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

 

 


 

Mind Sweeping

Away From The Noise of Thought

As you become more accomplished in allowing thoughts to just happen without attachment, you will find a distance between the gaps of thoughts.  Certain images or mental constructs emerge. They will grab your attention as being something deeper or more defined than just initial thought, certainly more obvious in getting your attention.  Go towards them, approach them mentally.  It is easy to notice these fragments and turn your attention away as your mind would like to chatter on elsewhere.   These are mind made structures snagging upon your awakening conscious. They are little thorns that you can get caught up on in day-to-day life.

An Example

You receive an image of a woman. She is dressed in dirty clothes and ripped nylons. She is smoking and generally looks beaten down a life, possibly a prostitute. This sort of mental construction has more than likely been applied to your subconscious as a result of a western upbringing.  Television and the like.   The associated perspective this has impressed upon you is something low density or, negative.

Weeding out

Approach this construct, you do not need to communicate just be aware. The image of the woman will change or morph. No longer do you see a woman but now you see a damaged nail sticking out of a wooden post. Reach out and try to pull the nail out. You will find you can pull it out easily. There may appear now several more posts each with a nail for you to remove.  This is the undoing of the negative impression.  You will have your own imagery that will help move you into action in these instances.  Instead of a nail you may see a weed to pull up.  The subject matter will vary in infinite possibilities and be as individual as you are

On some level you will have removed a mind made structure that was acting against you. It may be something very small but small stones in a pond still make large ripples.  Once you have done this it will become easier the next time.

One of the better times to try this is just as you awaken in the morning whilst your mind is still relaxed and in a dream like state.

On The Purpose of Life

Your life’s purpose is what you make it.

Right now my life’s purpose is writing this article.  When I drink tea, that is my life’s purpose.  When I do my tax returns, that is my life’s purpose.  When I lift the cup from the table in order to take a sip that is my life’s purpose.  Not the sip, that has not happened yet.

Not all the things we do can be perceived to be the most pleasurable experiences that life has to offer, but each is necessary in order to facilitate life.

If you see that what you are doing at this moment of your life as a problem, it will be a problem, if it is a challenge, it will be a challenge.  If it is perceived as life, as another step on the path, it is then necessary and it is the most important thing that you are doing because it is what you are doing.

What you are doing at this moment is the purpose of your life.

What you choose to make of it is up you.

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On Perspective

The same world is perceived differently by a frog and a cat, a cat and a dog, a dog and a human, a child and an adult, a woman and a man. You see something different than I do.

All perspectives are unique.

We do not see things the way they are; we see things the way we are.


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On Making A Difference

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“People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.”

Beth Clark – Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

Making Some Space For Serenity

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

  • Ancient Cherokee Story

Look Within

Density plays a big role.  By carrying about dense, heavy, negative emotions, that you have identified with, or rather your Ego has identified with, you will not have much room to spare for the ever increasing positivity you naturally begin to attract as you journey into awareness. This will give you a tougher time of it, as these densities block and disrupt your being. During awakening these dense emotions can be extreme as they are forced to the surface.

For example, if you hate your job,  really hate and loath it. This feeling will not just affect you whilst at work, it will occupy you during your commute, the evening before, during a holiday and all those little things that will remind you of it.  This fills you up with negativity.  You start unconsciously becoming addicted to the chemicals your body produces under these conditions and you will seek to manifest more.  Work is an adult example and an obvious one, but negativity within our being has often times been carried around since childhood and it manifests itself in innumerous ways.  We identify with it as “That’s just the way I am.” Or worse, we don’t even recognise it.

Recognising these feelings when they arise is a big help.  You can then spot triggers or trailheads when they arise.   These trailheads can be following back to their source by looking within, finding out what these feeling mean and why they occur.  This isn’t always easy, as you may not have any memory of the initial occurrences.

Manifest Space

Make some space for all the great and the good coming your way.  Go looking for that space everywhere and in everything.  Notice the gaps in the branches of a tree rather than the branches themselves.  Then the gaps in-between the leaves.  Listen for the gaps between words and sounds.   Be aware inside, of your own internal space.  Feel that space as you breath in and let it grow.  Make space everywhere.  Seek out stillness and vast spaces.  It also helps to stretch yourself out bodily, also with your senses, Listen as much as you can, really try to listen to everything, find the gaps in the noise and reach out aurally as far as you can.  Do this with all your senses, really look, really smell and taste and feel.  Get the absolute maximum bang for your buck out of everything you have.

Physical Fluctuations

You will feel this removal of density physically.  It can happen that from time to time you feel an incredible heaviness and fatigue.  The heaviness in the legs, centering around the thighs and have an incredible urge to collapse and sleep.  This is the body working through density at a lower vibration.  I worried what might be wrong with me when this started happening.  Although I have always enjoyed sleep, this was very different, I was almost unable to function.  Fortunately the sensation passes fairly quickly these days, lasting only a day or two, but initially it lasted for a few weeks.  Going with it helps, so I try to catch forty winks if possible.  I have even had to find a layby for ten minutes shut eye after being awake for barely an hour, following a twelve hour sleep the night before.  During awakening your body is physically changing for the better.  You begin looking like the physical representation of your spiritual Self.  This  won’t always be painless.

Raise Your Frequency

Raise your vibrational state at any chance you get.  The way you think, eat, play, work.  The way you approach life.  Raise it all the way up!  That’s not to say that you shouldn’t enjoy some of this physical realms more dense or lower vibrating indulgences, like drinking alcohol or eating red meat.  Just be aware of it.  If  you only change one thing, something simple like not getting angry during rush hour, your average vibrational frequency will increase overall.  You will get addicted to it, because you feel better.

Live In The Moment

Presence is the single most important thing you can do for yourself.  The future will never be as good as the present moment is right now!  I won’t leap into another few pages regarding the present moment in order to underline its importance for this article.  Suffice it to say that by living in the present and the better you get at living in the present, by leaning to absorb more and more of it, your newly acquired space will be filled with positivity.  This higher vibrational state of being will blast apart the density residing within.  You will be filled with positivity and peace.  You will stretch and expand.  You will have to.  The more you become aware, the more you are conscious, the more filled with life you will become and your cup will runneth over.

You will shine like the fragment of the Tao that you are.