You know that old Zen teacher story? One day his son passed away and his students were very surprised to find him crying during the funeral after teaching them about the illusion of death earlier. About our earthly life versus the infinite loving from which we come.
They asked why he was crying anyway. “His death is an illusion, isn’t it?” To which the teacher said, “That’s right. But it is a very painful…”
Inner peace is the way, the Zen teacher soon remembered, but most people often identify and confuse themselves with their feelings for years.
Especially with death, pain, fear and sadness. We store them in our bodies and we remember them much, much longer than feelings of infinity, joy, unconditional love and gratitude.
Try it out: Look carefully and calmly back on one of your most painful and sad experiences in this life and then feel whether you encounter feelings of infinity, joy, unconditional love and gratitude in your body…
What do you say? No, or something in between? And how do you actually know that?
I think it’s about simplicity.
Do you know where your years of conditioning from death, pain, fear and sadness eventually dissolve into feelings of infinity, joy, unconditional love and gratitude?
Deep in your heart. In inner silence. At the present. Where time carries you instead of the other way around.
Try it out. Start small. Do it in your own way and above all have a lot of patience with yourself. History repeats itself until the lesson is learned and transcended.
The difference between an open or closed heart, or something in between?
It depends on how you look at it.
You always write your own story.
PS I was recently interviewed by the versatile author and coach Peter den Haring who is currently presenting a series of conversations at Café Weltschmerz “Between Heaven and Earth”. Besides “opening your heart again” in 45 minutes we will talk about (adult) new age children, what spirituality is now and how old male energy works through in society.
You can watch or listen to us here. † Lots of fun.!