For many years, I hopelessly languished in a world of anger and frustration. The insane world, to put it bluntly, pissed me off. Despite my belief in rational thought and loving ways, I allowed the insanity and irrationality of the world to cause me to indulge in some irrational selfishness. For instance, I remember losing my temper and viciously punching the living room wall which resulted in my fist going all the way through to the bedroom. My reward was feeling ashamed of myself and the cost of fixing the wall. Fortunately, I moved forward on my quest to become an Integrated Individual, discovering the Zen state of mind along the way.
The day comes when you realize the journey to enlightenment seems cluttered with blocks and obstacles. Sometimes I wondered “What’s the point of all this heartbreak and frustration. Why go on when circumstances constantly beat me down?” Still, I kept moving forward, stumbling along the way.
During a dark period of my life, I discovered meditation. Although, it took me years to realize it, I found a path that eventually led to me to what I consider the Holy Grail of Zen – Peace of Mind.
Zen, Truth and Meditation
I ordered Jonathan Parker’s “Pathways to Mastership” and began a daily meditation program Now here’s a marvelous program that helps the individual reach an accelerated state of awareness, tap intuitive powers, increase reasoning abilities, capture the Zen state of mind and gain control over his life.
Allow me to elaborate on an incredible moment of enlightenment I experienced.
In the conclusion of the course, Jonathan states “You might be wondering if you are making up these meditation experiences in your head.” Now most mystics and metaphysicians would probably come up with some elaborate explanation about the astral plane, other dimensions, alternative lives or something to that effect, which is all fine and dandy.” However, Jonathan said “Of course you are. Everything is all mind.”
I thought and meditated on this bit of wisdom for a long time. I knew that reality is exactly what it is—reality. But, maybe what I saw was only the tip of the iceberg. I asked the question, “What powerful insight is he attempting to convey?”
After receiving many fleeting glimpses of truth, the ‘eureka’ moment arrived and I experienced enlightenment (at least I think I did). It’s so simple. I wondered why I didn’t realize it sooner. Of course, many things seem simple in hindsight.
What he meant was that you are capable of manifesting the life you desire. You create your values, set your goals and you take effective actions. As Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek would confidently state “Make it so.” The climatic moment arrived as I realized you also create your peace of mind, reaching a marvelous Zen state of being.
A Metaphysical Insight
Another profound statement Jonathan Parker makes in “The Pathways to Mastership” course is “Going with the flow, offering no resistance at all and not forming possessive attachments, that would be universal harmony.”
Unfortunately, this statement is open to misunderstanding. It could possibly lead one to believe that non-action is the path to higher awareness. However, action is the essence of life. Fortunately, meditating on cause and effect, developing your reasoning and intuitive powers then taking action by using the correct means to achieve chosen ends is the way to accelerated awareness.
Going with the Flow
Going with the flow doesn’t mean joining the mass of humanity by unhappily floating down the river of pain, suffering, frustration and despair. Sadly, many men and women who attempt to escape the wheel of illusion mistakenly believe they flow in a stream of success and happiness. The unwary person thinks he’s shedding illusions, when in actuality he is accumulating more. In his darkest moment, he wonders why life doesn’t reward him for his “higher awareness.” He feels the deepest canyon stands between himself and the Zen state of mind.
Not only does energy surround you, you are energy. Going with the flow requires you go with the flow of your positive energy by going with the flow of you. You may be asking what you are supposed to do with the negative energy. Well, you accept it (non-resistance), flow with it (non-reaction) and allow it to dissipate (non-attachment) by easily releasing it. The more you practice your Zen meditations, the easier it is to release negativity. Tragically, most people allow the life-draining energy to sap their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual strength, which leads to some rather undesirable consequences.
Flowing with your positive energy results in you:
- Expanding the power of your mind.
- Increasing your intuitive powers, which unleashes your creativity.
- Reasoning more effectively which allows you to easily integrate concepts.
- Realizing the Zen state of mind.
Offering No Resistance
Obviously when you’re in the flow, you don’t want to offer resistance. Non-Resistance is one of the 3 pillars of peace of mind.
When I was an angry young man I resisted just about everything in sight; unless of course it had to do with drugs, sex and rock ‘n’ roll. About the only time I experienced peace of mind was when I smoked a joint. As far as Zen goes, I had never heard of it, although when I listened to the beautiful and meaningful music of the Moody Blues I caught a glimpse of what I would finally experience and realize.
