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That everything is included within your mind is the essence of mind.  To experience this is to have religious feeling.  Even though waves arise, the essence of your mind is pure; it is just like clear water with a few waves.  Actually water always has waves.  Waves are the practice of the water.  To speak of waves apart from water or water apart from waves is a delusion.  Water and waves are one.  Big mind and small mind are one.  When you understand your mind in this way, you have some security in your feeling.  As your mind does not expect anything from outside, it is always filled.  A mind with waves in it is not a disturbed mind, but actually an amplified one.  Whatever you experience is an expression of big mind.  The activity of big mind is to amplify itself through various experiences.  In one sense our experiences coming one by one are always fresh and new, but in another sense they are nothing but a continuous or repeated unfolding of the one big mind.  With big mind we accept each of our experiences as if recognizing the face we see in a mirror as our own.  Because we enjoy all aspects of life as an unfolding of big mind, we do not care for any excessive joy.  So we have imperturbable composure, and it is with this imperturbable composure of big mind that we practice zazen.

That everything is included within your mind is the essence of mind.  To experience this is to have religious feeling.  Even though waves arise, the essence of your mind is pure; it is just like clear water with a few waves.  Actually water always has waves.  Waves are the practice of the water.  To speak of waves apart from water or water apart from waves is a delusion.  Water and waves are one.  Big mind and small mind are one.  When you understand your mind in this way, you have some security in your feeling.  As your mind does not expect anything from outside, it is always filled.  A mind with waves in it is not a disturbed mind, but actually an amplified one.  Whatever you experience is an expression of big mind.  The activity of big mind is to amplify itself through various experiences.  In one sense our experiences coming one by one are always fresh and new, but in another sense they are nothing but a continuous or repeated unfolding of the one big mind.  With big mind we accept each of our experiences as if recognizing the face we see in a mirror as our own.  Because we enjoy all aspects of life as an unfolding of big mind, we do not care for any excessive joy.  So we have imperturbable composure, and it is with this imperturbable composure of big mind that we practice zazen.

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The Energy of Consciousness

Consciousness, in manifestation, has its own energy. And when we feel the unique energy of consciousness powerfully and palpably, we have spiritual experiences. Consciousness is not inert or passive but active. We discover this for ourselves when we recognize that consciousness is always mysteriously seeking for itself, when we become aware of the pulsation of that subtle impulse within us that is spiritual yearning. I’m speaking about the tug of the heart from the deepest part of the Self. That tug is the felt urge towards the mystery of consciousness. It is the drive towards transcendence and spiritual freedom. It’s…

- Andrew Cohen

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