Did you notice: Something is there…
June 30, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 W a t c h   t h e   V i d e o . . .

 

 

 

 

 P r e v i e w   t h e   B o o k . . . 

 

 

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ZEN Shredding ~ The Prequel [Book]

ZEN ~ Shredding [Book]

Soulananda [Book]

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After Thought #55
June 11, 2011

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Our fall from Grace is the story of becoming. 

It’s the appearance of a “me” in a world that wants to be something, do something, have something or think something.  From the earliest age we are conditioned into believing we need to do something with our life – in order to be. 

Most of us will spend the rest of our lives caught up in the treadmill of this misunderstanding.  Trying to live up to an unrealistic expectation of becoming that will inevitably cause anxiety, stress, and neurosis.  Wrapped up in the ball of success and the notion of finding happiness, we are entrenched in the belief that life is about being bigger, being more, and being better. 

We label it personal growth; we often call it spirituality – but it’s all the same.  It’s a delicious invitation based on the unspoken premise that something is inherently missing or wrong with us – as we are, and therefore needs fixing.  It’s the story of a seeker that needs to do something; it’s a journey of finding something that we actually, always, already are.

It’s seductive because there has to be a doing in order to get – there has to be.  There can be no becoming without action or merit, without work or achievement, without some sort of understanding or knowledge. 

And we have lots of fancy names and fancy philosophies to justify when our becoming fails; we call it Karma and Samsara, we call it genetics and conditioning.  All these notions are used to reinforce the idea that we are somehow incomplete as we are; that in order to be complete – to be whole; we need to understand something or worse yet, accept some idea or someone, in order to find what’s apparently missing.

The greatest of religions have thrived on this neurosis; that in as much as we might try to be good or better, we will forever be subject to some greater authority that weighs toll, on the inferior, subject “me”.  And therapies of this kind or that incubate ideas that we are separate and thus flawed. 

We diligently pop our pills and repeat affirmations; we do our Yantras, Mantras, Mudras and Tantras in order to recondition a body and mind that has already been conditioned.   But what if it fails?  What if it is all an illusion, based on an erroneous idea of lack – a deluding notion of separation lost in a perception and languaging of duality?

 

What if we already are?

 

What if we always are?

 

Can we rest in the simplicity and Art of Being?

 

No more, no less.

 

You Are Enough!

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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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You Are, More Than Enough…
May 14, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

From birth we are conditioned into believing we need to be somebody.  We are taught and indoctrinated into the belief that we need to be somebody that does something, thinks something ~ to  get something that will lead us to the promised land of happiness.

We are brainwashed by family, society and peers, into believing that to be happy or successful in life, we need to do something in order to be somebody, and in the doing we lose touch with the simplicity of Being, there appears to be is a loss of our whole self.  We lose ourselves to the search in being a somebody that does something, and we miss the inherent fact that we are already everything.

In the pursuit for something more, we fail to recognize that we already are.  We fail to see that we are, regardless of whether we are being something, doing something, having something or thinking something.

Our voyeuristic fascination with Hollywood stardom and our yearning for a lifestyle of the rich and famous hints at the depth of our conditioning and underlying feeling of separation that drives the desperation, need and addiction to become a somebody; somebody other than who and what we already, always are.

How many billions momentarily lose themselves in the trance of someone else’s fairy tale Royal wedding?  How many hours will be spent numbing and deadening awareness, as we vicariously live through another’s fictitious eye; the characters that live and thrive in the imaginary world of our favourite daily soap opera and the pages of entertaining magazines and television shows?

 

You already are more than enough.

You always were more than enough.

You already, always are more than enough.

 

For most, this is not enough.  As we entrench ourselves in the search for something more; in our seeking for greener gardens and perfect picket fences, we feel lost.  With or without the kids and the cars, many feel something is missing; something is somehow absent from our experience.

But the freedom ~ however seductive, was never to be found in the experience or things.  The freedom was never in being somebody that has something.  The freedom was not in anything a somebody could ever provide, think, do or be.

For most, there is no awareness that Being nobody was always already, good enough.  It is simply not seen or recognized that Being nobody without the thinking, the being, the having or the doing is already, always, good enough.

It’s ironic that the so-called spiritual world has succumbed into the hypnosis, seduction, distraction and trappings of a confused mind.  Not happy with conventional strategies of gain, appropriation and affirmation; all manner of systems and philosophies focused on merit, success, understanding and so-called mastery of a so-called mystery are adopted.  Only the madness of a somebody could ever come up with the idea we need to be a spiritual something to prevent us from being a conventional nobody.

