The Origin of ZEN

The Origin of ZEN

 

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A New Earth

Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
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Eckhart Tolle

Chapter One
The Flowering of Human Consciousness

Evocation

Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise: the first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun. Prior to this momentous event that heralds an evolutionary transformation in the life of plants, the planet had already been covered in vegetation for millions of years.

The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained rare and isolated phenomena, since conditions were most likely not yet favorable for a widespread flowering to occur. One day, however, a critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet – if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness it.

Much later, those delicate and fragrant beings we call flowers would come to play an essential part in the evolution of consciousness of another species. Humans would increasingly be drawn to and fascinated by them. As the consciousness of human beings developed, flowers were most likely the first thing they came to value that had no utilitarian purpose for them, that is to say, was not linked to some way to survival. They provided inspiration to countless artists, poets, and mystics. Jesus tells us to contemplate the flowers and learn from them how to live. The Buddha is said to have given a “silent sermon” once during which he held up a flower and gazed at it. After a while, one of those present, a monk called Mahakasyapa, began to smile. He is said to have been the only one who had understood the sermon. According to legend, that smile (that is to say realization) was handed down by twenty-eight successive masters and much later became the origin of Zen.

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The Chakras

Up and down your body, a different energy centre will express itself to you by indicating a sensation or feeling that you can relate to.

The Chakras

7 energy centres.  4 Lower and 3 Higher.  These are conduits for energy or vibration.  Your 1st Chakra the Root Chakra located at the perineum connects, or grounds you, to earth.  The 7th Chakra the Crown Chakra, connects you to Source.  The energy of the universe.

Hone Yourself

By removing any addiction, you strip away the interference that this particular addiction or habit causes and you gain a clearer, balanced, interpretation of yourself.  This helps you recognise the Chakras in a pure form.  Increase the sensation  of these energy signals by  eating right, drinking water or herb teas and keeping active. TIPS

Spinning Plates

Care of yourself brings Chakras into alignment, good food, meditation, love of yourself etc.   If this becomes the staple,  when you do indulge in some form, bringing you out of alignment, the characteristics will present themselves clearer which, in turn, helps you bring yourself back into alignment.

 

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Chakra Locations

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Namasté

You Are Beautiful

Yes you are

Lightworkers

A Lightworker is a dealer or conduit or conductor or transformer of energy.  A vibration raiser.  A channel through which energy is filtered.  Able to absorb negative or lower frequency energy and raise it up.  Lightworkers have often, but not always, suffered a good deal in the past.  This suffering has given them a good look at negative energy and that has developed within them an understanding of all energy, a way to make it work for them.   Lightworkers tend to have a natural positivity about them.  (They forget this from time to time but generally)  Even when in contact with extremely negative frequencies they can handle this as this energy is directed into positivity through their up-beat attitude.  This can be draining after the event but during the transformation the Lightworker will be energised by flow of the exchange.  Initially this is done naturally or at a sub-conscious level, but as awareness grows and trust of ones own emotions and even a recognition of a Soul purpose develops, a Lightworker becomes a Jedi in the alchemy of energy.  When they are Aware.  Alignment is a mighty ally and often, one you are left looking for on many an occasion.  The Ego is weak and Intuition requires developing.  You enter your minds no-mans land with a fresh breeze, if you are lucky, and little else.

As you raise your own vibrational frequency you naturally raise those around you.  For this reason anyone becoming self-aware or conscious of them Self is by default a Lightworker.  If you are still reading this right now, it suggests that a certain energy frequency resonates with you and that you are now Aware of it.  Even if you don’t necessarily know it or truly believe it yet.  You are a Lightworker. You could have been granted Awareness through pain or suffering when you realised that you didn’t want or need the suffering anymore.   Through exercise or a diet change, from giving a fiver to a friend, or creating something.  There is no one thing  it is all the things that you know deep down are true.  “The sinner could receive Awareness before the saint, but not necessarily.” – Eckhard Tolle

There is a divine strength within everybody.  It is truly beautiful.  It is the radiant glow of the Soul.    All too often this is hidden under the veil of the Ego.  This is not always a show off ego type,  but it is what we Show Off to the world.  When it is who we actually are it is not the mask, in whatever role you are assuming at any given time, but it can only be hidden for so long and once you see it often, especially within yourself, you see it everywhere, in everyone, in everything.  All the time.

