspoken questions, words and conversations do “I” need to have, hear, pursue or let go of, in order to foster a culture of peace and affirmation in “my” experience, the surroundings, and with all “others”?

 

7)     What values do “I” need to enhance, adopt, or abandon, to form a solid foundation for a personal, sacred trust, towards sustaining a new life, world and humanity?

 

8)     How can “I” live “my” life with a greater reverence, admiration and humility for the mystery of Being; with enhanced gratitude for the gift of life, and with greater humility regarding “my” place in nature?

 

9)     What can “I” do to elevate the shared responsibility “I” have in the stewardship of this ONE great Earth and humanity; clarifying, enhancing and elevating the intention to realize ONE global, just, sustainable and peaceful society?

 

10)     Recognizing “my” life is both interdependent and interconnected with all people and things, what three principles am “I” willing to commit too, affirm and cultivate in “my” life that will elevate a sustainable and ethical way of being for “my” self and the planet “I” live on?

 

THE GAYATRI MANTRA

 OM bhūr bhuvah svah tát savitúr váreṇyam bhárgo devásya dhīmahi dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt…

“Earth Atmospher Heavens.  We meditate on the sacred light of the effulgent source.  Let that inspire our thoughts…”

 

 

 

Insight #74 ~ ZEN Shredding
April 21, 2010

 

“Shred” the burden of judgment.

 

Your life could be seen as the creative process in action.  Spontaneity is the essence of the creative process; judgment is what comes after it.  When you judge yourself or others you temporarily isolate yourself from the effortless flow of the moment and the energy and information it contains.

Extended commentary:

Who comes first, you or judgment?

The “you” you imagine yourself to be arrives long before judgment.  First “you” arrive and then all the judgments, evaluations and comparisons; all the ideas of “this” and “that”, “up” and “down”, “good” and “not good” arrive.  But where is the “you” that sits in the mechanics of this process; better said, is there a “you” that sits in the mechanics of this process?

First “you” arrive then the “you” with all its ideas and judgment comes.  Before the impulse of the thought is judged; it just is.  A thought just is.  A thought, is a thought, is a thought, and you are.  We could say that no thought is really judged until the “you”, you imagine yourself to be comes along; then the thought is judged; you arrive, the thought comes, then you judge.

Prior to the judgment of a thought, an experience, a memory or a circumstance, that thought, experience, memory or circumstance simply is.  Without “you”, there would be no judgment.  Without the “you”, you imagine yourself to be, there would be no thought, no experience, no memory or circumstance to judge.

If “you” could step back far enough; if “you” could pull “your” attention back from the object that lies in the field of your attention, you would realize that it is only the mind itself that see’s and perceives reality as duality; that judges reality as “good” or “bad”; that even imagines the concept of reality.

If “you” could step back far enough; if “you” could pull “your” attention back from the subtext of your subjective experience that lies in the field of your attention, you would realize that even the self you imagine yourself to be is only a notion, a thought, a memory, an association; a perception of something that is judged or not judged.

The notion of judgment is a notion of the mind. 

It exists because “you” imagine “you” are. You think “you” are, and then “you” identify yourself with those thoughts, those feelings and those emotions; you identify yourself as those thoughts, feelings and emotions that you then call the mind.  You judge those thoughts, feelings and emotions, and you also judge yourself for identifying yourself as the mind that seemingly contains those thoughts, feelings and emotions.

“You” come first; then the story arises. 

With the arising of the story, there arises all content that we call the mind.  The mind is a composite of all the stories you have ever been told: the ones you tell yourself, the ones that you were told, and the ones that you will tell others.  “You” imagine you are the content of the mind, and “you” then judge yourself on the content of THAT mind and all the stories that make up that mind. 

Once the content of the mind has arisen; once the story has arisen: those thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, perceptions and associations; there is a good chance the content of that mind and story will be evaluated and assessed, compared and judged, indiscriminately by the mind that you think you are.

First, you are. 

Then the impulse of that thought or feeling arises.  That thought or feeling is then evaluated as “good” or “bad”, “right” or “wrong”, “healthy” or “unhealthy” by a nervous system that is hardwired for survival.  “Good” thoughts are considered pleasant, and encouraged; “bad” thoughts are considered inappropriate, and need to be denied, avoided or suppressed at all costs.

We demonize the “bad” thoughts and we sanctify the “good” thoughts.  “Good” thoughts are considered spiritual and “bad” thoughts are considered unspiritual.  “Good” thoughts are considered to be closer to your “God”, and “bad” thoughts are considered to be further from your so called “God”.