So we re-condition a conditioned mind with nonsense teachings based on so-called Laws of attraction and so-called Secrets that have nothing to do with finding out Who We Are and everything to do with reinforcing the hope and belief that somehow the person who appears to be a nobody will somehow be lead into becoming a somebody.  In the perverse twist of an addiction to become a somebody, we miss the innocence & psychological freedom that exists in being a nobody.

In the simplicity and innocence of Who and What We Are; everything is; whether we appear to be a somebody or a nobody.  The image, identity and story of being a somebody: whether that be a conventional somebody that is actually a no-body, or a so-called spiritual somebody that is actually a nobody; all, simply masquerades the truth of Who and What We already Are ~ which was always good enough.

 Who is this nobody that wants to become a somebody?

Who is this apparent somebody that spends its life seeking and searching for some missing factor, element or experience to elevate the notion that she is no longer a nobody?

 

A spiritual you, is just as delusional as a conventional you.  The notion that in becoming a spiritual somebody, you will then be free from living the life of a nobody is living life backwards.  When it is seen that there is in fact never a somebody; that there is just a nobody pretending to be a somebody, [you] won’t need to spend your lifetime seeking, searching and attempting to develop the false identity of being a somebody, a somebody that fills the perceived void of feeling like a nobody; fuelled by the idea of separation and the perceived loss of an essential, impersonal Self.

Instead, [you] can simply be free: free from the stress and strain, the confusion, doubt and suffering that is always the result of trying to maintain, enhance or elevate the false identity of a somebody who is avoiding being a nobody.  [You] can finally be free from the chronic notion, anxiety and personal neurosis that arises from the fear that you might fail in your attempt to escape being an apparent nobody; a nobody that desperately wants to be a somebody.

So if you feel like a nobody [you] may be caught up in the spell of thinking [you] need to be a somebody.  [You] might imagine and assume that this new and improved somebody will somehow rescue you from the chance of being a nobody.  Why not instead sit with that feeling, until [you] realize that [you] are ultimately neither the feeling nor the thought that drives those feelings; you might observe that they simply arise and subside in awareness.

Why not sit with the idea that [you] will always, inherently be a nobody that can only temporarily be seduced into thinking you need or can become a somebody.  Why not sit with the idea that when you are free from the vicious cycle and neurosis of becoming, you can be fully free to enjoy with abandon, being a nobody in particular, that momentarily appears to be a somebody…

 

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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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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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]

 

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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

 

 

After Thought #47
January 20, 2011

 

 

Most human being are slaves to their mind and the identification that occurs with/to everything that arises in mind.

 

Reality cannot be managed by thinking or any thought what-so-ever.

 

Reality cannot be managed by the so-called mind, method, thinking, theory or practise.

 

Thought, thinking, theory, method and practise arise in the belly of Being, not the other way around.

 

 

 

Without thoughts,

 

who are you?

 

Without feelings,

 

who are you?

 

Without emotions and perceptions,

 

who are you?

 

Without associations,

 

who are you?

 

Without memories,

 

who are you?

 

Without intentions or desires,

 

who are you?

 

Without fear and anger, sadness or joy,

 

who are you?

 

 

Does it take thought, feeling, emotion, perception, association, memory, intention, desire, fear, anger, sadness or joy to Be?

 

 

 

Without your beliefs and philosophies,

 

who are you?

 

Without jealousy or passion,

 

who are you?

 

Without your paths, pujas or practice,

 

who are you?

 

Without meaning or purpose,

 

who are you?

 

Without judgment and confusion, clarity or understanding,

 

who are you?

 

Without your body,

 

who are you?

 

 

Does it take belief, philosophy, jealousy, passion, path, puja, paractise, meaning, purpose, judgment, confusion, clarity, understanding or body to Be?

 

 

 

Without your Gods and Goddesses, Angels and Demons,

 

who are you?

 

Without your teachings,

 

who are you?

 

Without your mantra, yantra or tantra,

 

who are you?

 

Without Karma and Kundalini,

 

who are you?

 

Without Chakras and Mudras,

 

who are you?

 

Without your convictions,

 

who are you?

 

 

Does it take Gods, Goddesses, angels, demons, teachings, mantras, yantras, tantras, karma, chakras, mudras or conviction to Be?

 

 

 

 Without the bubble of your mind and all that arises as a bubble in that perceived mind,

 

who are you?

 

 

Who comes first?

 

 

In the absence of the mind,

 

YOU ARE!

 

 

Stand in Being…

 

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