If you're interested in conscious living, then likely you're just as equally interested in Zen but simply not knowingly interested.

Usually Zen is associated with Japanese culture and religious or Buddhism practice, but true Zen (or at least the way this site uses the term) is emphasizing the value of conscious living.

Zen and conscious living come together and go hand-in-hand. Hence, conscious living without Zen is a huge oversight and vice-versa because these are not two.

"Conscious Flex: Zen & Conscious Living" is designed to offer a partnership of how these seemingly two are actually one movement.

Zen is the foundational spaciousness or presence from which conscious living derives. In the same manner that an artist, inventor or intuitive actions come from the stillness in the silence of non-movement.

In other words, Zen is a resting in the powerful space of not thinking about thought, not doing anything about doing, not trying to be the solver or understander, the knower collector but simply allowing the intelligence of life to flow through you and as you.

What is described can be thought of as meditation or accessing our intuition, but it's actually just natural living.

Often you will see kids in a natural resting space or presence and we tell them "snap out of it" because we think they are in "lala land" or "fantasy land" and not paying attention but actually they are simply being completely present with what is. It's natural to just rest and be, that's the flow from which insight and wisdom arises from.

Hence, conscious living is also the natural flow of how life organically expands upon itself. Consequently, conscious living is Zen living, when it's pure and without conceptual overlays.

  • How to Unlock Your Infinite Potential (Page 2) The Highest Choice Through Imagination

    As promised in the last article I will explain how to skip the series of events to know, feel and experience yourself as Infinite Potential (it will take more than just this article to explain it though). In order to explain this please keep in mind that I have to take you through a series of messages to unfold exactly how it works. Therefore, in the beginning what I have to say may sound insignificant and small, but like small puzzle pieces it is a need in order to understand the bigger picture (please read the last article of this series if you have not already).

    Everything in life is about these series of experiences. Everything in life is part of these unfolding experiences. There are experiences unfolding in everything we do with life. These series of events are set in motion by limiting beliefs. The easiest way to determine a limited belief is if it says "I can't" or "not possible". The moment you decide that something is not possible or you can not do something, then life will automatically put you through a series of events that will prove to you that it is possible and you can. A perfect example that is used in the last article was the shy child who decided it was impossible to overcome shyness and was faced with many challenges through a series of events to push the child through the comfort zones that were set into place by the limited belief of overcoming shyness.

    These series of events are comparable to a ladder that forces you to reach the top of the ladder through a series of events. The secret is that there is a faster, more effective and best way to reach the highest part of all the ladders that could ever be set into place without ever climbing in the first place!

    These ladders are like goals, the goal is to know, feel and experience your infinite potential. The only way to know, feel and experience infinite potential is to move past every comfort zone set in place by limited beliefs. In order to combined all the ladders (series of events) and reach the highest part of the biggest ladder, is to find
    the highest goal. You will find that the more you work through your personal goals, the more the goals will grow into higher and higher goals. Eventually the personal goals will become goals that serve others. Why? Think of it this way: every cell in the human body communicates and works together for the purpose and wellbeing of the body as a whole. To skip the series of events and experiences that are set into place automatically by limiting beliefs, one must find the highest goal there is to achieve.

    What is the Highest Goal?
    To me it is obvious that the highest goal for everybody would be the goal that serves the greater good of all. You will eventually find an ultimate goal that serves the greatest good so you might as well reach for the sky and grab the biggest, highest, best, and greatest goal you can find. It will save you a lot of time and pain. Next, we have to determine what is the highest goal that there is to choose from that will serve the greatest good of all? In order to answer that, we must first understand the process of choices.

    The Process of Choices
    People make continuous choices everyday, the same choice over and over again day by day without ever considering what their doing is a choice. For example, people whom have a job, meaning a place they go to earn money doing something that doesn't fulfill them, being somewhere they hate being, and wishing there was a choice they could have where they can spend their time in much more productive ways, but see no choice in the matter. I feel many people see other choices, but feel they are unable to achieve those other choices as well so they limit themselves by their beliefs about it.

    So here, you are in a job, you might have limited beliefs like, "I need to be here even if I don't want to be." Otherwise if your consciousness mind is at a bit higher level then you might have limited beliefs like, "I can choose to have this job and pay my bills or choice to not pay my bills then go broke and lose everything".

