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.

  • Living Unconventionally Leads to Receiving Abundance

    In the last article, I was saying how the system behind money is giving value and the most quickest, productive, and effortless way of giving value is through passion expressed. The universe is always expanding and through passion you help it expand.

    You also help yourself expand in the process too. You teach others to reach points of empowerment through living your passion (whatever your passion might be), since you are connecting to your emotional output (read the last article for more information). Passion teaches both sides: the giver (of passion) and the receiver to expand, grow, evolve, etc. Passion is built on purpose (more information inside the last article) and purpose always leads to progress through a series of events.

    Here is a list of the steps in how passion teaches both sides (hence, giving/ receiving value in abundance):

    1. The giver of passion is lead to a profound understanding about what they are passionate about.
    2. The passion within the individual reaches a dedication to teach it. They are then inspired with empowerment to share this newly found insight.
    3. Through repetition of sharing this universal knowledge of information, they subconsciously teach themselves to remember it. For example, professionals miss steps, leave details out, and consciously forget how to do their profession when teaching. Professionals do things out of habit and habits are done through the subconsciousness. The subconsciousness takes over and the consciousness is off thinking about other things. In order to teach, you have to gain conscious control and this is easy to do if your not a professional.
    4. Through a series of events, eventually they subconsciously program themselves to live what they are teaching (rather than just teaching it).
    5. Through living this empowered information, it leads them to another profound understanding, and the process repeats itself again. The infinite circle of progress is complete.
    Passion Benefits Every Level of Life (not just the abundance of money)
    Passion always leads to these steps. Therefore, passion always leads to value in the most quickest, productive, and effortless way. This kind of value always leads to an abundance. In other words, since the way to attract money is by giving value then (in the process of these steps) you give value (not only by expanding yourself, others and the universe) by expanding abundance on every level of your life and the lives of others as well.

    The Conventional Alternative to Living Passion
    On the other hand, if you choose not to live your passion, then you will be lead to a list of unprogressing circumstances in your life. This list and downward steps will lead you to something similar to this:
    1. Your unpassionate and unenthusiastic approach will lead you to a conventional way of giving value to receive small value in return. The value you give is limited to someone else's idea, therefore limiting the value you can give. This conventional way is trading your time for money.

    2. This approach leaves you feeling uninspired and perceiving the world around you through a conventional way. You begin to think outside yourself, rather then relying on inner sight. This conventional way limits your perspective to think that things are done this way because it is the only way. You feel forced into a system of concepts like: shoulds, should nots, and have tos.
    3. You begin programming yourself to adopt these concepts. These concepts then lead to all levels of your life being limited inside the concepts themselves. These levels consist of the following:

    • Working conventional jobs that you are not passionate or enthused about.
    • Spending a great deal of your time with people who enforce these concepts, which gives you a reason to keep yourself limited.
    • Using the free time that you do have, on activities that you do not enjoy.
    • Getting up in the morning feeling unpassionate and unenthusiastic to make choices that would benefit the lifestyle you desire. You then force yourself to play-out your shoulds, should nots, and have tos. The cycle then repeats itself.
    Conventional Approach is The Most Popular Program Being Ran
    Why is this the programmed concepts most people run? The giver of these concepts was taught of this system and then handed it down through generation to generation. Their experience of these shoulds, should nots, and have tos concepts lead them to teach it and eventually live it. Why is it extremely difficult to change these programmed concepts? It is easier to listen to another's experience (which leads to your experience being the same), then to listen to the insight of faith that there is another way.

    Faith is the Most Powerful Force in the Universe

    Faith is the voice inside you that tells you of universal knowledge. Faith will tell you of the positive, optimistic, passion, inspiration, enthusiasm and all the things that empower you. Yet, faith (even on scientific level) is more powerful then most can fathom. In order to understand how faith gives power, you must first be aware of why life seems so limited in the first place. As I explain in the article "Why is There Difficulty in Knowing, Feeling & Experiencing Infinite Potential? There is Another Way Through Understanding Filters" scientific discovered that there is infinite potential everywhere making all things possible, but life is not experienced that way because we observe it. Yet they can not figure out what the observer has to do with it (there is a video on the link above that explains this discovery in detail). The answer is that the observer limits what is being experienced through the filters of perspective, beliefs, expectations and experience. In essence, faith is one of the only things that can bypass any and every limit of the filters. It is indeed one of the most quickest, productive, and effortless ways of experiencing infinite potential (the only other way I found is through subliminal messages, which I will introduce later in this article).

