Whatever unpleasant situation adults find themselves in, like stranded with a flat tire, the child will find something to play with. The Zen Practice is awakening that sense of play. After all, didn’t Jesus say you must be like a little child to get into the Kingdom of Heaven, or Presence as Eckhart Tolle calls it? In Zen it’s Just This.
Practice is play. You are working in an unpleasant job. You cannot leave, you cannot change the boss, and you cannot stay…Oh…Practice! It is in these Zen Koan situations that practice gets traction.
A Zen Koan situation is where no matter what you do, you lose. This is either the conditions for creativity (a great leap forward in the evolution of your consciousness) or the violence of depressions, and despair, along with drugs and alcohol to cope.
Take advice from Don Draper in Mad Men. First, one needs a little madness to cut the rope and be free. (Oh, Zorba the Greed said that) But the madness of Don Draper and Zen is that when you are caught in a double-bind of lose/lose, you bypass it, like the double-bind that Lucky Strike bypassed by saying in the Ad: It’s Toasted! That is the Practice.
When you are stuck and cannot stay and cannot get out…Wonderful. It’s Toasted! This is the dance of Zorba (I keep coming back to Zorba. Hope you saw the movie, if not watch it).
We welcome opportunities to practice. We allow the practice. We choose to practice. What good is practice when everything is going well. It is in the lose/lose that we practice, that we dance. We make toast out of the situation. I know…it’s mad…it’s mad.
Metaphorically speaking, Zen is a lucky strike. Zen is all about, an nothing but awakening that lucky strick of “IT’s Toasted!” When you are caught like Bre Rabbit on the sticky tar baby so that no matter what you to you just get more stuck, that is where the Break Out happens.
You see through the Catch 22 as a creation of your own mind. That SEEING is the break out; that seeing is the release of spontaneous creative acton, of being, a knowing that IS being, a being that is knowing.. Our True Nature is One nature, not the two minds caught in a double-bind. It is in the double-bind that our true being leaps forth, force into creation by its inability to choose a way out. The chooser dies in the double-bind because no matter what is chosen loses.
The experience of Catch 22 is madness. It’s madness that one cannot choose a successful path, that one cannot know what to do. The only way out of this madness is…madness, but a madness that is sanity. That’s is the laughter of Zen…It’s Toasted!
in COVID 22 yes is no and no is yes. If you stay home you destroy the economy upon which you depend. If you don’t stay home you destroy the economy upon which you depend. Now, which is it? Choose or you destroy the economy.
Trumps’ path is to ignore it. It’s Toasted! A double-bind or Catch 22 is impossible to live in. The oscillation increases until the amplifier bursts. It is madness to self-desruct; it is madness to leap out. Either way, madness is going to happen. It is mad to stay, and mad to leave either through violence or creativity. Both violence and creativity are mad.
Zen is induced madness.
There is a contradiction in sanity that creates a Catch 22 or double-binging tape loop of an Ego that is trying to balance between two incompatible forces. I must be good and obey the higher dictates of goodness, but I only feel real and authentic when I obey my own nature. This is a contradiction of two valid natures that are incompatible because there frames of reference are the opposite. The frame of reference for Goodness is the whole society needs, and the frame of reference for uniqueness and individuality is my needs. Here are two imperative that must be obeyed but cannot, for to choose one is to deny the other….Catch 22.
But we must choose…it’s Toasted! The Trump way (The GOP way) is to choose what is bad for you. One is good by being bad. Breaking Bad….
But if you choose madness on your own, you will be defined as insane and put away. So you choose madness by joining a mad group. The group chooses madness and you get to be good by blindly obeying the laws of the Group. This way you get to be a rebel and a servant at the same time. You bypass the double-bind. It’s Toasted!