There is no seer or scenery.
March 25, 2017

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There is no seer or scenery – in clear Seeing.

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Spiritually Speaking.
March 18, 2017

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Spiritually speaking, we lack nothing; nothing needs to be added or fixed, changed or transformed, ascended or transcended.  What’s missing, is what’s overlooked & what’s overlooked is Who-We-Inherently-Are.

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Unnoticed.
February 4, 2017

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Unity is so obvious – it goes unnoticed.

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Francis Lucille ~ There is no doer…
October 16, 2010

 

 

more on Francis

 

Science & Nonduality Conference…

 

Mind…
September 17, 2009

 

 

In the beginning,

it’s ALL about the mind,

it feels and seems that it’s all-ways about the mind,

and it’s all about “you”.

 

There is seduction and perceived safety in the mind;

the knowing and the not knowing,

and the you.

 

In the beginning, it’s all about the mind and its needs, wants and desires. 

It’s all about the gains and loses,

the successes and failures that only a mind or you,

can come up with.

 

It’s all about its likes and dislikes,

it’s concerns,

fears,

and its anxieties.

 

It’s all about its strengths and weaknesses,

JOY’s and sorrows,

its perceived past,

and its imagined future.

 

It’s all about its frustrations,

dreams and misunderstandings;

and the pain and pleasure that it creates or does not create,

for now.

 

For now,

it’s all about the mind,

and it’s all about the “you”;

it’s all about the you,

you imagine yourself to be as a result of identifying with the mind, as you.

 

There comes a time for some, when all this drama and all this nonsense begins to fade, when the deepest part of Self seems to say enough!  By taking our attention off the mind and its wanderings and instead, placing it on the One who is aware of the mind, its wanderings and its obsessions. 

There comes a time when the mind AS you, can begin to fade, where the “you” you imagine yourself to be, begins to realize that there is more to the “you” than you could ever, possibly have imagined. More than the story of the good and the bad, more than the story of the highs and lows, more than the fantasies and phobia’s, the obsessions, compulsions, fixations and neurosis of a perceived mind that has its impulses and urges.

It is possible for a time to come when it is no longer about the mind only; a shift occurs when what is important, is not what we understand or know, what we have learned or not learned, but instead our ability to discern the difference between the mind, and all activity of the mind: the knower, the known and the knowing, the observer, the observed and the observing, the experiencer, the experience and the experiencing collapse into the One awareness of Being.

 There is a time when a space occurs, when there is a cut between the thought, the thinking and the thinker, the past and the future; where the perceiver, perceived and perceiving can end, where the thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions and associations subside. 

This is the space where freedom occurs, where there is no “in” or “out”, “up” or “down”, “here” or “there”, where there is no mind, no knower and no known.

This is the space where freedom occurs, where “pure”, “undivided” awareness arises, where there is no this and that.

 

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Insight #48 ~ ZEN Shredding…
June 2, 2009

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You are not your thoughts; you are the one who is having those thoughts.

 

It is said that we have over fifty thousand thoughts per day, every day.  The frightening part of this idea is that ninety percent of the thoughts you have today will be the ones you also have tomorrow.  As long as you continue to identify solely with your thoughts they will continue to have power and dominion over you.  As you practice identifying with your true nature, your thoughts no longer have the power to disempower you in your life experience.

 

Extended commentary:

Sit comfortably and let your eyes close, do this for ten minutes or so, if you can.

While your eyes are closed, take the time to simply notice your thoughts.

After around 10 minutes, let your eyes open, slowly, then read/contemplate the following questions…

 

What 10 assumptions have you, or do you make, about thinking?

Were you able to sit for the full amount of time?

Were you able to notice/hear your thoughts?

Were you able to notice that there was a space between each thought?

Did this space between thoughts increased or decreased at all during your meditation?

Did your thinking speed up or slow down?

Did you judge, evaluate or place any significance on the thoughts you had during the meditation?

How did you feel about the thoughts that occurred during your mediation?

Did you notice any physical or emotional reaction to those thoughts?

Did you find yourself identifying yourself as/to/with those thoughts?

 

I would like you to sit comfortably once again and let your eyes close, do this for ten minutes or so, if you can.

This time around I want you to again watch your thoughts as they occur, and, as they occur, I  would like you to notice the space or gap that occurs before and after each thought.  Allow your thoughts to occur, and place your attention on the space, however big or small, that occurs before and after each thought.

After 10 minutes or so, open your eyes and think about the following questions:

 

Contemplate:

How would your life be different if you did not identify with or to your thoughts?

What makes you think that “your” thoughts, are “your” thoughts?

How would your life be different if you knew that the thoughts you have, are not yours, that they do not belong to you personally?

Do you place a “higher” level of appreciation on positive thoughts, while also demonizing your “negative” thoughts?

What makes you think that positive thoughts are different than negative thoughts?

How would your life be different if you knew experientially, that thoughts have no inherent power; that, only when we unconsciously or consciously ascribe power to those thoughts do they then appear to have power over our subjective, (internal) experience?

How would your thinking and behavior change if you knew that all thoughts arise and subside into from and too, the same “place”?

If you are not your thoughts and all the concepts that arise out of all thoughts and thinking, then who or what are you?

Now, as you read these words on the screen of your computer; as you read these thoughts that have become words and sentences, I want you to use your attention to notice the one who is reading these thoughts and words. As you read these thoughts and words, notice that there is a presence; a presence that is aware of not only the words, the spaces between the words, but also it self.  Notice that your attention can be on the words and thoughts and also in THAT awareness or presence that exists before, during and after the words or thoughts are perceived.  Notice that the presence that is their now, reading these words, is the same presence that was their yesterday, and will also be their tomorrow.  Notice that all thoughts come and go, arise and subside, in this awareness; in THAT presence.