Most of mankind exists in a dream state. The unwary man and woman floats down a stream of misery, oblivious to the fact that it doesn’t have to be that way. Unwittingly, the uninitiated individual allows the establishment to brainwash him with illusion after illusion.
Let’s go back to the 60’s and look at the hippies of the “Age of Love.” I doubt anyone could mistake their activities as an indulgence in rationality and control of thoughts, feelings and actions. Now, I have to admit that there was some mindless fun and even some experimentation with altered states of awareness. Anyway, many of the “flower children” find themselves unhappily trapped under a rock, in a stream chosen by others, with no hope of escape. Some of them have allowed the dangerous politically correct BS to capture them.
Maybe these “once upon a time” hippies can wake up and realize a peaceful rebellion is about to occur, one based on personal liberty and freedom, Yes! The doorway to escape from illusion stands right before us. Behind it resides something no drug could ever supply, the Zen state of mind. Renewal of your body, mind and spirit exists as more than a distant possibility. The delicious nectar of the fountain of youth flows abundantly.
Not Forming Possessive Attachments
This one is rather tricky because it’s virtually impossible to go through life without some attachments. However, most people allow themselves to become overwhelmed with the illusion of materiality. Have you ever heard of slavery? Instead of their attachments serving them, many men and women serve their attachments.
By now, we should know that Non-Attachment forms one of the pillars of peace of mind, which results from the realizations you achieve during your Zen meditations.
Before you start feeling uneasy, allow me to explain some facts of the good life. It is wonderful to savor the good things life has to offer. A tasty meal in an elegant setting is far more enjoyable than a tasteless meal at a slop shop. Comfortable, stylish clothes wear better than unstylish, uncomfortable clothes. Obviously, it’s important to enhance your self-esteem. An ecstatic sexual experience with someone you connect with is far more rewarding than a less than mediocre sexual encounter with someone you don’t value.
If we can conclude that better is well better, why shouldn’t we form possessive attachments? The reason is that our attachments can result in us experiencing more pain than joy. Here’s what happens.
A startling realization comes that all things must pass. You look on life with joy and satisfaction thinking about everything you value, love and cherish; then the thought of losing it brings up feelings of despair. The question arises, “Why is everything transient? Why is each moment so fleeting, never to return? Of course, the only answer is—that is the nature of existence.
No matter what, your life and situations will eventually pass, which is difficult to accept so you shove the painful realizations to the background. An exception might be if your life currently stinks and you want it to move quickly to something else. Surprisingly, many possessively cling to their pain and misery which is about as far from the Zen state of mind you can get.
Mothers have to accept the fact their children eventually grow up and leave. Lovers have to live with the realization that their relationship will age and finally pass into eternity. We will even have to leave the music we love when the end comes. At least, that’s the way it appears to our limited consciousness.
There is only one way to live. Feel nostalgic about the past with its memories, but live completely in the present, accepting it will pass away as all things must, at least in this lifetime.
Do not become attached to your possessions. The Integrated Individual practices non-attachment through his Zen state of mind. After all, you want to experience your possessions as a source of joy and pleasure, not as a cause of pain and suffering.
Live fully in the present, making every minute count. Your favorite songs, the touch of your lover’s hand, the clean fresh aroma of a cool spring morning, the delectable taste of your favorite food, all these things should be experienced and appreciated to the fullest. I guarantee the Integrated Individual enjoys his (her) activities to the max.
Zen, Peace of Mind and the Way of the Integrated Individual
I have no scientific proof of what I am about to reveal. I discovered and realized the following insight through 27 years of meditation and I know it to be true. Of course, you can take it or leave it. I personally believe it is part of experiencing the peace that comes with the Zen state of mind.
When the Integrated Individual thinks about mortality and his values vanishing forever, he relies on spiritual knowing. He (she) believes his loves and passions will live on through eternity, that they will never really pass away. Everything created exists eternally, somewhere in the universe.
Here’s what you can do. Let your worries fade away and live for the moment, enjoying life and accepting your ability to survive through eternity. Believe it or not, it is possible to experience the Zen state of mind always. And that my friend is universal harmony.
RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze
P.S. Because of all the negative feedback I’m receiving from some Zen practitioners, I must state that I don’t accept their conclusion that reality is an illusion and the mind is void. I believe in the axiomatic concepts of existence, identity and consciousness.
Here’s one comment I received that I completely disagree with.
“A student of the Way recognizes that his identity and all of the movements of consciousness (life/existence) are perceived; and that the perceived cannot perceive; therefore he knows his mind to be alike to a void, unattached from forms; imperceptible; and falling under no distinction of life and death, or that of existence or non existence.”