Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Constant Flow of Impulses

In the prologue of his best selling book, The Hidden Messages in Water, Dr. Masaru Emoto writes:

Water has the ability to copy and memorize information. We may also say that the water of the oceans has memories of the creatures that live in the ocean. The earth’s glaciers may well contain millions of years of the planet’s history.

Water circulates around the globe, flowing through our bodies and spreads to the rest of the world. If we were capable of reading this information contained in the memory of water, we would read a story of epic proportions

Emoto’s words stimulate questions about how we perceive ourselves as well as how we perceive the other qualities of consciousness that surround us. The idea of water having a memory and the ability to copy information is certainly not part of our conscious education about the nature of water.

Water is essential for physical survival. We are ninety nine percent water as fetuses and ninety percent water when we’re born. We contain seventy percent water as we mature, and at death we contain about fifty percent water. Most of us don’t give it much thought, but since water is a form of energy it’s capable of creating vibrational impulses.

Where do thoughts like this one come from? Some thoughts come from physical awareness, but what creates that awareness? We all have impulses and imagination, but how do we define and experience impulses and imagination? Are they the same thing as thought? The common belief about impulses is they are thoughtless actions created by emotions. In a sense that’s true; emotions are signals from our inner consciousness and a form of communication.

The nature of thoughts, impulses, and imagination has been the catalyst for the philosophical debates that have raged for centuries. Religion and science define consciousness and thought in different ways and those definition become beliefs. Any thoughts that conflict with those beliefs are usually trivialized or ignored. Emoto’s ideas about the consciousness of water certainly don’t conform to mainstream beliefs.

Perhaps water thinks in a different way using vibrating impulses rooted in another region of consciousness. The concept of ocean’s thinking in some way is not part of our belief system, but our beliefs structure is always expanding. Thoughts are actually manifested energy that develops from impulses and imagination. Inner consciousness communicates with the ego self through impulses which stimulate emotions and we communicate in different ways. Other aspects of consciousness also manifest energy but our belief system blocks our acceptance of this energy until awareness seeps through the cracks of our body consciousness and expands our beliefs.

Impulses from our inner self send signals to our physical or ego self and thoughts develop from those impulses. Imagination is a series of impulses that create mental pictures or thoughts about future expectations or past experiences which then become reality in one form or another.

We are constantly receiving impulses from our inner world of consciousness. The world of consciousness is connected to a spring of consciousness. Every quality of consciousness communicates using impulses of some type. All consciousness may not create thoughts from those communications, but they do vibrate using impulses from the inner spring of consciousness.

Humans are a unique quality of consciousness. We have the ability to create using impulse received from their inner world as well as from the impulses received from the inner world of other forms of consciousness.

We constantly communicate with each other using impulses as well as imagination, and we send those impulses to others. We don’t believe we can communicate without words so the impulses of others are often ignored. Words are expressions of emotions attached to beliefs and associations that are familiar. We ignore unfamiliar messages from inner consciousness, but those messages are always received and remembered somewhere in our body consciousness.

All impulses are energy that manifest in some way. Thoughts develop perceptions or they expand beliefs or initiate fears that prolong separation. The acceptance as well as the ignorance associated with the constant flow of impulses we receive is rooted in the awareness of self and the inner world of consciousness.

When we begin to listen to our own impulses as well as the impulses received from other forms of consciousness our beliefs expand and our experiences change. We can then turn those impulses into physical energy that changes our lives into a story of epic proportions.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mental Storms

Zen is a matter of character and not of intellect which means that Zen grows out of the will as the first principle of life. A brilliant intellect may fail to unravel all the mysteries of Zen, but a strong soul will drink deep of the inexhaustible fountain. I do not know if the intellect is superficial and touches only the fringe of one’s personality, but the fact is that the will is the man himself and Zen appeals to it.

D. T Suzuki in his essay Satori explains Zen in terms we all can understand. Zen expresses life or the experiences within a focused physical reality. Will or consciousness is a deep well of knowing and Zen is the river that originates from the well and wets the awareness as we allow our intellect to rest. Intellect is an expression of ego so there is a chasm between the intellect and the will even though both function in this stream of consciousness.

The will vibrates with impulses that are rooted in innate desires that expand the essence of consciousness. The intellect dissects these impulses and chooses how to interpret them based on the beliefs established by the ego. The truth of Zen is covered by a separated personality that accepts the limitation of rationalism, so truth becomes a personal belief filled with associations and alterations. The character of consciousness expands from this separation and eventually merges in the river as the awareness of Zen is accepted rationally even though there are no rational concepts in the enzymes of Zen.

