December 10, 2008


It seems to me, that life appears to happen as a series of beginnings and endings.  There also appears to be no consistency and no guarantee that anything will be a particular way, within those experiences.  The only consistency we can find in the ebb and flow of our life, is in fact “YOU”: the experiencer; the one who is having the experience; the “YOU” that is aware of those experiences, but uninvolved, completely detached from the minds agenda or outcome. 


This experiencer; this “YOU”, is not the you, that you imagine yourSelf to be, nor is it the you, you have been told is you.  It is the real “YOU”; the “YOU” prior to all labels, judgments and fears. This “YOU” is not the you of your past or future, but the “YOU” that lies in this present moment, now.  It is the “YOU” prior to all conditioning. 


Experiences will always come and go; we will label them “good” or “bad”, “important” or “not so important”, but the real “YOU” will always innocently, remain the same.  This real “YOU”, that is independent of your experience be it “good” or “bad”; does not get involved in the petty dramas, that are contained within the story or experience.  The real “YOU” is not affected by the nonsense or thrills, the suffering and the pain, the gain or loss, the joy or sadness that may be part of those experiences.  Success or failure means nothing to the real “YOU”, since it is independent of all value judgments.


Most human beings overlook this “YOU”.  Attention is placed on the comings and goings of this and that; every event that occurs in the phenomenal world.  When you find this “YOU”, when you give your attention to this “YOU”, everything changes. 


In the finding of this “YOU”, you become the “YOU” that you were always meant to be.  You become the “YOU” that you were before you began seeking, while you were seeking, and after you gave up seeking.  “YOU” are no longer focused on the labels, the self judgments or the fears.  “YOU” are no longer focused on the past or the future; “YOU” sit quietly, anchored to the ONE “part” of your Self that knows no labels, has no judgments, and lives without fear.


It takes great courage to be the “YOU”, for it requires the greatest of sacrifices: that you be willing to give up everything you imagined yourself to be.  It requires that you take the risk to abandon all that you have learned about yourself and the world you live in.  It requires you give up all conventional ways of thinking and being, and instead reside in a Self that lies outside the boundaries of understanding that are contained within the conditioned mind.


Most of us spend our lives reconditioning a self that in fact never existed.  We strive to fix and change, strengthen and absolve an identity that has a story that includes a past, present and future.  This self or imagined you, does not exist; better said, it “exists” only at the level of body/mind.  When the body/mind is gone, this self will also go; the memories, the pain, the suffering, the joy, the story will end.


The real “YOU” is already free; free from identification, free from association, free from the limited beliefs of the “I” mind.  True resilience, lies not in the practice of being “YOU”, but in the one “YOU”, who practices; when you know this “YOU”, you will have died to the false.  You will have given up seeking to instead discover the seeker.  You will have given up something to stumble on everything. 


You will become the “YOU” that you always were…    




Dedicated to the ZERO Ceiling Society program graduates of 2008.






The Story Of YOU…
October 21, 2008



 “ YOU are always there.


The YOU that is always there,


is the ONE


that always goes unnoticed…”



Stephen H Wolinsky




YOU are always there.  You were there before you began searching, you were there while you are searching, and you will be there after you give up searching…


The fact that YOU are already there, is so blatant, it goes un-witnessed.  YOU are so oblivious to your Self, the real YOU that YOU are, that YOU look outside your Self instead.  YOU look to the stories about a YOU, instead of the real YOU that is always there.


The stories about YOU are very seductive; they have to be otherwise they would not make great stories.  The best of those stories turn into mythologies, dogmas, traditions or religions ~ stories about the birth of YOU, stories about the loss of YOU, stories about searching for YOU.  While those stories contain many experiences had by some YOU; some, even direct experiences or realization; it has now become a story which is not YOU.


YOU are not your story.  The story is happening in, or on YOU.  YOU are not the details of the story, the experiences or circumstances contained within that story.  When YOU spend a lot of time focused on the story of YOU; the labeling, the evaluating, the assessing, the judging and the placing significance or importance of certain details, ignoring other details within the story; trying to manipulate the story for good or for the bad, YOU create confusion; YOU start to identify with the story.


When YOU identify with the story, YOU lose touch with the YOU that YOU are.  By placing attention on the details of the story which has nothing to do with YOU, YOU are seduced by the pain and the pleasure of the story instead of the Self which YOU are, which is independent of the pain and the pleasure.  Spirituality and Psychology are infatuated by the story, through incest they create stories within stories; they create stories about the YOU in the story; stories about the pain and the pleasure.


