Once, a long time ago, there was a wise Zen master. People from far and near would seek his counsel and ask for his wisdom. Many would come and ask him to teach them, enlighten them in the way of Zen.
One day an learned man, came to visit the master.
“I have come today to ask you to teach me about Zen. Open my mind to enlightenment”, he said.
The Zen master smiled and said, "Let us discuss the matter over a cup of tea." When the tea was served the master poured his visitor a cup. He poured and he poured and the tea rose to the rim and began to spill over the table and finally onto the robes of the wealthy man.
Finally, the visitor shouted, “Enough. You are spilling the tea all over. Can’t you see the cup is full?”
The master stopped pouring and smiled at his guest. “When your mind is like this teacup, full, nothing more can be added."
The exercise we are going to do today is to empty our cup but in a slightly different way.
Do you even know that so many points of views that we have are not even ours? So many thoughts that we are collecting are not even ours, our cup is full but not because of us. The way we react, our behaviour, sense of dressing and everything else could just be the voices of our families, friends & society echoing in our head. This also dictates how things start to show up or not show up in our lives. The conditioning of our mind, the behavioural patterns and the so-called blocks could be because of somebody else's insane point of views that we are holding onto and we are cluttering our own head.
Let us today make a list of all the point of views with regards to our ASK. Any point of views that we have bought from anyone else. Let's list them down.
For example, the ask can be more money, but one might have heard people in the family or friends say one of the following...
"You can't just ask and receive."
"Money doesn't grow on trees."
"You need to work hard to be successful."
"Life is a struggle."
"Only if you study hard will you succeed."
"There is lack of money."
Some other points of views
"Too much Crime."
"Sports and Music doesn't get you anywhere ... It is a waste of time."
"You will never find a boy. You are too fussy."
"All good boys are either gay or taken."
"Court procedures take too long."
"Good girl don’t behave like that."
So many insane points of views and we just keep buying into them.
What have you heard that is a blocking your ask from being actualized?
Make a list today, for all the different points of view you have picked up and then to each one of them say.
RETURN IT TO THE SENDER WITH CONSCIOUSNESS ATTACHED
The list may be really long.. So get to work… Change your reality.
Holistic Living - Aarti Asrani