We create mental storms, emotional earthquakes and self consuming floods that bring the intellect into the river where it is baptized by Zen and then becomes it. This experience is not measured in time; in fact it’s not measured at all. It is what we already are as we express it without thought.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Zen Awareness

This body of ours is something like an electric battery in which a mysterious power latently lies. When this power is not properly brought into operation, it either grows moldy and withers away or is deformed and expresses itself abnormally. It is the object of Zen, therefore, to save us from going crazy or being crippled. This is what I mean by freedom, giving free play to all creative and benevolent impulses inherently lying in our hearts.

D.T. Suzuki wrote those thoughts in 1926. Suzuki’s work is still considered the best explanation and description of what we call Zen. Zen is doing without doing; being without being. It is expressing innate impulses without reflection or emotional ownership. It is one of the ghost chemicals that powers the energy within the human psyche. Ghost chemicals have been called a plethora of names in order to make some rational sense of their senselessness./p>

Our bodies are electomagnetically charged by mental enzymes from the inner self. These enzymes create individual thoughts. We constantly think and create beliefs. Beliefs produce our expereinces.There is meaning in every thought, but not all thoughts reach physical fruition. Zen thought flows through the part of the conscious mind that is no attached to the brain. Zen shows itself physically using vibrational forces from the inner self. The brain has a difficult time processing Zen since the part of the conscious mind that is attached to the brain is focus objectively rather than subjectively.

We sense a freedom within the awareness of Zen, and that freedom is an aspect of the inner self's unity. The Zen awareness that flows from the inner self is translated according to our beliefs. Some of us may call it the hand of God, others use different names that reflect the nature of their belief structure. Whatever the name, our consciousness is telling us something about our subjective self. Our subjective self is innately free; our objective connection to that freedom is enlightenment. Enlightenment is the objective awareness of the multiplicity of self.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Energy Drips

Theologians have by this time stretched their minds so as to embrace the Darwinian fact’s and yet to interpret them as still showing divine purpose. It used to be a question of purpose against mechanism, of one or the other. It was as if one should say “My shoes are evidently designed to fit my feet, hence it is impossible that they should have been produced by machinery.” We know that they are both: they are made by machinery itself designed to fit the feet with shoes. Theology need only stretch similarly the design of God. As the aim of a football-team is not merely to get the ball to a certain goal {if that were so, they would simply get up some dark night and place it there), but to get it there by a fixed machinery of conditions: the game’s rules and the opposing players; so the aim of God is not merely, let us say, to make men and to save them, but rather to get this done through the sole agency of nature’s vast machinery. Without nature’s stupendous laws and counterforces, man’s creation and perfection, we might suppose, would be too insipid achievements for God to have designed them.

William James wrote those thoughts in his 1906 essay Some Metaphysical Problems Pragmatically Considered. He makes a good case for creating stupendous laws and experiencing diversity in a myriad of forms in order to sense the Godness of being physical. Godness is just a word for a collection of different qualities of consciousness experiencing a particular manifestation in order to expand in the mental enzyme called awareness.

Awareness is the rudimentary force of being in one state of consciousness and flowing to another in a stream of energy. Awareness can be called divine for it is rooted in the soil of complete consciousness. Complete means whole in rational and pragmatic terms, but complete may be the moving force of energy that separates in order to sense aspects of the whole. Whole may mean a certain focus in awareness that presents itself to experience various senses. Whole knows the self through its own awareness, but it is flowing through a complex set of grids and connections that produce dimensional planes of awareness where consciousness expands.

We are one aspect of consciousness experiencing the complete whole in a subjective as well as objective way. Awareness drips through energy grids into the conscious mind and creates. God as we define the term is the culmination of these energy drips as well as the force that sense them. We are connected in the action of consciousness. We are a manifestation of aware energy remembering other qualities of the self in an image called God.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Natural Zenliness

Zen is a matter of character and not of intellect which means that Zen grows out of the will as the first principle of life. A brilliant intellect may fail to unravel all the mysteries of Zen, but a strong soul will drink deep of the inexhaustible fountain. I do not know if the intellect is superficial and touches only the fringe of one’s personality, but the fact is that the will is the man himself and Zen appeals to it.

D. T Suzuki in his essay Satori explains Zen in terms we all can understand. Zen is not a religion. It is energy. Some religions may teach the denial of the flesh, but Zen embraces it. The soul is wrapped around our muscles and bones; it wants to experience physical reality not object to it. Philosophies that teach denial of the flesh are really teaching denial of the self, and that fuels guilt.

The soul vibrates to the energy of Zen. The body is not a thing. It is the living expression of our conscious mind. The unconscious level of the very conscious mind expresses itself through the evolution of consciousness. The expanding universe theory applies to the world we see around us, but it also applies to the conscious mind. When we try to limit the conscious mind, we create beliefs that restrict the flow of our own natural Zenliness.

