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.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Renaissance Actors

Modern science has all the knowledge to eliminate most diseases, combat poverty and starvation, and generate an abundance of safe and renewable energy. We have sufficient resources and manpower to realize the wildest dreams humanity has ever had. When we have the means and the technology know-how for feeding the population of the planet, guaranteeing a reasonable standard of living for all, combating most diseases, reorienting industries to inexhaustible sources of energy, and preventing pollution, what prevents us from taking these positive steps?

The answer lies in the fact that all of the critical developments mentioned above are symptoms of one fundamental crisis. In the last analysis, the problems we are facing are not merely economic, political or technological in nature. They are all reflections of the emotional, moral and spiritual state of contemporary humanity. Among the most destructive aspects of the human psyche are malignant aggression and insatiable acquisitiveness. These are the forces that are responsible for the unimaginable waste of modern warfare. They also prevent a more appropriate division of resources among individuals, classes, nations, as well as a reorientation toward ecological priorities essential for the continuation of life on this planet. These destructive and self-destructive elements in the present human condition directly reflect the alienation of modern humanity from itself and from spiritual life and values.

Stan and Christina Grof express those thoughts in their essay Transpersonal Experiences and the Global Crisis. We are all actors in this three dimensional reality. Being actors doesn’t imply the play of physical life isn’t real; it just means we are playing a role, and it’s an important one. Each actor must realize how their thoughts change the play. The play has no script; we write it as we experience it. Our creativity is the main ingredient in our environment.

We are learning the act of actualization in this play. We have the freedom to choose what to create, and we experience our creations in one way or another. Our play is in a constant state of becoming and in that state we have endless possibilities of development. There are a variety of behavior patterns, attitudes and poses that impact that development. What we think we become.

We are renaissance actors that have the ability to affect the spiritual, psychic and artistic self that focuses on the now. The now is a model for what we create and how we perceive life.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Nervous Energy

The place that Solomon made to worship in Called the far Mosque, is not built of earth Of water and stone, but of intention and wisdom And mystical conversations and compassionate action.

Every part of it is intelligence and responsive To every other. The carpet bows to the broom. The door knocker and the door swing together like musicians. The heart sanctuary does exist, but it can’t be described. Why try!

Solomon goes there every morning and gives guidance with words. With musical harmonies and in actions, which are the deepest teachings. A prince is just A conceit until he does something with generosity.

Rumi hits our ten pound bag filled with nervous energy when he shares his thoughts with us. Science is just discovering what Rumi understood eight centuries ago: Thoughts creates and influence matter. A church or mosque is not just stone or brick; it is a composite creation of thoughts.

Thoughts and beliefs create places and we develop a story around those thoughts. Intention and wisdom fill the cracks in the mortar, and appreciation dresses the interior with the action of consciousness.

Worship is a form of awareness. It should not turn into idolization. There is nothing to worship outside of the self. The environment and everything in it is an extension of the self. Everything material extends outward from our consciousness. Physical reality is just one form of reality. We value it because we focus on it. We choose this reality to physically feel the action within our experiences.