Archive for October, 2011

After Thought #60
October 22, 2011

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At the deepest level, you can’t teach someone to Be who they are, and it certainly has nothing to do with finding out what their preferences, philosophy, passions or pursuits are in life.  Those “things” are entertaining and very, very seductive, but they have nothing to do with finding out Who You Are.

Clear seeing can only be recognized in the present – Self, that is – Being aware; here and now.  To be clear and direct, there is no person in the here/now that’s aware, there is only Being here/now, that’s aware. 

Asking someone to be present is nonsense.  Instead, ask them to be aware.  Ask them to notice what’s happening – what’s going on – then they will automatically Be present.  To have to explain this is only the booby prize; you need to Be IT.

The gift you have been seeking is the gift you have already been given – One is aware.  You don’t need to Be present – to be aware, but you certainly need awareness to be present.  The fullness of awareness was given to you at birth – unconditionally.  Since you were born with all you need, where is the question or need of purification, puja or practice?

Until you recognize the gift of what you have been given, you will not be able to enjoy its benefit.  Your seeking for bigger, better and more, distracts you from its existence, and there is no substitute although you could spend your life looking for a replacement – for One. 

Here’s the thing, a gift that’s not been accepted (recognized), is not a gift.  You can’t teach what you already, always are.  Just Be aware, know it directly by Being IT directly.  It’s who you are, it’s what you are. 

Stay there – as awareness. 

Stay in the non-verbal you, and see what happens.  In the non-verbal state, you don’t need time, practice, or process to be aware.

What to do?

How about starting with nothing – – that’s right, No – thing; do nothing and you might find everything.

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“S o m e t h i n g   I s   T h e r e . . .” * N E W  V I D E O !

S o m e t h i n g . . . ”   * N E W   B O O K !

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After Thought #59
October 16, 2011

We place too great an importance on thought and thinking in the West.  We wrongly substitute thought/thinking as intelligence when in fact it is only a symptom of intelligence.  From the earliest age we begin to fill our so-called minds with ideas, thoughts, notions and beliefs – conceptual philosophies add infinitum.   Schools, universities – the highest, most accredited educational institutes provide a frame of reference – for references to be framed, based on the binge consumption of information about this and that.

Very little attention – if any, is placed on the value of emptiness – nothingness; the space of consciousness from which it all arises.  We overlook nothing – the source of everything, for something. We instead place higher value on things and the collection of things; even subtle things like thoughts and thinking which is knowledge –not intelligence.

First we focus on ideas – then on the things those ideas appear to create, and in doing so we ignore essence, we ignore the field of awareness which organizes it all.  With attention fixated on something, we ignore the value and benefit of what appears to be invisible.  We ignore Being and instead favor thinking; we ignore Being and instead favor doing and having.  We ignore Being and wrongly imagine that it is thinking itself that motivates the doing, the having and the being of life.

It’s no wonder our lives are driven by the neurosis of our conditioning.  We are taught and conditioned to believe from the earliest age that it is in the gathering and management of things like thoughts, ideas, notions and beliefs, which will provide the necessary keys to navigating life.  Factually, and for the most part, we crumble in the aftermath of destruction, having invested in erroneous ways of being that only temporarily provide satisfaction for a restless mind that can only ever grasp for more.

If only we would take the time to notice the unnoticed, to notice the space in which the thought, the thinking, the being, the having and the doing arise.  If only we would take the time to see with clarity, the value and benefit of becoming familiar with presence – Self; an awareness that is open and empty, alive and awake.  An awareness that cradles the here/now without reservation and without condition; an awareness that lives and thrives in the space of Being, here/now.

Can you imagine taking an accredited course based on Being – on doing nothing? 

What a preposterous Idea you say.  I say – spend a little time each day in the space of emptiness that is awareness – Being.  I say – start to become familiar with the space of Being only, and watch how life changes. 

I say – spend time each day noticing the fact that you are already, always aware; then Be aware of the fact that you are already aware.  Take time to watch the non verbal, no-state-state, upon which all experience rests.  Notice the value that comes from direct experience of your essential nature that lies beyond the basket of your own conditioned thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations, memories, intentions and desires…

 

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Notice a thought…

Notice another thought…

Notice a thought comes, and a thought goes; notice some are new, and most are old.

 

Notice a thought…

Notice another thought…

Notice awareness is simultaneous there – with those thoughts; notice awareness is there before, during, and after each and every thought.

