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Upon reading the first part of Zan on Zen, Peter had found that he felt an affinity with the idea of the universe being an energy field with an element of consciousness. The way that the three components of the universal principle, matter, energy and mind blended into each other, bore a similarity to the way that ice, water and steam were all phases of the same substance, simply displaying different properties. All of creation, by this reasoning, was a unity, a single entity. This idea had a powerful effect and brought to mind a strange phenomenon that he had experienced in his youth.

In his late teens, Peter had gone to see the movie “2001 A Space Odyssey”, since he had read the novel and found it captivating. At the movie scene where the character Dave was hurtling through space in the capsule, Peter had been so engrossed in the special effects, depicting stars and galaxies, that he had actually experienced an altered state. Initially, suspicious of this strange feeling, he had even considered the possibility that someone in the movie theater was smoking something that was still illegal in Colorado back then. Because his mental faculties were not impaired, however, he realized that this was not the case. Peter had simply put this occurrence down to the movie’s special effects, and had thought no more about it.

Recalling that instance of expanded awareness, while considering the fact that the universe is an energy field, Peter thought that he might at last have an explanation. Possibly the movie scene had subliminally introduced the energy field idea to him, and the feeling he had experienced was a characteristic of this realization. It was with this idea in mind that Peter commenced his relaxation routine. This time he did not consider any negative encounters with individuals, or negative situations, instead focusing on the concept of pure energy, as permeates the whole of creation. The first section of the book Zan on Zen gave a clear description of energy, in all its forms, and also explained how all matter is simply a form of energy, so he had a clear understanding of the principle. In his relaxed state, Peter established the energy flow through his body, in time with his breathing. Thinking of the three phases of reality, and acknowledging that he consisted of these three phases, and so was in tune with all of creation, Peter soon found that he felt a very profound sense of well-being. By contemplating the vastness of the universe, and at the same time recalling those scenes from the movie “2001”, he found himself feeling a similar shift in awareness as had happened in his youth.

Peter now understood, because of his previous relaxation routines, that his thoughts, and therefore his state of mind, were under the control of his will, and that he could choose to mold his thought processes as he wished. He focused on this fact intently and came to the realization that he was not his thoughts, but rather he was the creator of them. This further enhanced the sensation of being in an altered state, which was accompanied by the realization that he was a center of power within the universal energy field. Experiencing an incredible sense of well-being and tranquility, Peter concentrated on the conclusion that this exercise had led him to:

“I am.”



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After Successfully clearing his mind of negative thoughts of his friend John, Peter was eager to explore the extent of his new ability to manipulate internal thought patterns. So far he had reversed his feelings of misfortune regarding his early childhood injury, restored his faith in his physical abilities and eliminated unwanted negative thoughts about an individual. He could now see the pattern to these though-control exercises and considered that he could easily carry out a similar operation on any issue of his choosing. Peter felt, for the first time ever, that his state of mind was not at the mercy of his habitual thoughts. He felt, indeed he knew, that now his thoughts, and therefore his state of mind, were under the direction of his own will.


Being able to alter, and even eliminate, negative thoughts of people and events from the past, as described in the book, seemed straightforward to Peter now, and he wondered if it might be possible to do a higher level operation that would not require every case to be carried out individually. There might be untold instances of negative thought sequences lurking in the caverns of his mind, thought Peter, as he formulated a plan to deal with them all, as a group.


Since it had been so effective the last time he did these exercises, Peter brought to mind the green filter, placing it atop his head, and thereby cutting off the intrusion of any negative thoughts. Without centering his thoughts around any particular person or event, he visualized the green laser beam penetrating the filter and impinging on the transceiver in his head. This had the immediate effect of placing his brain in the high energy state, as described in the book. With each inhalation of his regulated breathing pattern, Peter could feel the infusion of energy into his torso. This time, upon each exhalation of his breath, he imagined a red tint to the energy that was leaving his body, through his feet. Having done the relaxation exercise numerous times, he could bring on the euphoric feeling that accompanied it almost instantaneously.


With the influx of the green, positive energy into his body, and the expelling of the red, negative energy through his feet, Peter imagined any bitterness or resentment that might be lurking in his mind, being eliminated. This could include bad feelings about prior events, individuals and situations; he imagined them all leaving in a red cloud and sinking into the Earth, where they would be neutralized. In the spirit of further experimentation, Peter decided that, in future, he would endeavor recreate this state of tranquility and euphoria simply by commanding his mind to enter the “Zan-zone”. This particular session seemed to have been much more transcendental than the others, probably because he was not having to focus on any memories, simply having to expel red energy, so Peter resolved to include this in his daily routine.

