Insight #32 ZEN Shredding…
January 28, 2009



There is only one purpose ~ the continued expansion of happiness. 



According to preference or skill, green, blue and black are flavours to be enjoyed and indulged at will.


Extended commentary:


Most anything we do, is done out of a need or motivation for happiness.  We spend our lives in the pursuit of happiness.  I think it’s fair to say that the element of happiness changes as we navigate the terrain and journey of our life; as we ourselves change.  What brought me happiness ten years ago may not provide me with the juice that I seek and search for now..


The pursuit of happiness is often marked by a significant shift from what we thought would bring us happiness, to what actually allows us to realize happiness.  Much of our life is spent discovering that what we thought would bring us happiness [conditioning] actually does not; simply due to the fact that it was based on an erroneous belief to begin with.


Many of the strategies and concepts around personal growth and “spiritual pursuit”, are based on the process of unraveling, discovering and finding what is truly meaningful and fulfilling to us at our core; the clarity of recognizing those goals, intentions, desires, dreams and things, that speak most deeply to us, that we consider to be inherent extensions of our inner world and being. 


This being said; we are often cautioned by the purest of wisdom traditions to recognize that true happiness cannot be found in things, that we will suffer if we depend upon, or rely solely upon, things to provide us with happiness.  While there may be a certain level of happiness to be found in things, they are impermanent, and will therefore never provide us with a lasting happiness that we seek. 


The suggestion instead, is to pay attention to the part of us that remains unaffected and unchanging, in a world that appears to always affect and change; too seek everlasting happiness or bliss in the Self.  Happiness is always found in things that come and go; but everlasting or bliss can be found for those who seek happiness within the Self.


I have spent most of my life in the pursuit of happiness.  I have experienced much joy, discovery, meaning and fulfillment as I passionately pursued not only the things, but also the Self. What I am noticing of late, is that personal happiness however successful, is meaningless ~ dare I say irrelevant,  unless you have the opportunity to also share it with others in some way.  And in our ability to share it: the gifts, the talents, the resources and the Self with others, we only amplify the depth and experience of happiness, one hundred fold…




Do you surround yourself with people and

experiences that nurture happiness?




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Living in the “IF” of the “I”…
April 28, 2008


From birth we are conditioned to look “out there” in life.  The “developmental shift” or distraction of our attention, perception and awareness into our perceived “becoming a person”, between the ages of 5 to 12 months will leave most with narcissistic scar so deep, we will spend our lives dancing around the scar, the “I”, and the “ifs”, in a band aid attempt to repair something that never existed in the first place…   


“I” vs “Ego” ~ “self” vs “Self”…
April 23, 2008

The following blog entry is a commentary/response to a blog comment left on this site.  The comment innocently reflects a valid observation on the human condition of suffering and offers one strategy that has been developed and used to try and deal with the suffering that occurs to the “I”.




“ The unfortunate side of “self” is the inability for many people to dismantle their constant doubt. Affirmations are tools that help people rid themselves of the self defeating doubt that lurks within…”



Awakening, Becoming, Being…
April 22, 2008

We all appear to be in a process of “awakening”; a perceived becoming of Who We already Are.  Trouble begins when the “I” mind of us or others, wants to organize this “happening”, wants to formulate, accelerate, control, or franchise this “process” to ourselves or to others. 


Our desks might need organizing, our receipts for taxes might need organizing, the rooms in our houses might definitely do well with some sort of an organizing, our inherent authentic Self however needs no organizing in order to Be.


13 Steps to Synchronicity… Y = #13
April 21, 2008

 Know YourSelf in the now… 


We are all in the process of awakening, even deep sleep is considered to be a partial expression of awareness with potential.  To be clear; there are many strategies that elevate the quality of our life experience, that allow us to live life in more “successful” ways.  We can go as far to say that spirituality and psychology are in most cases, strategies to live life with the intention of more peace, harmony and happiness.


