The Great Way

“The Great Way is not difficult for those not attached to preferences. If you wish to know the truth, then hold to no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.

When the fundamental nature of things is not recognized, the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail. The Way is as perfect as the vast space, where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.

Indeed, it is due to our grasping and rejecting that we fail to see the true nature of things. Live neither in the entanglements of outer things, nor in ideas or feelings of emptiness. Be serene and at one with things and erroneous views will disappear by themselves.”

Jianzhi Sengcan, from Xinxin Ming

State of Mind

Our moods and mental states are real only as long as we attend to them. So it is not good to dwell on them, let alone getting caught up in their analysis. Sometimes it is better to simply ignore them instead of looking into them seeking a cause or solution. It is the nature of our consciousness to become identified with the state toward which it looks.

The more we zoom in on a state the more it stands out, and there is no limit to its complexity. In fact zooming in on a state, which begins by first entertaining its idea, brings that state into existence, from potentiality into actuality. So, the quality of our lives depends only on our overall orientation toward reality and not what we do with it. All we need to do is turn the gaze of consciousness toward the state of bliss, or hell if you please; this is very similar to the way we can bring the eye focus on an object by simply turning away from everything else and withdrawing our attention from them. This is easily achieved by continuous practice in which we have to keep bringing our focus back on a desirable state.

Of course in the beginning the mind tends to scatter and steal away our focus but practice makes it easier and finally attainable where we become identified with that state and it becomes a permanent station for us. This is really the simplest thing in the world because it requires no action at all and is accessible at all times and regardless of outward circumstances. We should see that there exists nothing but the mind and that the mind is nothing but emptiness.

The Secret of Transformation

The secret is this: You are what you consider yourself to be.

Full realization of this secret brings about salvation, namely liberation par excellence.

See that what and who you think you are is what you have continuously accepted yourself to be. It is through repetitive acceptance that you form an idea of your identity and status. Even the hardest fact, that you are a human being, is considered a fact because we have accepted it to be a fact and a hard one: We have accepted that we are what we are told to be; we have accepted that what people say counts; we have accepted that we don’t know the truth; we have accepted that there was a history, to us and to the world, the the contents of memory is about us, that there are others who know better, that we are fundamentally ignorant and sinner, that religion sucks and science knows better, or science sucks and religion knows better, etc; but all of these have the status and importance that we give to them; it is us who make them what they are and accept them to be our masters or our slaves. We can strongly believe that the earth is flat and get away with it living a life as if the earth were truly flat.

Every fact before us is a fact precisely because we have accepted it to be a fact, and we have accepted that there is such a thing as fact, something existing independently of what we think and accept; but this itself is something we have accepted!

If we have become what we are because we have thought ourselves to be that by continuous acceptance under that pressure of mass belief which is itself something accepted by us to represent a reality to which to conform, then the only way back to our original state of absolute liberation is a continuous repetition of the opposite propositions. The secret is that by doing so we actually become that, since we have become what we are now precisely because we have kept telling ourselves that we are it.

Tell yourself day and night: I am absolutely free and full of bliss; I am not bound or touched by anything. I am pure and perfect. There is nothing that I desire or hate, for I am the supreme witness of all things. The world and the mind are only the objects of my perception; none of them has any affect on me, no more that a light shining on filth can itself become filthy. You are that light, shining on all things and making them appear, yet itself is not touched or bound by anything.

Repeat and repeat: I am pure, perfect, and free and full of bliss.

After a while you will see the miracle of this secret: You will become what you have kept telling yourself to be. Strong conviction is the sole creative force. If you keep believing yourself to be something without doubt or interruption, then your body and environment will have to change themselves so to conform to this new condition, and they do so by their own accord; you only need to do the believing. Thus, believe yourself to be free and perfect even by pretending yourself to be so; pretend so much and so consistently that your mind and body will accept it at last; then you will see that you are actually perfect and free, pure and blissful. At the end, and this is promised, you will realize that you are always free, pure, and perfect all along and from the very beginning; you were only told otherwise all your life and you had simply accepted it as you real condition. That you can become actually free and perfect is not because pretending can create a reality; your freedom and perfection is the reality and the only reality; your believing and pretending is only a washing out the lies and impurities that we had accepted as belonging to us. We have also accepted that change is difficult; if you want to change, then just change; just be the new person, think like him/her; act and react like him/her; go to be, wake up, and walk like him/her; just be what you want to be. How do you think people change? They learn to accept the new paradigms. Practice doesn’t make perfect; it makes confident. The reason we are good at something is because we have done it so many times that we can’t see ourselves screwing it up; we have accepted that if we have succeeded a thousand times, then we can succeed one more time, and this makes us succeed. If I meditate better now than a year ago it is because I see and accept myself as a person with a year of experience in meditation, with the confidence of an experienced person. Give this a shot: Next time you sit to meditate consider yourself to be sage who has meditated for years; approach meditation as if it is nothing to you, as if it is the most natural thing, like an instinct; just sit and be calm without even thinking or trying to be calm. Just be that sage or saint; pretend to have that kind of confidence; don’t even allow in the thought that you may fail or succeed; do you ever think of failure to change the gear after you have driven your car for years! No; thus think of meditation the same; pretend to be that meditating sage and see how your new confidence, though induced, actually makes your meditation much better. Why not have the full acceptance and confidence from the very beginning. Remember that what is is what we have accepted to be.

Repeat and repeat: I am pure, perfect, and free and full of bliss.