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The Self You Seek
June 29, 2013

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You cannot become your true Self because you always are your true Self; the Self you seek is the Self you already are.

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A Little Quietude
June 8, 2013

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Don’t Be Distracted.
June 1, 2013

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You Are The Miracle
January 10, 2013

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[You] Are The One Miracle.

[You] are the miracle that does not recognize the miraculous-ness of the miracle.

[You] are the miracle that imagines there is something other than the miracle.

[You] are the miracle that attempts to abandon the miracle for everything that arises out of the miracle.

[You] are the miracle that imagines there are “other” more important or bigger miracles “out” there.

[You] are the miracle that imagines [you] need to

be something, think something, know something, understand something, have something or do something – to be the miracle.

[You] are the miracle that grasps and fears everything that happens because of the miracle.

[You] are the miracle that gets distracted by possibilities that arise because of the miracle.

The miracle is real – there is nothing but the miracle;

nothing exists outside the miracle – it’s all just miracle.

Rest as the miracle, Be the miracle.

Here/now – everywhere and always, [you] are already the miracle.

[You] are the One unspoken – unnoticed miracle;

notice the unnoticed,

Be attentive to the miracle [you] are.

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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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The Doctrine of One [Book]
ZEN Shredding ~ The Prequel [Book]
ZEN ~ Shredding [Book]
Soulananda [Book]
Soulananda [Web site]
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Insight #89 ~ ZEN Shredding…
July 17, 2011

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Sometimes you need to say Yes to life.

Life is a paradox; sometimes you need to step outside the comfort of the bunny hill to move forward and evolve.

 

 

Extended commentary:

All life is change; some of it feels easy – some of it feels very hard.  One thing for sure is that we love to feel like we are in control of that life – always.  When things are going well, it’s easy to say YES to life – as if we even remember!

When things are not so cool; when life does not flow according to our own expectations, “YES” is usually quickly re-placed by a solid NO.  Ironically, regardless of what we do or know – what we think or practice,  no [you] is ever in control.

For many years I was very much player on the “you create your reality” team.  While around for many, many centuries, it jumped from the periphery of alternative teachings into  “consciousness community” around 30 years ago, and then into the mainstream with the advent of teachings like “The Secret” and the “Law of attraction”.

If you are lucky, or if the path you follow in your “becoming” has any integrity,  you will eventually bump into reality.  It will be clearly seen that no [you] has ever had the power to control reality in any form or way.

While this might go against the grain of conventional thinking and the generic, sanitized, egoic teachings that seem to presently saturate 21st  century spirituality, there is a point in awareness where [one] clearly see’s – there is no one there to control – let alone a “someone” who can “intend” a particular reality or outcome that will be made real.

At most, and perhaps more importantly, we are speaking of subjective perception only that can appear to be managed – not reality.  If we are to be completely honest and neuro-biology backs us up; the “you” that you imagine yourself to be arrives in “time” – long after the appearance of reality has arisen.

So it’s only at the level of mind that we can try to affirm or deny what might already be appearing in this present moment now, and if you are on the treadmill of quarter-backing your life – if you imagine yourself to have, and be your mind, then managing the mind is the only opportunity you will ever have to influence, so-called reality.

In the legacy of her radical, ground breaking book, “Why I survive Aids”, Niro Markoff Assistant said: “Healing is accepting Who We Are and saying yes to it – without trying to change anything”.

If there were such a thing as Truth, it would encapsulate the essence of Niro’s profound insight and commentary on life – what is, already is
– or isn’t.  Shall we continue to consume ourselves, placing valuable attention, effort, and solace in trying to micro manage the details of life according to some imagined ideal/mind, or will we at once investigate our imagined control, and ideals with which we attempt to live life, and instead dive into life itself – to remain alert, awake, aware and present to that unfolding life and the presence of Who We Are…

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

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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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Insight #88 ~ ZEN Shredding…
May 21, 2011

 

 

 

 

 Trust the process of your life.

 

Most of us have been taught to earn trust.  Sometimes you just need to step out and trust a person, place or experience, regardless of what fears you may have.  Granting trust to the moment can cause radical transformation if you have relied heavily on your own fears to run your life.

 

Extended commentary:

As I have alluded to in some previous “ZEN Shredding” posts, once a book has been printed [including a blog post] ~ the idea is recorded.  It’s apparently set in stone to permanently mark an expression of an idea that was or is, held in mind; an idea that may or may not have any further validity, as you move into the naked, fresh, canvass of a new moment.  

Ideas are transient in nature, they come and they go.  At best they are metaphoric representations of any given state of awareness that might have been.  They do not inherently hold meaning, significance or Truth outside any that might be assigned to them by the mind itself, in those thinking’s and in those writings.

