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Insight # 77 ~ ZEN Shredding…
June 26, 2010



Suffering will be experienced according to the degree and allegiance you have to your lies.

As you learn to look at, acknowledge and dismantle the lies you’ve told yourself you’ll experience greater levels of subjective freedom.

Extended commentary:

We tell ourselves many lies in life.  There are the lies we tell our self and there are the lies that we tell others; there are also the lies others tell us.  When you sit with this; when you become aware enough to realize the degree to which we exchange lies in life, with self and others, it is beyond disturbing. 

I’m not talking about lies in any conventional sense of the word: lies of manipulation, deceit or ignorance.  I’m talking about lies that take the form of ideas we have about ourselves, others and the world we live in, that we believe and hold to be true. 

Even though these lies might be just as manipulative and deceitful, even though they might generate the same kind of ignorance, they are a different kind of lie.  They are lies that bound the unbound.  They are lies that keep us small, isolated and disconnected. They are pretty little, wrapped up in ribbons that prevent us from seeing and experiencing the ever-present, perfection and wholeness that innately lies within.   

I’m talking about the lies of assumption that we make about who we are and what this world is. I’m talking about the lies we tell ourselves about who we imagine ourselves to be.  I’m talking about the lies of belief and understanding that are embedded in the stories we tell ourselves about the perceived world that we live in and how that world operates.

I’m talking about the lies which make up our conditioning; the self engendered thoughts, beliefs, notions, perceptions and associations we accumulate day by day, week by week and year by year. 

There are many lies, most of which go unnoticed and unquestioned; but of all the lies, the greatest is the lie of separation: the belief that we are separate, individual entities that exist in a separate world full of other separate, distinct entities.

The lie of separation seeds all other lies; it is built on the foundation of “other”, “us” and “them”.  It is the lie of “individual”, “personal” and “diversity” that creates confusion, misunderstanding, chaos and suffering.

It is the lie of separation that fuels the struggle and the strife that occupies, consumes, and fixates our attention.  It is the violence of “I” perception, and “I” understanding that eventually becomes the philosophies, the rules and the religions with which we live our life; the ones that are based on the dogma of “me”…   

What lies are you telling yourself?



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The Doctrine of ONE…




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Insight #76 ~ ZEN Shredding…
June 16, 2010

Ask questions of your life.


Ask questions of yourself, of others; of what you’ve been taught; of everything you believe yourself to be. It’s important to engage and apply the process of enquiry and investigation into your life, to examine all the beliefs that you have about life. 

Enquiry and investigation prevent denial and resignation. It is the birth of a new narrative based on the present, not the past or future. Your best questions entice the Universe to respond in a dance of “co-creation” that transforms your subjective experience.


Extended commentary:


Any good dialogue therapist understands the impact of well crafted question. A well crafted, skillfully delivered question can change the understanding, perception and behavior of a client forever.  A “change” in ones understanding and perception can often lead to a change in behavior, which inevitably leads to a change in ones life and the way with which one lives ones life.  

Well crafted questions can open doorways that can lead to freedom: illuminating buried thoughts, revealing hidden feelings ~ placing a spotlight on self sabotaging ideas, notions, perceptions and associations with which we live our life.  A well crated question can also create context, meaning and purpose for an individual and their lives.  A well crafted question can unveil order where there once appeared to be disorder.

As a general rule we might often avoid the use of “Why” in dialogue; it is often relegated to a “use only if… and when… status”, due to the seduction of its nature as a “call for justification”; an invitation to create a story or reason, where there may be none.  Better said, one can easily trap oneself or another more deeply into the story of “me” and “why”; the story that we might be telling ourselves or others, when asking or addressing a question that begins with [Why?]

That being said, there are always exceptions.  There’s always exceptions, and there will always be moments when a well crafted, skillfully delivered [Why?] will open up a mother lode of information and ideas so pure, so informative and so valuable, that they can change the direction of ones life or another’s forever.

[ Living in the [Why] of Life.]


As a strategy for successful living, a well crafted, open ended [Why?] question, can reveal a spectrum of ideas, notions and values that often can shape and influence an individuals entire motivation; it exposes the roots of their “modus operandi”; the very impulse of [Why] we do, what we do; “our reason for being”.

 [Why] am I in this relationship?

[Why] do I enjoy my [fill in the blank] work?

[Why] do I want to do “this” or “that”?

[Why] am I so unhappy in this [fill in the blank] job?

[Why] do I feel what I feel?

[Why] do I do, what I do?

[Why] am I here?

 As any good dialogue therapist knows, a well placed open ended, [Why?] often initially unlocks a dearth of information that requires mind-full navigation: where the [How?] and the [What?]; the [Who?], the [Where?] and the [When?] must equally and necessarily, be applied with exacting precision, to the uncovered material so that it might be harnessed to its fullest potential.

A well crafted, closed ended, question [Who?, What?, Where?, When? and How?] can lead the dearth and seemingly, perceived chaos of that revealed information [the Why?] in supportive directions that will inform and enable the inherent value of that [Why?] to come alive.

A provocative, all encompassing [Why?] has the inspiration and power to lead us to an engaging [How?], and an engaging [How?] can steer us to an essential,[What?]! 

[Why] am I here?

[How] can I cultivate, refine and develop that inspiration most easily?

[Who] can support me in the implementation of that purpose?

[What] do I need to specifically do to engadge the creative process in the world of form?

[When] do I need to do the above?

