Insight #84 ~ ZEN Shredding



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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