Tuesday, July 19, 2016

25 The Process, Zen and the Art of Lost and Found

Zen and the Art of Lost and Found
On Appreciating Deeper Processes  
The Process:
This process has us involved with a quieter undercurrent of examin­ing the value of stepping outside of ourselves and our beliefs and their related support systems and re-perceiving some of the problems we are facing or have faced.  Have you noticed … yet?

Many of us today make a simple mistake in logic.
The assumption is: the world is merely a projection of “my mind”, then it follows logically … that whatever is in “my mind” is projected out and manifested in the world before me
This is said by some to be a Higher Power at work(?)
But … and this but is largebut … in actual fact this is confusion at work.  It is the confusion of the mind with the body … Confusion is said to be a defence strategy… it prevents the observer from seeing the obvious… the obvious we don’t want to see or can’t face. 
The life drama or our circumstance … the stuff that swirls all around us … personally … is not just a projection of our simple, segregated, separate mind or single brain … it is a composite of All in the cosmic sense … it is a composite of opportunity… it is there for us to grasp or avoid … whichever it is that you choose to do with it.
For us to believe that we as an individual created all this … alone … that one would be … and actually is … a form of arrogance not ignorance … Egotistical arrogance.
Spiritually speaking … our minds are of the Creator … this means, loosely translated, that our true mind or true self is a part of God and a part of Love … but not in a secular sense.
If we equate our true mind/self with our (body’s) brain and our bodily wants and desires then the next jump in logic is to the assumption … of … whatever it is that we think we want is indeed a fact and that is closely followed by facts become necessities … we actually believe that … and thus it follows that once we believe it … then … we actually know it is so and consequently then can act on it … comfortably.
It follows that our mind’s power can and will be used to justify the manipulation of life’s circumstance for the purpose of the acquisition of those things that the body and the brain thinks we so desperately need … EGO is in there someplace … those things that we hang-on to just for our supposed sanity … our wants and desires … understanding this spiritual hic–up can be profound. 
It should be noted that Christ sought no benefit or advantage for his body … the effects of his miracles was simple … they were designed to set those that were touched into action … on the road of a spiritual journey … not the road of favourable treatment and acquisitions.

So …

Neil Douglas-Tubb
Zen and the Art of Lost and Found

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