You know this is true as it is true of yourself.  That you are not your Ego.    Find a peaceful area.  Relax and look within. Allow yourself to feel breathing.  Take 3 deep breaths in through the nose and out, from the belly.  Relax through any tension that may come with the first breath.  Notice the point at which you breath out but before you breath back in.  In that space you will find a stillness.  From here pay attention to your body, feel it from within.  From your heart move out to your extremities.  Don’t forget to breath again.  Notice how alive your body feels.  This is not the a needy Ego looking for a fix from the outside world. It is the stillness and peace that reside within you.  The outside world exists still but when you realise what it is you hold within you, you unburden any-thing that happens externally from being good or bad.  It simply what is.  What you choose to label it as, should you choose to label it at all, is your choice.  You are the space that allows everything to exist through you.

You are beautiful.  You are an amazing one of a kind jewel.  A vehicle so rare it was built for this exact need only.  To be you!   You are a child of light.  A fully blown fragment of creation incarnate in the human form.  17 billion years of evolution in the making.

You are the hole in the flute through which creation blows.  What music will you produce?

 

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Namasté

 

The Spiritual Doldrums

No Wind In The Sails

And so it happens that as the rubber band of ever increasing consciousness stretches, it also has moments of relaxing itself.  This period of relaxation can sometimes feel like a stalling of your spiritual growth.  During this phase of relaxation the Ego can start to stir as the mind looks for ways to rationalise what’s going on.  Old habits can resurface along with aches and pains, and a sense of being out of alignment is probably the best way I can describe the feeling.

Each and every time this happens, you learn something.  A solution will present itself as you poke about finding what’s up with you.  Sometimes this is a sentence in a book which puts to bed a niggle that you have had for a while, or you ‘suffer’ a full-blown spiritual realisation brought forth from studying ancient scripture, or both and vice-versa.   The answer can just as often come from being still.  Resisting nothing and simply being.

It is a time that could be recognised as the starting blocks before the race.  Your energies are being affected and manifesting.  Stay Strong.  The aches and pains are all precursors and as these flare up you come to kind of enjoy the sensation.  You are not suffering with sciatica or inflammation, you are moving energy about yourself subconsciously in preparation for the download. (Don’t avoid a trip to the doctors if you need to.  I only know me)

During The Lull

Meditate – Always first and foremost.  As old habits resurface it is a great time to go over these again.

Relax – This is a good thing that is happening.  You love the challenge.

Enjoy the break –  “You cannot help anyone without helping yourself” is true on many levels.  This time though enjoy the excuse to chill and recharge.

Just as crab sheds it’s shell as it becomes tight and uncomfortable.  So are you shedding your shell.
Remember this will not last.  You are emerging as a representation of the  divine, of all creation.  If this transformation were to happen  instantly your physical and mind would be destroyed.  We all get what get, when we are ready to get it.  There are no bad times.

 

On Heaven and Hell – A Zen Story

The Gates of Paradise

A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin and asked: “Is there really a paradise and a hell?”

“Who are you?” inquired Hakuin.

“I am a samurai” the warrior replied.

“You, a soldier!” sneered Hakuin, “What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? You look like a beggar.”

Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword.

Hakuin continued: “So you have a sword! Your weapon is probably to dull to cut off my head.”

Nobushige drew his sword.

Hakuin remarked: “Here open the gates of hell!”

At these words the samurai, perceiving the master’s discipline, put away his sword and bowed.

“Here open the gates of paradise”, said Hakuin.

 

 

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Zen Master Hakuin