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People Who Laugh at Death

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Why do people who receive enlightening experiences have no fear of death? Are they just out of their mind, or do they know something that we don’t know?

GreatAlexander_1x1The correct answer: Some of both.

Enlightenment is an experience that opens avenues in the mind not available to a typical person. Let me be clear: This is not a new-age, pop culture fantasy that came from smoking too much weed. Rather, it is one of the most well-known benefits of Zen meditation, something known and taught by masters over thousands of years.

A long-term practice of Zen typically results in the creation of new neural pathways that allow the practitioner to have out-of-body and out-of-mind experiences during meditation. Now, hold that thought for a minute.

Have you heard about people who’ve had near-death experiences or who actually died, were resuscitated, and who experienced passing through the legendary Window of Light? Enlightened Zen practitioners are people who have visited the Window but without the necessity of dying. They experienced the process of passing through the Window—and then coming back. Quite a few of them are walking around the planet today. We call them “masters.” And you can believe me, they know something other people don’t know—they know there is no such thing as “death.”

Wow, what a life-changing, world-transforming concept. That’s chiefly because when your spirit is on the other side of the Window, it can see things a mortal human cannot see. You’re able to grasp a bigger picture than the ordinary human mind can comprehend. Or can be expressed in our pathetically inadequate human languages. Nevertheless, after you’ve been there, you know that death of the human body is just a transformation. It’s merely the next step. It’s the start of a whole new chapter.

This is why Zen practitioners might giggle during a funeral. It really, really is a cause for celebration.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

May 2, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Get Over All That Stuff

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“Each experience you hold onto defines your expression in life.  In Yoga/Hinduism it is called ‘samskara;’ the belief that each thought, feeling and emotion leaves one impression on each cell within the body.  Your expression is the sum total of these expressions.  Yoga and mantra are designed to cleanse these impressions, as they often obstruct one from perceiving their true essence.  This is the journey of life, to clear these impressions and perceive ones true nature.”–Yogi Baba Prem
Thanks to the Yogi Baba for permission to reprint the above. English doesn’t (yet) have a word for this sense of samskara, but that knowledge is emerging from neurology, psychology and other disciplines, especially Gestalt. Ergo, the human being is a multi-media recording recording device that runs 24/7 from before birth until after death. The undeveloped person is a raw expression of all those experiences. If you don’t process and organize those experiences consciously, you are the victim of everything that has ever happened to you. As a perhaps humorous example, if somebody smacked you with a fly swatter when you were two, you’ll always have a “thing” about fly swatters. You just need to get over it. Worst of all, you’ll never discover your own depths and your self-nature until you begin healing and growing from your samskara.
The yogi and I travel parallel paths of inner development. His is Hinduism, mine is Zen. Both are paths of healing, growth, and discovery. We both know that discovering your own self-nature is the path to persistent joy and enlightening experiences.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

March 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

Leave Your Body (For a While)

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A delightful benefit of your meditative practice—after you’ve reached a certain level of accomplishment—is the ability to separate yourself from your physical body. Some readers may think I’m talking about a so-called “out of body experience.” But I’m not. Rather, I’m referring to the ability to go inward to a point where all sensual stimuli from the body are blocked, and the conscious thinking mind is completely stilled.

This “place” within yourself has names in some other languages. But I’ve never found a good name for it in English. I sometimes use the phrase “returning to your core being” or “going into your spiritual state.” Unfortunately, when I talk about spiritual matters, a lot of people think I’m going off into religion. I’m not. The word spiritual has an entirely secular, real life meaning.

To wit: An entity exists within our core being called the human spirit. Every human being who is alive has a spirit. When the human spirit leaves the body, the person is said to be “dead.”

When I’m talking about the human spirit, I am able to use the adjective spiritual, which has a specific meaning that is not associated with any dogmatic belief system. Spiritual means that which is associate with the human spirit.

So now—­voila!—we can accurately say that when you revert inward to your spiritual state, you are disconnected from bodily senses and your conscious thought machine. When you are able to get into your own spiritual state, you will discover that it is always peaceful there. And not just peaceful, but also euphoric. Among the other benefits you may discover, the spiritual state is like being stoned and happy, but without using drugs. Believe me, it is wonderful to be able to go there whenever you want.

If I can figure out how to put it into words, I’d like to describe step by step how you can learn to get into your spiritual state. I’ll work on that for my next posting.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

December 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm