Without Friends

When I found myself with no friends, I realized that I still had love around me, just not within me. That was the point of my awakening, and the creation of a new cycle of processes that redefined my life and perspective.


In his past life, he was a master of Zen. He became enlightened at an early age and figured out how to teach others how to survive the difficulty of their trials. Deeply aware and observant, he could detect problems in the perceptions of others and adjust their understanding so they could enjoy their lives. In his lifetime he brought many people into the light, taught many the keys to unlock the doors which blocked their travels. He became famous, people from around the world came to him seeking his help, and he obliged every one. Soon, he lost his balance and believed his own hype. He took control of things that need not be controlled. His ego took over. His followers left, and he was alone. He became sad, angry, and miserable in his loneliness, when one day he encountered a house cat that began following him around. The cat would sit silently at his feet and watch him as he worked it all out. How he had lost his way, how he had gone from being such a happy person to someone so distraught with their life. He was meditating, sitting next to his cat when it occurred to him what he had lost. With that realization, death came to him, and asked him how he would like to spend his next life’s journey. He chose to come back as my cat.

Zen isn’t Peace.

Zen isn’t peace. If you want peace, say you want peace; don’t say you want Zen. Zen isn’t a state, it’s the connecting points to achieving a state. Sometimes to get to peace you have to go through the experience of hell before you’re able to see it, before you’re even able to really understand it.

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