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Insight #78 ~ Zen Shredding
July 30, 2010

Less is more, more is less

 

Human beings often choose to fill their life with endless activities in order to muffle the experience of feeling their own mental and emotional suffering.  The trance of endless having and doing creates distraction while numbing the voice of wisdom within you. Ironically, having less of everything can allow you to engage more: more intimacy, more freedom and more attention to apply to the more important details of your life.

 

Extended commentary:

[You] are everything you ever truly needed; take the time to notice, what goes unnoticed…  

 

Do you unconsciously fill your life with activity in order to avoid feeling what needs to be felt?

 

 

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After Thought #34
July 24, 2010

 

The  Doctrine  of  [ One ]

 

The search for “liberation” is a timeless journey that takes the appearance of many ideas and paths that are made of ideas.  At the heart of this perennial journey, there lie unanswered questions:

Are we willing to examine with vigilance the ideas we have about those paths we follow so dearly?

Are we willing to question the validity of the ideas that make up those paths?

Are we willing to reach beyond those very ideas, to let go of those ideas in order to touch, taste, smell and feel the unspeakable “truth” that lies at the heart of those very paths?

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 prayer, [You] Are.  Prior to the belief [You Are].  Prior to the though, notion, memory, feeling, association or perception; [You Are].

The essence of Who [You] Are cannot be found in practice, dogma or prayer.  It Spirituality is not something you can learn or achieve, for these are at best, only ideas of spirituality, not Spirituality.  They are speculations; they are projections of the 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.  Let us celebrate and realize the “Doctrine of One…”

After Thought #33
July 17, 2010

Can you be present with wholeness?

 

“Wholeness is not interested in saving the Earth or becoming enlightened…  Everything that happens is the expression of wholeness…  Seeking and suffering is wholeness…”

Tony Parsons

 

Suffering is a thought in mind; just as “joy” or “sadness”, “happiness” or “freedom”, “bondage” or “liberation”, “good” and “bad” are also just thoughts.  Fundamentally there is no difference between a thought or a feeling, they are subjective and synonymous.

Prior to a thought or feeling, a thought and feeling is simply unlabeled [energy]; an impulse of life.  Prior to the thought of bondage [you] are.  Prior to the thought of freedom, [you] are.  After the thought of joy or sadness, [you] are.

The degree to which [you] suffer will be determined by the focus of [your] attention to the labels and judgments you have placed on [your] self and life.  If the focus of [your] attention is on a thought, feeling or circumstance of bondage you will enmesh yourself in bondage.  If [your] attention is fixated, obsessed or overwhelmed by thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations or memories of the past, you will also be in the past. 

The [you] that you imagine yourself to be will struggle as long is it is identified to the psycho/emotional identity you call the “me”; the [you] that you imagine yourself to be will suffer. 

The real [you] is already free. It waits patiently in the background of your awareness; it waits unconditionally.  It is the background of all that was, is, and will be.  The background is both the potential of the foreground and the foreground simultaneously.

We spend most of our life being present to a false self; the self that live that appears t live in the foreground, the self that we imagine ourselves to be with all its labels, with all its judgments, with all its distinctions.  Whether it be a thought, feeling, emotion, perception, association or memory; when our attention is caught up in the details of the false self, we will experience a false reality.  We will never see reality as it is; we will only see the mirage of being an “I”.

As long as our attention is focused on the foreground of the mirage that is our imagined life, we will suffer.  As long as we ignore the background of Being we will feed our mind and we will swim in the distortion of its confusion; we will be distracted by the [ignorance] of that mirage and all the thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, memories and associations that make up that mind.  The mirage of our imagined self has become a mask that can only hide the truth of our true nature. 

To place our attention on the background of Being from which everything arises, is to [create] the space in which [transformation] can occur.  We become what we are.  We become what we always were. 

There is no evolution in consciousness; there is only a [shift] in attention from the foreground being to the background of Being.  There can be no evolution in wholeness.  The only perceived evolution is in ideas; ideas that come from the mind only.

Wholeness is. 

Wholeness is, and [you] are.  [You] are wholeness.  Better said, [you] are a symptom of wholeness.  You are a symptom of consciousness.  Consciousness does not need to evolve because consciousness already is.  Wholeness is already. 

[You] are already.

The only reason consciousness appears to be evolving is because the [you] that you imagine yourself to be, appears to be standing on the “outside” looking “in”.  As soon as [you] realize where you are standing you can let go of your stance, and the illusion of a mirage collapses.

