Gain is delusion. Loss is enlightenment.

Written by Master Charles Cannon


“Gain is delusion; loss is enlightenment”
          ~Zen Tradition

What does this quote mean?

Gain is doing. It’s the ego-driven mind. Here, gain means to compete, to acquire, to gather content with which you identify and to construct a content identity that is not real. All the problems of humanity arise from this egoic conflict, which is the illusion of separation.

The illusion of separation simply says that you are separate and different from everyone and everything, creating fear of the other. Out of this conflict that is the source of all human suffering arises the illusory necessity for competition. In the illusion of separation you must compete for the limited content of life and you must achieve an identity that gives you superiority.

Actually, gain is delusion because the ego is an illusion. There is no truthful separation; it’s all a construct of the ego-driven mind.

Loss on the other hand is enlightenment, it is emptiness. When you relinquish all the illusory content that is separate and different from you, when you relinquish all of the content identity right down to your name and all your beliefs about who you are and what life is, then you experience the loss that is enlightenment because then you find yourself in the heart field.

You are in the heart field when you have relinquished the mind-field and its database. To stay in the heart field requires emptiness, nothingness, no data, just focused awareness, the now of existence, your presence as blissful consciousness. So gain is delusion. Loss is enlightenment. How empty can you be? The mind is empty. The heart is full.

Cultivate a wakeful heart field focus and experience the emptiness that is so full—the experience of blissful consciousness within the eternal now that is happening.

About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.