Archive for September, 2010

What Is My True Nature?
September 28, 2010

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Why don’t you look for yourself… Wayne Liquorman
September 23, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peace = The Absense of Hurt…
September 21, 2010

Can there be peace without hurt?

Is the ability to navigate the arising of hurt, peace?

Is [personal] peace enough; a prelude to global peace?

 

Like most, I’ve learned a lot about hurt and the relationship it has to the experience of peace.  Like most people, I’ve hurt and I’ve been hurt; violence is absence of peace and a substitute for hurt. Hurt is always inherent within the one who is hurting or has been hurt.

In my own life I have recognized the presence of hurt.  I have witnessed the one who was hurt, the one who is hurt, and the one who will potentially hurt or be hurt.  When I’m hurting, there is an absence of peace.  What is present instead is the memory of hurt: the hurt that arises from the past, the hurt that appears to be present in the moment, and the fear of further hurt in the future.

In these moments when [I] have lost [myself] to the perception of hurt: to the memories of my past, the experience of the moment or the fear of a projected future, what is recognized is the impact the story of hurt has on the potential experience of peace within the moment.

As long as we are in the story of hurt: the one who was hurt, the one who is hurting or the one who will potentially be hurt, there can never be peace; there will only be hurt or the fear of hurt.  The pain, struggle, fear, confusion, destruction and immense sadness that arise from the details of the story of hurt are debilitating.

Peace for most, is the absence of hurt, be it the story of hurt or the story of the search for peace that arises as a result of hurt.  As long as [you] are in the story of hurt, there can be no peace; there can only be hurt.  The root of all hurt is the [I] that imagines it can be hurt, was hurt, or will be hurt.  The [I] perpetuates the story of hurt itself.  The one who controls, the one who gathers, the one who hunts, will always be hurt.

All stories arise from the [I] who imagines it exists; the one who believes in the philosophy of separation and hurt, and the philosophy of peace.  When hurt arises [we] can focus on the story of hurt: the reasons, the justifications, the explanations, the actual details contained within the story of the who, the what, the where, the when and the why; or we can place our attention on the one who sees the arising of that hurt itself.

It’s not easy, but it is simple. [We] can focus on the hurt or we can notice the one who witnesses the story of the hurt that appears to be rising.  With a simple shift of attention, we can alleviate the subjective experience of hurt.  What is possible then; what can occur in that shift is space for peace to arise.

With the shift of attention there is a space, a wiggle, a movement from the perception and experience of being hurt to the perception and experience of being at peace.  In the midst of hurt, there can be the subjective experience of a being at peace, the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding.

We all hurt and we all have hurt.  Until we move beyond our [personal] story of hurt, we will continue to subjectively experience the results of its perception. Peace begins with the ending of hurt: the hurt that was, the hurt that is, and the hurt that may be.  Until we break the cycle of the story of our own hurt, we will not taste the sweetness of peace.

 

Can we celebrate peace when so many are hurting?

 

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

 

Insight #81 ~ ZEN Shredding…
September 18, 2010

 

 

Find what works in your life. 

 

We often have a tendency to focus on what is not working, which often amplifies and perpetuates it.  By taking the time to look at what you enjoy doing or being and where your inspiration comes from, you can re-focus your attention to what is meaningful and important.

Extended commentary:

There are no pat formulas that determine a successful life.  As much as we seek, grow and stumble through life experience, life’s inherent nature is the experience of expansion and contraction on all levels.

As strategy, what’s effortless is impersonal; what’s personal will appear to be struggle.

When [you] slip into the impersonal, [you’ll] find that life flows with ease and simplicity, [you’ll] find that things always happen spontaneously without any effort on [your] part.  There is no [you] that can make anything happen, but there is always the possibility that things can and will happen without struggle and strife, without effort or intensity on [your] part. 

Placing [your] attention on what works in [your] life will allow [you] to be present with the impersonal, without the interference of mind.  Said another way, when things are working [you] might notice there is a quieting or absence of the personal, when things appear to be not working, the personal is brought to the forefront of [your] experience, inevitably overshadowing [your] awareness.