    The One Thing in Common With All Great Leaders
    All great achievements in life were/are founded through the faith of living unconventionally. For example, do you imagine that Newton would have had his profound insight about gravity if he were chained to a desk working conventionally? Would Einstein have had the impact he did on science? All the great leaders of ideas, inventions, and things that helped shape the blueprint of our reality have had this in common. Conventional thinking will lead you to believing that all the great discoveries are already uncovered.

    Progress is Everywhere
    Yet, everyday there are improvements, progression, new twists on old things, etc. In fact, the moment you buy the newest computer on the market, it is already out-of-date since new developments are continuously being provided. The moment you employ an idea, that idea has already evolved into something greater (hence why there are so many books). The reason this happens is because of the extraordinary minority who live their passion on a continuous basis.

    You are an significant being in the universal scheme of purpose and you have a important task to provide exceptional value of abundance to existence. Living your passion allows you to unfold this process of progressive success. This unfolding leads you to your center. The center of the essence in life, that aligns you to the perfect circumstances.

    Think of yourself as a piece of thread in a tapestry, you can not see the pattern you help to create, the bright color you add to the whole, your place within the system, but the tapestry would not be the same without you. In fact, the tapestry would not hold together without you. It would simply unfold the whole tapestry as you pull on the thread of who you are. You have something within you that holds everything together, by adding something to this universe that keeps it whole. You may not see what it is right now, but you may never see it if you do not live your purpose through the passion you were born with.

    How to Develop Unconventional Passion Thinking

    Of course the difficulty is moving away from conventional thinking and replace it with passion thinking (unconventional). Therefore, here is a list of things you can do to move away from conventional thinking and align yourself to accepting and start living your passion:
    1. Slow down worry, stress, and anxiety by noticing the gaps between thoughts. These gaps are silent unmoving calmness. Within this silent, there is an incredible insight of just BEING. When the mind is quiet (even just the brief moments of noticing the gaps) there leaves room for the state of beingness to share its wisdom of universal knowledge.
    2. Correct & rephrase - Everytime you hear yourself (or others) think/say things in the concepts of shoulds, should nots, and have tos. Always remember and rephrase yourself (them) to realize that you (they) have another choice. Even not choosing something is still a choice.
    3. Apply the principles of faith and empowerment: be positive, optimistic, passionate, inspirational, enthusiastic. Be creative, imaginative, use visualization, broaden your horizons, be clear on what you desire, etc.

    4. Think of yourself (and everyone else) as someone special, important, significant, and has a purpose to fulfill. Think about it often, think about it until you feel it. Walk in this world as if you are a super hero among empowered people. Talk to people in a calming/relaxed manner, in a way that convinces them that you see purpose in your/their life.
    5. Give up your guilt - There is no reason to feel guilty about unconventional thinking. Hard work, effort, and quantity is not as important as purposeful work, effortless insight, and quality. You will not create anything of value for yourself (or others) if you do not enjoy creating it (hard work does not apply). You will not gain anything insightful, inspiring, or possess enthusiasm from effort. You will not create anything with substance without quality (quantity does not apply to value).
    6. Write down inspiring/empowering things, keep them close to remember them and refer to them often (post them on your desktop wallpaper, bathroom mirror, above your bed to have them implanted into your thoughts when you first wake up, and anywhere you will constantly notice them). Read empowering books/articles about passion, purpose, achievement, and success, this will guide you to recognize that all empowered people share the common ground of unconventional thoughts, words, and actions. One thing that has impacted my life TREMENDOUSLY on every level and in everything I think, say, and do is this subliminal recording. I listen to it while I am sleeping at night (you will have to subscribe to email to receive it, click on the link for more information. If you are already a subscriber click the link and scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn how to download).

    7. You have the ability - Always remember if you have forced yourself to get-up almost every morning to goto a conventional job: being somewhere you do not want to be, doing what you do not want to do, feeling emotions you rather not feel, and dreading the time as it slowly drags by all day long, then you definitely have a high drive to achieve anything you actually do desire.