A thought is a thought, is a thought.  The judging “you” that you imagine yourself to be arises with each thought, which you are not. The thought, the one who is thinking, and the judgment are One.   

 

What parts of yourself do you sit in judgment of the most?

 

A personal note…

ZEN Shredding is  self published work.  For many authors the expression of our work provides the greatest satisfaction and meaning in life.  This Word Press Blog is also a gift for all of us who desire to create a dance in the language of words…

It was always my dream to be picked up by a Publisher/Distributor, something that sort of stalled, until this time…  I’m entered into this little competition that could make a big difference in the publication of my work. 

If you have enjoyed the ZEN Shredding extended posts within this blog, I’m asking you for a small favour, to support me by copying, pasting and voting for ZEN Shredding so that it might be picked up by one of those “Big Boys”…

It would also be very helpful to pass it to your three most important friendships in life

here’s the link!

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After Thought #26
April 15, 2010

 

 

 In the awakened wisdom of my own heart, I’ve always known that we were born with innate gifts and talents; the understanding and knowingness; the awareness needed to navigate the ebb and flow of life’s currants.

The priests and the profits would have you think that the gifts of spirit need to be earned, gained and achieved.  Through work and merit, sacrifice and renouncement, they would have you believe that your salvation lies in the ideas of another: a book or law; a teaching or savior, versus the awakened wisdom of the heart. 

Some would have you believe that the “you”, you imagine yourself to be, needs to be healed, fixed or transformed.  In awareness the “you” you imagine yourself to be, dissolves, revealing what was always true and always there.

You are.

We are seduced by offerings of understanding and knowledge from the priests and the profits.  We are lost in the map of their confusion that has at once become our own, and we struggle; we suffer.  Lost in ideas of up and down, good and bad, right and wrong, we strangle the life force of our own essential nature.  Lost in a mind full of ideas, our vision becomes obstructed; we lose sight of our essential core.  Words beget words; ideas beget more ideas, as we entangle ourselves in the net of our own and another’s, misunderstanding.

You were born with awareness; you are. 

Inherent within that awareness is an essential core of love and compassion, peace and joy, harmony and forgiveness.  Within the space of that awareness there lies an emptiness that surrounds it all; an emptiness that’s full, not empty.

Essence has always been there; even though you may no longer be aware of it.  One gaze into the eyes of a newborn child can trigger a reminder of truth that appears to be lost.  Through conditioning and strife, through memory and experience, we become forgetful.  We become complacent in ideas of self that are infinitely more dangerous, binding and distracting, from the Self that we already are, were, and will be.  In the fragility of those thoughts, we slip into the foreground of thinking, being, having and doing.

Essence can never be lost.  It can only, ever, be shrouded in fear and distraction, confusion and doubt.  Moment by moment, through lapse of attention, we sacrifice what is real, for the unreal; what is imagined and feared, replaces what is true.  Words can only direct; ideas can only imply.  What’s real is always real and true.  What’s real is the silence from which it all arises; the silence that you are.

Awareness is. 

In the awakened wisdom of your own heart, awareness is still and complete, silent and present. 

Awareness is, and you are.

Radical Spirituality has nothing to do with practice, dogma or prayer.  Prior to the practice, You Are; prior to the dogma, You Are; prior to the prayer, You Are.  Prior to the belief, thought or notion, You Are.

The essence of Who You Are cannot be found in practice, dogma or prayer.  Radical Spirituality is not something you can learn or achieve, these are ideas of spirituality; not spirituality.  These are speculations; projections of a mind that has lost itself in its own thinking. 

Let us celebrate the gifts of Spirit; in the still, quiet place of the heart, let us ignite the wisdom of our own awareness…

The Next Top Author?
April 9, 2010

On a very personal note…

ZEN Shredding is  self published work.  For many authors the expression of our work provides the greatest satisfaction and meaning in life.  This Word Press Blog is also a gift for all of us who desire to create a dance in the language of words…

It was always my dream to be picked up by a Publisher/Distributor, something that sort of stalled, until this time…  I’m entered into this little competition that could make a big difference in the publication of my work. 

If you have enjoyed the ZEN Shredding extended posts within this blog, I’m asking you for a small favour, to support me by copying, pasting and voting for ZEN Shredding so that it might be picked up by one of those “Big Boys”…

It would also be very helpful to pass it to your three most important friendships in life 🙂

here’s the link!

http://www.nexttopauthor.com/profile.cfm?aid=3042

After Thought #25
April 7, 2010

 

 

We deceive ourselves by imagining and then projecting that the self we were and will be, is the Self that we are.  Our authentic Self cannot be understood or unmasked by any psychological model or conceptual understanding. 