    Alternatively, if you are level of consciousness to see choices was a little bit broader. Perhaps you might have limited beliefs like, "I can pay off my bills with the job I have, then I will not feel stuck because I will be working towards a goal and once I pay off all my debts then I can save money to start a business of my own”.

    Limited Beliefs Stop More Choices from Being Seen
    The more choices you see, the more opportunity opens up to see more, and usually it is a series of experiences that lead up to seeing more. You reach one goal and you see there is a higher goal to achieve. The main thing is to discover that if you don't see a choice or you see it but don't think you can achieve it then the reasoning being is that you belief you can't. You limit yourself to ever seeing a choice greater than the one you have because your belief limit stops you from opening up to a new idea.

    Using the "job example”, it is easy to see that if you belief you must work then you stop yourself the opportunity to see a bigger choice being made.

    The Imagination is the Key
    Once you open up to the idea that you do have a choice in the matter then you start to see yourself in your imagination having another choice. The imagination is the key here: if you can imagine anything then you give yourself the ability to see more choices. You see more choices than just your previous choice. Knowing that about the imagination, now we can get back to our previous question: What is the highest goal that there is to choose from, that will serve the greatest good of all?

    You might say world peace and harmony. I know that sounds like it would be the highest choice to choose from but there is a higher choice. How do I know?

    Exercising the Imagination
    Let us exercise the imagination: Imagine achieving this goal already. With it being complete in your imagination notice what has changed, what have we gained, how is it different? How will this benefit us globally? What did it not benefit? By asking questions, we direct our focus and using our imagination to get the answers.

    Well let us break it down I imagine we will gain: No more war, no violence, no harm, and no more pain to each other or animals, but are there still anything that just world peace alone does not serve? Using my imagination, I can see that peace around the world would not serve, solve, or help world hunger.

    You might say because everyone is peaceful that we no longer need the military and armed forces, not to mention: the money that was being spent for these sources can now be spent to feed the hungry, home the homeless, build systems that educate people across the world giving everyone not just the basics, but an equal opportunity.

    You must also ask and imagine what is left? Using my imagination, I can see that diseases would still cause suffering. We want to use our imaginations to come up with the highest, best, greatest goal that will serve the highest, greatest good of all. Let us see if we can imagine a result from this goal that will open an opportunity to serve world diseases.

    You might say because the world is peaceful and we set up an equal opportunity: those things starting growing and now everyone is making more money. Which in turn means spending more money and causing extra money that opens the opportunity to spend that extra money on funding all the medicines, sciences, and technology has to research, build knowledge, and experiment enough that they find a cure to all diseases that exist or will ever exist even the 'common cold.'

    Wow, so world peace has the potential to solve many problems, but our focus is around the question: What is the highest goal that there is to choose from, that will serve the greatest good of all?

    Using my imagination, I can see that it will not serve physical, mental, or emotional handicaps. In other words, we might have world peace in an outer sense, but not peace from within and one without the other is not truly peaceful, but if we have found peace within ourselves then we would think, act, and say peaceful things. If everybody had peace from within then the outer world peace would happen quite automatically and naturally, would that be a fair statement to say when you use your imagine? So a question forms, how do we get everybody to find peace from within each individual? For that matter, how does one person find peace from within?

    Well there are answers for those who ask, but are they the questions we should be asking? Let us change our focus to the original question: What is the highest goal that there is to choose from, that will serve the greatest good of all? It is very close, but I do not think it completes our goal because it does not serve the greater good for everyone.

    Our goal is complete when we have a goal in front of us that literally makes the world the best place. The process stops when you cannot imagine achieving any other higher choice. There is no higher choice to choose from in the process. This is the ultimate goal!

    What we determined through our imagination is that world peace has the potential to serve and solve most of the world's problems, but the only way to find outer peace is to find inner peace through inner peace the outer peace will fall naturally into place.

    Peace is definitely one of the higher goals, but not really the highest goal for all. Reason being is that it does not solve and serve problems in the environment, the Earth we live on. Without the Earth, all the other goals become unimportant and obsolete. Do not worry though, there is a goal that is the highest goal that there is to choose from, that will serve the greatest good of all.

    It is just difficult to see, but we must look at it if we do not want to take the long route of going through a series of experiences after repeat series of experiences. Repeatedly until our choices are exhausted and we choose the choice of choosing the one we thought we could not choose due to our limited belief that said, "I can't" or "this is not possible."

    Let this soak-in and in the next article I will explain more about how to unlock the infinite potential within.