Spirit of Zen … Be Your Own Buddha in the Aquarius Age

I was drawn to give this blog a sub-title: Spirit of Our Times, Spirit of Zen … but “Be Your Own Buddha in the Aquarius Age” seemed to suit better—read on to understand my process.—Susan

2,000 years have passed now since the birth of the Christian Era, The Piscean Age, an astrological age which probably started around the time of the Buddha Siddhartha Gautam in India, a few hundred years previously.

It has been an age of patriarchy, organised religion and … also of the victim and the martyr—when an individual’s own spirituality and religious obligation was influenced, ordered and organised by a few men and their followers: Buddha, Christ, Prophets and Saviours, Enlightened Masters and Gurus.

The Age of The IndIvIdual Master

The Age we are now moving into as a collective of humanity, the astrological Age of Aquarius, is about individuality: qualities of life patterns experienced and expressed by individual human beings as part of an organic whole — we’re subtly passing over a threshhold into an era where each individual needs to master his or her own spiritual authority: we’re evolving.

For it is when the rivers of life bend sharply, when the will of nature makes us bend to a higher Universal Nature, as humanity evolves in consciousness, then our own need for inner authority and wisdom meets the spirit of existence herself, and what we meet personally is our own karma.

When no-one in the future can remember who a Buddha, or Jesus, Mohammad, or who the enlightened Masters were, zen will still exist.

The Mother of Existence will continue to live and breathe through nature’s cycles, as in the lovingness of the Tao or the Great Breath of Yoga; the karma of humanity will continue to be played out, tiring itself out, and Spirit of Zen will continue to flow in all things.

There probably will not now be another saviour or redeemer for the world, but these qualities are inborn in all of us, mastering them and learning to be in the flow of existence means that each one of us will redeem our own lives: for this is where your karma is, in those ancient life-patterns flowing through your present life with which you need to work creatively: to redeem your own life.

Acknowledging this spirit and honouring this need for self-mastery in practice, the Wisdom-mind, fully opened heart and peaceful being-nature innate in all of us unfolds naturally with new inner spaces of personal inner freedom — in clear awareness of the completeness and totality of existence; and with sublime life-healing from living with the Spirit of Zen.

This is the Zeitgeist then, the Spirit of Our Times, times in which Spirit of Zen blows on the winds of change for humanity — the dawn of the age of the Individual Master — where you are your own buddha.

 

 

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Sustaining Life : The “Life Can Be Easy” Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #11 Susan’s Editorial Saturday October 24th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | The Life Can Be Easy Edition!

Is it really that easy, we can choose what matters most to us, slow down and happiness is ours, if we learn simple, sustainable living? Yes, what we value and practice now will become our individual future, and humanity’s.

I’m proud to say we’re continuing our Sustainability themes in this “Life Can Be Easy” edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly : lead articles are all about what matters most and makes a real difference in sustaining the quality of our life. Life sustaining means making real choices: if we live consciously we know we’re not going to be here on this Planet for very long and happiness can be ours. Lead articles are my interview with “Mr” Jon Jandai “Life is Easy” and Dr Vandana Shiva’s concept and teaching of  “Oikonomia” for a more organic Global Economy. We’re featuring Steve Killelea’s book release this month: “Peace in The Age of Chaos” … and how could we go to press without Thich Nhat Hanh’s  “Beyond Environment: Falling Back in Love with Mother Earth“?

 

“We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step towards Sustainability, to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.”—Susan

 

As usual in the video section: Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das, including what we need to know about Mercury in Scorpio  | Tarot card readings for week of October 26th for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Wil Yeung, Rachel Ama and Gaz Oakley at Avant Garde Vegan | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video: The Eagles “Take it Easy“.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] .

Hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

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zen of destiny – what gets in the way: mind clusters

‘I’m continuing my blog theme here: “Nothing is broken . . . ” the zen of our destiny.’—Susan

Remember what the Zen Master realised: the ordinary sincere person has all they need to awaken – nothing is missing. Sincerity and wisdom are all that is required because wisdom is the Divine state of mind from which buddhi awakens.

