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In my feeling-body, I have an awareness–call it being mindful of the sensation or lightness of being. My feeling-body is that essence of personality and feeling that I carry with me wherever I go. In this space of feeling, resides my inner child, because it is this energy that we have carried with us since birth and into previous lifetimes. Having the sensitivity to be in tune with this feeling-body, we may go to either extreme of dancing in celebration, or imploding in despair, and usually residing somewhere in between.
And in this way we search for wholeness.
It’s a riddle being in a human and searching for happiness, for enlightenment and for wholeness as we are body and soul, physical and spiritual beings, embodied and incorporeal.
For what is all the searching we do to find wholeness–to find ourselves–to end our suffering? The author Adyashanti speaks of reaching the climax of his search and arriving defeated at the realisation that he had achieved nothing…“in the moment I realized there was literally nothing I could do, everything changed. And then this great revelation occurred where I realized that I was both nothing and everything, simultaneously.”
If we are still searching, we are still striving to find something, then “something in us is still struggling against what is.” (Adyashanti)
With the agility of a kōan, questions arise from the depths of searching, yet once one stops searching, one discovers one knows nothing. Then everything becomes clear.
It is a kōan that the more one searches, the less one finds.
Zen Buddhism offers stories that open and reveal some inner wisdom that unlocks an awareness. These conundrums or kōan are signposts towards enlightenment, or what the Japanese call satori.
“Out of nowhere, the mind comes forth.” – The Diamond Sutra
A kōan is a riddle that takes a person outside of logical thinking into the “great doubt.” In this state, he may cultivate awareness. Traditionally, a kōan resembles a dialogue designed to break through rational habits and reach into the unreachable emptiness or stillness of enlightenment. In satori, we can meet the Great Emptiness or Oneness, the Eternal flow, the Endless Ocean and the Infinite Desert.
The interaction between Zen master and student was designed to test the progress of the student toward insight. A kōan, by-design impossible to solve with reasoning, relies on stopping the thought-process to introduce a new state of consciousness.
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