And therein lies the strategy and life cycle of a well crafted question!


 What part of your own story do you need to question?



Please watch this inspiring TED talk by Simon Sinek; a master of dialogue…




To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:


Visit my new Blog for daily quotes based on my writings and the book ZEN Shredding:




Hot off the Press:


The Doctrine of ONE…




Other work:


ZEN Shredding: The Prequel




The Essentials of a Good Life…



(c) Copyright – Michael Sean Symonds.  All Rights Reserved Worldwide. 



The Doctrine of One…
June 5, 2010



“I” AM the World “I” live in.


There is but “ONE” creation and “Self”.


All “things” appear in “me” and yet, “I” AM beyond all things.


All existence is “my” existence.

All happiness is “my” happiness.

All suffering is “my” suffering.


“I” will relinquish “my” obsession with the past while waiving speculation of an imagined future.


“I” will be present with what is.


With concern and attention focused on the present, “I” will find response to every situation as it occurs.


The greatest gift “I” have is Self and life.


The perfect moment is now.


Now is a good time for joy.

Now is a good time for purpose, meaning and quiet attention.

Now is a moment of opportunity to be.

Now is the time to:


rediscover “my” innocence,

express “my” excellence,

to serve humanity.



Now “I” become a knower of reality.



“I” set right all ideas of the “ONE” Self.


“I” realize the ONE-ness, timeless, dimensionless perfection of “my” own inner Being where nothing can be gained and nothing can be lost.




Living The Doctrine of ONE, “I” will be attentive to the present moment now:




* The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness on all levels.


The wisdom of happiness while subjective can be enhanced.  Harmony occurs when “my” happiness and the happiness of “another” meet.  The essence of all happiness can never found in things; things that are grasped or feared, things that the “I” can identify with. 


Genuine happiness can be realized by abandoning who we imagined ourselves to be, creating the space for finding out Who We Are.



* We can find out Who We Are through investigation, enquiry and detachment; by stepping onto the path of unlearning; by cultivating a quiet, attentive mind.


In awareness we can find freedom from the known.

By stepping out of the known, we lose ourselves to the potential of Who We Are:

a field of infinite possibilities, unbounded by space and time.




* Finding out Who We Are is not about having more, doing more, or being more. 


It’s not finding our success or preventing failure.

It’s not about fixing, changing, transforming, getting or losing.

It’s not about being saved, saving “others” or purifying the ONE self.

It has nothing to do with what you eat, what you wear, or what you believe.

It depends not on whether you are man or woman, black or white, gay or straight or whether see and think of yourself as a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim or Jew.


Finding out Who You Are has nothing to do with what you know or don’t know. 

It’s not about discovering past lives, the burning of the seeds of Karma or the gaming of reincarnation.


Finding out Who You Are has nothing to do with priests or profits, the gurus or God(s).  It has nothing to do with dogma or tradition.


It’s not about mastering a particular asana or the use of a specific mudra.


It matters not whether you have meditated for one year or twenty.



*  First,

you imagined this:




“I” am separate, “I” am a sinner, “I” am a Saint.  “I” am blocked; “I” am gay or straight.  “I” am black or white; “I” am a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu or Jew.  Once imagined; you gathered and you filled, you took yourself to be the mind with its self engendered thoughts and beliefs.


You identified with all that you imagined the self to be. 


As you endorsed the illusion of an imaginary self, you temporarily distracted yourself from Who You Are.  You created a story and then you lost yourself in the nonsense of that story. 


You imagined a loss of freedom and lost touch with the connection you always have to your ONE true Self. 


First you imagined a story; then, lost in your story, you posited a path.  You created a path and you created a process that you called my path.  You created a story and strategy of how you would return some day to some Garden of Eden; a garden of perfection that was in fact, never lost.




* To find out Who You Are you need not go somewhere or do anything; just be.


In the doctrine of ONE you become aware of the fact you are aware; you become aware that you are. 


You become watchful, quiet and attentive.


To know the Self, you need just be the Self.


You cannot become what you already are.




* There is no other:


You are not a person. 


Reality is impersonal.


You are reality. 


You are a timeless, dimensionless Being.  You are a centre of perception that momentarily gets caught up in imagining you are a person, a thing, a body, an emotion, a thought, a memory, an association, a perception, a feared future, or a perturbed past. 


You cannot move away from perfection, since you are perfection.  The real you is perfect, whole and complete now. 


You are Universal now.


There is no “up”, there is no “down”; there is no “in” or “out”.  There is no “here” there is no “there”; there is no “above” or “below”.  There is no “high” or” low”, there is no “other”. 


There is no “self” or “not self”.




* There is no path:


No doctrine, no dogma or law, however holy or sacred; however ancient or wise, can ever describe in words the truth of Who “You” Are, who “you” were and who “you” will always be…



“I” am not here to live an ordinary life.


“I” am here to discover the “ONE” Self;

to realize the “ONE” Spirit that dwells within “me”.


Then “I” will live an extraordinary life.


“I” am here to realize the “ONE” spirit of human solidarity and interdependence; to cultivate “ONE” kinship with all life.


What “I’ve” read is not as important as what “I’ve” done.


What “I’ve” done is not as important as who “I’ve” been.


The “ONE” seed of divinity that lies within “me” contains the whole truth.


Am “I” ready to remember?


Am “I” willing to allow?


Am “I” willing to unlearn?


Am “I” willing to be?



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