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Meditation Contemplations blog category – Contemplations are released each week and are designed as a tool to support your meditation practice. Each meditation contemplation blog is offered as video and as text for your convenience.

Those who think they ‘know’ from the beginning will never in fact come to know anything.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

July-21-2014-Thomas-Merton

“Those who think they ‘know’ from the beginning will never in fact
come to know anything.”  ~Thomas Merton

If your knowledge is an object in relation to you as a subject… then you are mired in the illusion of separation which is a virtual reality created by the ego-driven mind.  Such knowledge then is illusion… and illusion is not truth.

 

The greatest of knowledge is to know that knowledge cannot be known.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

July-7-2014-Chuang-Tzu

“The greatest of knowledge is to know that knowledge cannot be known.”
 Chuang Tzu

The distinction that Chuang Tzu is making is that of knowledge or concept versus experience. To have conceptual knowledge of something is never the same as having the experience of it.  In this understanding… concept limits experience because it colors it in one way or another.  The greatest knowledge question then is… what remains when the concept is relinquished?  What remains is essence.

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
~Earl Weaver

There have been many great sages that have recognized this eternal truth.  Socrates is foremost among them when he says… all I know is that I know nothing.  In the eastern wisdom traditions… it is stated that knowledge is bondage.  Why is this so?

Knowledge is thought-based and thought is but one polarity of our relative reality.  If thought dominates thoughtlessness… we experience relative imbalance and limitation within our life experience.  If thought is noise and thoughtlessness is silence… the two must be balanced to deliver a truthful holistic experience of reality.  It is only when we learn these important mechanics of consciousness… that we begin to taste holistic freedom and life fulfillment.

This week… let us endeavor to cultivate more silence within our relative experience.  Meditation is an excellent technique for so doing.  Yet also let us increase our wakefulness throughout our 24 hour day to insure the balance of noise and silence.  In this way… we will experience a more truthful and fulfilling life.

Beyond goals, desires and seeking.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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“No desires, no goals, no seeking, no thoughts, neither obtaining, nor rejecting, nor grasping, nor letting go… rather being free.”
Taisen Deshimaru

An eternally witnessing consciousness simply watches itself.  It has no opinion… one way or another.  It has no desire… no goals.  It neither seeks nor finds… accepts nor rejects.  It is the awareness of both awareness and non-awareness.  It is holistic consciousness… and it is self-delighting… blissful within itself.  It is forever free.

He who learns to give way is the master of strength.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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“He who learns to give way is the master of strength.”
 Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu always speaks from a trans-egoic and holistic perspective.  If everything is but the happening of consciousness… resistance is illusion.  In truth… how can consciousness resist itself?  Consciousness rather flows with itself… as all and everything.  In this understanding… he who gives way is the master of strength.

We should tackle reality in a slightly jokey way,

Written by Master Charles Cannon

contemplation-june-02-2014

“We should tackle reality in a slightly jokey way, otherwise we miss
the point.”
~Lawrence Durrell

In the most time-honored wisdom traditions of humanity… true reality is termed but a play of consciousness… and there is nothing serious about it… because the very nature of consciousness is joy.  It is a self-delighting energy… eternally celebrating itself as all and everything.

We miss this most truthful point if we invest in illusory beliefs that tell us otherwise.  For example… if we believe that life is serious… we forfeit its innate joy… and experience a limited reality full of conflict and suffering.  Has it not been aptly said that what you think is what you get?

This week… let us endeavor to relinquish illusory beliefs and open to the truth of life as a joyful play of consciousness.  Let us open our awareness and be wakeful of the innate joy of being… that is life itself.  In this way… we can have a more truthful and blissful experience of reality.

 

To encounter a true master is worth lifetimes of studying their teachings.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

contemplation-april-21-2014

 

“To encounter a true master is worth lifetimes of studying their teachings.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

It is said that the true master is the one who can teach without words.  It means that their very presence is the teaching.  Presence is holistic experience.  It arises out of consistent balance because wholeness is proportional to balance in the relative field that governs all experience.  It is the high-amplitude power of unified consciousness.