Notice the space of awareness before, during, and after each thought is open and empty, quiet and still.

Notice that in the midst of a single thought or a landslide of numerous thoughts – awareness is already, always there – whether you are aware of it or not.

 

As you notice awareness; as you become familiar with awareness by letting your attention rest AS awareness, notice you and awareness are one – [you], are awareness.

Notice you are awareness and not the thought or the thinking that appear to rise and subside within/on awareness.

Notice there can be an identification with/too thoughts, and there can also be an awareness of awareness itself; awareness that is alive, awake and unconditioned.

Do you identify with thought/thinking, or can you see clearly and directly you are awareness itself?

Notice thought appears to separate and divide, but the awareness in which the thought/thinking arise and subside is always undivided.

Notice awareness is radically inclusive, radically awake and wildly aware.   

Thought/thinking is inherently divisive, while awareness itself is naturally whole and inherently complete.

 

Notice you are always awareness – even though you might not be aware of it; even though you may appear to be temporarily identified with/too a thought, feeling, emotion, perception, association, memory, intention or desire.

Notice when your attention is captivated by thought, feeling, emotion, perception, association, memory, intention or desire – you feel very different than when your attention is simply resting as awareness, in which those thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations, memories, intentions and desires arise and subside.

Notice [you] can rest in thought or you can rest as awareness.

When you rest in thought there is the tendency to imagine/identify yourself as thought.

Notice when you rest as awareness there is the tendency to naturally and spontaneously recognize awareness as your intrinsic nature/Self.

Notice how easy it is to rest as natural awareness and notice how easy it is to be distracted and disturbed by the basket of your own thoughts/thinking.

As awareness becomes more and more familiar, notice any change in the degree of distraction and disturbance that thought/thinking may have.  

Notice over and over, again and again that you are not thought/thinking, nor are you any feeling they may generate, however distracting, however disturbing.

Notice over and over, again and again that you are always, already awareness.

Notice awareness until the idea that you are anything other than awareness – is removed.

Notice awareness until the idea that you are separate from awareness as your essential nature – dissolves.

 

Notice there is freedom in awareness, while there appears to be a degree of suffering with identification too thought/thinking.

Notice we can rest in thought/thinking, or we can rest as awareness.

Better instead to rest as awareness.

Better instead to rest in the open, empty, unconditional – essential space of awareness; always here, already now.

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“S o m e t h i n g   I s   T h e r e . . .” * N E W  V I D E O !

S o m e t h i n g . . . ”   * N E W   B O O K !

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Who? What? Where? When? Why?
October 1, 2011

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The question at hand is Who AM I?

The question is not: What am I? Where am ? When am I? or
Why am I?

The enquiry is direct, vigilant, discerning and impersonal.  The enquiry cuts through mind stuff that
 distracts and distorts the nature of reality, and what is.  It snuffs the seduction of ideas, thoughts,
notions, and beliefs, before they have a chance to hypnotize the awareness of a
so-called thinker.

When you lose focus of the question, you remove yourself
 from here and now; you lose yourself in the notion that you are a somebody who
knows something, thinks something, does something, or can be something.  In asking what, where, when and why, you risk
losing yourself in a story of conceptual speculation; you risk getting caught
up in the web of your own neurosis and conditioning.

For the most part, conventional spirituality has lost itself
in speculation.  Spirituality has become
a victim of its own story.  In the “what”
of a question, we grasp for philosophies of mind.  We are seduced by stories of Chakras, Chants,
 and cause/effect.  Here, we are tranced
by possibility, what is – is abandoned for what might be, could be, will be.

We lose ourselves in self engendered perceptions full of distinction
and diversity, and then seek understanding in the delusion we our self have
created.  There is no real freedom in
understanding; the apparent freedom we so eagerly seek, lies beyond ideas and words,
beyond the notions we gather and collect.
Freedom can never be bundled by understanding or knowledge.  Freedom can only be found in the midst of
here/now; a place where thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions,
associations, memories, intentions and desires – dissolve in the here/now of
presence – Self.

As we explore and obsess over details – the latest, greatest,
theories of Being, we ignore and deny the simplicity of what already, always,
is.  We lose ourselves in the sweetness
of colourful narratives – stories of emotional, astral, and casual bodies, as
 if they somehow allow or help us to become present with what timelessly is.

