Connecting some dots in this morning Zen Fits. How does a Buddha knocking at your door fit with a Cross Word? Zen Fits, or Zen is a tension, a puzzle, a pain, that pushes you to leap and connect the dots that restores the whole. When you experience tension, a mental negative, and even a positive, for that matter, you are having a Cross Word. A crossed word is where two words are crossed, where two words in the same context are opposites, and the dilemma is that you must read them to get the meaning. Meaning is when everything fits, when there are no loose words, nothing left out.
A Cross Word then is a tension that you must solve. The game is that you willingly create or engage the tension, the pain, in order to relieve it. The satisfaction of completing a Cross Word Puzzle is the satisfaction of Zen, of opening the door to the Buddha when he knocks. In other words, the Buddha always comes as a tension, two words that are crossed so that you have to make the intuitive leap to discover the whole that gives meaning to the crossed thoughts or imperatives of your mind.
Look at your everyday life “puzzles.” A life puzzle is a dilemma where there are two equal choices in a situation that are contradictory and will not fit together, no matter how hard we try. We cannot decide. But we must. That is the dilemma.
Most get out of the dilemma by just denying the other word. Other get out of it by killing the other word. We must restore unity. We must restore the Word. When a whole is divided into two incompatible words, we cannot restore unity, the unity of the Word, by getting rid of one of the words because both words come from the same mind. When we deny one word, it comes back as obstacles to the word we chose over it. The Word cannot be divided. So what can we do?
We have to make the leap of Zen in order to make the two incompatible words fit into a new meaning, one that includes both words yet transcends them, creating a New Word…a New You. You are the Word and the Word is You. The Word dwells in you as You. But you have to speak it. You have to speak your Word in order for You to exist as a whole being, a whole Word.