Archive for December, 2010

~ Soulananda ~
December 31, 2010

The Essentials of a Good Life…

 

In the spirit of the holidays and upcoming new year, I’d like to re-post one of [my] favorite pieces of writing.  While all of these ideas can be seen through, I share it with the hope that inspiration may be found, recognizing non is ultimately needed…

 

The One Self

 

The sum total of your life lived will not be what you have done nor gained but in who you have been while journeying on this little blue planet called Earth. The courage and risk needed for meaningful success on this journey and adventure can only be enhanced once you acknowledge and recognize the only change you ever needed was not outside yourself, but within.

In the finding, cultivation and practice of innocence, in the subjective experience of freedom that occurs as a result of finding out Who You Are, you rediscover a divinity and peace that lies within: and the emergence of a new life and humanity dawns. The unfolding experience of awareness and inner wisdom is the only true doorway to the freedom and peace you seek in your own life and the world you live in.

The most important relationship you will have is the relationship you have with the Self. It is through the relationship you have to the Self that will create a relationship with life. The level of intimacy that you achieve with that Self will draw you into an intimate relationship with life, and through the internal growth and cultivation of that inner relationship you will be inspired and strengthened to cultivate and express within all external relationships.

The dialogue of this inner conversation and transformation will be less about doing and more about being. The bond of this relationship and the opportunity within the experience called life, is rare, precious and delicate; its consummation, profound. To know the Self is the greatest gift you could bring to all your relations; your life is the story of this adventure…

 

The Practices:

In the legacy of my life I will have received two gifts:
what I gave to myself and what I brought to this world.
I will remind myself daily how I intend to live my life.
Boredom and fear, struggle and suffering, are prompts from my Soul to move beyond my present life experience and perception to the next step and adventure in my evolution.
I will stop living my life vicariously;
I will abandon who I was and surrender to who I can be.

I will practice taking care of my Self first and in this knowingness find the energy, vitality, inspiration and integrity to be of help to others when needed.
I will take care to not distract or lose my Self in the noise and nonsense of life.
I will not be discouraged.
I will not allow my Self to be overshadowed; to become a slave of circumstance or situations that may be present as part of my daily life experience.

I will be clear.
I will be consistent.
I will be constant in the discovery and expression of my authentic Self.
I will listen to the validity of my own inner voice; to guide and support, to serve my Self and others.
I will live within the guidelines of my own inner integrity; living life with a passionate commitment to what feels important, right and true for me.
I will become what I practice.

While life may sometimes feel like a struggle, I will remind myself of its promise and potential.
In Spirit I believe without a doubt all things are possible.
My current life experience mirrors my present set of beliefs about myself and the world I live in.
I choose to believe in a future unshaped by external circumstance.
I choose to see it shaped instead by the creative capacity of my own inner wisdom and ONE Self.
What I choose to believe I will subjectively become.
Sooner or later, I will learn to question all beliefs I have about myself and the world I live in.
While my thoughts may appear to have the power, and my actions may suggest I have impact, it is the relationship I have to my inner being that will gently foster the greatest potential and possibility.
Fully awakened and in awareness, the Self will effortlessly be.

Self ~ intimacy demands that I live my truth regardless of the consequences.

I was born to cultivate a dream and to share it with humanity.
To know is not enough; I will take mindful action towards my intentions, desires and dreams.
The quality of my journey proceeds from the quality of the choices I make for this adventure and dream.
Every choice I make is an action; every step I take, perfect.
I will pursue choices in life that cultivate my dreams;
I will live those aspirations like no other.
I will elevate the gifts and talents that I have been given to create the dream I envision.

 

Desire:

What dream and vision do I have for my life now?

Desire is the language of my Soul; I will listen.
What I desire I become.
Where I find inspiration I will also find joy.
Where I find joy I will find the life throb of the ages.
When I know where I’m going, I’ll find a way to get there.
I will weave a dream of greatness, by living a life of fulfilled desire.
I will work with vision, I will live with passion.
I will play BIG with all my visions.

