4 PROFOUND ZEN TEACHINGS ON LOVE

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By Christina Sarich, The Mind Unleashed

As westerners we often discount the simple wisdom offered by eastern cultures, only because we have been programmed to doubt subtle nuances in human relationship, and the crazy, simple wisdom which informs them.

As Menday Wang points out in Eastern vs. Western Culture, Eastern people live in time, which means that they follow the natural order of time to do things step by step, not wanting to veer from a set schedule, whereas Western people live in space – often following their dreams to do what they desire, but sometimes missing some of the important steps along the way which help to define our paths as human beings living an earthly experience.

One of the most important ‘steps’ along the way is love, but to experience it, we must ‘dream’ it and this is where East meets West.

Zen teaches, or rather points the way, as D.T. Suzuki would say, so that we may learn to love better. In classic Buddhist teachings – informed largely by the sentiment of the East, we learn loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and a particular form of equanimity – all forms of love. In the West, we learn by happenstance. We meet someone, we long for them, we fumble, and fall, and hopefully, through experiencing a bruised heart, and a wounded ego we seek other ways to love another more profoundly.

We don’t know how to love correctly. This is the sentiment expressed by one of the most quoted contemporary Zen Buddhist teachers, Thich Nhat Hanh. The Zen master states that, “To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.” What does Hanh mean by this? Essentially, if love is missing one of the four qualities discussed in Buddhism (as well as many other ancient teachings) then it probably isn’t love. It is something we call love, but it is more than likely a projection of our egoic needs. As Zen teacher, D.T. Suzuki once argued, “We are too ego-centered. The ego-shell in which we live is the hardest thing to outgrow… We are, however, given many chances to break through this shell, and the first and greatest of them is when we reach adolescence.” Is it not also in this time when we first, as both Westerners and Easterners alike, face our earliest broken hearts and shattered egos?

Zen offers some very salient points once we seek to love better than we have before, whether we arrive at that desire from an Eastern or Western set of societal norms. Here are four of them:

 

“The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable… Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the very nature of an enlightened person. They are the four aspects of true love within ourselves and within everyone and everything.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

  1. Maitri, Loving-Kindness – Maitri is derived from Sanskrit, meaning friend. Foremost, we should be-friend all those we wish to love. Consider your romantic relationships. If you merely desire another, with a need to conquer them, you aren’t being their friend. This first precept also encourages us to look at our relationship with ourselves. Are we ‘friendly’ to ourselves? If not, how can we befriend another if we are at war within?

As Guy Finley describes, the way to win the war against yourself is to realize that:

Freedom from what is unwanted by you begins with awakening to what is unseen within you.

Finley further asserts that the ‘enemy’ behind all the problems you face isn’t outside of you, but dwells within your present mind. Without your conscious knowledge, psychological characteristics built up over time and experience, inhibit your inner being, and make choices FOR YOU. Only by learning to uncover that inner silent architect of your life, can you “expose and dismiss these self-compromising characters and reveal the truth about who you really are. The freedom you’ve longed for follows. You’ll learn to align yourself with life’s secret direction, which invites the greatest power in the universe to take your side.”

 

  1. Karuna, Compassion – Compassion is defined as an active sympathy or willingness to share the burdens of others. In the Pali language, the word is panna. It means ‘insight’, ‘discernment’, or ‘consciousness’. Truly, if we have not reached a certain level of insight or consciousness, we still see another’s wounds as separate from our own, and have no desire to bear another’s burden. This doesn’t mean that we allow people to walk all over us, as we all must take full responsibility for our own choices, but it does mean that we have compassion for another’s ‘cross to bare’ to use Christian terminology.

When you look into someone’s eyes, do you see your own soul?

Hanh says that “Understanding someone’s suffering is the best gift you can give another person. Understanding is love’s other name. If you don’t understand, you can’t love.”

 

  1. Mudita, Sympathetic Joy – Sharon Salzburg of the Upaya Zen Clinic says that instead of “relishing another’s misfortunes,” we should look at their joyous moments in life as our own. Mudita builds on the previous tenant of Karuna. Salzburg says, “One doorway to sympathetic joy is compassion. Life is so fragile, with its volcanic shifts from pleasure to pain, from ease to difficult confrontations, from getting what we want to watching what we just got begin to fade away. We go up and down, all of us. Vulnerability in the face of constant change is what we share, whatever our present condition. If we remember that even people who have more than we do suffer, we will feel closer to them.”

When someone else is lucky in life, instead of feeling envious, rejoice that they have experienced a fortuitous moment.

 

  1. Upeksha, Equanimity – Equanimity is the balanced, calm approach we should take to all things in life, including love. Though romantic love has its roller coater moments, as can familial love, or even love among friends, all REAL love is balanced in its utmost aspect.