To be clear; this is not a suggestion to overlook, ignore or deny what is not working, it’s an invitation to see that in any moment the filter of [personal] will determine the degree of suffering and struggle [you] may or may not be experiencing in the moment.  It’s a chance to notice the clues within [your] own experience and life, and how they can lead and guide [you] through your that life. 

Ultimately without judgment, the perception of what’s not working can be just as valuable as noticing what is working.  What can be seen is that something that appeared to be not working, was in fact always working, in spite of the personal judgments we had around THAT moment…

 

What is working in your life?

 

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ZEN Shredding: The Prequel

 

 

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Jeff Foster: Bullshit; Free will; Control; LOVE…
September 12, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Insight #80 ~ ZEN Shredding
September 11, 2010

 

Every complaint is the source of an un-manifest goal.

 

Many people think that complaining is just plain negative.  What’s disempowering is to overlook the fact that each and every complaint is also a potential source of happiness, something that wants to be.  Every complaint is a request in disguise, a personal recipe for fast tracking you to greater levels of joy and happiness.

Extended commentary:

Human beings love to complain; better said the mind will always find something that does not meet its expectations.  The mind is also very good in finding reasons to justify why something is not right, OK or perfect.  We can spend our lives trying to improve, fix or change a list of things, many of which will never end; there will always be something to perfect.

There’s nothing the matter with trying to improve, fix or change something for the better, but we can lose ourselves in this process; we can become stuck in this process.  If we drown in the deep end of imperfection, we will experience anxiety and stress, we will experience frustration and discontent.

In the moment of your deepest frustration, in the moment of your deepest longing for something to be different than it is, ask this simple question:

To whom does this complaint arise?

There’s nothing the matter with complaining; as long as you don’t lose yourself in the complaint…

 

 

What are your complaints?

 

 

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:

http://www.michaelseansymonds.wordpress.com

 

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Hot off the Press:

 

The Doctrine of ONE…

 

 

  Other work:

 

ZEN Shredding: The Prequel

 

 

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

 

Insight #79 ~ ZEN Shredding…
September 4, 2010

 

 

Truth can contain the lie of justification. 

 

 

When you take the time to examine truth closely, it can reveal negative assumptions, associations and beliefs about how you see your life and the world you live in.  When fact and fiction fuse, you limit your subjective experience of freedom.

 

Extended commentary:

 

I’ve always been wary about people who tell me something with a qualifying “it’s my truth…” statement.  It’s as if something they think, perceive, understand, know, believe or see is different from everyone else, and yet absolutely true at some “deep, spiritual, level. 

It implies that something is true for them regardless if it does not fit with any frame of reference, spiritual or otherwise.  You can make a claim that something might be truth, but that does not make it Truth.  Ultimately only an “I” would claim something to be true or not, only an “I” would look for something that is true or not true.  If there were such as thing as truth, “I” don’t think it would be personal. 

 

I think more often or not there is confusion of Truth over experience.  There are infinite numbers of experiences ~ all these experiences are subjective but not necessarily “the truth”.  Just because it’s your experience does not make it true.  You can have a subjective experience without having the need to claim that it is the Truth.

To [me] when “I” here someone use the term “it’s my truth”, it sounds more like a defense mechanism, a wall of protection that is used to hide the fact that there is an actual fixation on some deeply held belief, a belief that is somehow out of bounds, somehow sacred, something very personal, and should not be examined or challenged, because “it’s my truth.

[You] can have [your] experience, but it does not have to be true or not true, it can simply just be.  [You] can have [your] experience without needing to imply that it is some absolute truth.  The fact is that what is true now will most likely not be true tomorrow (look to [your] experience to prove this).

Beliefs come and go; they are not truth.  Experiences come and go, they are not truth.  Perceptions, ideas, notions, understandings and insights that come from the mind, will ultimately, come and go, and therefore cannot be Truth.

What is real is true, and what is true does not come and go. 

Run away from the truth.  Better yet, depend upon what does not come and go rather than what appears to be true or not true. 

Beyond the truth or not truth, [you] are…

 

 

What do you assume to be true in your life?

 

 

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:

http://www.michaelseansymonds.wordpress.com

 

&

 

Hot off the Press:

 

The Doctrine of ONE…

 

 

  

Other work:

 

ZEN Shredding: The Prequel

 

 

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

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