About Enlightmentment

I like this:

http://panatmansam.tumblr.com/post/78602405081/what-if-you-became-enlightened-right-now

We have to do a lot of undoing to get to “acceptance, contentment and fearlessness.”

Forgive yourself and undo.

Helen

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Concentration, comprehension and action

Concentration, comprehension, and action are the three steps that must be taken in order to understand an event or execute an action. First it is necessary to concentrate on an event, which does not mean identification; it has to do with seeing what the event entails. Then it is necessary to comprehend the event in question, to know about the event, the elements of that event, etc. Then it is necessary to take the pertinent action if it were necessary to take some action.

Esoteric Teaching from RA

We meditate to know ourselves and to develop concentration.  We meditate to free our consciousness from the identification with the world around us.  We meditate so we can review our actions, our emotions and our thoughts, to understand the internal states that correspond with our external states.

In a conscious state of being, we would naturally implement the three steps mentioned in the teaching above.  Our five senses would take in the impressions around us and our consciousness would register them in the mind.  Rather than reacting habitually, we would simply be present with the impressions of life that we encounter.  We would not be distracted by thoughts from the past, projections into the future, or comparisons with previous experiences.  We would simply concentrate on what is before us.

Then, through immediate apprehension of the truth, our consciousness would allow us to comprehend the event.  This might include reference to past experiences which our memory can access, but it is our consciousness that synthesises all the information of that moment, including the wisdom of our Being, and the result is comprehension.  We know what we need to know about the event or circumstance in an objective manner.

Finally, the last step is to take pertinent action, as necessary.

This is not a dry, emotionless process.  An example of this may be that a friend has just told us a close relationship has ended. Concentration is to receive the information and the facts of the situation without responding in some conditioned way. If we were to become identified with the situation we might have a tendency to avoid an awkward conversation about the subject, or it might inspire fear about our own relationships, or we might become overwhelmed with empathy so we feel a deep pain.  With conscious concentration we simply see the person – are they faltering emotionally? Do they need help in some way? We listen to their words and observe their body language. Comprehension immediately follows – the consciousness integrates all that is being received with the five senses and activates the faculty of intuition. In that moment we know if we should ask if the person wants to talk about it, make a light hearted joke, give the person a hug, or simply stay silent and listen.

Sometimes when we realise how asleep our consciousness is, we become paralysed due to fear of acting incorrectly. Its important that we continue to live our lives and accept the capacity of consciousness that we have, along with whatever consequences that brings.  Slowly, as we apply ourselves to awakening our free consciousness and freeing our trapped consciousness , we will have more frequent experiences of conscious action.  This will result in a reduction of problems, improve our relationships, and help us to live a more harmonious and healthy life.

Happiness.

Helen

“A positive state of mind is not merely good for you, it benefits everyone with whom you come into contact, literally changing the world.”
HH the Dalai Lama
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope:  The Essential Writings and Speeches

TEN OXHERDER IMAGES: NO. 10 – IN THE WORLD

TAMING THE WILD OX

Ten Oxherding Pictures, by Zen Master Kakuan, China, 12th C.

Ox10

10. In the world*

Barefooted and naked of breast,
I mingle with the people of the world.
My clothes are ragged and dust-laden,
and I am ever blissful.
I use no magic to extend my life;
Now, before me, the dead trees become alive.

Comment:
Inside my gate, a thousand sages do not know me.
The beauty of my garden is invisible.
Why should one search for the footprints of the patriarchs?
I go to the market place with my wine bottle
and return home with my staff.
I visit the wineshop and the market,
and everyone I look upon becomes enlightened.

Upon returning from the experience of the source, our perspective is changed. We no longer see ourselves trapped in the relative and dualistic world. We are simultaneously outside of relativity and duality and inside of it. Anything contrasted against the source is humbled, including ourselves. Yet we know this source is our true identity, not the body that we live in, nor the clothes we dress ourselves in, nor our words, nor our house, nor our thoughts.

