Die While You Are Alive

Written by Master Charles Cannon


"Die while you are alive and be absolutely dead. Then flow with whatever happens: it’s all Source." ~Bunan--Zen Tradition

Bunan’s quotation details the way to wholeness from fragmentation. The entire holistic model of reality and the mechanics of actualizing it are contained within this quotation and, within its seeming simplicity, it expresses great profundity

What exactly does it mean to die while you are alive and be absolutely dead? What of you can die and what of you can remain alive? Life is source and source is an eternal forever. Death is an illusion. It is not real. Therefore only illusion can die and the truth of source remains eternally alive.

Bunan’s quotation calls our attention to our investment and identification with illusion. He invites us to permanently eliminate the illusion that all is not source. It is only then that we flow with whatever happens as source simply because there isn’t anything else.

When this happens, we can live with the truth that there is only one, and all and everything is that one. Such is the experience of unified consciousness.

Meditation is based on this awareness. A witnessing consciousness simply watches itself. In truth, there isn’t anything else happening. There is only one.

There are many meditators who think that their meditation should be other than it is. The truth is that you should just be a wakeful aware witness of your meditation experience as it is. If there is only one, then all experience is source, including yours.

Therefore just regularly meditate and flow with whatever happens as the appropriate manifestation of source within the moment. All else is illusion. Regular meditation with this awareness will allow developmental stillness and an expansion into more unified consciousness.

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.