Saturday, August 2, 2008
Power of the Present (Monk's Lesson)
The monk left his Master to ponder the meaning of the question - seemed so unimportant yet he knew better. This was not the first time he had confronted this lesson but the questions had been different. Each question, though, had been a test of his awareness. As all great wisdom presents itself, it came to him while his mind was calm and quiet - in a flash of clarity. Like seeing the whole picture as one adds one more piece to a large jigsaw puzzle, the power of the Present opened the realm of infinite possibilities. We all come into this world in a state of Perfection, Oneness, Magic, Love, and totally alive in the Present. We have no self because we are Self, one with the universe and everything in it. This is our natural state, our True Nature, that which we long for all of our lives as our ego-ridden self tries to control it's way in the material world, back to our True Nature, without ever realizing we never actually left. This is where Faith comes to bear - Not the faith you hear about all of the time in sermons about religion. The two have absolutely nothing to do with each other. The Faith I speak of is found in all great religions, spiritual teachings, and ancient beliefs yet most fail to realize the unfathomable implications that Faith represents . It is not the superficial part-time "yes, I am a believer" type of faith. It is "simply" the Faith to completely let go of this world by abandoning all attempts to control anything and everything by relaxing the body, clearing the mind of all thought, and living every moment this way. At this moment, you are one with Self, one with the universe, one with our Source or God, if you prefer, always in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, and experiencing pure Love. This is the Power of the Present!
"I Am." - Jesus of Nazarus
" "The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there." - Yasutani Roshi
"Ultimately, I believe the largest truths lie within our small frames. Our very corporeal vessels contain the answers we seek outside ourselves." - Michael Freed, 2007