|Are you just plodding through life? You know: Eat, work, sleep. Repeat. Your life is empty, and you have no purpose. You need to change something. But the change needs to happen somewhere deeper than you can reach. If you’re in that situation, then get to work. Think about putting some real investment into yourself. Focus some of your time and energy into inner development.
And then, prepare to go deep.
Inner Development is growth and development of the non-physical self, including mental, emotional, and spiritual areas. It’s the “Be All You Can Be” approach to improving your self at the deepest inner levels, and experiencing higher levels of joy and fulfillment in this life. It really works. So get started today.*
One of the first and most important steps of inner development is the discovery of your self-nature, which is who you are and what you are at the deepest level of your being, all without the masks and delusions created by your conscious thinking mind.
Discovery of your own self-nature is usually a seeker’s first experience of spiritual Enlightenment. While there may be many steps and many experiences of enlightening knowledge, a person who has discovered his own self-nature can be truthfully said to be “enlightened.” Knowledge of one’s self-nature is perhaps the most valued prize on the pathway of inner development.
There are many pathways of inner development. For many decades, my path has been Zen, a meditative practice of seeking inwardly primarily to discover one’s self-nature. It is important to note that Zen is not a religion. It is not based on any religious belief. Along the Zen path a practitioner might receive spiritual knowledge, which is chiefly knowledge of one’s own human spirit and subsequent knowledge received via the human spirit.
Zen is also known as a pathway to discovering an inextinguishable source of inner joy and peace. The primary practice of Zen is a specific form of meditation that entails stilling the conscious mind and creating deep inner peace known as the Zen state.
*Here’s what to do first: Learn about Zen, and learn how to meditate properly. Those are the first steps to becoming a Zen master, which is a person who experiences this life at a higher level of joy and satisfaction. Download the ebook Original Zen and get started.
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