A New Suite Of Tools For The Journey Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:28:23 +0000 Continue reading →]]>  


Peter’s new feeling of increased self-confidence was like a source of inspiration, and he found himself toying with the idea of removing further negative blockages from his mental repertoire. If he understood the message within Zan on Zen correctly, no-one’s character was “set in stone” and unalterable. The book was claiming that one’s mind could be molded by one’s own will. At first glance, this seemed an incredible, preposterous idea, similar to the age-old question, “Can one pull oneself up by one’s own bootstraps?” Peter recalled reading, however, that people are “in a continual state of becoming” and that an individual’s self-perception is transient in nature. This recollection added validity to his emerging plan.


Since his initial reading of ‘Zan on Zen: Saying “NO!” to negativity’, Peter had been intrigued by the Wi-Fi model used to represent transmission to and from the thought-cloud. The idea of green and red transmissions representing high-energy and low-energy thoughts made sense to Peter, and he understood the concept that dynamic systems tend towards a low energy state, unless acted upon to do otherwise. He also appreciated that the model presented in the book was a foundation upon which readers were free to experiment. This model was not presented as dogma; on the contrary, it claimed simply to be a hypothesis.


As an experiment, Peter brought to mind a negative thought pattern that had been troubling him lately. There had been a recent falling out between two of his friends, John and Roy, and try as he might, he had been unable to remain impartial. He realized that he had parted ways with impartiality the moment he had voiced agreement when Roy had criticized John. Peter had soon found, to his horror, that he and Roy were engaging in gossip about John. Although he had discontinued this practice, and made it clear to Roy that he no longer wished to criticize John, he often found John appearing in his thoughts, in a negative light. What was worse, these occurrences seemed to be increasing in frequency.


Applying a bit of creative license to the book’s theme, Peter imagined a green tinted filter, similar to that used in photography for attaching to camera lenses, located at the crown of his head. The purpose of the filter was to allow only green light into the transceiver, described in the book as being the means by which thoughts entered the mind from the cloud. Peter resolved that whenever thoughts of John entered his conscious mind, he would visualize this green filter in place, so that only positive thoughts of John would impinge on the thought Wi-Fi transceiver.


During his next relaxation session, as per the exercises in the book, Peter actively brought this friend to mind, and considered the good points of their friendship, before it had been distorted by his negative thinking. As intended, he visualized the green filter in place, with only positive thoughts about this friend being able to be received. He repeated the exercise often, over several days, both during relaxation and at odd times when his mind was free of things requiring its attention. He was amazed and delighted by the effectiveness of this exercise, and also filled with curiosity as to why it had worked so well.


Being a lifelong learner, Peter was in the habit of listening to self-help audio recordings while driving to and from work. On one of these recordings he had been fascinated by the narrator’s likening of the human mind to a garden. The message in the recording suggested that, unless we actively tend to our mental gardens, they will become choked with weeds. This had struck a chord with Peter, who could appreciate the simple analogy, and he instinctively sensed its validity. Being familiar with the contents of Zan on Zen however, he now viewed the weed encroachment as the action produced by the red Wi-Fi beam introducing negative thoughts to the mind. This was described in the book as being the low-energy, default state of thinking to which the mind would gravitate in the absence of guidance. The green Wi-Fi beam, on the other hand, represented the action of carrying out maintenance on this garden.


This new insight filled Peter with a sense of empowerment and control. Although he had contemplated the “garden” analogy in the past, it was simply as a convenient model for visualization. Now, however, he was equipped with a set of gardening tools, and the means of cultivating a vibrant, lush and healthy mental landscape. It was time to get to work.

Simple solution to a complex problem Sat, 11 Nov 2017 18:43:14 +0000 Continue reading →]]> Veronica was finding herself reluctant to get up in the morning these days, and usually arrived home from work exhausted. Upon reflection, she realized that this was a completely new phenomenon, since she had always been a happy, optimistic soul who loved her work and had no reason to complain about her situation. This new feeling had started, she realized, shortly after she had been informed that her performance at work was not up to standard.


A few weeks ago, Veronica’s boss had called and asked her to step into his office for a few minutes. Upon doing so, Veronica was shocked to find that she was being taken to task over her inability to solve a technical problem related to the development of a new product, in a timely manner. The experience was all the more painful due to the fact that her boss had recently been promoted to the position, and prior to that had been of the same standing as herself within the department. She could recall many times when Martin, the new promotion, had called upon her for help, when he was having difficulties, and she had gladly offered her assistance.


