Creative Consciousness Expansion and Greater Understanding

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Consciousness expansion is transcending fear, and embracing the confidence to study subjects you are told are evil. The hidden subjects that are to be sought out individually provide the techniques for expanding, broadening one’s perception and understanding of those things that can only be seen from within.

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The joy of daily practice and self-mastery makes one’s life more worthwhile.

The journey from the astrological Aries sign (identity) is to transcend one’s vices, turning one’s being toward one’s strengths through self-transcendence (transcending one’s fears).

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One transforms one’s self and life by expanding and broadening one’s perception about one’s capacities and capabilities to master and have strength over self-defeating thoughts that hold one back from making small daily constructive changes that make one feel better about oneself and one’s life.

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Creativity: The Joy of Release and Transformation

moving butterfliesThe inevitable release from elementary school, university, graduate school, one career to a new career, one relationship to another, or choosing no relationship, and retiring from career to enter retirement all have a particular commonality. That commonality is the building upon what one has already accomplished.

Certainly, particularly when one is at one of these particular stages of life, no matter, we are all like the “ninja cat”, we’ll get creative, hopefully!!!!

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Our situation will create the need for considerable increase in persistence and tenacity within the situation we’ve placed ourselves!

The issue throughout our lives is the resistance to change that we all face.  We all may want release from a particular circumstance, but we don’t know what it is or how it is that we can accomplish what it is that we think we want. This is where ingenuity enters our lives.

We’ll start testing various approaches:

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Not focused or concentrated on which outcome we want, and eyes, not wide open, we reach out, and whatever comes to us we might think that, that is the only possibility!

One thing for sure is that the inevitable transformations, still have great and many potentials that we may not be aware of. This is where it is important to stay open to many possible potentials ahead of us, continuing to reach and test, hopefully with eyes wide open!!!

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Remember, what we are concentrating on is regeneration, adding upon our tools and skills of life to make our lives more interesting, fulfilling and meaningful!!!

We’re all observing the possibilities and potentials of the transitions we find ourselves engaged in.  As we are engaging in various activities and experiences, we’re testing our own perceptions about our potential and possibilities to transition to, testing our capacity for personal persistence and tenacity.

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What we are all called to do during the transformation of a stage of life to another stage of life is to give it a new form. Therein will rest our new purpose and meaning, how is it that we will fit into a particular scenario, and do we really want to fit in to it!!!!

Certainly transformation entails considerable difficulty, whether it be studying a particular discipline of fitting in, to become better at what it is that one wants to embrace, or cutting back and being more practical in one’s life in order that one can get more out of one’s life than one is presently experiencing. Certainly one will have a tendency to follow one’s propensities.

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We come to see within ourselves a sense of a particular joy in this difficulty in creating the need for considerable increase in persistence and tenacity in what it is that we are engaged with, that will ultimately be the tool of our personal and situational tansformaton.

The Way of Image

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The Way of the Inner Sage

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Essence: Elements: Inspiration: Spirit: Spirituality: Being: Expression

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Elements and Seasons of Biochemical Salts of Salvation

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The Change of Elements in One’s Life, Changes One’s Life

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Location of Color Enhances The Areas Of One’s Life

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The Way of Refining One’s Life Through Meal Preparation

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The Zen of Preparing One’s Food

Preparing a meal for oneself, one’s family, “the communal table” at various levels, for the “tenzo”, the “chef” (cook) and the chef’s assistants within the Buddhist philosophy of the “spirit of meal preparation” brings a whole new meaning to the function of both kitchen and the “tenzo”. A renewed spirit of reverence for fresh food handling and preparation for specific life-styles and behaviors is essential. That “spirit” within which meals are prepared is transferred to those who ingest the vital nutrients of life and good health.

This book is not about recipes, but about the importance of reverence and a “life-style attitude” of the tenzo, the “chef” of which many of us are in various degrees. The daily effort of the practice of meal preparation is essential for refining one’s life and the lives of those one prepares such food, and is the foundation of one’s own enlightenment. Every daily practical work is the essence of personal refinement, and that includes one’s time within the kitchen and one’s attitude around procurement and the preparation of “one’s daily bread”, so-to-speak.

The spirit of meal preparation is the most fundamental of “Dogen’s” teaching: “Freedom is attained by realizing everything one encounters creates and is the self.” “Nonjudgment” is living with an unbiased mind. The very nature and complexities of the reality of each individual life and passing contain inconsistencies and negligence.

“Zazen”, daily contemplation (or meditation) assists the mind to be more flexible and capable of seeing from a broader perspective. Simply reading this very thin book and its footnotes, provides the meaning of the essential daily practice, of simple practice of both “Zazen” and the role of the “tenzo”, “chef”, “cook”, and the real role of meal preparation.

This book is a metaphor for each sector of our lives:

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