Spirit dwells within the innocence of my every desire.

I will surrender myself to the seeds of my most innocent desires.
I will surrender each moment to the past while experiencing something incredibly new in the present.
I will commit my Self to those desires and dreams; they will become my destiny.
When I believe in my Self and the visions I have for my life, I have the power to transform not only my own life but the world I live in; ONE vision, ONE energy, ONE life, ONE dream.

 

Authenticity:

There is no escape from my small self except through practice.
I will practice being my Self all the time.
I will accept who I am at every moment and practice compassion if I fail.
I will be a witness to not only my own thoughts but also my actions.
When I practice an attitude of acceptance, thought and action become sacred.
With practice comes mastery.
I will define my Self by Who I am being, not by what I am doing.
I will spend time with my Self and in silence, remember.
In silence I will remember the Universe dwells within me, as me.
I will come to know this ONE Self through the wisdom of experience and the ever-present silence behind the mind.
I will realize this single, ONE Self and its existence in the present moment, now.

Where will I place my attention?

My authentic ONE Self is intuitive, creative, nourishing and wise.
I will meditate on this Self.
I will center myself.
I will quiet myself.
I will become that ONE Self.
I will practice connecting with my own inner energy and wisdom.
Daily, I will rediscover the life expression of this ONE Spirit.
I will find solace in the silence of my mind; while listening to the wind in the trees or the sound of innocent children playing.
I will see my Self reflected in the branches of a majestic cedar tree;
on the top of one hundred glacial mountain peaks;
and on the shores of a thousand ocean beaches.
I will rejoice in the blessings of my senses.
I will see, hear, touch, feel, and smell this great Earth and experience it as an extension of my own body.
I will honor my body as I also honor this Earth.
I will protect this body, as I also protect this Earth.
I will remember this Earth and all Universes are the playground of ONE primordial being.

 

Realization:

The path to this realization is through stillness.
The purpose of my meditation is not to acquire, gain, or attain, but to reveal.
My mind is still, my breath is deep, my body is quiet.
In silence my mind remembers; my body knows.
Self knowledge produces the wisdom of wholeness and the experience of perfection.
When my mind is quiet and still, there can only be joy.
In silence I find bliss; in solitude, my Soul awakens.
A single moment of pure, Self awareness is worth a lifetime of good deeds.
I will be a silent witness to all that happens.

Mastery of the mind awakens the magic of the ONE great Soul.

I express gratitude and reverence for my Self!
Innocence, joy and freedom dwell within that Self.
I was never what I took myself to be.
What I seek lies within me, waiting.
I will find out Who I AM.
In solitude I belong to the Self.
At the “Source” there is absolute perfection, and a simplicity and contentment in Being.

What brings meaning and purpose also brings joy.
In awareness I find infinite, unbounded freedom.
All life flows from me, not to me.
I Am the source of all subjective joy and pain in my life.
As I cultivate an inner awareness of Spirit as joy, I will need no outside stimulus.
Awareness within becomes the source and substance of all my good.

Life becomes effortless when I am aware of my own inner perfection.

My Inner peace exists in this present moment: now.
I surrender to the nobility that I AM, and abandon all that I’m not.
I will awaken to the now, to my own inner divinity and holiness.
I will change the world ONE perception at a time;
I will begin with my own.
I will be the change I want to see in this world.

The power of my inner divinity has the power to transform.
It is inner relationship that opens the door to fulfillment of all my dreams
where all thoughts and actions become sacred.
The gift of my life is a bridge between Spirit and form.

More is always built on the foundation of less.

I embrace the perception of creation.
I will receive in life what I believe myself to be worthy of.
I am worthy.
I receive now.

 

Questions:

During the course of my life I will ask myself many questions. To know where I am heading I just need to listen to the questions I ask myself at every moment. Sometimes when I ask those questions I will receive a response to every situation as it occurs and at other times I might need to sit with those questions, to accept those unresolved questions unconditionally as part of the mystery of my life experience.

