Zen Masters: The fly

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the presence.

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Ever wondered why it is so difficult to hit a fly?
Their secret is that they’re consciousness is so much in the presence, the sense 0,5 seconds in the future and 0,5 seconds in the past, so are gone before you’re even think of hitting.

The more rooted you are in the presence, the more consious you are.

Zen Masters: The peregrine Falcon

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the presence.

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Imagine a brid faster then a Ferrari. It exists and its Latin name is Falco peregrinus. Its normal airspeed is 105-115 kilometers per hour, but when it dives it reaches velocities that exceed 320 km/h!

How?

It climbs up to a high altitude and gravity plus a perfect body shape does the rest. Nostrils and eyelids are protected, because of the pressure is so high.

Be the falcon, shape your being to reduce friction and use the power of gravity.

Zen Masters: The cow

Nature delivers the greatest Zen masters in learning how to live in the presence.

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I was staring at a cow laying in the meadow relaxed and ruminating.
It was staring back at me with big, lazy eyes. At least so it seems on the outside. Inside a huge factory is working. Eating, swallowing, pre-processing, ruminating and swallow again, using 4 stomachs.

Be the cow when interacting with othes, swallow, pre-process and ruminate the words, before you react.

What about the wings 

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Imagine you’re an angel but are not able to use your magnificent wings because somehow, it is not accepted. Because it’s weird and out of the ordinary. What would you do?

Wings are hard to hide. Their too big and they’re also a piece of art. Let’s face it, art should not be hidden in a darkened cold cellar, it has to be out in the open.

Talents are like the wings of an angel.

Showing them is out of the ordinary and catches (too much?) attention. But, is the opinion of the less talented the convention? Or the opinions of the ones that are too shy or insecure, hiding their own wings? No.

Spread you’re wings so you can fly and people look up in wonder instead of looking down at the floor. Using your wings inspires everybody, sooner or later, direct or indirect, small or big. But most of all, it will inspire the hidden angels to spread their wings as well.

Imagine.
Fly.

The painting is part of the Heavenly-series

The power of the mind

 

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She drained the energy out of me in a way, even a Duracell Power Plus battery couldn’t handle for long. She was full of negative energy almost to a level I had difficulties coping with it. Fortunately, I was aware in time, and wasn’t sucked into this river of negativity.

It was clear, our visitor was a very unhappy person.
She blamed past (and future) of the heavy life she is in now. Her ‘egoic’ controlled mind was driving her behaviour a 100% and blamed anyone and everything as the cause of her misery. Even I couldn’t change her mind in a positive way, and believe me I tried.

It made me realize how strong the mind or ego can be in controlling behaviour and life, by squeezing out all oxygen out of consciousness. A terrible feeling.

The Mind,
it is talking continuously in my head as well, so I was wondering how much it controls my behaviour (and fears) and how to handle that in relation to my consciousness. I too have negative thoughts, feel anxious or insecure now and then, have judgements about others. I know it’s my ‘egoic’ mind that takes control, but I want my spirit to be. I want my spirit to be free and in direct contact with the source.

Instantly it became clear: It is the moment I think of my mind thinking.

It is then I am becoming the watcher of my thoughts and thus ‘in control’ of them and closer to consciousness. It is that space I want to be, briefly at least, or longer when possible.

So, the moment you’re aware of thoughts (negative and positive), you’re able to put things into a perspective (enlightenment). A perspective where mind and consciousness (ego and being) can team up and create synergy. All thoughts, bad and good, are positive energy, it is important be aware of the thoughts, in order to tap into the infinite source of energy.

Be conscious of mind

The painting is part of the Heavenly-series

Beyond the noise

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Einstein once said: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

I like that saying a lot. Besides the fact that it promotes being open for change, it also means that it is good to go against the grain now and then. Not just to make a point, but also get a stir. Make people (and yourself) thing about he way we do things and we tend to do things always in the same way. That isn’t moving.

I love to ride a bicycle.
I get up ridiculously early and put in my bike gear to make my round. I do that no matter what weather, Cold, warm, rain or snow. But there’s always the noise of wind in my ears.

In a way think of it as the noise inside your head, that distracts you from being in the presence. It is the voice of your mind that interfering in being in touch with true spirit.

When I ride my bike I consciously listen beyond the noise and listen to the birds, the cars, my tires on the road, really feel the presence of everything around.

I even turn out the light and ride in darkness, with only the moonlight. It feels like the road is moving underneath you, instead of you moving over the road. Standing still while the world moves. What a thought.

Now, when I walk to the bakery or to my car I make it a habit to listen beyond the noise. The birds singing; the rustling of the leaves in the trees; my footsteps on the pavement, the beating of my heart.
It is a great and way to be in the presence.

Try it.
Turn on your in dolby and start listening beyond the noise.
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The outcome of a dream

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“The outcome of a dream can only be
the result of dreaming”

 

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When you’re not having a dream there will be nothing to materialize or become real.
Therefore my message is to start dreaming immediately. It doesn’t matter whether it is dream in the night or daydreaming or in between (try it some times!), but be careful what you dream, because before you know it, it is real.

Polarize
So what is a dream? Is a dream is a result of a thought or a wish? I know a dream is the unconscious processing the emotions of the day, but active dreams have to be positive in order to have a happy outcome. It is a precondition to ban any negative thoughts from your mind. Best is to use the negative thoughts as input to make them positive. If you’re not able to ban the negative thoughts, they become part of (or interfere with) your dream and become part of the outcome.

Recognize
The outcome of a dream will, most of the time, not appear at once. It is a gradual process of small pieces coming together. It is important to recognize and see these little pieces, for they are vain… If you do not pay attention, they feel ignored and will hide again, so be aware.

And Be Here Now
Even when your dream is not yet realized at all, any thought is part of it and contains the biggest joy. That party is now. It has to be experienced and celebrated.

What’s your dream?
Think carefully,
because
before
you know,
it’s real.