If you think you are; your not!

Finding out Who You Are is not the study or expression of personality, past or preference; it’s also not the healing of wounds or the finding of joy, although those ideas may serve as progressive, stepping stones to realization.  You are not your psychology; nor are you any thought, idea, label or understanding, that arises or does not arise out that perceived psychology. 

You are also not your body; nor are you any action that arises or subsides out of that body.  Although that body may do great or terrible things, you are not contained within the limits of its flesh or bones.

Our true Self is not the self or body/mind we imagine our self to be.  Our true Self is not the self we take out daily into the world of form and phenomena; good or bad.  Our true Being is not the self of ideas and notions, memories and experiences and it’s not our feelings although those occurrences may presently and temporarily, taint and colour the vision of who you imagine yourself to be. 

We appear to be shackled in ghetto consciousness.  We appear to be trapped by erroneous, self engendered ideas of this and that; ideas that we have gathered and blended neatly, indiscriminately, with a host of many other ideas that we were given; that we chose to give.  Caught in the web of misunderstanding we suffer; we suffer beyond measure.  In a web of ideas woven of distinction; the mind swims and the mind suffers in its own delusion.

Radical spirituality is based on the wisdom of awareness; awareness that who we are lies beyond what we say, think, have or do.  Radical Spirituality is breaking down the shackles of our own understanding; knowledge that at once, appears to bound the unbound.  In that pure state of awareness between the rise and fall of this and that, the ever present, still, silent, field of awareness beckons: come play in me, come rest as me.

In the alert, complete, calm and caring field of awareness, the timeless wisdom of eternity is awakened; where nothing is gained and nothing is lost.  In this no state, state, the “I” that we imagine ourselves to be, places its attention both inward and outward, equally and in balance.  Equally and in balance, the background of Being and the foreground of awareness, merge to become One. 

In this no state, state, the “I” that we imagine ourselves to be fades, unmasked, stripped of its cognitive encumbrances; it becomes a shadow of its former self.  It is finally seen for what it is; it is exposed for what it is.  In its unreality, there is a revelation of perfection; in that perceived now, an alert appreciation of what was, is, and what will be, is revealed…

After Thought #24
April 3, 2010

 

What is not here is just as important as what is here.  Life is a dance between what appears to be here and what appears to not be here.

You Are Here.

Without you, there would be nothing.   When nothing becomes something, there is the possibility for anything.  Even though you are here, there is a good chance that you have forgotten what is not here.  There is a good chance that you have forgotten the immeasurable potential of what is not here, and what could be here.

In that forgetfulness, the potential of nothing to become something appears to bound what is actually unbound.  What is here becomes more important, more valuable, and more sacred than what is not here.

When what is here becomes more important and more sacred than what is not here, there appears to be separation and struggle.  There is no separation between what appears to be not here and what appears to be here; emptiness becomes form, form becomes emptiness.  If emptiness is becoming form and form is becoming emptiness, then there is neither form nor emptiness.  Nothing and everything just are.

You are here and you are not here, simultaneously.

If you spent a little more time valuing what appears to be not here; becoming aware of what appears to be not here, your appreciation of what appears to be and what appears not to be would be elevated in gentle, unspoken ways.  What appears to be bound would also appear to become unbound.  You might glimpse for the first time, that what is here is also not here.

We appear to get stuck when we confuse and amplify, label and judge with distinction, what is here with what is not here; barriers appear to be created where there are none.  We try to explain with understanding and reasoning what appears to be here and what appears to not to be here.  We begin to imagine something is here when it is not; we begin to imagine something is not here when in fact it is.

There will always be an impulse of what is not here; to become what was, what is, and what will potentially be here. 

There will always be an impulse to Be.

We spend most of our life using time and attention to focus on what is here: we want more of what is already here, and we want what is already here, to remain here forever.

If we were to lend some of that attention to what appears to be not here, we would bridge the gap of our own misunderstanding, confusion and delusion.  We might reconcile the paradox of what appears to be here with what appears to not be here.  We might finally realize what appears to be here, is actually not here, and what appears to not be here, actually is here.  We might finally realize there is no here, not here.

What is not here is just as important as what is here.  Life is the dance between the two that are actually One.

You Are Here;

better said, you think you are here when you’re actually not.

You’re neither here, nor not here!

: )

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