Most will search outside themselves for answers; they will seek a personal happiness and will never really be satisfied. Many will ask questions that dwell only on the practical necessities of life and as a result, live lives of mediocrity. As I practice asking myself my most meaningful questions, I will learn to navigate not only the journey of my life but also, the mystery of my Soul. Some of the most important questions I can ask are:

Who Am I?

What do I want?

Why am I here?

And,

What will I build?

Where will I go?

Who will I be?

These questions will eventually merge to become one:

What am I doing for others and how can I contribute more to the planet I live on?

I will ask questions only my Soul can answer; questions that bring clarity, purpose and meaning to my life.
I will traverse my life experience with questions based on concern, inquiry, need and affirmation.
I will ask my self Ten Questions to provide a foundation for the emerging new me and life.
I will be attentive to the Spirit of the ONE who is asking, the ONE who listens, the ONE who sees, the ONE who smells, the ONE who feels, the ONE who tastes.

I will be attentive to the ONE source of all humanity.

 

The Doctrine of ONE:

 

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 rediscover my innocence, to express my excellence, and 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.

By recognizing the essence of all happiness is never found in things; things that are grasped or feared, things that we identify ourselves with.
Genuine happiness is realized by abandoning who we were; to find out Who We Are.

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

In awareness we find freedom from the known.
By stepping into the unknown 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, getting or losing
it’s not about being saved 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, gurus or God (s), dogmas or traditions.
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 entertained and filled your mind with 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 momentary loss of freedom; a connection you always had to your ONE true Self.

First you imagined; then, lost in your story you began to imagine there was a path. You created a path and a process, a story of how you would return to some garden of perfection; a 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.
Be watchful, be attentive, be quiet.
Be.
To know the Self, you need to 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, 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; 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 path:

No doctrine, dogma or law, however holy, ancient, wise or sacred, 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 surrender and allow?

Am I willing to unlearn?

Am I willing to be?

 

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The Illusion of Identity ~ Mooji
December 19, 2010

 

“What to do is the mantra of the mind… This understanding is settling by itself.  It’s not the minds work to make it settle.  Something inside you is so powerful ~ it is so mighty, it takes care of everything…”

 

 

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Insight #84 ~ ZEN Shredding
December 19, 2010

 

 

Embrace the great unlearning.

 

Most of us spend our lives accumulating knowledge of this and that.  Whether it’s “spiritual” knowledge, “worldly” knowledge or the easiest way to slide down a mogul field, there will be a time when all of it will be surrendered as concept only.  The one reality exists beyond the level of the intellect and mind.

 

Extended commentary:  

Such is the perceived paradox; we hunger, we strive and we seek; we look for what appears to be missing in life and in doing so miss the obvious.  With effort and conviction, with unyielding zeal, we cling and grasp to our ideas about God, spirituality, happiness, purpose and meaning. 

We toil night and day for all that is “good” and “righteous” and in our search for what appears to be absent in our lives, we overlook what is already present.  We collect and we accumulate, we invest and we deal in all manner of ways, questing for things; questing for fleeting experiences of wholeness and perfection that is never really found and is never, ever,  permanent.

The mind would rather spend its time seeking and searching, collecting and gathering trinkets of something than resting in the stillness of nothing.  Lost in the entertaining seduction of something, we squander the opportunity and privilege to rest in the simplicity and freedom of Being alone.  Caught up in stories of Karma and past lives, Kundalini and Chakras, we become voyeurs of the so-called mystery, not realizing that the mystery itself arises and subsides within THAT Being. 

In unlearning, the goal if there was one, is awareness.  It cannot be found in knowledge of this and that although one may initially be hypnotized into believing it as such. In the great unlearning, the search is not in the finding or creation of paradise although the journey may begin as such. 

The goal if there was one, is not even the pursuit or attainment of love; lofty and so very personal as it is. The great unlearning of radical spirituality asks us to consider that what we need or seek is what we already have, but may not know.  We stand instead on the periphery, we unknowingly stall in the doldrums of our conceptual, cognitive understanding.