Upon leaving Martin’s office, Veronica had felt humiliated and hurt, and also felt more than a little resentful. As the day wore on, she had found that she was focusing on these “betrayals”, and these thoughts had grown in frequency and strength ever since. This, she concluded, was the reason her attitude towards work had changed. Her workplace now represented a place of conflicting emotions. On the one hand, Veronica fully appreciated that it was now Martin’s job to manage projects and ensure that tasks were completed on time, however she could not help bringing to mind that just two months ago they had been friends, as well as colleagues.


Veronica realized that these frequent thoughts, and not the situation itself, were responsible for her negative feelings towards her working environment. She knew she could not change the situation; in fact, she had welcomed Martin’s promotion at the time, considering him a suitable candidate for the post. It seemed that her best way forward would be to cease thinking about Martin’s recent behavior towards her altogether. This she had attempted many times, however, try as she may, she could not get the subject out of her mind. At random times throughout her waking hours, she would find herself having uncomfortable thoughts about the new dynamic that existed between her and Martin. This was driving her to distraction.


Knowing her interest in personal development, a friend had gifted her a copy of a book called ‘Zan on Zen: Saying “NO!” to Negativity’, which she had yet to read. She had briefly glanced at the chapter titles and had felt intrigued by them at the time, but had not yet set aside time to read it. This she resolved to do, never for an instant imagining how effective it would be.


The spirit of the book made sense to Veronica, being a deep thinker and having a curiosity regarding the meaning of life. She found the reading interesting, and the ideas put forward in the book agreed with her logical disposition. Reading the book had a relaxing effect on her, decidedly so when performing the mental exercises, and she soon found that her views were changing about the nature of life. Picking up the book to continue reading about this new concept of reality was something she now looked forward to with anticipation, and she would often find herself contemplating the concepts therein.  Veronica soon realized that her dwelling on the issue at work had diminished and been replaced, to a large extent, by the concepts put forward in the book. It seemed that her malaise had somewhat been dealt with and she no longer felt quite so affected by the situation with Martin. She was absolutely astounded, however, when she read, and performed the exercises within, chapter nine. The concept put forward in this chapter, and the straightforward, practical exercises for enabling it, proved effective beyond her wildest dreams. Not only were the exercises fun to do, but Veronica found that they were accompanied by an overpowering feeling of tranquility, peace and well-being.


From that point on, Veronica’s work-life returned to its previous condition of loving her job, interest and satisfaction. To say that she never looked back would be an understatement.

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Beaver Moon

A few days into this routine, while preparing to enter the relaxed state and carry out the mental activity of “uploading” to the thought-cloud, Peter idly wondered if there would be any difference in the process if he carried it out while lying down. To this end he lay down on his bed, flat on his back, with his arms at his side, and proceeded to relax while in that orientation. Appreciating that the relaxation instructions in the book were put there as a guide, rather than being “set in stone”, Peter applied his own variation to the routine, and was soon astounded at the effect.


Lying flat on his back, with his feet apart and pointing slightly outward, he focused his mind on his feet, imagining that the energy held within them was draining away. To heighten the effect further, he imagined that they were made of lead; lifeless appendages that were a “dead weight”. Rather apprehensively at first, Peter found that his feet felt as though they were becoming heavy and sinking into the bed; almost as though they had ceased to exist. Establishing a regular breathing pattern heightened this sensation and he maintained this as he moved his focus to his ankles, calves, knees and thighs, visualizing his legs as being leaden and sinking into the bed.


The sensation resulting from this mental exercise, combined with his regular breathing, produced a pleasurable sensation, and Peter began to feel what he could only describe as an altered state of consciousness. Closing his eyes, he found that his awareness was totally focused in the space within his head; he had ceased to entertain any of the thoughts that would normally be passing through his mind, during his waking hours. This, he concluded, was what was meant by “clearing the mind”. Proceeding further, Peter used the same technique to relax his torso, arms, shoulders, neck and head, visualizing his entire body being made of lead. The feeling this produced was indescribably pleasurable, and he appreciated that he now had a way to retire from the stresses of everyday living, albeit temporarily.


Getting back to the exercise as described in the book, Peter brought to mind the day he decided that he had suffered enough ridicule at the hands of his high-school PE instructor. Feeling intense anger, he had tested his limits in a two-mile cross country run and, incredibly, had finished second, whereas he was used to being one of the last stragglers. He vividly remembered the PE instructor jumping with excitement and shouting encouragement to him as he crossed the finish line. That event resulted in such a feeling of accomplishment and a surge of self-confidence that it marked a definite turning-point in Peter’s self-image. It was one of the most satisfying moments he could remember, in terms of achievement.