There are endless strategies that fall under endless umbrellas: personal, work, political, social, environmental, religious and yes, spiritual strategies i.e. “the law of attraction”.


The spoken says that adopting, learning, practicing and following these strategies will help us to live life with more fulfillment, joy and meaning; ideas and practices we should not minimize or dismiss.  The unspoken suggests that while these strategies may work to various degrees of success, they inherently have nothing to do with Who We Are.


Who We Are has nothing to do with our past or our understanding of the past.  Who We Are has nothing to do with the denial of the past or its “healing”.  Who We Are has nothing to do with the church we go to, the meditation practice we use or how many years we’ve been practicing it. 


To dig a little deeper; Who We Are has nothing to do with whether we are a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist or a Jew.  Who We Are has nothing to do with being a man or women, Saint or sinner, teacher or student.  Being clear, confused, authentic, generous, and evil or living your life with meaning and purpose also, has nothing to do with Who You Are.


It does not matter if you love yourself or hate yourself, because it has no effect or baring on your true Self ~ Who You Are.  You can be very successful or poor, the most joyous person in the world or the most unhappy person in the world and it will still make no difference to Who You Are.  All these things are expressions, experiences and understandings that happen or do not happen to the body/mind or “I”.



The “I” that believes that it exists in time and space, that it is separate from all the other body/minds or “I’s” that also exist.  It believes that it has a will and that it can make things happen, it lives in a world where the “I” must be the victor or vanquished. 


All these things are expressions, experiences, preferences or understandings of the “I”, body/mind.  They are organizations that the “I” belongs to, experiences that happen to the “I”, beliefs, ideas, values, discriminations, choices, judgments, concepts and strategies that the “I” has bought into and believes.  They are life styles, choices and practices of the “I”, body/mind.


The Self is independent of your experienced past or imagined future; it thrives in the “present moment now”, where past and future do not exist.  The Self needs no concepts or strategies to be or not be; it needs no healing and can never be lost.


To be more clear;


You already are what you want to be. 

The “one” Self lives in the now.

You are that “single” Self, beyond all ideas that were, are and to come.

The Self comes from nowhere and goes nowhere.

The Self is timeless, therefore you are timeless.

The Self is not born, therefore you are not born.

If you are timeless and unborn, you cannot die.


First, you imagine…


Then you create a path or process, a story of how you will return to the perfection that was never lost, the perfection of Who You Are…


The Self is the concept of synchronicity and it is not the concept of synchronicity.

The Self is Who You Are.


“You need not remember in order to be…” 

You cannot become what you already are…”

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

13 Steps to Synchronicity… T = #12
April 21, 2008

C   Trust  yourSelf…


It is only at the level of the mind that we truly lose touch with the essence of Who We Are.  At some point and to various degrees, most of us begin to believe in the illusion of our separateness as part of our early conditioning.  Our imagined Isolation from our wholeness and perfection leads to distraction, we start to believe in our imperfection, we allow our attention to focus and dwell on “this” and “that”. 


Trust is replaced by the illusion of control, our innocence is replaced by a pandemic fear as we place more and more of our faith in a personal, subjective “I”, in things external that are transient and unreal.  We learn to pay more attention to what is going on outside ourselves rather than developing an awareness of our relationship to the wisdom within us.   


The quality of our life is determined by the quality of the relationship we have to the Self.  It takes great courage and trust to journey within.  It’s the kind of trust that cannot be learned or earned; it must be granted to each and every moment of our day to day existence, to the Self, to others, to our life, to our dreams.


It is a way of being in the world that is not common, a rarity and authenticity that is fresh and always new.  As we learn to give up our dependency on the “I” mind, we experience a renewed zest for life, in our choices and in the visions we have for our life.  We begin to recognize the value and truth of living life based on the strength of our inner relationship. Trust becomes our compass that leads us home to the Self within.  We give up the ordinary and we begin experiencing and living the extraordinary.


Q.   What way would you live your life if you granted complete trust to the moment?

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