In the presence {I AM} knowledge and understanding are irrelevant.  In the presence {I AM} there is a negation of all knowledge and all understanding that creates the space for simplicity of knowing. 

In the presence {I AM} all ideas and notions, all perceptions and associations, all meaning and purpose, all happiness and joy, all pain and suffering, are negated instantly and spontaneously; relinquished for the unspoken and understated value of resting in the stillness of Being only.

In the great unlearning, it is seen that the sweetness of  ideas and thoughts, notions and beliefs about spirituality, can never replace or substitute the inherent value and reality of the presence; the one who is having those ideas, thoughts, notions or beliefs.

In the great unlearning, it is seen that the one who thinks and feels; the one who breathes, sees, and touches; the one who hears and dreams, is more important than what is thought, felt, breathed, seen, touched, heard or dreamed.

Thinking is here,

feeling is here,

breathing is here,

seeing is here,

touching is here,

hearing and dreaming is also here;

but what can be also noticed is who or what is, was, and will be there before, during, and after the rise and fall. 

Watch the rise and fall. 

Watch the one who is watching the rise and fall…         

 

 

What unnecessary knowledge do you cling to?

 

 

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“You can be free today…” ~ Mooji
December 16, 2010

 

“We have the feeling that to get to truth we must work through something; some method, some process… untangle some knots, climb some mountains, sit in a cave, and then truth is the prize at the end of your striving… But awareness which is synonymous with truth is THAT already, within which the very striving and the attempt, and the practice arises and is perceived…”

 

 

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Insight #83 ~ ZEN Shredding…
December 10, 2010

 

 

Notice any urgency, obsession or impulse you may have. 

 

When you look closely at your own life you’ll notice that much of your behavior is actually driven by unconscious tendency.  Dig a little deeper and those tendencies often reveal hidden fears about who you are or who you might become.  Sometimes, even the conscious tendencies are unconscious.

 

Extended commentary:

Radical Spirituality is not interested in what [you] think or feel. 

Radical Spirituality is not concerned if [your] thoughts or feelings are positive or negative.

Radical Spirituality is uninspired by any attempt to identify, analyze, label or assess the psycho/emotional content of what [you] call [your] mind, [your] experience or [your] so called heart.

 

Radical Spirituality asks [you] to consider that [you]; the “real” [you], is not a thought, feeling or emotion ~ whether it be positive or negative.

Radical Spirituality invites [you] to explore the deep end of [your] Being, beyond the superficiality of [your] mind and the so called content of that mind; to look deeply and directly without distraction into the awareness of the one who sees that mind; the one who imagines she thinks, feels, sees, knows or understands mind.

 

Radical Spirituality asks [you] to be innocently present with what is, regardless of what is.  To notice what is.  To become deeply and directly aware of not only what one sees, but also, become aware of the one who is seeing.

In the presence of THAT awareness, in the stillness of that awareness, in the depth of that emptiness, what can be seen is the apparent neurosis of [our] thinking, being, having and doing.  What can be found is that nothing of real value can ever be lost, absent or wounded in the thinking, being, having or doing.

 

Radical spirituality is indifferent towards the performance of the “I” in the phenomenal world; success and achievement; suffering and pain are equal sides of the same coin. 

In awareness, these kinds of evaluations, assessments and judgments, have no bearing on Being, they are irrelevant to Being. 

In Being, nothing needs transforming. Nothing needs healing or saving.

What can be seen is that what is of real value cannot be gained or lost.

 

Notice any urgency, obsession or impulse [you] may have,

and do nothing. 

Notice any thought, feeling, emotion, perception, memory or association [you] appear to have,

and do nothing. 

Notice any intention or desire, belief or fear,

and do nothing.

Notice for the sake of noticing itself, and do nothing.

 

In the innocence of that pause, in the innocence of that noticing, see if [you] can notice the one who is noticing.

In the innocence of that reflection, see if [you] can be aware of the one who appears to be aware. 