We live in the flow of existence. Whatever is before us is from the source so it is all equally sacred. Every single bit of it. It makes us burst out laughing. We want to share this perspective with others but it is invisible to them. But we try.

Joy has one hundred, thousand, milion names.

Helen

Source:  *Translation by:  Paul Reps in Zen Flesh Zen Bones, Tuttle Publishing, Boston, 1989.

From:  http://www.4peaks.com/ppox.htm – source

TEN OXHERDER IMAGES: NO. 9 – RETURNING TO THE SOURCE

TAMING THE WILD OX

Ten Oxherding Pictures, by Zen Master Kakuan, China, 12th C.

Ox9

9. Reaching the Source*

Too many steps have been taken
returning to the root and the source.
Better to have been blind and deaf from the beginning!
Dwelling in one’s true abode,
unconcerned with that without —
The river flows tranquilly on and the flowers are red.

Comment: From the beginning, truth is clear.
Poised in silence,
I observe the forms of integration and disintegration.
One who is not attached to “form” need not be “reformed.” The water is emerald, the mountain is indigo,
and I see that which is creating
and that which is destroying.

If we were to return to the absolute abstract space, beyond all manifestation and unmanifestation, would we choose to create again?

What if we were beyond eternity? To be or not to be, that is the question.

Helen

Source:  *Translation by:  Paul Reps in Zen Flesh Zen Bones, Tuttle Publishing, Boston, 1989.

From:  http://www.4peaks.com/ppox.htm – source

TEN OXHERDER IMAGES: NO. 8 – BOTH BULL AND SELF TRANSCENDED

TAMING THE WILD OX

Ten Oxherding Pictures, by Zen Master Kakuan, China, 12th C.

Ox8

8. Both Bull and self transcended*

Whip, rope, person, and bull —
all merge in No-Thing.
This heaven is so vast no message can stain it.
How may a snowflake exist in a raging fire?
Here are the footprints of the patriarchs.

Comment: Mediocrity is gone.
Mind is clear of limitation.
I seek no state of enlightenment.
Neither do I remain where no enlightenment exists.
Since I linger in neither condition, eyes cannot see me.
If hundreds of birds strew my path with flowers,
such praise would be meaningless.

The void experience is different yet from oneness. This state is beyond the mind and can only be experienced by the Being through pure consciousness. This is to be beyond relativity and duality.  This is the Tao. Spirit beyond mind and matter. Everything and Nothing. The Source. The Christ. The Being.

Peace.

Helen

Source:  *Translation by:  Paul Reps in Zen Flesh Zen Bones, Tuttle Publishing, Boston, 1989.

From:  http://www.4peaks.com/ppox.htm – source

TEN OXHERDER IMAGES: NO. 7 – THE BULL TRANSCENDED

TAMING THE WILD OX

Ten Oxherding Pictures, by Zen Master Kakuan, China, 12th C.

Ox7

7.  The Bull transcended*

Astride the bull, I reach home.
I am serene. The bull too can rest.
The dawn has come. In blissful repose,
Within my thatched dwelling
I have abandoned the whip and rope.

Comment: All is one law, not two.
We only make the bull a temporary subject.
It is as the relation of rabbit and trap, of fish and net.
It is as gold and dross,
or the moon emerging from a cloud.
One path of clear light travels on
throughout endless time.

At the stage of meditation depicted by this image, the tool of “observer and observed” is abandoned. The consciousness and the mind are no longer conceived of as two separate things.  The notion of separation is no longer necessary, as it was when we were working to bring the mind under our control.  We see the integrated nature of reality.  All is one.  There is no effort in this.  The consciousness, the will, the mind, the emotions and the body are all an extension of Being.  Multiplicity acting in unison.  Receptive and at peace.

Om.

Helen

Source:  *Translation by:  Paul Reps in Zen Flesh Zen Bones, Tuttle Publishing, Boston, 1989.

From:  http://www.4peaks.com/ppox.htm – source