Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This Place of No Place

When you abandon the false and embrace the truth, and in simpleness of thought abides in the moment, one finds that there is neither selfhood nor otherness, that the masses and the worthies are of one essence, and firmly holds on to this belief and never moves away therefrom. He will not then be guided by any literary instruction, for he is in silent communion with the principle itself, free from conceptual discrimination, for he is serene and non-acting.

D.T. Suzuki wrote those thoughts in his 1927 book, Essays in Zen Buddhism. The interesting thing about Suzuki’s thought is that he is describing inner consciousness, but using another name for it. Consciousness, especially in 1927, was misunderstood even by the psychologist and philosophers who wrote about it. Consciousness can not be understood, it can only be expressed. Expressing the self using consciousness is really consciousness expressing itself through us. Both appear to be the same, but they are distinctly different. When we express my self using consciousness Iwe use our beliefs to create perceptions. Consciousness has no beliefs or perceptions; it is the action of different intensities of energy manifesting as it expands physically.

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