Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Action Of Our Experiences

Ignatius Loyola’s recommendation of obedience as the foundation of his order differs naturally in spirit from the idea of the Zen masters’ recommendation of what may be called absolute indifference.

To further quote Ignatius’s Sayings: ‘I must consider myself as a corpse which has neither intelligence nor will: be like a mass of matter which without resistance lets itself be placed wherever it may please anyone; like a stick in the hand of an old man, who uses it according to his needs and places it where it suits him.’ This is the attitude he advices his followers to take towards the Order. The intent of the Catholic discipline is altogether different from that of Zen, and therefore Ignatius’s admonition takes on quite a different coloring on the surface. But so far as its psychological experience is concerned, both the Zen masters and the Catholic leaders aim at bringing about the same state of mind, which is no other than realizing the Unconscious in our individual consciousness.

D.T. Suzuki wrote those thoughts in his 1969 book, The Zen Doctrine of No-Mind. Suzuki is explaining how all religions strive to experience inner consciousness physically. The names, symbols and references in these groups are completely different, but the goal is the same.

Deep rooted religious worship establish a foundation of fear and control. The original religion, which predates all other religions explained how the inner self creates what the outer self experiences without worship, drama, rituals and rules. We form religions in order to physically imagine the God we worship. We invent stories and fables so we can experience benevolent gifts from our creator. But, God is more than the sum of all our stories. He, as we like to call this sum of all probable existences, is everything but our everything is limited by our perceptions. Our perception of separation restricts us from experiencing the multitudinous facets of God’s multidimensional existence. Religions only scratch the surface of the God within us.

Our soul has eternal validity, and it is upheld by the inconceivable energy and vitality of the consciousness we call God. Just like us, God is constantly expanding in the action of our experiences.

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