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After Thought #37
August 21, 2010

 

A lot of people think that spirituality is about MORE: having more, getting more, doing more, knowing more, understanding more, seeing and experiencing more, even loving more.  Nothing could be farther than the truth.

Spirituality has nothing to do with having more or getting more.  A good example of this confusion is a teaching like the “law of attraction”.  This particular [i]dea about spirituality which resurfaced over the last decade with a shiny new coat of painting has become very popular in spite of the flaw of its inherent, narcissistic root based on infantile fantasy and projection. 

Based on an earlier conceptual [i]dea of, “we create our reality” or what is also popularly called “co-creation”, most fail to recognize that all “Laws” are created by the mind and not some universal power [out there]. 

More obvious yet, if [we] are to accept our greatest teachers insight; those who have [reached] some [degree] or [level] of [awakening ~ realization], it is very clear, if only at a cognitive level of understanding, that there is no separation, there is only perceived separation. 

It is very clear that there is no separate, individual, distinct entity that exists separate from every other entity.  There is only a perceived separate, individual that appears to see and feel its own distinction. 

In “its” imagined state of separation, the “I” appears to live its life, with its own independent existence; in search of something else; something more: be it more happiness, more success, more Love or more freedom.  There lies an unrecognized, underlying [pathology] of separation that leads to a viewpoint that thinking more, being more, having more and doing more will somehow provide some sort of liberation; a perception based on and driven by a concept of duality.  Driven by an imagined wound of separation, which “I” would not want to have more, get more, experience more or love more? 

Bound by the limits of its own [personal] thinking and feeling, which “I” would not be lead to imagine that by gaining more understanding, more knowledge or more love, one could conceivable, if only for a moment, replace an imagined lack with some substitution; creating a higher, greater, or more perfect degree of fulfillment, meaning and satisfaction within ones life?   

Only it doesn’t!

The feeling of a [personal] absence of love cannot be filled with any substitution for that perceived absence, including love itself.  The feeling or the belief in the absence of success, knowledge, understanding, power, creativity or any listed gain that exists within the language game, cannot be replaced by more of the same.  

The “I” doesn’t, and never will create a replacement for something that never existed in the first place.  Satisfaction and fulfillment will never fill a pursuit of more which is driven by a perceived void of less.  This approach at most is only a temporary reprieve, a momentary pause in quelling a perceived hunger that lives inside.   

In the quiet of the night, in a moment of complete and brutal honesty, it can be seen that whatever substitute might be used, a [personal] more of anything, does not provide the [personal] something we have been looking for.  While more money, more sex, more drugs, more alcohol and even more meditation or spirituality may ease and mask the perceived pain and suffering that exists within; attracting or getting more of what [you] want in life will never lead to finding out Who You Are.

Don’t get me wrong. 

Life will always contain pleasure and pain, its dichotomy is inherently woven into the garment of existence.  It can be appreciated for what it is, while recognizing Who We Are.

Radical Spirituality recognizes the seductions of these teachings for what they are: conceptual ideas of spirituality that are based on a mind that perceives reality as duality.  “I” based thinking and spirituality will only, ever, bound the unbound. 

However seductive, the root of any spirituality based on ideas of the mind, the dogmas and philosophies, the ideas and the “laws” (including the words contained within this post) that come from a mind, will only lead to further struggle and suffering if used as a substitute for what was, is, and will always be.

 Prior to the idea of Spirituality lies an unspoken truth. 

Stay there.

Prior to the idea of having more or less; stay there.

Prior to the idea of getting and doing more; stay there.

Prior to the idea of knowing and understanding more; stay there.

Prior to the idea of seeing more or experiencing more; stay there

Prior to the idea of more or less…

stay there!

After Thought #36
August 12, 2010

 

 The Darshan of Being…

 

There is a [Spiritual] revolution occurring; a radical spirituality that is expressing itself unconditionally, consciously, in uniquely ordinary ways.  The expression of this movement is not built on the principle of God or Goddess.  It’s not based on Mantra, Yantra or Tantra.  This practical spirituality is not based on the color of your skin, the direction in which you pray, or the cast into which you appeared to be born. It has nothing to do with the ideas you have about spirituality; in the absence of those ideas, something greater is seen.

This [Spirituality] is not based on what you ware, what you eat or what you may do or not do in life.  It has nothing to do with what you know or don’t know.  [Your] understanding has no bearing on [your] salvation; in this Darshan of Being, there is nothing to be saved and everything to be revealed.

[ Darśana (Darshan, Sanskrit: दर्शन) is a Sanskrit term meaning “sight” (in the sense of an instance of seeing or beholding; from a root dś “to see”), vision, apparition, or glimpse. It is most commonly used for “visions of the divine,” e.g., of a god or a very holy person or artifact. One could “receive darshana” of the deity in the temple, or from a great saintly person, such as a great guru.

In the sense “to see with reverence and devotion,” the term translates to hierophany, and could refer either to a vision of the divine or to being in the presence of a highly revered person. In this sense it may assume a meaning closer to audience. “By doing darshan properly a devotee develops affection for God, and God develops affection for that devotee.”[1]

Darshan is ultimately difficult to define since it is an event in consciousness—an interaction in presence between devotee and guru; or between devotee and image or sculpture, which focuses and calls out the consciousness of the devotee. In either event, a heightening of consciousness or spirituality is the intended effect…]

From Wikipedia

Radical Spirituality does not dwell on entertaining ideas of Chakras or pranayams.  There are no Gurus or teachers, texts or traditions; there are no philosophies or dogmas to get in the way of what is.  This movement is not about merit or anything that can be achieved or lost.