In looking for “where”, we take ourselves on fantastical
journeys, seeking and searching for the mystery I AM – in location.  We go to workshops promising riches and rewards
– worlds beyond imagination; novel replacements to a personal story that appears
to have gone array under the weight of self engendered thinking, judgment and
misconception.  Here, we lose ourselves
in paths of passion and desire; here, we imagine the physics of space harbors the
peace and knowing we so desperately seek.

“Off to India I will go…”; “this is it!”; the next; the biggest;
the best…  Here, in the “where”, we have
– flavor of the month, flavor of the year, flavor of the decade.  “On retreat I go”, imagining I AM will
somehow, magically appear, with the spoken words; the trips and tricks of a
so-called, enlightened teacher.  In the
pages of a book or some grand awakening experience, there I will find what has
always been missing.

 “When”, is the domain
of the neurotic mind.  Seeking and searching
are primal here, based on the illusion of time, merit, and gain.  Here, we lose ourselves in teachings of
becoming; in the deadness of accumulation, memory and merit, and the
titillation of a better tomorrow based on the autonomous achievements of an
“I”, “me”, “mine”.

Here, in the miracle of the moment, I AM is abandoned for
the taste of more: more thinking, more being, more having and more doing.  Here, we lose ourselves in the delusion and
probability of experiences had or wished for.
Here, we miss the inherent freedom that can be seen and found in the
midst of all experience; the miracle of a non-experience, the miracle of the
no-state-state of awareness that is radically awake and wildly aware – here/now.

The illusion of healing lies here, in the “when”.  Here, we are caught up in the savage cycle of
fixing, improving, changing, and transforming.
Here, the priest and the profit thrive; denying inherent divinity, they
would have you believe there is something wrong with Being; Being appears to be
overshadowed by a story of becoming.
Here, the “when” thrives, and the concept of savior, saving, and saved is
born.

The question at hand is Who AM I?

The question is not: What am I? Where am ? When am I? or
Why am I?

“Why” is a call for justification; it creates nonsense stories
and explanations about Karma, Dharma, conditioning and genetics.  Here, the natural sense of [I] is abandoned, replaced
instead with the doctrine of “me”; the story of an individual identity that can
only, ever be the victim or vanquished in life.

In the “why” of a question, awareness is entrapped in the
foreground of life experience, in the story of what’s happening or not
happening.  Here, we enmesh ourselves in a
materialistic world, a model of spiritual materialism built on notions of
separation and distinction.  Here, in the
puss of a wound called “me” and “I am separate”, we are subjugated by “what if”,
“if only”, “only when”.  Here, we are
hypnotized by infinite, external forces (stories); here, we lose ourselves in compulsion,
anxiety, fear and struggle.  Here, the
pain and sorrow of past thwarts the innocent impulse of awareness that is
already, always, open and empty, quiet and still.

The question at hand is Who AM I?

The question is not: What am I? Where am ? When am I? or
Why am I?

Who is it that hears?

Who is it that smells?

Who is it that tastes?

Who is it that touches?

Who is it that sees?

Can the seer herself be seen?

In the direct experience of here/now don’t assume [you]
exist; instead recognize existence.
Recognize awareness in which existence appears to arise and subside.  Recognize awareness as wholeness expressing
itself as all existence.  Here/now, find
freedom in the midst of all experience – as it is; beyond the neurosis of “a
person”, and a story that so easily overwhelms.
Here/now, find freedom in the direct experience of what’s happening –
beyond the notion of freedom and bondage.

There is no “where” in I AM.

There is no “when”, “what”, or “why”, in I AM.

Here/now, in the radical simplicity of I AM, the “who” is
stripped naked.  Here/now, in the alert,
alive, awake field of awareness, what can be seen is the radical recognition of
what already, always, is.

Already Being – never becoming.

Here, now, already, always – Being.

Nowhere to go – nothing to do.

Absolutely is, was, and will be.

Simultaneously before, during, after – forever.

Without affirmation, without effort; without merit, understanding
or practice.

Seen and unseen; over and over, again and again – You Are.

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“S o m e t h i n g   I s   T h e r e . . .” * N E W  V I D E O !

S o m e t h i n g . . . ”   * N E W   B O O K !

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If you have enjoyed these posts and you would like to make a donation to support my work, your contribution would be gratefully appreciated…


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

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