Archive for February, 2011

After Thought #51
February 28, 2011

 

Do not look to the mind for reinforcement or the affirmation of Being; [you] will only be disappointed. 

 

The mind can only ever provide a temporary and superficial reflection of what permanently exists; of Who You Are.

Better to spend time in silence, where there is a chance to recognize the quietude and wholeness in Being, that surrounds it all.

 

When the mind is recognized & affirmed as reality, wholeness disappears.

When wholeness is recognized as reality without affirmation, the mind disappears.

 

When [you] fixate too much on the mind, placating it with ideas, notions & affection; with affirmations of the intellect, [you] lose touch with reality.

 

When you focus innocently with active dispassion on reality, [you] lose touch with the mind & all nonsense that arises as mind, and perhaps for the first time reality can be seen as it is, without judgment, evaluation, criticism or comparison.

 

In this moment of revelation, when the mind appears to be silent, what was once divided, is at once undivided and the miracle of existence and nonexistence is simultaniously extinguished and revealed at the same time.

 

 

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After Thought #50
February 27, 2011

 

 

[“Spirit”] does not plan; only a mind plans.

 

[“Spirit”] responds effortlessly & spontaneously, without consideration, without regards to past, present, or even the so-called, now.

 

[“Spirit”] responds effortlessly and spontaneously without regards to memory or desire, loss or gain, merit or achievement.

 

There is no inner consideration when it comes to living a life of active dis-passion.

 

Only a mind considers.

 

Life happens or does not happen according to the needs of the moment, not the needs of the mind or any thought what-so-ever.

 

Life happens or does not happen regardless of what the mind may think, say, or believe.

 

 

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Insight #86 ~ ZEN Shredding…
February 26, 2011

 

 

 

Sometimes you need to say No. 

 

 

Sometimes you need to consciously pass on ‘lessons’ that generate too much fear and anxiety.  By returning to the comfort of the bunny hill you may become aware of something that was missed or needed more practice; a pause becomes a stepping stone of confidence and courage necessary for the next step.

 

Extended commentary:

  

We’re so often encouraged to say “YES” in life [ post soon to come : ) ], and in doing so, overlook the value and practice of saying “NO”, which can often provide another level of awareness and insight to our life experience. 

The “no”, is not a suggestion or encouragement of denial towards thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations or memories; the “no” is not expressed as resistance to what is happening; the “no” is an invitation and call to give voice to the unspoken.

So often we navigate our life experience through endless strategies of the mind, including the ideas proposed within this post ~ including the idea of “the No and Yes” of life.  Out of necessity, there is a non-verbal impulse that also needs to be recognized; a recognition and hint that something beyond the cognitive level of our being needs to be expressed. 

“Gut feelings” are often soft and subtle in their appearance, and are initially, easily questioned when it comes down to using them as guidance in one’s life.  More often or not, they are ignored simply because they seem incompatible to conventional thinking and approaches to life; they may appear to compete directly with regards to the day to day strategies and common sense quarter-backing that occurs at the level of the mind that is used to navigate our life experience. 

By acknowledging the “NO”, it is possible to elevate the “YES”; we affirm the intuitive, non-verbal side of our Being.  If there is a feeling one needs to say “NO” to an experience in life, why should we question, asses, evaluate, or justify our choice for “No” at the cognitive level of reasoning?  Saying “NO” to a choice, experience or circumstance in life that may be arising in the moment can be equally as empowering, as saying “YES”. 

In the application of “YES” and “NO”, we can find an ebb and flow; we can tap into a rhythm and expression of our inner world and inner wisdom; wisdom that can direct our life more effectively and efficiently than could ever be possible by a mind that constantly loses itself in the obsessive details of planning and gaoling, we most often engage in, on a day to day basis. 

One does not need to live in a cave, ashram or retreat, to live a life of active dis-passion.  Intuitively engaging an appropriate “No” where needed, allows us to move with effortless ease; moving us forward and in alignment with the currant of “Yes”, and the direction where our inner world and universe, may be taking us…   

 

  Is there something you need to say No to in your life?

 

 

The Doctrine of One [Book]

ZEN Shredding ~ The Prequel [Book]

ZEN ~ Shredding  [Book]

Soulananda [Book]

Soulananda [Web site]

Bliss Blog [Michael Sean Symonds]

 

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Living in the space between us ~ Hedy Schleifer
February 20, 2011

 

 

more from Hedy

 

 

~ Bask ~
February 18, 2011

 

 

 

B a s k

 

 

Bask in the freedom,

bask in the joy;

 

the joy of knowing

there is no need of thinking.