When your attention is on the story of who YOU are, and the pain and pleasure that occurs within that story, YOU begin to place more significance on that story and its pain and pleasure, rather than the truth, which YOU are.  YOU become obsessed by the story.  In your neurosis, YOU begin to imagine that YOU are the story; not YOU.  YOU start to fantasize that YOU can create the story, change the story, understand the story, develop or resist the story.  YOU do your best to sanitize it, suppress it, and edit It, to some imagined likening and when it does not fit that likening, YOU go into denial of the story that was not YOU or true, to begin with, and when YOU can, YOU try to switch your present story for another story about YOU.  In most cases YOU become overwhelmed by the story and the endless details of the story; YOU become overshadowed by the you, YOU imagine yourself to be.


Once YOU are lost in the story: the imaginings, the illusions, the ideas, the notions, the perceptions, the understandings, the concepts and the drama contained within that story, YOU spend the rest of your time trying to find a way out of the story. 


If YOU are not a story, then what reason do YOU need to find your way out of it? 


If YOU are not your story, what reasons do you need to change it? 


If YOU are not the details, circumstances or situations within the story, then why place such importance on it? 


If YOU are not your story, then YOU are also not someone else’s story either, whether it is about the imagined YOU, or not. 


Who is more important; YOU or the story of YOU? 


What is more important; the story of YOU or YOU?


Who is the YOU?


What is the YOU?


The YOU that YOU are, is already free.  YOU cannot accept your freedom, because you are lost in the overwhelming details your story.  Spirituality and psychology, loves to endorse the story YOU; of how YOU got lost, of why YOU got lost, of when YOU got lost, of what and where YOU need to do/go in order to find, once again, the YOU that YOU always were.


If YOU are always were, then there is no need to go looking, especially out there.  If YOU always there, there is no need to do anything, be anything, achieve anything, gain anything, lose anything or find anything to the YOU, that YOU are.


How can YOU find something that was lost only in a story?


When the story of who YOU are, becomes more important than the realization of who YOU are, YOU become manipulated by the details of the story, you become a victim within the story. 


If the YOU that YOU are is already there, where is the need for conversion?


If the YOU that YOU are is already free, where is the need for salvation?


When the story of who YOU are becomes more important than the recognition of who YOU are, the story at once determines who YOU are, by emphasizing what YOU are doing or not doing in the story, rather than who YOU are Being.  The story of what YOU could be doing or not doing takes precedence over the simplicity of the YOU that exists in the present moment, now.


YOU are inherently perfect, now.  The degree, to which you experience the rhythm and flow of YOU, will be determined by the degree of awareness YOU have of YOU and its inherent perfection.  YOU can accept what is said about YOU; YOU can adopt a story about YOU, or YOU can simply be YOU.


YOU are ancient and unborn.  If YOU are unborn, YOU cannot die.  The purest of wisdom traditions suggested that water cannot wet YOU, fire cannot burn YOU, wind cannot dry YOU and iron cannot cleave YOU.  For to long, YOU have relied on external sources to validate who YOU are.  For to long YOU have depended on confirmation of an imagined YOU, defined by the story.  YOU define yourself by affirmations that exist only in the world of form and phenomena that serve only to entrench YOU; your milestones have become the millstones of pain and suffering.


YOU already know this.  YOU already know, that YOU are; what YOU are, YOU do not know.  YOU already sense that the story of YOU is not the real YOU; otherwise YOU would not always be looking.  YOU just need to stop looking out there.  That does not mean that YOU cannot enjoy the story for what it is.  There will always be a story.  As long as YOU have a body/mind, there will be a story.  It is possible to be in the story but not of it.  It is possible to participate out there, in an infinite number of ways while in the story; as long as your attention is on YOU.


Now is the time to get to know the real YOU, because that’s all that there was, is and will ever be.  As you get to know the real YOU, YOU begin to let go of the story of YOU.  YOU become more and more detached from the story and the impact of the YOU, living in that story.  YOU let go of the filters of doubt, which always creates confusion, the confusion disturbs your clarity and when you lose clarity, YOU lose the inner peace that YOU are.


The inattentiveness of your attention gets caught up out there. In a moment of hypnosis, YOU temporarily redefine your understanding, perception and experience of who YOU are, through the story of who YOU are.  Who YOU are; what YOU are; when YOU are; where YOU are; and why YOU are; are irrelevant, because YOU are YOU.  The divine YOU manifests all-ways, in everyday happenings.


Now is the time to trust who YOU are.  As YOU trust who YOU are, YOU will no longer be dependent on the story or anything contained within the story for your safety, security or freedom. YOU will Be.  YOU will recognize the freedom YOU are, even though YOU appear to be in the story.  YOU are always YOU, and YOU are always there.  What ever YOU do and where ever YOU go, YOU can Be your Self.  But this is just another story about how YOU became me; and YOU are not the story, YOU are YOU!



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