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 3) Internal Instincts & Acting on Impulses

    This is a series of articles, if you have not already read the first two articles ( one and two ) in this series then you will not understand much of what is being said in this article.

    The last article ended saying that
    it is difficult to see the highest goal that there is to choose from, that will serve the greatest good of all. Yet, 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 based on limiting beliefs that said, "I can't" or "this is not possible."

    In our life, we progress through a series of experiences and events. We determine how to progress to the next stage or level on our life by asking ourselves, "What is the easiest, quickest, and most efficient way to progress to the next step?" In asking this question (mostly subconsciously), we try to map out an inner dialog of how to grow and expand from out present situation. By asking questions to direct our focus and using our imagination to find the answers, we can come up with many answers around a focused question. In fact the more you use your imagination, the more you will develop it into a magnificent 'muscle' and get instant, spontaneous, remarkable, very effective and efficient answers to any question you ask. Your imagination is an unlimited powerful tool. If used in a consistently and persistent manner your imagination can come up with answers that are beyond comprehensive to the logical mind, but make perfect sense and order to the way the natural laws of life and the universe work.

    The only thing that stops the imagination from giving you the answers is you and your limited beliefs about the answers you expected the imagination to give.

    In other words, your imagination will only give you answers through the filter of your limited beliefs or logical mind. If you have a limited belief, it can be narrowing down to a basic belief that says to you, "I can't" or "It is not possible”. Therefore, whatever question you ask your imagination, your imagination will only give you the answers that fall into that limited belief.

    For example, when I first asked you to use your imagination to find an answer to the question: "What is the highest goal that there is to choose from, that will serve the greatest good of all?" You could have really easily thought, "I am God!" and laughed to yourself and imagine how you would serve the greatest good now that you achieved the highest goal, shaping this world into the world you want to see. It is your imagination! What stopped you from receiving an answer similar to that?

    This is where the limiting beliefs will show you how many you really have. Because in our limiting belief based reality we limit ourselves from even imagining the biggest choice to any question asked. We conditioned ourselves to limit our own imagination and to see life only through the limiting beliefs we have put into place. Does that make sense? See it took a series of experiences even in the imagination to come up with a final answer to highest choice because we have our limiting beliefs so programmed that our imagination seems to be limited, therefore limiting the choice to even imagine it.

    In the individual scheme of things the highest choice that serves the greatest good of all is living your passion. This may seem like a personal goal, but you have this passion for a reason and in acting on your passion you will automatically align yourself this the quickest, most reliable choice to serve the greatest good. You never know who you might meet when living your passion, what you might be inspired to think or where you might end up. Through my experience living out your highest joy will lead you to serving the greatest good of all. Every "successful" person who ever had an influence on this world for the greatest good of all have only followed their passion. You can live your passion, I wrote an article called "How to Find Your Passion and Make it Your Career" (click on the link to find out how, you will be surprised how it works). Choosing this choice will dramatically vanish the core of limiting beliefs because everything you do will be done with joy, pleasure and passion. It will make a huge step closer to infinite potential, but does not unlock it completely.

    If our logical mind has a limited belief then our imagination does too. They both work together and I would go deeper and even say that if your imagination is limited then your dreams, fantasies, emotions, and feelings are too. Alexathemia is a term used to describe people who appeared to have deficiencies in understanding, processing, or describing their emotions. Those people with alexathemia report having extreme logical and realistic dreams do to fewer fantasies and restricted imagination. Alexathemia is not classified as a mental disorder. Research into alexathemia leaves me to the conclusion that it is a symptom of the logical mind (dreams, fantasies, emotions, feelings, and/or imagination) having a limited belief. Chances are that you also limit yourself. The most common limit that leads to the connection of more limits is the imagination.

    Do you want to change that? Do you want your childhood imagination back? This is one thing that must be developed if you choose not to be pushed through your limited beliefs by the series of events and experiences .

    This is how you do it. Switch roles from your logical mind to your creative imagination mind. Tell the imaginative mind to be in-charge. In other words, give your imagination permission to imagine anything it wants. You must advance the imagination. Develop that 'muscle.'