In his totally relaxed state, Peter focused on this thought, to the extent that he could actually recreate the feeling of accomplishment that he had felt that day. He had read somewhere that the mind does not distinguish between real events and vividly-imagined ones, and his present, positive feeling of victory certainly supported this. As directed in Chapter 10, he visualized energy flowing from his body to the crown of his head, where it illuminated the green laser beam, sending these positive thoughts into t-cloud storage. Peter resolved that if ever he was feeling low, or suffering from self-doubt, he would, by an effort of will, focus on this subject and make a connection to this state of mind, which he had just stored in the thought cloud.


Some hours after having concluded his relaxation exercise, Peter experimented by focusing on the joyous feeling he had experienced after completing that life-changing cross-country run, all those years ago. Although he realized that the thought cloud model was simply that, a model for representing habitual thought patterns, he could actually feel an increase in energy and confidence when he actively downloaded this state of mind. By imagining a green laser beam downloading the appropriate software into his mind, he once again experienced an incredible sense of achievement and power.



The first step to enlightenment Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:17:06 +0000 Continue reading →]]> One reader of Zan on Zen found that he had the ideal scenario for applying the red/green filter model.

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When Peter was five years old he was struck by a car and underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. After coming round from a month-long coma, he had to learn to walk and talk all over again, and, for a few years following this incident, he found that rapid movement would result in dizziness and nausea. Not surprisingly, as he grew up, he avoided games such as soccer, and the normal rough and tumble activities of his contemporaries. This led to Peter’s developing into a deep thinker with a propensity for doing well at school. Overall, he was a happy little boy, within a loving, secure family.

Upon reaching high-school however, he found that playing sports was not a choice. Since he had never developed the skills or flexibility required, the result was humiliation, both at the hands of the students and the instructor. Inevitably, this led to a loss of confidence and, as is usually the case, a period of depression.

During his college years Peter continued to be shy and reclusive, and often wondered what his life would have been like if he had not suffered the car accident. Convinced that his nervous disposition was also the result of his childhood accident, he came to believe that he had been cheated by fate, and had been denied the opportunity to develop to his true potential.

No doubt as a result of his inwardness, Peter exhibited a keen interest in the spiritual mysteries which seemed to permeate life. From his late teens onwards, he studied eastern philosophies and other spiritual writings, gaining immense satisfaction and peace of mind from what he learned. To a great extent, this mitigated his feelings of having been cheated by fate.

Upon trying the exercises in Zan on Zen however, he found that these feelings, far from being merely mitigated, could be completely eliminated. Being no newcomer to meditation, he performed the relaxation exercise to its intended purpose, bringing on a sense of peace and tranquility, physically and mentally.

While in this state, he focused on the possible benefits of having grown up exhibiting a lack of coordination, flexibility and reflexes, and thereby developing inward tendencies. First among these were his intellectual achievements. To his knowledge, he was the only youth in his neighborhood to attend college and pursue a professional career. His education had opened up great opportunities and he had traveled throughout the world as a result. He considered it unlikely that this would have transpired, had he not grown up a little “different” from his contemporaries, in that he was very introspective. He could vividly remember sitting on the benches during basketball games, since he was never picked to play during PE, and contemplating the meaning of the previous lesson, physics. These mental dalliances into the world of physics grew in frequency, inside and outside the gym hall, and resulted in his exceling in the subject, going on to pursue a rewarding career in engineering.

Another result of his introspective nature was his interest in spiritual development, an interest which had led him to the exercises described in Zan on Zen. This was a part of his life with which he would definitely not be willing to part, no matter the rewards offered.

While performing the exercise described in chapter 10, Peter focused on the fact that his accident had led to his obtaining a rewarding education and pursuing a career that had facilitated his leading an adventurous and interesting life. As directed in the exercise, he visualized the energy in his body illuminating a green laser, which transmitted positive thoughts to the thought cloud. He accompanied this with a feeling of deep gratitude and focused on the fact that his accident had accorded him such a rewarding and satisfying life. Never before in his life had he entertained this outlandish thought, and it required an effort of will to maintain his focus on it. Nonetheless he persisted, and experienced a feeling of joy as old bitterness and resentment was released.

After that first encounter with this method, Peter resolved to engage in this activity daily, entertaining this newfound sense of gratitude towards his unfortunate accident. Having heard that it takes 21 days for new habits to become ingrained, he set this as his minimum target.

Expecting that the process would “kick in” around the 21-day mark, Peter was astonished to find that there was an almost immediate effect. By focusing on gratitude for his education and career, as well as international travel, while doing the relaxation exercises and visualizing the green laser, he would enter a powerful state of well-being. This new thought pattern remained after he came out of the meditative state.