We have a tendency to deny the power we have within us. We gave our power to others and we experience a distorted version of Zen. Our Zen is constantly growing. It is our responsibility to water it with acceptance and fertilize it with understanding.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bridge Beliefs

Let man; then, learn the revelation of all nature and all thought to his heart; this, namely; that the highest dwells with him; that the sources of nature are in his own mind, if the sentiment of duty is there.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay, The Over-soul points out a simple fact that has been mixed into the vat of religion and the end product is completely different than the ingredients. The highest as Emerson explains dwells within the consciousness of all things, but this aspect of consciousness is not higher than the consciousness we experience physically; it is another quality or region of the same consciousness.

Religion calls this quality of consciousness God. The word and the symbol of God is shaped into a form that all humans can understand. Beliefs about God change in one way or another as our core beliefs expand. We are taught to worship and fear this region of consciousness, but there is nothing to worship or fear. The rituals and traditions as well as superstitions and half-truths about God are created by us to feel God physically in some way.

The sentiment of duty that Emerson recognizes is our ability duty to allow the conscious mind to naturally sense the unity that flows through all consciousness. Our beliefs are like planets. Our ideas and thoughts orbit around our core beliefs, but just like planets some of our beliefs are hidden from our conscious mind. At some point, these invisible beliefs attached themselves to our core beliefs and help create our experiences.

When we examine our thpughts and ideas, we discover that some of energy within them can be used to bridge the gaps between beliefs. We stamp these ideas with certain characteristics that are familiar. These ideas become bridge beliefs.

Bridge beliefs contain powerful energy. We use them to alter our beliefs and create new ones. The core belief in God is one of those beliefs that is being reshaped by several bridge beliefs.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Consciousness Shines

Thus in all ways does the soul concentrate and reproduce its treasures for each pupil. He, too, shall pass through the whole cycle of experience. He shall collect into a focus the rays of nature. History no longer shall be a dull book. It shall walk incarnate in every just and wise man. You shall not tell me by languages and titles a catalogue of the volumes you have read. You shall make me feel what periods you have lived. A man shall be the Temple of fame. He shall walk, as the poets have described that goddess, in a robe painted all over with wonderful events and experiences; his own form and features by their exalted intelligence shall be that variegated vest.

I shall find in him the Foreworld; in his childhood the Age of Gold; the Apples of Knowledge; the Argonautic Expedition; the Calling of Abraham; the building of the Temple; the Advent of Christ; Dark Ages; the Revival of Letters; the reformation; the discovery of new lands; the opening of new sciences, and new regions in man. He shall be the priest of Pan, and bring with him into humble cottages the blessings of the morning stars and all the recorded benefits of heaven and earth.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those words in his 1841 essay, History. Emerson understood the power that lies within the inner self. He called that self the soul. He knew that history is an experience lived by each conscious mind. Within each self is genius; a mighty creator that thinks thoughts from ideas received from other portions of the conscious mind. Each individual consciousness contrives a life to experience and lives it to feel thoughts physically.

The age of awareness is lifting us from the chasm of separation. The genius within all life is expressing itself in the colorful vibrations. Each moment is a chapter in the flowing book of consciousness where imagination and emotions become a reality. Each reality is filled with ancient stories and forgotten sciences that surface when individual desires become an intense focus. The power of our mental enzymes can move rationalism into the corridors of metaphysics. The history of life rests in the humble appreciation of our multiplicity. Our consciousness shines through the eyes of the conscious mind.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Invisible Walls Of Consciousness

Rat and Women
What’s master of the body?
Not mind or spirit.
It’s somewhere in the mind’s depths,
Pervading the universe.

To herd a flock of sheep
Is beyond the power of dogs.
No, it’s the shepherd─God─
Swinging a rat’s tail.

There’s snow on the ground
And, on the hillock, a naked women.
Now I’m free to do anything
On sure ground.

Nothing gives offense:
My every deed,
Free as the mind itself,
Leaves not a trace.

The 20th century master poet Shinkicki Takahashi’s work can be read on a number of levels. His work is considered Zen thought so trying to grasp the meaning of each word is a challenging adventure. Each word is a symbol for vibrations that bounce off the invisible walls of consciousness. These vibrations find a home in each individual psyche. His poem Rat and Women is a good example of how difficult it is to put a fence around consciousness, and then brand it in the comfort of rational thought.

Takahashi had no intention of branding his expressions. His expressions quickly find a place of remembrance within the corridors of mental awareness. The master of the body as well as the mind is somewhere within the depth of the self, but that is unchartered territory for educated complacency. The laws of unification break down, and then rearrange themselves as the mind dangles from the nerve endings of separation.

Freedom on sure ground is not a place filled with matter; it is a hillock in motion. It is where the speed of the topography is universally stable in its own mythology. Nothing gives offense as Zen moves towards the center of a spec of mindfulness and blooms with tracelessness.

And so it is. We find ourselves swinging a rat’s tail, and wondering how to free the mind from the chasm of separation. Suddenly we discover that the rat’s tail is the mind, and it frees itself. Our every deed leaves no trace, but the imprint of consciousness on our conscious mind.