ZEN Shredding ~ Insight #73
March 12, 2010

There is only perfection. 

 Life will become effortless to the degree you are aware of your own inner perfection.  As you learn to cultivate this inner perfection by becoming aware of it, you will open the doorway to see an outer perfection that has always been present.


Extended commentary:

Perfection cannot be found by the mind.  By its nature the mind can only see duality; the mind thrives in the field of polarity.  In the binary of up and down, in and out, right and wrong, good and bad, happy and not happy, the mind can only ever fixate its perception of reality through the filters of patterns, judgments, assumptions, associations and memories; perceptions of reality that might appear to be true to at the level of the filter and a mind that is bound by its self engendered thinking.

A mind that is bound by its own content can never be free from its content.  A mind that thinks from its own conceptual level cannot escape from its conceptual level.  As long as “you” are standing only at the level of the mind there will be no perfection.  If you stand only in the mind, chances are you will think and identify yourself only as the mind. Likewise, if you are standing only in your emotions, chances are you will think and identify yourself only as your emotions.  You are not your mind and you are not your emotions, and you are certainly not the thoughts that appear “in” what you call the mind, which appear to create various states of the mind and emotions.

This confusion is clearly illustrated in many contemporary spiritual belief and psychological systems that spiritualize or demonize the thinking level.  All the “YOU CREATE YOUR REALITY TEACHINGS” are based on a number of erroneous precepts or assumptions, systems of thinking that try to create perfection at the level of the mind where there can be none.

You might think or have been told that thoughts create your reality, when in fact if you take the time to notice deeply the process of thinking you will begin to realize that first, something happens, and then the thought arises, first you appear, and then the thought arises.

The extreme delusion of this can be seen in the fixation and obsession that now occurs in the attempt to “BE POSATIVE”; because being “positive” is presumably better or more perfect than being negative.  This construct then spirals into the erroneous idea that if you’re positive you will create positive experiences or perfection in your life, as opposed to, if you’re negative, you will create negative experiences or imperfection in your life.

All of this is false.  Any interpretation of reality by the mind can only be an illusion, a story created to control the chaos that exists prior to creation.  Let me say it again; being positive or having positive or negative thoughts, has nothing to do with spirituality or finding out Who You Are.  And it certainly has no causal effect on the nature of reality as it expresses itself in the external worldly, dimension. 

At best, we could get away with saying that “being posative” or having a posative attitude may have a small influence on your inner subjective experience, which then appears to shape the perception and experience you have of your perceived, outer world.

If we look closely enough though, “we” will see that it is only because our attention is fixated on the foreground of life that all of these things appear to be true; when we withdraw our attention prior to the expression of this foreground, there is no foreground. 

Prior to the labeling of a thought, there is only an impulse that will eventually be labeled a thought.  Prior to the thought, there is no thought.  When there is an absence of thought and thinking, attention will reveal that even the thinker itself is an illusion.  If there is no thinker, how can a thought have any legitimate power?  How can an imagined thinker have any control over something that arises and something that will subside?

There is no causal relationship between thinking, having, being and doing, because thoughts are not things, they exist in language only, which appears to exists at the level of a so called mind.

The validity of your divinity has nothing to do with the kind of thoughts you have which occur at the level of the mind.  Any thought, good or bad, arises from the same place that ALL reality appears to “emerge” from.  At the level of the mind and later in the external world, there may be a labeling and judgment of whether a thought is good or bad; however, at the level of consciousness, they are equal. 

There is only “one” substance. 

Prior to the label or judgment of a thought as good or bad, it is just a thought or impulse, and prior to the thought or impulse, or after the thought or impulse subsides; you are.  So ignore the thought; your thoughts are irrelevant.  Place your attention not on the thought, but the thinker of that thought itself.  Notice the thinker. 

Don’t get lost in thought.  You cannot be “free” from thought if you do not notice the thinker that lies before, during, and after the thought.  Don’t try to change, fix or transform your thoughts; they have nothing to do with anything, especially Who You Are.  Prior to the idea of imperfection or even perfection, you are.  Stay there.    

Can you find the perfection in your life?

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The “I”llusion of self esteem…
February 28, 2008


All psychology, spirituality and religion is based on the belief in the existence of a subject “I”.  The agenda is to improve, transform, save or reframe how we feel about this “I”.  We do affirmations, go to therapy, chant our mantras and pray to our god, gods or goddesses with the hope it will make us “feel” better, be saved, go to heaven or become enlightened as an “I”.While these tools CAN be helpful, providing some comfort in life, inevitably these methods are only a band aid to the ongoing suffering we experience.  They unfortunately reinforce not only the existence of an “I” (me, mine, you, us, them) but also the source of our personal and worldly suffering in the first place ~ not knowing the true Self which is beyond the “I”. 

When we focus and identifying with the false self, the “I” that has a body, a past, an imagined future, a story of pleasure and pain, suffering and joy, we perpetuate the lie of the “I”.  To focus only on making a better or more improved “I”, will not eliminate the suffering and pain you experience in life because you will always be caught up in the swing of a pendulum.  For every positive thought there is always a negative thought. 

To eliminate suffering you need to move beyond the swing of the pendulum, beyond the duality, beyond the perception of seeing your self and others as separate, individual things or “I”s.  Extra stress, confusion and denial will occur in your life if you think you always have to have positive thoughts.  It’s fine to have positive thoughts when you’re having them, but you may have noticed they are never permanent.  There will always be another thought and at some point it will become a “negative” thought.  One day you will have high esteem, the next day you will feel like you have no esteem.  You end up getting stuck in tape loop process, fixated on the kinds of thoughts you are having or not having. 

Psychology, Spirituality and religion place an added detriment by labeling and suggesting positive thoughts are  “saintly”, “good” and “righteous”, while negative thoughts are correspondingly “bad”, “evil” and wrong, which only further perpetuates the feeling  “there is something’s wrong with me”… eliminating any gained esteem.  The only way out of this dilemma is to acknowledge a deeper truth that exists.  That at the deepest level it does no matter whether you have esteem or not, that it does not really matter if you are having positive or negative thoughts because they ultimately come from the same place as does everything else that exists.  Everything arises and subsides “too and from the same place”.  To know this experientially, to be vigilant in recognizing this, to come to terms with this allows you to move beyond the swing of pendulum and the trance of duality that the majority of the population lives in.  

You can spend the rest of your life trying to improve your self esteem, trying to deal with the memories, emotions, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitudes that perpetuate the illusion of an “I” that has esteem, or not.  Or you can awaken the observer/witness within you and learn to watch all of it arise and subside without judgment, evaluation, assessment or significance. 

 With practice, it is possible experience a level of detachment that provides you with a taste of freedom.  You notice things appear to exist as an expression of duality, but you become less distracted and disturbed by them.  You begin to accept the co-existence of opposites in life, but you are no longer caught up in the hysteria and drama because you are no longer identified too and as them.  You know experientially those thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, memories and body are not who you are.  

Ironically the mind can become more and more settled.  You begin to notice that the mind is silent while you are thinking, because you are no longer identifying with the thought and its drama, but instead, you identify with the timeless source from where all thought emerges from.  There is a time when a thought that is needed will arise spontaneously, effortlessly, and it will be the “perfect” thought for the moment, it will be the right response or thought for that moment.  Your esteem has become a non issue, the psychology that was the “I” has become a non issue. 

There are many people in life who have practiced meditation, spirituality, religion and therapy and are still stuck because they still perceive reality through the perception of the “I” that needs to be managed, an “I” that will always have limits. They still believe in the lie of the “I”. 

Say by to the “I”     

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