Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Resurrection Of Our Own Religion

Zen is what makes the religious feeling run through its legitimate channel and what gives life to the intellect. Zen does this by giving one a new point of view of looking at things, a new way of appreciating the truth and beauty of life and the world, by discovering a new source of energy in the inmost recesses of consciousness and by bestowing on one a feeling of completeness and sufficiency.

That is to say, Zen works miracles by overhauling the whole system of one’s inner life and opening up a world hitherto entirely undreamt of. This may be called a resurrection. And Zen tends to emphasize the speculative element, though confessedly it opposes this more than anything else in the whole process of spiritual revolution, and in this respect Zen makes use of phraseology belonging to the sciences of speculative philosophy.

In his work, Practical Methods of Zen Instruction, D.T. Suzuki tries explains the meaning of the word Zen, and he does a noble job. Zen or the action of inner consciousness is the catalyst that expands life experiences. Individual beliefs can restrict the action of Zen, but the intent and the desire to experience certain physical things can override beliefs. When old thoughts about new information and new thoughts about old information meet, our projection of Zen becomes distorted. Zen is restricted by our use of that information. Information from various outside sources can be inspirational as well as deceptive. Information may not necessarily be comprehensible, and it may not be useable knowledge so focus plays an essential role in physically activating our own Zen-ness.

Each thought is a mini-resurrection of some aspect of the self. The mind has many facets and they are expressed using different qualities of consciousness. Zen is the action within individual consciousness. It saturates thoughts with the stroke of genius. That is to say, Zen becomes another aspect of the self that brings new awareness to our reality. Zen may not conform to current beliefs or past information, but it can impact the way we perceive those beliefs and information. It is a form of energy that propels itself around our inner universe, and at some point in linear time it changes our personal reality.

Zen breaks down the mental roadblocks we construct during certain linear points of time. We often use this subjective aspect of our own being physically without cognitive thought, and our experiences become more than real. Zen brings us to the ledge of the vast universe that thrives within us. On that ledge, we realize we are a form of energy that exists within a certain region of consciousness. We are experiencing physical reality to expand that region as well as the stream that fuels all regions of consciousness. We can call this process an awakening, a resurrection, or our spiritual revolution. The miracle of overhauling our belief system and sensing other elements of the self is rooted in the action of our inner consciousness. Suzuki calls it Zen. We can call it the resurrection of our own religion.

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