You are not your thoughts; a symptom of you appears as the one who is observing those thoughts; a symptom of you appears as the witness to those thoughts.  The you that appears to observe those thoughts is the same you that was their, that is here, and that will be their tomorrow.  The presence that appears as you is your touch point, your bridge, and your doorway to your freedom and the bondage of the mind. 

Avoid the story that your mind is spinning, you will only, ever, get caught up in the conspiracy of its conjecture.  Any time you identify to a thought ~ ANY thought, you will limit yourself in some way.  In the silent, still, awareness of your being, things come and go, arise and subside; they will appear to exist and potentially exist in this awareness.  You are not the you that you imagine or think yourself to be.  You are much more than you could ever possibly imagine or think.    

 

What is the most negative thought you have about yourself and how does it influence your life?

 

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OR

 

Check out “Living The Dream”, the gift book version of the slideshow/movie that is available to view free on You tube or the ZEN Shredding website; an inspiring read with full color photo’s of Whistler/Blackcomb Alpine…

 

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When you get a chance, please visit the home of my latest work:

 

 

Soulananda;

The Essentials of a Good Life…

 

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ZEN Shredding ~ Insight #21
November 4, 2008

 

It’s fine to feel like you’re not good enough.

 

 

New circumstances can often place you in situations where you feel inadequate and inferior.  While these inner programs and conversations often repeat themselves over and over again in your life, it’s valuable to recognize their insignificance to who you truly are.  Reminding yourself that you are not your emotions, thoughts, feelings and beliefs is a way to navigate the more challenging inner terrain of the mind that may often hamper or debilitate the pursuit of your dreams.

 

Extended commentary:

 

The field of Psychology and most New Age Spirituality, places a high regard on the quality of your thoughts.  Significance, value and assessment, suggest that not only that you are your thoughts, but also that your thoughts have the ability to manipulate reality; this is very far, from the truth…

 

Yoga teaches us experientially; directly, that we are not our thoughts.  Thoughts happen, or they don’t.  A thought is a thought, and consciousness places no value or significance on the thought or the apparent quality of the thought.   A thought is inherently neither good nor bad; it simply is.  It is only the delusion of the mind, and the obsession of the “I”, that places a significance or judgment on those thoughts. Consciousness manifests as all thought, irrespective of the minds judgment of those thoughts. 

 

As a result of judgment, the mind decides that it is a “good” thought, or a “bad” thought, a “loving” thought, or a “hateful” thought, a “creative” thought, or a “destructive” thought.  While a thought does have a certain amount of influence on creating our subjective experience of life (to the degree we are identified to that thought), it has no bearing of influence on the objective world.  Your thoughts do not create reality; they do not influence the world of form and phenomena.

 

Trying to change your thoughts or thinking, is like trying to change the flow of a river, or currant of the Ocean.  Since consciousness does not consider one thought to be higher or lower than another thought, why would WE want to change our thinking? 

 

The intention of meditation as a practice is to begin to realize that you are not your mind, nor, are you the contents of your mind.  This perplexes many new meditators who imagine they must stop, change or eliminate the thinking process. This misunderstanding of the mind, clearly deludes, confuses and misleads many who create and pursue certain spiritual paths or philosophies.

 

Meditation is a tool to remove the obstacles of our identification, in this case our thoughts and thinking.  The main cause of our suffering is not the kind of thoughts we have, but our identification to those thoughts.  Our identification to our thoughts, our thinking and our believing, distracts us, misleads us, and overwhelms us.  You are not your thoughts.  You are the one who is having those thoughts; thoughts happen to you or on you (or not), they are not you.

 

As we become more and more detached to our thoughts and the thinking process, life becomes more effortless.  We experience a subjective freedom that allows us to thrive in the objective world.  The freedom we sought was never out there, but in fact, in here.  This freedom is based on a fundamental shift in our attention from our thoughts, which appear to be things, to simply witnessing those thoughts, without identifying with the thoughts.  When we no longer identify ourselves too, or as those thoughts, we create the space for our real Self to emerge.  We no longer listen to the noise or nonsense of those thoughts. YOU are not your thoughts; YOU are the ONE who is having those thoughts.  YOU are not your thoughts; YOU are the ONE who is thinking those thoughts. 

 

Who is the thinker? 

 

Who is the ONE who is having those thoughts?

 

 

Exercise:

Notice a thought.

 

Now; notice another thought.

 

Notice the space before and after a thought.

 

Notice the thought arises and subsides, it comes and it goes.

 

Notice that you are having that thought; notice that the thought is happening to you, or on/in you.

 

Notice this thought; that thought; and all thoughts.

 

Notice which thoughts you identify with and to.

 

 

When you are most happy, when you feel the greatest freedom, how are you relating to your thoughts?

 

When you are feeling confused and depressed, how do you relate to your thoughts?

 

Notice how you feel about some thoughts.

 

Who is it that is feeling? 

Who is it that is thinking? 

Who is it that is notices?     

    

 

Is it time for you to change the inner conversation you’re listening to?

 

 

To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:

 

http://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000161942

 

OR

 

Check out “Living The Dream”, the gift book version of the slideshow/movie that is available to view free on You tube or the ZEN Shredding website; an inspiring read with full color photo’s of Whistler/Blackcomb Alpine…

 

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/322380

 

 

(c) Copyright – Michael Sean Symonds. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

 

 

 

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