Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Life cycle ???
Positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences. Never ever try to be normal, because you will never know how amazing YOU can be.
Sometimes the chains that prevent us from being free are more mental than physical.
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but OURSELVES can free our minds”, said Bob Marley.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
“Developing concern for others, thinking of them as part of us, brings self-confidence, reduces our sense of suspicion and mistrust, and enables us to develop a calm mind.”
Wise words easier said than done in this day and age when man’s inhumanity to man holds no bounds.
A lack of compassion and the amount of ignorance i.e. lack of proper education stems a lot of suspicion mistrust and ultimately is the root cause of crime.
To those who comfort me, who nurture me, who support me, who uplift me, who believe in my dreams, who cry and laugh with me, who hold space for me, and who walk steadily with me through it all, bless you and celebrate you. You are the heartbeat of this planet.
May I ask, what is the point of having the ability to think, reflect, understand and NOT react?
Action is the true measure of a one’s intelligence. DEEDS have nothing to do with religion (??), colour or nation...
"Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water."
~ Zen Proverb
The proverb means how one can be awakened when least expected. There will be an epiphany. Then the enlightened goes back to daily living.
Although everything seems the same from the outside, nothing will ever be the same again since there has been a change from within.
It means life routine does not change with the change of mind?
After enlightenment, being happy chopping wood, and carrying water. It also means that you don't stop BE-in Human after Enlightenment, your Mind is always sacred.
It means one can return to previous routines, yet it wouldn't FEEL the same after one is AWARE, after the change of mind; one will get a new vigour to perform the same routines.
OR it meant that you still have to live life. Awakening doesn't change the fact that chores and life must still go on and definitely doesn't make one special!!
See we can think what it meant but the one who wrote it ONLY knows what he/she wrote. So never ever assume ANYTHING!
And some might think it a koan, but I always considered a koan to be a statement that is specific but has no answer. i.e.
'What is the sound of one hand clapping?'
The idea being that because of that fact it has the power to stop all though processes so Consciousness may stand alone fully revealed as your true nature.
The hope being a koan brings Satori, the flash of total realization. Hmm, if 'All is One' as the great beings have have told us then you must also be the One. That though is not a koan, just a fact I wanted to 'throw into the mix'...
And what about when one is not AWARE?
The answer is in the recognition of one's apparent personal awareness actually being impersonal in nature.
Does that make sense to you?
Believe me, chopping wood and carrying water will always feel like chopping wood and carrying water, how could it be otherwise?
The change is simply one of perspective. All movement becomes a harmonious flow in the 'Function of Totality'.
The almost shocking thing is that also includes actions that society would consider vile or base and so on.
Everything is perfect exactly exactly as it is.
Everyone does the best they can with the consciousness available to them, even the thief and the murderer.
How fortunate then are we who have tasted the possibility of a personal evolution in our consciousness and grasping the opportunity acted upon it.
I believe..... 'Knowledge is different in different states of consciousness'.
I think the simplicity of the actions and the base need of the same create an environment conducive to enlightenment.
The drone of the daily routine is like a mantra freeing one from thought, but somehow I doubt it.
"The highest good is like water.
Water gives life to the ten thousand
things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is
like the Way.
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In daily life, be competent.
In action, be aware of the time and the
No fight: No blame." – TTC