Without upeksha, our love can become possessive. Hanh uses the analogy of trying to put a refreshing summer breeze in a tin can. If it is left to be free, it stays a breeze, in the can, it dies. Love is like the breeze, or a cloud, or a flower. Hanh says that many people rob others of their liberty until they can no longer be themselves. “They live to satisfy themselves and use their loved one to help them fulfill that. That is not loving; it is destroying,” says Hanh.

Upeksha contains samatajñana, “the wisdom of equality,” the ability to see everyone as our equal, not discriminating between ourselves and others, states the Zen master.

By developing true equanimity, and staying in balance, we can hold our loves sacred but not hold them so tightly that they begin to wilt.

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Love is an ongoing practice, even for the normally ‘pacifist’ Zen master—after all many Samurai warriors were also Zen practitioners, but the attempt at being more loving is noble, according to the Buddha. It’s at least a good start on our way to achieving Nirvana – to love ourselves, and others, more completely.

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Love In The 5th Dimension

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by Trish LeSage
Guest writer, In5D.com

We all know that there are many different kinds of love.  There is romantic love, the love between parent and child, the love between siblings, the love between friends, the love between pet owner and pet, and many other kinds of love.  However, when we speak of love in the 5th dimension, we are not limited to these kinds of love.  Fifth dimensional love includes all of these kinds of love, and it also extends beyond the confines of 3rd dimension love to include other types of love.

For example, once one reaches fifth dimension consciousness, they automatically begin to feel love towards everyone.  They begin to see themselves in everyone, and they feel a close connection to everyone.  They cannot harm anyone nor anything, and they do not even think of harming others.  They genuinely care about others.  They, in other words, are heart centered.

Fifth dimensional love also extends beyond humanity to the animal, insect, and plant kingdoms and beyond.  A person who reaches fifth dimension consciousness begins to feel a connection with mother nature and all of its creatures and feels as if they are one with the animal kingdom.  The person may even begin to feel as though animals possess a human soul and human characteristics.

This 5th dimensional love also leads one to respect and to feel compassion for the animal, insect, and plant kingdoms.  Genuinely caring about mother Earth and all of her occupants is of great importance and becomes a part of the 5thdimension human’s permanent behavior and becomes a permanent personality characteristic.  It becomes a part of who the person is at their very core.

Once a person reaches fifth dimension consciousness, they feel so much joy and enthusiasm that they love their life.  They love living, and they love life in general.

This love for everyone and the love that one feels for life uplifts and inspires the individual to the point that they want to spread their love and light into the world by encouraging, inspiring, and uplifting humanity.

Imagine what the world would be like if all of humanity were to exist at a 5th dimension state of heart centered love consciousness.  Since everyone would genuinely love everyone else, and everyone would genuinely care, there would be no separation, no hurting one another, no crime, no wars, no “conqueror mentality”, no competition, no greed nor hoarding of resources, no lack of regard for destroying the environment, no lack of regard for depleting the Earth of its natural resources, and the list goes on and on.

If all of humanity were operating at a 5th dimension state of heart centered love consciousness, we would all feel peace within, and external peace would exist throughout the world, there would be unity and collaboration, and the Earth and all of its inhabitants would be well cared for, and abundance would exist for all.  Yes, what a wonderful world it would be!

If enough of us care, humanity can transcend the negativity of the third dimension Earth and ascend to the heart centered, Utopian “Heaven on Earth” of the 5th dimension and beyond.  We can make it if we want it enough, and we can make it if we try!

 

 

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Love, Creativity, and Intersubjective Unity ~ Peter N. Borys

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Love trusts in the infinite freedom of one’s soul and the soul of another.  Love is not a grasping or controlling energy.  Its infinite connection is based in freedom.  From this freedom flows the harmony of creative action in union.

Love only seeks what is best for the uniqueness of each personal soul.  In its unity, love sees the other’s uniqueness as one’s own.  Therefore, the pure unity allows the uniqueness of each soul to express its being in freedom.

Love uses wisdom and experience to guide, assist, and offer inspiration.  It never imposes an agenda, either conscious or unconscious, or tries to move an endeavor or communication through external means of control.  Love is an ultimate trust in infinite freedom.

Love manifests as an energy that works in interior resonance.  This means that it sees and feels the harmony of the whole and allows each unique frequency in resonance to express the tune of its harmonic consciousness.

Love always emanates as inner knowing.  As an incarnate being, this inner knowing emanates from the heart center.  The freedom of each unique soul path is only known from the heart.  There is no external knowledge to the soul that can replace the inner knowing in Divine unity.  External knowledge can only provide a means to look and observe information, but it can never be the knowing.

