Thank you for tuning it to see what insanity I can unravel this evening. I try to make complicated teachings understandable in everyday mind with everyday objects, like cotton balls and half dollars. We all have coins in our pocket, flipping a coin is a universal metaphor for Zen. (Just just what I say so Google it). Zen is that situation when you are caught in a dilemma, the horns of a dilemma. Now the coin flip is not a dilemma; it solves dilemmas when you have two equal choices, and neither can be chosen because the other choice is equally valid. So we flip a coin.
But what happens if the coin has two equal valid sides? What do you flip then? This is a spiritual dilemma. This is a Zen Koan (coin) where neither side is a valid choice, but you must choose or you will be punished. See what a panic attack that is. We all have these moments in our everyday life, but we don’t recognize them in this context.
I go to Walmart with a commandment from my wife, a list of items for me to choose. When I come to an item where there is two or three items that look the same to me, I have a Zen panic. I call my wife to get relief from the double-bind that throws me into a vortex of not-being. When you can’t choose, you can’t choose yourself. Every notice that. When you can’t choose because the choices are equal and mutually dependent to the same situation, we have anxiety that can progress to a panic attack and a nervous breakdown or psychosis at the end of the line.
So this talk is my attempt to create a pocket metaphor to help you get an understanding of what’s going on. Take out a coin and hold it in your hand. You don’t know if its heads or tails. The holding of the coin, the touch of the coin—you can feel its edges, the design on its face, perhaps, but you have no choice of heads or tails. That touch is the Knower. Then you hold the coin up and you see heads and tails, and you flip to let the coin decide what IT you will choose. But what if both ITS are equal. That is ambiguity, and ambiguity is a terror to the IT mind, to the choosing mind. The Ego exists because it is the Chooser. With no choice, to Ego center, no Chooser. Panic. We usually get out of this dilemma by getting your spouse to choose. We elect a president to choose. We delegate choice.
We are trying to get a handle on who the Knower is that doesn’t choose because the Knower knows both sides of the coin. The whole coin that you feel with your hand is the Knower that is prior to the choosing mind, the IT minds. This is the Promised Land. The knower is not on any of our maps because all maps are IT maps.
There must be a radical revolutionary shift that activates the knower when the stress of not being able to choose reaches a saturation point.
Pocket Metaphors, Household Metaphors….That’s what I’m creating in my talks. Objects in your pocket, in your house that are metaphors that can mediate your awakening. A spiritual metaphor is a vehicle or ferry that takes you to the Other Shore. In a fragmented world of ITS, each of which is what it is, a metaphor takes an IT and transforms it into a means of restoring unity, of finding that which unifies all ITS. A spiritual metaphor takes you to the hub of the wheel and integrates all the ITS in your world. It’s a portable hub, this Pocket Metaphor, in the same way the Bible is a Pocket Temple located in space/time. Your Smart Phone is a pocket metaphor that connects you with the whole world, on the go. But the Metaphor is thot IT. A metaphor says: This is IT: This is not IT. A metaphor invites you to leap to the whole coin and stop flipping to get heads or tails to get the Whole that integrates your world for you. You can’t get to the other shore of Wholeness through choosing heads or tails.
A Pocket Metaphor can activate Insight. Insight is a momentary awakening when the Totality penetrates your IT mind and gives you a blast of wide angle. The IT mind is a narrow lens focused on IT, mental and physical. The Wide Angel is like Moses parting the Red Sea, or Noah’s ark holding all the pairs-of-opposites. You see the duality from a viewpoint of the ONE that has no IT.
Moses parting the Red Sea is a dead metaphor. You need pocket metaphors that you discover in your everyday mind.