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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.

Your experience of the present creates your experience of the future.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

contemplation-9-29-2014

“Your experience of the present creates your experience of the future.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

We are here and it is now.  This is the truth and all else is illusion.  Now is the only experience we ever really have.  If we are wakeful and fully alive in the here and now of life… we experience blissful consciousness… because life as conscious energy is innately joyous.

Great Doubts… Deep Wisdom; Small Doubts… Little Wisdom.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

Aug-18-2014-Chinese-Proverb

“Great doubts… deep wisdom; small doubts… little wisdom.”
~Chinese Proverb

It has been said that the precursor to awakening is doubt.  It is that point in the evolution of individuated consciousness where we begin to question our experience of life.  It is when we have enough self-awareness to see through the illusions of the mind and begin to dismantle its limiting database.

All questioning is a way of avoiding the real answer which is already known.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

Aug-04-2014-Zen-Saying

“All questioning is a way of avoiding the real answer
which is already known.” ~Zen Saying

All great masters have elucidated the difference between concept and experience.  Concept is the domain of the mind and experience is trans-mental.  The truth… we are told… is forever beyond the mind… beyond concept… within trans-mental holistic experience.  Concept may point us toward the experience… but experience begins where concept ends.

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.

Ignorance is Destroyed Spirit Shines Forth Like the Sun

Written by Master Charles Cannon

Aug-11-2014-Shankara

“Spirit is smothered by ignorance but as ignorance is destroyed spirit shines forth like the sun when released from clouds.”
~Shankara

Spirit is unified essence or Source.  It is the ground of being… the substratum or true reality.  It is also referred to as one blissful consciousness.  Such is the essential Isness of life… the ‘what is’ of life happening… within the eternal now of its happening.

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.