A knowing is always an internal choice of the soul in the Divine.  Knowing arises from a direct apprehension by the soul through Divine intelligence.  It is from the awareness of a unique soul frequency as one with the Divine unity.

We awaken to our intersubjective unity when we are whole within—a spirit, soul, mind, and body unity that is wholly sufficient in Divine awareness.  This recognition of the Divine self is recognized as the other in an intersubjective union.  In total freedom, the two are one.  This is a unity consciousness where the two are one harmonic consciousness that is experienced as a oneness with the awareness of the unique frequency of each soul.

May we continue to awaken to the awareness of our Divine soul as a Divine physical body on Earth.  In awakening to our true self in Divine unity, we will be the love that emanates an infinite freedom.  In this freedom, we are truly one with each other in our uniqueness of soul.  It is through this uniqueness in unity that we will be the infinite love and creativity on Earth as Divine being, consciousness, and energy.  Let us choose to awaken to the true freedom and creativity that is love.

 

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http://blog.peterborysjr.com/2015/07/06/love-creativity-and-intersubjective-unity

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Message From The First Contact Ground Crew Team ~ The New Story is Unfolding ~ May 23, 2015

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With The Highest Love Honor and Respect With Love From The First Contact Ground Crew Team

ALL the Eyes are on Planet Earth=Heart To watch Creation Occur, in a way that has never occurred before. A Love Story, Where Everyone Awakens as ONE, where The Circuit has Been Completed, and an Even Grander Creation begins. This requires the Whole Planet’s Participation, and is why Everyone must Awaken!

Truth, Love and Creation are just like a Symphony and this Unfoldment on Planet Earth is So Unique and is The Grandest Event that that has occurred in all of Creation. The Event of a Humanity of GOD, that traveled to the depths of illusion and then to rise up, to Play their Part, within the Symphony of Creation. Each Atom carries a Note and each Instrument must Play. Each of Humanity as a Unique God Spark, have a Note within Creation to Play, just as each Atom that makes everything up. ALL parts Make the Whole, and Complete the Circuit. This Moment has arrived~

~Love cannot be forced, it can only be Embraced, Unconditionally. There is a Moment in a Symphony, where the Whole Orchestra Gets to Play, and That is ALL OF US, and that is NOW~

A New Reality is here, the Manifestation and The Transformative energies of Love, like never before experienced, have entered. This is why Humanity is Here, for this Grand Experience~ There is nothing else, it does not matter what is happening in illusion. Who really cares accept those clinging to a sinking ship.

~ You See, The Atoms are Vibrating Humanity into Freedom, it’s a conspiracy. All Atoms are now Moving into the Highest Possible Thought to Manifest, Which Has Been Decreed By Love. We are Here in the Manifest as Granted, and Now its Humanity’s Turn to Manifest into Love and Live the Truth.~~Thank you For Standing with US and Playing Your Roles in this Magnificent Symphony of Love~

~End Transmission In All Love IS~

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http://roserambles.org/2015/05/23/message-from-the-first-contact-ground-crew-team-the-new-story-is-unfolding-may-23-2015/

 

Contemplating ? Just surrender to Love and Trust ~ Méline Lafont

Contemplating

That is what I find myself to be doing right now. Contemplating over things in my life that have happened or are happening, within me, around me, outside of me all over the world. Contemplating about my own meaning in this lifetime and my precious being that feels expanding but locked at the same time into this physical body, wanting to get out of this but at the same time wanting to experience this all and to be of service in a true nature, in a spiritual way..

What matters is this: allowing the true nature of your being to BE and that can only be done in complete trust, Love, and surrender. This we can do by allowing, accepting and relaxing..Breathing in and out, experiencing energies, frequencies, life, love, feelings. All experiencing it, acknowledging it, embracing it but not engaging with it, not defining it, not labeling it but to just simply experiencing it and Be just that for a few moments without any attachments whatsoever to it.

We are finding ourselves in a period of shifts where we are led to ourselves in a deep way like never before. This is required for us to find that balance again and to be that balance again where the masculine and feminine energies of your authentic Being are neutral again and ONE. A balance where there are no extremes and where everything just IS. All is an everlasting, infinite source of energy that never ends, it is only ending a certain frequency that can be translated into experiences, creations, manifestations.. it is a becoming of something, of some frequency at that time that does serve you along your own journey. When a certain frequency of being and experiencing ends, we start to be and experience something new: another frequency of energy and we become that.

What I have found to be contemplating on for a long time now is questioning myself: Is this what I want to become and experience, to BE? Is this serving my highest good and that of others? Can I Be something I have always wanted to BE and experience through this path I am walking on right now? When the answer sounds NO to that question, there is a time for change! Time to retract every energy you have been building upon this experience and shift it into what you want to BE and experience in this now. This float of energy will lend you to another way of existing and Being, where you shall encounter other ways of experiencing just that. In order to pre-create we need to be in stillness and define what is important to us at that time.