Radical Spirituality is not based on past or future lives.  Karma and credit are to be dismissed as tribal ideas based on ghetto thinking that can only come from a mind that see’s and perceives itself and the world as a separate thing.

What is sacred here; what is holy here is the now in which it all happens. 

Now is what is happening or not happening.  In this Darshan of Being, the dogma of thinking, being, having and doing are [transcended] by being present to what is.

The prophets and the priests have no authority here. 

In this holy, sacred, now, what is important and sacred is what is allowed.  What is allowed can be noticed, what is allowed can be seen.  What is allowed can be witnessed with total [innocence] and [freedom].  What is allowed can be seen for what it is; the unlearning begins. 

What was learned must be unlearned so that what is here or not here can be seen in complete acceptance or not.  What is unlearned is the stale, dogmatic, rhetoric of ideas and notions; thoughts and beliefs that must be discarded; ideas about something that had nothing to do with anything including [spirituality].

Radical Spirituality is not about healing, fixing or changing.  Nothing is transcended; nothing is gained; nothing is lost.  Nothing is for once allowed to be something, and in that something, nothing can be seen as everything and everything is seen as nothing.

Can you kneel by being present to your thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences as equally as you would a great Sage or Saint? 

Can you hold the same reverence for [your] anger as you would joy, confusion as you would clarity?

In the Darshan of Being, something is not given importance or significance over nothing; something and nothing are equally valid, equally relevant, equally innocent and equally sacred.  In the ordinary nothing, lies an extraordinary something.  

Heaven and Earth are One.  

[Freedom] does not lie in Puja, practice or philosophy.  In the absence of ideas, lies in the presence of Who [you] truly were, are and will always be.  In the Darshan of Being, nothing appears to become something and THAT something will eventually appear to become nothing.

Conventional spirituality would have you believe that life is about being more, getting more, and having more.  It provides a seductive and addictive smorgasbord of existence and experience to entice an imagined seeker to seek: a method, a way, a return to an imagined something that was lost.

Radical Spirituality asks [you] to consider that nothing was ever lost; therefore nothing needed to be gained.  Radical Spirituality asks [you] to consider that in the Darshan of Being, there lies something extraordinary within the ordinary, that one can see or behold the bliss of the moment as it is.  Radical Spirituality suggests that with affectionate attention, what was once hidden can now be revealed, that everything can be seen as an interaction and dance of the divine…

After Thought #35
August 5, 2010

 

 

The upside of down…

 

Paradise does not lie in the content of our experience.  It lies in the background of our Being and our ability to stay or stand in THAT Being… 

The content of the foreground of life changes constantly. It’s always changing; all-ways.  As long as our attention is on the change; as long as we are seduced and hypnotized by its nature, we will be subject to its change.  It will move up, we will move up.  It will move down, we will move down. 

Most, want to live in an up experience, we don’t want the down and we will do anything to avoid it.  In our desire to escape the down, we cling to the up.  There is no allowing, just wanting, and depending on the degree of the down and that wanting, we will do anything to control the up.    

Look closely to your experience and you will see that every moment of every day there is only change.  The body changes, the emotions change, the mind changes.  We feel tired one minute and energized the next, we feel happy one second, and sad the next.  We love ourselves for a while and, just as equally, there comes a time where we also hate ourselves or another, just the same.

It’s all change; change – changes.

Change will happen; always.  But the [real you] is beyond change.  The [real you] the one that is reading these words, hearing thoughts, feeling emotions; it does not change; ever.  It’s the same [you] that was there yesterday, now, and it will be there when you wake up in the morning tomorrow. 

The real [you] is the only constant in life.  The experience changes, the experiencer remains the same.  It is silent.  It is present to all that changes.  The [real you], is the background upon which change occurs.

Is your attention on the temporary foreground of change or the background of a never changing, foundation of permanence?

The door to paradise can only be found in background of what’s happening; it is independent of what is good or bad; it’s independent of the content of your experience and the moment that any experience occurs in.  Paradise does not lie in content, because the content of our experience will always change.  Paradise, will soon become hell. 

While the content of our experience might be pleasurable, while it might provide great joy and meaning, it will eventually change.  It will eventually move to the downside of up and then back again. 

[Freedom] is an ability not to reconcile, explain or change the coexistence of all opposites that is life, but the ability to notice the unchanging factor that lies at the heart of all change, and all experience.  It’s the ability to notice that in the moment of all change, there is an unchanging space or gap.  In our ability to notice with attention the gap, the space and the silence that lies in that space or gap, we are able to bridge the moment of that experience, without becoming overwhelmed by that experience.

In the ability to allow, to say yes to what is, we create the space for movement.  It’s enough space for us not to become overshadowed by that change; that experience; that moment.  The moment is allowed to be as it is, without judgment, without evaluation, without significance, even when there appears to be no movement, no yes, no space.

Life happens, things happen, change happens, but who or what is the unchanging factor in the midst of all that change? 

What we so desperately seek from another, is what goes so unrecognized in Self.

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