|Do you feel like you’re just plodding through life? You know: Eat, work, sleep. Repeat. Life feels empty. You don’t have a real purpose. You need to change something. But the change needs to take place somewhere deeper than you can reach.
If you’re in that situation, the solution might be found by putting some real investment into yourself. Focus some of your time and energy into inner development. Set your sights on being all you can be. And perhaps even more.
Inner Development is growth and development of the non-physical self, including mental, emotional, and spiritual areas. It’s the pathway of improving your self at the deepest inner levels, and experiencing higher levels of joy and fulfillment in this life. It really works.
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.
By the way, the preceding sentence comes from an old monk named Bodhidharma who lived back in the 6th century B.C.E. His discoveries about about a person’s self-nature have come to be known as Zen.
Discovery of your self-nature is likely to be your 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.
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 then subsequent knowledge that can be received via the human spirit.
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