This is a rebirth process you find yourself going through and it demands the stillness within to go through; like a baby is still and calm, making itself ready to be introduced into this new world, after all the hard work is done (labor) and the easiest way to go through the hard work is to surrender, to trust within and to go with the flow on a still and relaxed way. The more you struggle, the harder the job to get it done. It is the same as birthing the new you and the new paradigm you all have been creating till now.

We have put an intent and focus to get to point in evolution where we each can Be and experience another YOU or part of You in the Oneness that you are and that requires a hard labor to reach to that point! And the easiest way is to completely trust and surrender to your inner Self, to your inner guidance and to the ones that are close to you (Light family, guides) who are “up there” lending a helpinh hand as they have a broader view on this all. So the only way through this is stillness, surrender, love and BEING.

We are definitely in this phase of stillness right now, for a lot of us gatekeepers are surrendering to our own Divinity and Being to again pave the way for others and to lead by example, to take in and to anchor. This all by BEING. Surges of energies, love and flares are coming in BIG time to make us even more aware of our own Divinity and purpose of being here. Again it all points out to BEING as we are here to BE who we are in different expressions and experiences.

Time for a dance with those energies as we swirl away through the gates of our own Being and make the best of it in our own way for our own best an for that of the entire Universe and Collective. Everybody dances in their own way, some like it rough some like it slow.. whatever the dance is that you choose to experience, you are getting to it anyway and without a doubt. Trust yourself, you are allowed to do so and even required to do so as otherwise you will block the natural flow of your dance. You are a beautiful being of Light by heart, so be proud of yourself to be able to manage this all, to shine and to show yourself to the world in every single aspect of your being. You are an expression of God, the Sparkle of Light and Its infinite Love.

Be joy, Be light, Be Love, BE YOU! I Love you, Méline Lafont

Méline Lafont 2012 – 2013, permission is given to share freely in its entirety and unaltered http://awakeningtohigherlove.com and http://pleiadedolphininfos.blogspot.com

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This Is the Dawning

This isn’t the twilight of your life. You may think so, yet this is the dawning. Greatness is about to dawn on you. The sun is rising, and the sun is getting ready to shine on you. You are going to be splendor walking into splendor. You are just beginning. You are just awaking from a deep sleep. You will rub your eyes, and you will look around you, and you will be astonished at what has always been visible and, yet, you did not see.

You are waking up to the majesty of life and the great opportunity before you. What have you been thinking, beloveds? Have you been thinking that life is a hardship? Have you wondered what you are doing here? Have you considered it a bother to be alive on Earth? It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be here. There is no other life in the world quite like it. You have been blessed to receive this gift of life. It is a great gift. Know this gift of life as a privilege that has been bestowed upon you.

You won the prize. You, only you, were chosen for this very life before you. You headed the list.

You say you are not satisfied with your life as it is? You say it is not the life you had hoped for? Well, then, make your life the way you want it. Make your life come closer to your dream. Keep going. If you don’t like the ferry boat you’re on, catch an ocean liner or catch a canoe or swim across the channel. Set your own course.

No one is to fulfill your dreams for you. You are the only one. Start now. You may discover that, when all is said and done, you are living your dream now as it is. There is more preciousness in this life as it is. You are beginning to learn appreciation for the gifts you have been given. Sing your blessings. This life before you is a precious moment in Eternity. This moment blessings are upon you, and more are to come.

Right now, be My blessing to the world that craves blessings. The one who blesses is blessed.

Who raised you to be dissatisfied with life? You have been given a plum, and you have thought otherwise. You may have thought that life is all too much work, too troublesome, too involved, too out of your hands. The life you desire is already in your hands. Don’t forget, your life is as you see it. Perhaps you haven’t been looking. Perhaps you haven’t been looking in the right places. Perhaps you have been looking too hard. Perhaps you have been looking for obstacles, as if something stands in your way.

You yourself may get in your way. In any case, you are the course you set. You are the race you are running. How marvelous! You are an entrepreneur of life. Perhaps you want to hover less over your life and enjoy it more. Enjoy these moments that will never come again.

Paint beautiful brush strokes. Admire your handiwork. Admire your handicraft. You are the artist of your life. It is your creation. You are not helpless. You are the master chef. You are the one who cooks the soup, brews the tea, and you are the one who spoons the soup and sips the tea. Relish your work. You are the consummate artist of your life.

Where did you get that dim view of your life? Life is not a hazard. Life is spread before you. You are not only a receiver of life. You are also a giver of it. Love and give. Love and give.

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http://www.heavenletters.org/this-is-the-dawning.html