 

 The joy of knowing

there is no need of understanding.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no need of knowledge.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no need of practice.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no need of belief.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no shadow.

 

The joy of knowing,

there is no block.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no breakthrough.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no need of attainment.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no need of mastery.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no failure.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no Karma.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no need of Heaven.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no path.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no need.

 

The joy of knowing

there is no [“I”].

 

The joy and the freedom

of knowing

the

[One]

and only Self. 

 

The joy of knowing

 there is no Self. 

 

The joy of knowing

there

is

only

Being…

 

The Doctrine of One [Book]

ZEN Shredding ~ The Prequel [Book]

ZEN ~ Shredding  [Book]

Soulananda [Book]

Soulananda [Web site]

Bliss Blog [Michael Sean Symonds]

 

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

 

 

Insight #85 ~ ZEN Shredding…
February 13, 2011

 

 

All life is a projection. 

 

Once you understand that you have lived your life according to a set of concepts you have about yourself and life, you are free to not only examine the practicality and validity of those concepts, but also, become aware of what exists prior to, during, and after those concepts ~ and that’s where the adventure really begins.  

 

Extended commentary:  

In spiritual or psychological circles, you’ll often hear someone speak about their own, or another’s projections. Simply stated, a projection implies that a person is filtering [denying] there “own attributes” in the form of ideas, thoughts, feelings, notions, understandings, beliefs, desires or fears about life and reality, and instead, then imagines or projects them onto something or someone else without awareness of the fact. 

In most conventional models it is considered a defense mechanism, i.e. it is easier to hide from those attributes by projecting or throwing those ideas, thoughts, feelings, notions, understandings, beliefs, desires or fears onto someone or something else, rather than become aware of them; presumably because one would be subjected to a greater pain or suffering in doing so. 

Projection is an interesting concept and to some degree can be a useful model and stepping stone that can sometimes provide insight leading to greater levels of subjective freedom.  The invitation of course is to examine and embrace those projected attributes reducing the ripple of chaos they may create for yourself and those who are apparently influenced and affected by those projections. 

Naturally all models and concepts have their limits; [you] will always at some point, bump into the limits of those models and concepts, regardless of the perceived integrity within the tautology of those words, ideas and models. 

Inherently there is [problem] for those who treed the path of Self realization.   If successful, the path of realization reveals to the seeker the fact that all cognition itself is ultimately a projection, based on assumption or conditioning.  Everything we perceive, understand and know is in itself only a selective slice of perceived reality, conditioned through or by an individual’s perception.

[We] could say that the experience of suffering is itself a flag; a warning that we have bumped into the sliver of a self-engendered thinking, a concept that no longer supports us in our well being.  Scratch the surface of suffering and you’ll find a concept.  Dig deeper and you’ll uncover a degree of incongruence and compatibility in a concepts ability to serve your ultimate well-being.

The source and degree of suffering we may experience in life is dependent upon the allegiance we have to self-engendered concepts.  Our addiction and fixation; our need to discover, create or understand those operating concepts with which we live our lives, constantly drags and scatters our attention into self-created chaos and confusion.

 

 

The mother of all concepts is the concept “I”; the idea that there is a separate “me” that exists independently from all “other” “me’s”.  Developmental psychology suggests that sometime between the ages of five and twelve months an infant begins to realize through the natural innocence of awareness and process of “development”, that they are in fact “separate” from mother. 

It is suggested that prior to this developmental step or period, the infant has no conceptual understanding or awareness of being separate from the mother and Universe; there is only the experience of unity.

My experience and training as a Rebirther suggests that awareness of this separation event can, and often does occur, at an earlier stage of development [prior to 5 months and not excluding intra uterine period].   

While this developmental step is a natural outcome of what is labeled “individuation”; part of a natural psychological maturation, this realization of separation, is often interpreted as a shock to the consciousness of infant. 

Briefly stated, the infant assumes as a result of this experience, that it has done something wrong to “cause” this separation.  The infant [as an “I”] imagines it is responsible for this physical separation and takes on a primordial false core belief; a non-verbal “personal law” to explain the “why” of this perceived event and assumption that is labeled “separation”:

“I’m unlovable”,

“Life is a struggle”,

“There’s something wrong with me”,

“I cannot trust”

 Etc, etc, etc…

The advent of this natural “physical” separation is the inevitable cognition [assumption, idea, belief], of an “I”; an “I” that is distinct from all other “I’s”; an “I” that is independent and not only separate from its mother, but also, the larger, greater force of the Universe itself; the unspoken assumption being: there is no longer unity. 

