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Published by: Camilo Delvasto on Feb 18, 2011
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From You To You:My Path to My Self By: Kevin Hanson
Needs an introduction! My life, moving to Colombia, applying for but not going to law school, being Freehere in Bogota to just read, relax, Be. I started out reading and as I wanted to remember these amazing teachings that brought me much peace and happiness, I started writing them down. As I started doing this, Inoticed I was writing quite a bit. I started listening to Zen podcasts and reading much more, even seeing documentaries online such as Zeitgeist. My lists of books grew and grew as an excitement and vision startedgrowing within me about whether this all might actually be possible. Could the world really change? Could we? Could I?One journal quickly turned into 2, then 3, then 4 and what started out as writing down some quick quotes andthoughts turned into an intense journey of inner-discovery and self-evaluation. My goal was never to publishor allow anyone to read any of this (that only occurred to me when I was writing my 3
journal) so everything here is completely personal and unfiltered. Everything was from me to me. Ideas started forming about waysI could share this message, but I had no idea the message would – at least in the beginning – be the journalsthemselves.Now, I have no intent or purpose in sharing this except to reveal what I believe to be true. Also, I think muchunderstanding can be reached through experiencing my first-hand, unfiltered journey. What follows is the entirety of my four journals which serve as a base or starting point from which the entiresite unfolds. Write more later…. Available at:https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AX6820mxbuZWZGM0cDN2cGhfMzJnMjdnOHRnNw&hl=en Truthfully, and you’ll see I’m nothing but, this has been extremely difficult to keep to myself. Iveconceptualized this for long enough, though. It’s funny really. I realized I was succumbing to the exact sameegoic pitfalls as I describe in my writings. I couldn’t share this message because everytime I tried my ego would arise. Since it did, and I was now present to see that, I could return to presence, allow the ego todissolve, then be at peace. The problem was that this kept repeating, over and over. I kept receiving more, writing more, wanting to share it more, but noticing ego arise again and again. It took – as often it does – someone else to point this out to me. A friend who I was confiding in and sharing all of this with simply said, very plainly, that I’m “self-sabotaging” and to wake up and start sharing it.So rather than waste any more time thinking about how to present this, here it is. The rest, I know, will takecare of itself 
Entry 1
 Who am I to be speaking with any degree of authority? Simply another fellow soul, seeking, wondering,insecure and fragile, just like you. Only the recognition of my own dysfunction, the sane acknowledgement of my own insanity, means I am capable of speaking the truth at all.My particular dysfunction – or most form manifested aspect of it – is in my strong attachment to ego,especially in the mind. For the first 20 years of my life I was completely in the control of my mind. I was afundamentalist Christian and proud Conservative Republican…
Entry 2
Saying a word captures a thought or thing is like saying a picture captures a moment. Both are merely glimpses of the true miraculous reality behind the label we give it or picture we take of it.Does your current theology/philosophy/spirituality/belief system/etc. truly give you peace in your life? Doesit cover up your fears and insecurities by providing something better in the future or promising something…or does it reveal the peace that is deep within you? Does it satiate your fears or reveal that thereis nothing to fear?
Matthew 11: 28-30: “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble at heart, and you will find rest foryour souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Religions tell you what you must fear and then that – through them – you can be free from the very fear they created.
Entry 3
List stats for world religions:
1 billion Muslims, 1 billion Christians, x Buddhists
 Then subdivisions, especially Christianity 
Does just
of these have it correct and the others are all wrong?
Or does everyone havea piece? All religions have 2 central questions:
 Tolle: provide this quote
Religious atrocities, pg. 120
Entry 4
“Don’t seek the truth. Just cease to cherish opinions.” – Zen saying 
 “Anybody who is one with what he or she does is building the new earth.”
“It is amazing how much emotion a little mental concept like ‘my’ can generate.”
 “There are no ordinary moments.”
Every moment deserves your full, centered attention.
Entry 5
Listening to Dan tell his story, I felt my ego creep in and become envious of Dan’s life. I heard myself think:“I want a teacher like Socrates!” But then, like a flash of light, I was hit with the realization that I do have ateacher like Socrates! My Life! My life is exactly what I need to evolve into awareness, into Presence, into theUltimate. All my life experiences: good, bad, pain, pleasure, sadness, happiness, all of it was designed toslowly help me become Aware. My own personal soap opera of life.
Entry 6
“You’ve always tried to become superior in an ordinary realm. Now you’re going to learn to become ordinary in a superior realm.”
Entry 7
Meditate with full attention at least 30 minutes every day.Do 2 hour full body massage and stretch at least once a week for the next 6 months.
Massage the bone. Create muscles like a cat.
Entry 8
“Happiness is a full tank.” The Buddha’s final words to his disciples: “Do your best.”Satori: Zen for complete moment of concentration (sports, art, etc.) Aykeedo: A flowing martial art
“Never struggle with anyone or anything. When you’re pushed, then pull; and when you’re pulled,then push. Find the natural course and bend with it. Then you join with nature’s power.”Make your breathing so slow that it wouldn’t disturb a feather in front of your nose.Meditating in action: When there is no self; you become the action.

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