After thought #16
January 8, 2010


Most human beings want something from each other, and in that wanting we suffer.  For every want there is an assumption, a projection of need; that we somehow lack something, that we are somehow incomplete.  In most cases, we want what we imagine and perceive we don’t have, and our attention is deprived from noticing what we do have. 

It’s easy to forget the background of Being, when we allow ourselves to be overshadowed by the wanting; when our attention becomes fixated on that wanting.  The only real solution to our perceived suffering, and the end to irrational wanting, is to bring the background of Being, to the foreground of our life, through the use of attention.

Presently, and for the most part, it’s easy to live life being caught up in the seductive foreground of our life experience, forever seeking the endless opportunities and desires, dreams and aspirations that life has to offer.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with these movements, as long as we don’t lose touch with our essence in that process; as long as those movements or impulses, do not lead us astray; as long as we do not get caught up in believing that it is the foreground of life that is itself real, thus distracting us from what actually is real, permanent and true ~ the background of Being.

We can drown ourselves in the wanting.  Radical transformation is to see things as they are, not as we imagine, want, or were told them to be.  Under the surface of wanting, can lie the perception of deep wounds of neglect, hurt, judgment and need.  It is not the object of our experience or circumstance, our want or need that must be reached, touched, experienced or had but instead, the wound of perceived separation that inherently drives innumerable quests that can fill a lifetime.

Often, in the desperation of our wanting; in our forgetfulness, we lose touch with the fact of our inherent perfection; we allow ourselves to be hypnotized by the circumstance of social conditioning. Our ultimate salvation lies not in thought or deed, understanding or belief, but in the realization of our essential core. 

Realization can never be stabilized when our focus is caught up in the story of our perceived imperfection, and an “I” that seeks to correct or change a moment of time that no longer exists.  Of necessity, our attention needs to be shifted from the story of our want, to the one who is wanting. 

As we settle our attention onto the one who is wanting, the one who is hurting, the one who is unloved, or the one who is in joy, pulling it even further back, prior to the want itself,  it is possible to notice that the real “you” is not the product of a projection, feeling or perception; the spell of wanting can be broken…

ZEN Shredding ~ Insight #33
February 10, 2009



Ask for what you need. 


Too often we expect that life will automatically provide what we need to be happy and fulfilled. Most people cannot read your mind, so learn to be comfortable asking for what you want.



Extended commentary:


A first nation’s friend once told me that in his culture there is a saying:


The mind wants, the body needs, the Spirit desires.


As a strategy, I believe this very powerful statement reflects the levels of complexity the personalities or “I” has in its quest for happiness.  As a strategy and stepping stone on the pathway to greater levels of freedom, I think it’s very healthy to get in touch with, and become aware of our needs; all needs in fact.  I also believe that while it is important to become aware of the diversity of ones needs, it is not necessary for us to fulfill all those needs.


In the journey of finding out Who We Are and the fulfillment of our needs, there comes a time of realization where it is not the need itself that is important, but the realization that at an essential level, our greatest value comes not from supply, but in the relationship we develop to our authentic Self; we shift our attention and enquiry from the perceived person that has a need, to the One who is asking; the One who is needing; the One who is seeking.


We live in a time where the fulfillment of needs in most cases, is relative to some external source or substance i.e. money, someone, some thing; this dependency has a tendency to usurp our inner power and knowing, that it is “we ourselves” who are the source and substance of our most essential needs.  While it is certainly nice to have the bells and whistles; the trinkets to adorn our life with, it is the permanent stabilization and identification to Who We Are that will provide us with the greatest satisfaction and peace in life, regardless of the circumstances or situations that may be occurring in.


The needs of someone who is pursuing the journey of awakening will be very different than those of an individual who has not awakened to the presence of their own inner master.  While neither need is higher or lower, better or worse, virtuous or not so virtuous; the One who understands that their most essential need: knowing Self is already fulfilled, creates the space to be in the world and not of it, and in this detachment; not being dependent on the world; there lies a nectar of true freedom and ultimate happiness.


What do you need most, right now?


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