From this point forward a story begins to unfold based on assumption.  As the infant matures into the world of form and phenomena, it perceives and experiences a journey based on the original theme of its particular false core belief; one that will filter all further subjective experience through the veil of this original, primordial, false core belief.  This personal law will shape all perception and experience of that “I”. A false core has been created that is based on an illusion. 

Unless challenged, the infant become an adult, and the adult will live its life based on a narrative of separation and distinction; based on the illusion of an assumption and lie.  Unless challenged, life will appear to subjectively unfold according to the theme of said “personal law or false core”.  Everything thought, felt, understood or believed will be filtered through the veil of said “personal law or false core”.

 

 

Now, I could go on…  I could continue to provide you with more details, more ideas, more understandings of this particular model ~ but I won’t.  It’s just a story.  The kicker here; what we must understand here; is that everything I have said, however clear or unclear, however true or untrue, is also guised within and as, conceptual thought or understanding.  It’s just an idea, about an idea. 

There is no “Personal Law or False Core”.  There is no shock of realization.  There is no separation or individuation outside of the words, ideas, feelings and language of perceived separation.  While there may be a subjective experience and feeling of separation; there is no separation! 

In awareness, the idea of separation was conceived, and in the womb of awareness the idea of shock, separation, individuation, “I”, “me” and “you” was cultivated. 

Only awareness can unbind what was apparently bound. In the fire of awareness, the myth of separation can be transformed.  It is awareness alone that can pop the spell of thinking and feeling, to once again reveal the unicity that exists as essence at the heart of all creation…   

 

What would your life look like if you lived without preconceived perceptions?

 

 

The Doctrine on One [Book]

ZEN Shredding ~ The Prequel [Book]

ZEN ~ Shredding  [Book]

Soulananda [Book]

Soulananda [Web site]

Bliss Blog [Michael Sean Symonds]

 

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

 

 

  

ON ~ Compassion…
February 5, 2011

 

 

 

 

It’s difficult if not impossible for a person to feel compassionate for another human being when they are caught up in the neurosis of their own thinking.

Once the spell of thinking has been broken, authentic compassion spontaneously and effortlessly rises to the surface without the need of practice or persuasion.

Compassion is an essential quality of Being, and Being is your essential nature.  Personal performance towards the gain, merit, or achievement of this virtue, however sociably acceptable, is unnecessary for its realization.

Compassion like all essential qualities are inherent expressions of Being and can be fully experienced and expressed spontaneously without the need of effort.  Compassion, joy, creativity and wisdom are inner qualities; they are part of Who You Are.

There are approximately seven billion people on this planet who are desperately trying to fix, change and transform the story of their lives, not realizing the fact the changing story itself arises in the changeless awareness of the one who witnesses the story, and all content contained within the story. Peace is lost by focusing attention and losing oneself to the story, rather than the one who witnesses that story.

The story, however joyful or sad is irrelevant to Who You Are.  Happy or sad, rich or poor, success or failure, are irrelevant to Who You Are; the one who witnesses the story.  To discover and reveal Who You Are is to be free from the story and all content contained within that story.

If we briefly, if only for a moment, shift our attention from the story to the awareness in which the story arises, we might glimpse the presence of our primordial Self; the presence of the one that watches the story.  We would begin to recognize the unreality of the story that appears to exist in reality.  We would enter the portal of our existence, and the time bound would at once meet the timeless, unbound. 

The shift of attention to the background of existence from the foreground of perception, allows the story and its imagined struggle, fear, resistance, judgment, denial, confusion or depression to evaporate. 

Strikingly, we begin to recognize not only the illusion of all projections within the story, but also, the role player called self, who actively participated in that projection.  The imagined you evaporates, revealing an authentic, compassionate, non-conceptual, witnessing you; the compassionate, joyful, creative, wise you that you always were…

  

The Doctrine on One [Book]

ZEN Shredding ~ The Prequel [Book]

ZEN ~ Shredding  [Book]

Soulananda [Book]

Soulananda [Web site]

Bliss Blog [Michael Sean Symonds]

 

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

 

One Response

  1. May I suggest a further resources to learn more about empathy and compassion.

    The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
    The Culture of Empathy website is the largest internet portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. It contains articles, conferences, definitions, experts, history, interviews,  videos, science and much more about empathy and compassion.
    http://CultureOfEmpathy.com

    Let’s Find 1 Million People Who Want to Build a Culture of Empathy and Compassion
    http://Causes.com/Empathy

    Also, we invite you to post a link to your article about empathy to our Empathy Center Facebook page.
    http://Facebook.com/EmpathyCenter

    Warmly,
    Edwin

 

 

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