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 design 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 Experience Your Consciousness As Infinite Potential

    How to experience your consciousness as infinite potential? Sounds interesting, huh? Well, it's more than interesting, it's actual fact based on what science has discovered.

    The science of quantum physics has discovered that all possibilities are quite literally happening in every event of existence. In other words, every possible choice that could be chosen is simultaneously happening.

    It's the weirdest and strangest discovery since the fact that there are microscopic bacteria (also known as germs) that are invisible to the naked-eye but seen on an microscopic level. Quantum physics is the study of matter on a microscopic level at the size of atoms. An atom is a basic unit of matter that consists of a dense central nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons.

    Quantum physics has discovered, not only that all happenings are quite literally acting out every possible choice, but that all possible choices are infinite, because all possible choice combinations imaginable are present as actual realities, even paradoxes and contradictions.

    Hence, since all potentialities are infinitely true and actually happening, right now, as you read these words, the obvious question remains; Why do we not experience infinite potential? Why do we only experience one reality, which seems quite limiting, logical, and predictable? This is where it gets even more strange, because what you actually end up experiencing, depends on your state of consciousness. In other words, it depends on who is observing and what type of consciousness they are observing through. Hence, if your consciousness expects to see something, that's what your experience will be. Consciousness collapse infinite potential, into something certain and limited based on the observer effect.

    Everything mentioned above, was discovered by quantum physics while conducting an experiment called the double slit experiment. Here is a short video that explains the double slip experiment in an easy to understand way:

    Once you observe infinite potential through your consciousness, then it becomes something certain and specific based on your filters:
    • Your perspective on life
    • Your beliefs about life
    • Your expectations to life (which is where your expectations come from)
    • Which all define your experience of life
    Your filters narrow infinite potential down into something certain/specific. This is what makes infinite potential possible. In other words,
    everything you observe has the potential to be anything you desire. Yet, you are observing it through your filters, which causes it to be whatever you belief (perceive/expect) it should be.

    Your filters make up your personal truth and the reason why everyone seems to experience things differently, since everyone has different beliefs about life. The filters are your limited experience of life through your consciousness.

    The Definition of Consciousness
    Consequently, the only reason you observe anything at all is because of your consciousness. Consciousness is defined in the dictionary as: "the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself. The state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact" That is to say: consciousness is the experience of anything in which can be perceived from a first-person view-point. It is the consciousness that gives you the ability to perceive everything in reality.

    Consciousness Creates
    Yet, if consciousness gives one the experience of perceiving reality, does reality exist without consciousness? If you can not perceive something then how can it exist? You can assume that it exists without you perceiving it, but if consciousness means the act of being aware of something internal or external then nothing can exist outside consciousness unless or until it is perceived. If consciousness is the only ability which allows perceiving to be possible, then wouldn't it make since that perhaps consciousness creates that which it perceives?

    The Reality that Consciousness Creates Through Dreaming
    Much like a dream, everything you experience in a dream is made-up of your consciousness. Therefore, everything is an extension of your consciousness. Of course, while your having the dream, you never realize that it is a dream. As far as you can tell (while your having the dream), the dream is reality. There are many factors behind the dream that stop you from questioning the illusion of it:
    • When your dreaming, you never remember reality (once you do, you are lucid dreaming.)
    • You have a unique experience of who you are in the dream. There is a focus of experience, this focus allows the dream content to come to a pin-point without being scattered, undetermined, or unnecessary. In other words, you always have one point of view about who you are through an awareness. Even if you are only aware a main character (or following them and their experience), like a movie.
    • This one pin-point of consciousness or awareness of a character in the dream, allows the ability to feel more connected to this pin-point, by having senses of self (sight, sound, smell, taste, and feel). These senses are centered around this one pin-point, making it feel separated from everything else in the dream.
    • There is another layer of aspects to keep focus on the dream and to firm the senses into place from being scattered, undetermined, or unnecessary. That layer is the emotional aspect and mental aspect. Causing the state of the dream to be accepted through a centralized feeling and/or thought about the dream content.
    • These senses along with the layer, set the filters of perspectives, expectations, and beliefs about the dream content (if anything in the dream content goes beyond the dream filters, you start lucid dreaming).
    Waking the Consciousness Up Within a Dream
    Lucid dreaming is the point within a dream where you realize that you are dreaming. You know that the "you" you identify with is asleep. Since you become aware of the fact you are dreaming, you now have a different perspective which gives you the ability of controlling your dream. You now expect that you can control the dream and there is no reason to belief you can't once you realize it is a dream. There is an easy way to experience lucid dreams.

    When you first start out lucid dreaming, it is difficult to control anything in the dream because dreams are a reflection of reality and visa- versa. It takes practice to get to the point where you can control your dreams through lucid dreaming. There are steps you must take:

    1. The first step is to always realize your dreaming (become conscious enough to know it is a dream)

    2. The next step is to practice (believe [bypass your filters] that you have the ability to control the dream content)

    3. The last step is to use your imagination (use a focused thought) to create the dream content to your desires (everything in a dream is created by your imagination or thoughts about it)

    Many people have proven that through lucid dreaming you can control your dreams and through enough practice, you can control any part of the dream content. All the factors behind the dream that stop you from questioning the illusion of it (as I mentioned above), all apply to reality too (since dreams are a reflection of reality). In fact everything I have said about dreaming in this article, all apply to reality. The only thing that makes lucid dreaming possible, is understanding that you are dreaming. Which brings me to the conclusion of this article: there is an easy way to control reality and have the ability to shape reality to your desires. By realizing that reality is much like a dream:
    • You do not remember where you come from or who you were before you entered reality
    • You have a centralized focus of conscious experience, giving you the illusion that who you are is this body you occupy
    • This body you reside in, has five senses that seem to be centralized to this one body. Giving you a sense of a connection to only this body. Making you feel separate to everything/everybody else and only part of one body
    • You have thoughts and emotional reaction to reality, making you assume that everyone else in this reality has the same thing. Yet, if this was a dream everyone in it would only be acting the way you expect them to, based on your filters (which brings me to the last one)
    • You have these filters that stop your consciousness and experience from ever reaching its potential or knowing that your consciousness is everywhere
    The Conclusion
    This article is actually a series of articles that explain in full detail how to gain the ability to shape ANY aspect of reality. Therefore, I am going to end this series with this article and invite you to (re)read the series (through repetition you learn. First you learn it, then you remember it. Eventually you will remember it to the point of automatically and subconsciously being/ doing it).

    Return to the first article of this series: Introduction to Infinite Potential Consciousness