See if [you] can witness the one who is witnessing the urgency, the obsession or the impulse that appears to be arising or subsiding. 

See if [you] can witness the one in which the intention and the desire, the belief or the fear, arises and subsides.

 

In the quietude of [your] own thinking, feeling, being, having or doing;

Be present.

In the quietude of [your] own suffering or joy, sadness or illation;

Be.

In the quietude and innocence of [your] own Being;

Be.

In this [freedom] of Being, celebrate the essence of Who You Are.

Nothing more; nothing less.

 

    

What areas of your life are dominated by a sense of urgency, obsession or impulse, and what are the underlying fears driving these impulses?

 

 

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After Thought #42
December 2, 2010

 

 

The Fullness of Being…

 

[We] fool ourselves into believing that peace or freedom can be found in the thinking process.  Lasting peace can never be found at the level of the mind or thinking dimension ~ a dimension that is dualistic by nature. 

There may be brief moments of respite where [our] “bullish”, “up” thoughts might entertain and distract, but eventually and naturally, the mind will inevitably swing towards a “downward”, “bearish” movement, potentially propelling the perception of the thinker and perceiver of those thoughts into a downward spiral.

Scott Kiloby once asked:

“Does it take a thought to Be?” 

This question; this investigation; invites us to move beyond the foreground of our life experience and the dualistic perception of mind; to dance in a field of infinite, unbounded, possibility that lies outside the conceptual notions of mind. 

This inquiry asks us to consider something else may exist beyond the ideas we hold in mind and life.  More importantly, it suggests [we] are more than the stream of endless “up” thoughts and “down” “thoughts” we so easily identify and lose ourselves too. 

This inquiry begs us to consider further questions of discovery:

 

Does it take a feeling for [you] to Be?

Does it take an object, person or relationship for [you] to Be?

Does it take an emotion for [you] to Be?

Does it take an idea or notion, a perception or association for [you] to Be?

Does it take a belief, philosophy or religion for [you] to Be?

Does it take an intention or desire, a purpose or transformation for [you] to Be?

 

[We] are obsessed by the thinking dimension.  [We] are seduced, conditioned and hypnotized by the thinking dimension.  All perceived suffering finds its home in the thinking dimension. 

To be [free] from the mind, we must be [free] from the web of its influence; we must move beyond the notion and idea that we can be [free] or [not free].  [We] must question not only the validity of [our] identification and fixation to the process of thinking, but also, question the inherent validity of the identity of the one who imagines he is the thinker and source of those thoughts; that she is indeed the character, nature and essence of those thoughts. 

 

Does it take understanding or knowledge for you to Be?

Does it take a memory or action for you to Be?

Does it take a mind or the content of that mind, for [you] to Be?

 

 

Who is it that thinks?

 

 

Our romance and addiction to the thinking dimension; our identification to the thinking dimension coerces our sense of wellbeing into chaos and suffering.  We lose touch with our inherent perfection and wholeness and instead substitute it with the bi-products of ideas that can only represent and reflect perfection wholeness.

Prior too and beyond the thought, and the thinker of that thought, there is [freedom].  Prior too and beyond the feeling, object, person or relationship, there is already [freedom].   Being is whole, complete and perfect in its Self.Being is the basis of thinking, not the other way around. 

Being is the basis of thinking and thinking is the basis of doing.  All action requires a foundation of Being be present.  All thinking and doing happen spontaneously and instantaneously, without regard or need of the mind as mediator.  Mind is only a shadow of ones existence, a mirage and deception, an editorial commentary, which can only distract ones attention from ones true nature.

 

Emotions cannot add to Being.

Ideas, notions, perceptions, associations or memories, cannot compliment Being.

Beliefs, intentions or desires, cannot extend Being.

Understanding or knowledge, action or purpose, cannot add to the fullness of Being.

The fullness of Being cannot be augmented by any conceptual cognition.  

Being cannot be achieved.  

Being cannot be supplemented or bestowed upon.

 

How can [you] Be more than [you] already Are?

 

 
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