Archive for October, 2010

After Thought #40
October 30, 2010



One and the same…


Radical Spirituality is not interested in creating more joy, more compassion, more peace or even more love in this world.

Radical Spirituality recognizes first, that the joy and sadness, the love and hate, the compassion and the indifference, the war and the peace, arise and subside in the same space of consciousness; they come and they go in the same space.

Radical Spirituality is not at all interested in creating more happiness, health or prosperity for self or for others.  Radical Spirituality recognizes the joy and sadness, the love and hate, the compassion and indifference, the war and the peace, arise and subside as an expression of the One divine, Being.


What is seen is that the seeker herself and what is sought are one and the same.

What is seen is that happiness, health and prosperity can only be the boo bee prize in so called spirituality.

 What is seen is that the sadness, sickness and lack are equally as valid as the happiness, health and prosperity.

 What is seen is that all circumstances within life are an expression of the co-existence of opposites.


While there will always be preferences and attachments, circumstances and situations that mirror a world of opposites, at the end of the day, it’s all one and the same.


Coming and going are one and the same.

Existence and non existence are one and the same.

Arising and subsiding are one and the same.

Unity and duality are one and the same.


Better said; there can be no coming and going, existence or non existence, arising and subsiding or unity and duality.

To be aware of and notice the space in which all this occurs is more valuable than the content of what occurs or does not occur.

To be grounded as awareness or anchored too the background of Being that is the birthplace of all foreground phenomena is true measurement of inner wisdom or so called spirituality.

To be aware of the One who is aware is the gift and portal to Being.


The gift was never in achievement, gain or merit; the defined loss never in the lack of what appears to be absent.

 What’s missing; what’s not so obvious is the one who is indifferent to the illusion of the joy and sadness, the one who witnesses the love and hate, the gain and loss.

What’s not so obvious is the space in which all this happens or not.

What appears to be missing is the One who can be free from this game we call life. 

The One who witnesses is the One who is free.  The One who is aware is the One who is beyond the up and down, the right and wrong, the in and out.

 Better said, the One who witnesses; the One who is aware of the aware-er is the One who cannot be bound by the idea of “free” or “not free”; for the idea of “freedom” and “bondage”, like the ideas of “up” and “down”, “right” and “wrong” and “in” and “out” are One and the same…


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








After Thought #39 ~ THAT!
October 23, 2010





Radical Spirituality is not about being more loving or compassionate. 

It’s not about healing yourself or the world that you live in. 

It’s not about finding or losing something; it’s about being aware of what is.


In a moment of great joy or sadness, you can be aware of not only joy or sadness, but also, the One who is aware of that joy or sadness.


Joy and sadness will come and go, the One who witnesses that joy or sadness is always there, regardless of what comes and goes in the phenomenal realm.


As long as we continue to hold onto our ideas of Spirituality we will suffer.


We will be subject to the limits that are contained with those conceptual ideas and what is unbound will appear to become bound by the very ideas believed in, and there will be pain.



Let the moment be as it is. 


Be aware of it.


Be present to it.



Be aware of the One who is in the midst of what is.


The One who is aware of what arises and subsides is the One who is always there. 

You will be there, but you are not that.

Be aware of the portal to THAT.



Everything that is there or not there is not THAT. 

What is there or not there arises in THAT.



You are THAT.



You’ve always been THAT; only what’s there often and for the most part temporarily obscures your vision of THAT.

Nothing can stop you from being THAT, since it’s always there, permanently.


Sometimes people give up on THAT, for what’s there. 

You believe in what’s there and temporarily appear to sacrifice THAT, which is always there.


Ironically in the perception of suffering and pain, THAT is also there. 

In the suffering THAT is consistently there.

In the creativity and joy, THAT is equally there.

In the fear, anger and courage, THAT is there. 

In the thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations and memories, THAT is infinitely there.


In the deepest “FUCK you!” ~ “I LOVE you…

THAT is also soundly and impartially there.


In the confusion, doubt and frustration, THAT is continually there; just as it is, now.


The same THAT perpetually lies in the tyrant and the victim, the saint and sinner; it also lies in the jealousy, the hate and the compassion of every feeling and every thought, proportionately.


THAT appears as the Christian, the Hindu, the Muslim and the Jew.


THAT appears endlessly in the birth and the death, and in the dying and the living.



Both the savior and the junkie, the giver and taker are symptoms of THAT which is perpetually there. 


In your so-called freedom, failure or imagined success, THAT is firmly there.



It is all there in THAT.


Just as now, THAT is unflinchingly there.


In the silence and in the activity, in the form and the formless, in the known and the unknown, THAT is fittingly there.


In the expansion and contraction, the up and the down, the in and the out, THAT is benevolently there.



Are [you] there or are [you] THAT?



Better said; there is no there and there is no THAT.


THAT is there and not there; equally, prior to, and beyond…


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




An interview with Stephen Wolinsky:
October 17, 2010

“there is no such thing as duality and non duality.  Non duality and duality only exist in language…”

read more…


more on Stephen…   


2010 Science and Non Duality Conference…  



Francis Lucille ~ There is no doer…
October 16, 2010



more on Francis


Science & Nonduality Conference…


Missing the Obvious ~ Mooji
October 14, 2010



more on Mooji

Francis Lucille ~ on Lonliness
October 12, 2010



more on Francis



After Thought #38
October 10, 2010



The Blade of Brutal Honesty


As life goes, there are a hundred thousand ways to improve the quality of ones existence.  Whether it be relationships or realization, the goals, aspirations and lofty achievements we hold dearest in life can often become seductive, distracting band aides to the simple act of brutal honesty about ones life ~ that at once, can propel our perceived suffering and separation towards a direct perception of inherent wholeness.

Hidden by words like denial, suppression and addiction or even sociably acceptable behaviors such as status and success, one can easily overshadow attitudes and beliefs that could be striped naked of their perceived power by the blade of brutal honesty.

Radical Spirituality and the realization of our inherent wholeness posit no formulas or guarantees; there are no frames of reference for success in relationship or the concept of realization.  Say it how you will, in the end we are left to abandon those deepest attachments to the “mystery” of cosmic conspiracy; successful relationships or realization will happen or not, they are clearly not the determination of a personal “I”.

The act of brutal honesty: about ones life, ones thoughts, ones feelings, ones beliefs, ones circumstance, ones relationship or the absence there of, serves only to trigger the potential of space.  In a moment of authentic expression it is hopped that in the expression of that something, enough space will be allowed for something real to appear.

We are not looking for any so called, psychological truth here; we are not looking for love, forgiveness, understanding, acceptance, wisdom or compassion.  We are looking for the blatant expression of what appears to be, so that what has not been ~ can be. 

It is a fact that in the expression and honoring of what appears to be, that the depth of our humanity can then be revealed.  To name the story is to potentially move beyond the story.

Clarity, understanding and insight are the boobee prizes of life.  In the wisdom of awareness the act of brutal honesty to ones self or another can lead to the revelation that the wholeness we so eagerly sought was always present, hidden beneath the troubled waters of a restless mind, caught up in the web of its own making and the emotional turmoil that is so easily woven from the patterns of that mind.

In the naming of that perceived wound; in the act of taking the time to label that feeling, that belief, that notion or “trouble”, what appears to overshadow the peace of the mind or the serenity of the heart, can be removed, we can table what has been, to see what is…

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

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