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.

  • Two Worlds: Part 3: Puppet Master/ Ego

    If you have not taken the opportunity to read the article “Two Worlds: Part 1” and “Two Worlds: Part 2” I recommend it, as this is a follow up to that those posts.

    In the dream people call life exist the two worlds that I already explained in “Two Worlds: Part 1” most people recognize these two worlds in the perspective of the following: World one: ego (ego-centeredness, objective world identity, physical body) and world two: egoless (Pure Being-ness, I Am-ness or Awareness). For a deeper understanding that is effortless to grasp, please read this article.

    Many have said that the pathway of ‘spirituality’ and ‘enlightenment’ requires the abandonment of world one: the ego. Let us look at this more deeply. As I mentioned in article “Two Worlds: Part 1” if world one: the ego, is completely abandoned then you will be in world two: egoless-ness where you see excellence and perfection in all things because you are copacetic. Yet an unbalance will arise causing the same result in both worlds. If you choose one or the other world then you will reach a point where nothing matters. At this point where nothing matters, you will perceive the point differently depending on which world you choose to focus on, but the result is the same. World one you become depressed and lose will. World two you see perfection and lose will to take action.

    As the mention in “Two Worlds: Part 2” as though a balance is needed, gradually you will see world one: the ego move in the direction of vanishing into the background while still keeping it around for balance purposes only. In other words, the world of the ego is necessary to understand the perfection and the balance of your true pure self, unchanging, state of Being-ness egoless-ness.

    The way I go through my waking life is mostly through world two: the perfection absolute of pure egoless-ness. A metaphor of how to do this is to think of your ego as a puppet and your pure egoless-ness state of being awareness as the master of this puppet. Your physical body is the puppet (ego) and everything related to it, thoughts, feelings, objects around you, and how you perceive yourself.

    Your brain tells your body to move your finger; you do not move your finger directly. What actually happens is a series of mussels and tendons inside the arm, move in a sequence pattern that eventually moves the finger.

    When controlling a puppet you must move the directional cross in a way that tightens the string, which in turn moves the puppets limb. I can choose to project my consciousness to a perspective of thinking I am the puppet (ego) or the master of the puppet (egoless-ness) yet I realize the master and use the puppet as a tool.

    The tool (ego) likes to think of itself as first-person and experience everything in this way to give purpose to it Self. I remain in perspective of the master and use the tool in order gain knowledge of every piece of the master, from the perspective of every other piece. Without this tool (the puppet/ ego), I would not be able to do this; therefore, I have a profound gratitude for the ego (puppet) and its role in the self-expression of (the master of the puppet) egoless-ness. In this way, I am always juggling a complete balance by being aware what role the two worlds play in this dream of life.

    The egoless-ness (master of the puppet) is perfection, but without the ego (the puppet) then perfection is only a perspective not an experience. The puppet master would not be able to be what it is, without a puppet. The role of the ego (the puppet) is to experience what (the master) egoless-ness perceives. In other words, the purpose of the ego (experience) is to give meaning to what the egoless-ness holds. The egoless-ness holds the perception of universal knowledge of everything. What is knowledge if the knowledge cannot be experience?

    If you recognize this correctly, (which I will explain more in the next article) then you see that the ego has its place within the perfection and therefore is not lacking, faulty, or imperfect. Hence, does not require abandonment. It only requires an awareness of how to apply it, as a tool.