Can you be present with your wholeness? 

Can [you] see and allow that wholeness to express itself as anger and confusion, fear or love, joy and sadness?  

Can you see wholeness as the expression of “up” and “down”, “in” and “out”, “here” or “there”? 

Can [you] allow [your] attention to settle into the background of Being where eternity has always resided; where there is only wholeness, where there is no coming or going, arising or subsiding, loss or gain?

Can [you] see that the seen and the unseen are One and the same?

  

Jeff Foster…
July 10, 2010

 

more than you could ever imagine… 

After Thought #32
July 10, 2010

“Why ?

Because the gap is our most resisted experience”

 

I remember being invited to present an introductory talk on meditation once for a group of people.  As timelines go, I can always benefit from extra time.  This particular facilitator was notorious for being off time with regards to the pacing of his workshop material and his events as a whole. 

When it got to “my” time, I had planned to give more time to the experiential aspect of my presentation.  When we got to that piece of the presentation, I had everyone go through a brief exercise and then sit with there eyes closed.  I had hoped it would be an opportunity to experience a chunk of down time; some stillness; a chance to pause the hectic schedules that most of us engage on a daily basis. 

Within a few seconds I became aware that the facilitator had started to fidget, something that was not so unusual or surprising statistically when it comes to people learning to relax in meditation.  The humor of the experience is that I ended up only having about 3 minutes because the facilitator, who happened to be sitting beside me, tapped me on the leg to indicate we should move on from my presentation to the next part of his presentation.  In “my” original plan “I” had hoped for the experiential piece to last at least 15 to 20 minutes; all I got was a couple of minutes! 

It’s not that “I” felt ripped off in terms of my own process, but the fact, realization and insight that the facilitator [as many people] could not and cannot sit more than a minute or so in silence.  He, like so many “others”, could not handle a moment of pause; an intention to be simply quiet without having to “do” something; without doing anything. He could not handle a few minutes of silence, let alone 20 minutes or 30 minutes without going back into the “doing” mode he was so clearly fixated on, and addicted too.

Why?  Because the gap or silence that can be found in meditation is the most resisted experience of all experiences that we have in life.  We will do anything and everything to avoid the gap.  In avoiding the gap we forfeit our greatest inherent treasure; we forfeit the chance to commune with Self, the Self that lies beyond the noise and drama, the addiction and distraction, of our everyday life. We avoid the Self, our Self,  that could bring freedom, understanding and wisdom to the struggle and strife that so easily dominates our moment to moment experience and perception of the world.

The degree to which we avoid the gap which is our connection to the only Self, is infinitely seductive.  Our compulsive avoidance takes all manner of appearance and can be so subtle; we often overlook our avoidance by actually celebrating the very distractions that prevents us from experiencing a deeper level of knowing the now.

We resist the gap because the gap is silent and still.  We resist the gap because it allows anything unlike itself to surface.  We resist the gap because it allows us to become more aware, and in becoming aware, we expose ourselves to becoming conscious of our own personal neurosis; “patterns”, behaviors, and thinking that are expressions of the false core and self that we imagine ourselves to be. 

In a moment of stillness we can unveil the mask of our pseudo self; where all can be seen. The degree with which we resist this stillness, this awareness; our presence, can be comical at most, and neurotic at worst. 

Some of the most “successful spiritual” traditions are those that focus more on a practice, rather than the dogma of ideas and philosophy that we often use to fill, substitute and distract ourselves from the gap; knowledge and understanding are the boo bee prizes.  In silence, everything can be discarded and nothing can be revealed; in nothing “we” can find freedom.  Radical spirituality is the willingness to discard everything so that the innocence of nothing might for once, overshadow our mind and our affairs.  Transformation is found not in change or the changing, but instead in the timeless presence of the silent now.

I often muse at how discordant the affairs of conventional faith traditions can be that are so heavily focused on reinforcing rules and regulations, the ideas and expectations on the thinking, the being, the doing and the having.  How that controlled incongruence overshadows the expression of the natural, spontaneous and potential congruence that can arise out of silence.  I often muse at how the violent and discursive process of the thought, the act and the deed can so easily be smothered in the idea and name of goodness and Godliness.     

Jeff Foster…
July 8, 2010

more!

 

 

and more…

 

Jeff Foster
July 7, 2010

… what more

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be said?

 

 

 

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