We all have experienced a state of activity in our consciousness where all ceases – space, time or causation. Whether your jogging, or in court shooting hoops, playing pool or any engaging mind absorbing activity. In this state, the mind is still and there all but silence in the mind. This is pure existence.
In ordinary life, our consciousness works tirelessly to protect and maintain our interests. It has acquired the habit of utilitarian thinking – looking upon things in the world as tools. We look at objects in the light of how they can be made use of. This is called the habitual way of consciousness. This way of looking at things is the origin of man’s distorted view of himself.. and the world, which makes it impossible to see into our true nature. This way of treating oneself and the world leads to a mechanical way of thinking, which is the cause of suffering of modern man. Unnoticed, it can lead to the development of mental illnesses.
Zen or zazzen teaching aim at overthrowing this distorted view of the world. It is a method that teaches you to be aware of one’s being in its pure form, where one can pro actively experience pure existence. This experience of pure existence of one’s being, associated with with the recovery of pure consciousness, leads us to the recognition of pure existence in the external world too,. This experience is attained by the training of body and mind. Reason comes later and illuminates the experience, thus the two wheels of the cart of cognition are completed.
Ego or what we refer to as I is a conductor or channel of energy.
Contrary to popular belief, I is not a fixed entity. It is a sucession of physical and mental events or pressures, which appear momentarily and as quickly pass away.
“As normally there is no cessation of subject activity, there can normally be no state in which were are devoid of ego. It is a matter of banishing the restricted -petty ego- until an ‘egoless ego’ is acquired” – Katsuki Sekida
There is no hatred, jealousy or fear – everything is as is, in it’s true aspect. It is a state where you cling to or adhere to nothing. It is not that you are without desires, but while desiring and adhering to things you are at the same time unattached to them.
Learn to exercise the mind of non attachment while working in attachment..
“Abiding nowhere, let the mind work” -The Diamond Sutra.
” True freedom is freedom from your own desires” – Katsuki Sekida