Ideas are not direct expressions of who and what we are, although at times they may more directly point to the truth of Who We Are.  Regardless of what might be believed, ideas can only ever hint at but never replace, substitute, or “be” Truth ~ this is dogma and continues to remain the domain of most religious organizations.

I imagine this can be very disconcerting for [a person] who madly entertains the idea and possibility they can write with any sort of coherence on subject matter related to the Absolute (as “I” attempt to do).  However, I cannot fathom the possibility of anyone demanding an allegiance or commitment to any document that somehow considers itself as a replacement for reality as so many faith traditions have previously done. 

As I reflect on the past couple of years since the writing of ZEN Shredding and the subsequent follow-up “Extended Commentaries”; I realize more and more how my book was not really a new beginning for me but instead and more-so, a synthesis and ending to many ideas which would shortly, vigilantly and systematically be examined.  Many ideas that would in due course be consumed in the fire of deconstruction, since the original writing and publishing of this work.

This ongoing observation and perspective sanitizing process clearly shows up for me each time I begin to draft the words of follow-up posts related to those extended insights.  It is seen that I can no longer consider some of those ideas as part of the paradigm in which I organically operate from.  Those ideas and concepts have of necessity, dropped off the radar of my perception and understanding with which I see and experience my life. 

It seems this deconstruction process has become an integral part of my experience; a theme to the rhythm and path of my unfolding life over the last six years.  While initially subtle it seems to have accelerated to a degree of intensity I could never have anticipated, and there are no areas of my life that have not been touched by the wand of its wanton destruction: relationships, work and world view. 

At a comforting distance, it makes complete sense.  Nothing can be more organic than the understanding and expression of a changeless Self that is the heart and impulse of an ever-changing, transient, world. 

How can a mind anticipate and imagine, let alone understand, capture or control, the natural expression and impulse of Spirit as it touches this ever-present, unfolding moment called NOW?

Said differently; most conventional spirituality is based on the adoption of entertaining ideas and concepts that try to explain and organize the chaos of Being to some degree of merit and understanding. 

The prominence and popularity that New Age Spirituality has garnered, is largely a result of the fact that one can simply shop around for ideas and concepts that suit the personality or ego within that moment. Is there danger though, that we might become disabled or trapped in those very ideas and philosophies that were meant to enable greater levels of subjective freedom and intimacy to a so-called Soul?  Can any idea itself cause the revelation we so desperately seek or is it, as so often has been suggested ~ that we already, always are.

Spirit is more than mind and Spirit is more than any understanding mind could ever provide.  Crazy as it might seem and however disconcerting; the so-called process of realization could be more easily described as a process of UNLEARNING ~ a letting go of; the creation of space for something inherently more real to be felt, seen and known.

It is easy to understand the nature of the relationship to suffering we may experience in life; a suffering that is often reflected in the degree to which we have identified ourselves to ideas, thoughts, notions and beliefs so often labeled as truth ~ self engendered ideas of self, others and the world we live in that are consciously or unconsciously part of our so-called spiritual path.

I cannot express how easy it is to find words ~ to type them in; compared with the actual experience this deconstruction process has had on [my] subjective world.  I can see how easy it would be for the idea and desire to arise to want and need some escape to the imagined comfort of an Ashram or retreat, to allow this process to unfold with an assumed relative ease. 

How delicious the temptation is, to avoid the need to face the everyday, day to day demands that constantly tug and pull at awareness in so many delightfully seductive and distracting ways.  To “be in the world but not of it”; what a profound insight into the apparent dilemma and desire of a twenty first century yogi as he bumps into twenty first century living. 

For many, the deconstruction process has been described in more fanciful and romantic ways: Dark night of the Soul, Existential Crisis.  Any person of faith and conviction who has some extraordinary commitment to oneself and the fervent discovery of their own inner knowing will eventually bump into the limits of their own thinking and any particular allegiance it may have to a philosophical system.

We must hone our ability and willingness to confront; we must defiantly risk exposure of those ideas and their relevance.  We must examine wholeheartedly, with the light of awareness, the applicability of those cognitive commitments to see if there is a rapport, rhythm and flow of those ideas to the unfolding, inner knowing and experience that presently exists within the wisdom of Soul. 

As we sit on the precipice of new understanding, waiting for the bubble of our own understanding to be popped by the light of awareness; we must temper our need, desire and compulsion to pullback from new revelation.  And in the salvation of that clear seeing, witness the bound as it becomes unbound.

When it comes to the fire of conflict and struggle that lies in the deconstructive process known as Dark night of the soul; what can be seen is how easily the mechanics of thinking can distract oneself from the present moment now with its essential nature and vitality.  It is only in our ability to be stripped naked of thinking and the notion of [me] that we will truly be free to thrive in the space between us.

 

Who do you trust the most and for what reasons?

 

        

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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