    Albert Einstein once said, "I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." In other words, knowledge may help you see and understand things as they are; imagination allows you to see what is possible. It opens new choices. It allows you to see beyond what was originally there.
    Internal Instincts
    In life we have internal instincts to help us progress through life. We are born with these internal instincts but just like our imagination it seems to be limited over time caused by limiting beliefs. These internal instincts are what allow us to know how to process to the next stage of our life in a safe and natural manner. Like the imagination, the internal instinct knows no limits except the limits set forth by limiting beliefs. The internal instincts and the imagination work together hand by hand. The internal instinct opens up the ability to program the mind to enjoy the process, which in turn causes the mind to want to keep trying. Internal instincts will program abilities within the body too.
    Process of Life
    For example through the process of life, we go from rolling over, to crawling, to walking, to driving. In the first stages of rolling over the imagination tells the internal instincts that the highest choice to best proceed is to roll over. From there the internal instincts do whatever it takes to help the process get to where it is going. It will even go to extremes of over-riding the whole decision process and start developing systems within the body to expand its current understanding and ability of itself. By developing these systems and opening the ability limits, it is now capable of reaching its next process with ease. When the internal instincts are blocked through every limited belief, we cause the series of events to set in motion in order to carryout the goal.
    Limited Beliefs Cause Unnecessary Detours
    Can you see in the process of going from rolling over, to crawling, to walking, to driving where a limited belief caused a detour in focus changing the route?

    Why even take the route of driving?

    You did not need a tool or vehicle outside of yourself to help you to get to the next process (internal instincts are the tool within that helps with every process) until adopting the limiting belief that the mind and body are not capable of reaching it's destination without a tool. In short the limiting belief says, "I can't" or "Not possible”. There was a limiting belief that the body and mind cannot work together to achieve the goal. However, I want you to notice something very important here: because we took the detour. What in turn happened is 'outer technology advancement' instead of 'inner consciousness advancement.' Nevertheless, through a series of events we developed a technology system so advanced that we can now use it to send information rapidly. Through this vast information, the gap is now a bridge to look to inner conscious advancement.

    For example, you can search anything you can imagine on the internet and if you search long enough nine times out of ten you will learn something about yourself without even trying. Of course it depends on your conscious level what you will find, but you will always find exactly what you need to advance for you as a individual caused by the series of events set forth by your own limited beliefs.
    The detoured route eventually brought us back to ourselves. As in asking: What is the highest goal that there is to choose from, that will serve the greatest good of all? We determined world peace would be one of the higher goals, but we would have to find peace within first. The same thing happened with taking a detour; through a series of experiences, we always will ultimately point ourselves to look within to know. Developing within and advance your inner consciousness. We will always guide ourselves to build from within, to grow, and advance with inner sight, to reach and know our potential: the potential is infinite.

    There is nothing wrong with technology advancement. In fact, the technology advancement systems are an important part of conscious advancement. The technology will eventually advance to such a high degree that we will be using teleportation devices to go from one place to another. We can already teleport information and the structure of the human body is nothing more than information. The only thing that is stopping technology to advance to this level is the money trail.

    For example, we have the technology for solar and electric powered vehicles. Yet these devices are not common because our the collective consciousness of all human beings have not reach a point of serving the highest good of all, only personal profit. Not to worry though, things are changing rapidly quite by design.

    What would have happened if we did not have a limited belief about the body and mind? What would have happened if we did not advance technology-wise and chose to advance the consciousness of internal instincts instead? In order to answer this question, I will use an example we can all relate.
    Impulses of Desire
    Infinite potential is the place we all desire to be and understand ourselves as being. It could be a conscious level of desire or subconscious but we all crave to know what it would be like. You might question that statement. In fact, I encourage you to question it. Think about it, when you are watching a science-fiction movie and the character you are watching does something that most would consider impossible. Don't you get a feeling of excitement and a big smile across your face because you put yourself in their shoes, you got so involved into the movie that you begin to imagine and see yourself there in that moment when the impossible becomes possible. We all get these impulses of desire, but I have a question for you: what would happen if you start to act on the impulse of desire?
    Act on the Impulse
    Let us say for example, a movie inspires you to feel the desire of flying. I am talking about flying through the air with complete control over your body using your mind. Even the thought alone of flying to most people is enough to fantasize about it, but if a movie inspired you to hang on to that thought of desire for days, what would you imagine would happen? First of all the logic of the limited belief would tell you, "that is not possible." I choose to believe (just as you can choose to believe) that life is a dream and in this dream we are capable of anything we desire and I observe that many people have the desire to fly. I do not choose to believe (just as you cannot choose to believe) that we cannot have a desire without instantly being able to achieve it. Having a desire that is not achievable is like having a hunger that you cannot feed. It is like seeing the food that will satisfy hunger and unable to attain it. I do not choose to believe the universe is set-up that way. Therefore flying is possible in one way or another and we all know it deep down but choose not to take-on that desire because the limited belief of, "that is not possible" impounds your mind with such intensity that you are overwhelmed by it. For some people this limited belief is so strong that they even have a hard time picturing it in their own mind, let alone imagining it to the point where you are fantasizing about it for days, but if you were to over-ride that limited belief with inspiration then some very interesting things would happen.

    Life has a way of opening itself up to you and everything you desire automatically. It is only limited beliefs that block people from allowing this natural process to unfold and cause a series of events to take place instead.
    In the next article, I will explain these interesting things, how they happen automatically and how to unlock infinite potential through this natural process.