My sub-title could have been : “why are we doing it this way?”

Just because nothing that we know of has worked in the past to heal our big humanity/planet issues doesn’t mean it won’t work now.

 

 

zen of destiny

Here’s a meditation on our destiny for contemplation in our daily life: allowing awareness to arise as we go about our lives with dignity and strength. What is getting in the way?

I call the mindset that’s getting in the way : “mind clusters” [or 20th century thinking]

For instance: why did a widely media-publicised Extinction Rebellion day of demonstrations have to leave so much litter in the aftermath? Why do protestors post on Twitter accounts post-event of being strung out they’re so stressed and overwhelmed. Why so much noise?

Sounds like the ’60’s and ’70’s to me – 20th century thinking.

We know what worked for Gandhi – silent sitting in strength. Actually and personally, we knew this as Economic students in Manchester in the ’70’s – we occupied one of the Manchester Metropolitan University’s older buildings to demonstrate, we had a well organised “sit-in” in shifts [even with the Students Union running a pay-bar for fund raising!] and we won our cause. I led a silent demonstration in 2001 through London to the Catholic Archbishop’s residence raising awareness over the victims of the Priest Sex scandals – and we made all the major news stories with TV coverage showing our dignity.

 

 

“Why are we doing it this way?”

Nothing is broken. Your teachers and Spiritual Guides today know the strength it will take to get through the challenges of the next few years. The strength we’ll need comes from holding a quiet intent in each individual’s mind – zen. All that’s getting in the way is our own minds clustering around out-dated methodology. “Why are we doing it this way?”

This is the message that zen can bring to how we will thrive: “Life brings Life | Joy brings Joy | Hope brings Hope”.

 

 

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Values : The “What Enhances Life the Most?” Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #10 Susan’s Editorial Saturday October 17th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | The What Matters the Most Edition!

Is it really that simple, we can choose what matters most to us and happiness is ours, if we just value it? Yes, what we value now will become our future.

I’m proud to say this is the first “Values” edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly : lead articles are all about what matters most to us in life? Life enhancing can mean contemplating death, if we live consciously we know we’re not going to be “here” for very long. Lead article is by Dr Cat Saunders “Four Things That Matter most” with reflections on Ira Byock M.D.’s life teachings, former Monk Jay Shetty tells us “How to live with more intention“, my own article on Zen is “Living with Zen Values” and Astrologer Gary O’Toole’s article on “Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter in Capricorn” delves deep into the why and the what of what we’re being made to contemplate right now in Humanity’s journey through time.

 

“We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.”—Susan

 

As usual in the video section: Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das, including what we need to know about this Mercury Retrograde transit  | Tarot card readings for week of October 19th for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Gaz Oakley at Avante Garde Vegan | Watch Dr Vandana Shiva’s video on our future and what it holds [or not] for us | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video “Only love can keep us together” … I chose the Shaggy featuring Gene Noble version.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] .

Hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

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For One Day Connect With The Sky Goddess

A Great Awakening is coming . . .

. . . a Great Awakening that is far louder and stronger and more interesting than the sleepy resignation and corrosive maliciousness and ignominious decline that the media prefers to focus on.

Civilization may be unraveling in a lot of areas; some of its structures may be collapsing; but it is also in the midst of a tremendous upheaval of creativity —

 

a flood of innovation and

genius and

love pouring out of millions upon millions of people

 

Inspiration:

In Judeo-Christian cultures, many people associate the sky with the masculine form of God.

According to this bias, the Supreme Father rules us all from on high — up, away, far from here. But if you were an ancient Egyptian, the sky was the goddess Nuit, her body its very substance. She was a loving mother whose tender touch could be felt with each new breath.

 

Practice:

For one day, act as if you and the sky goddess are in constant contact.

Give birth to the children of your creative imagination, nurture your own creative mystery.

 

Gratitude:

It’s traditional to give thanks and bless our teachers: With gratitude to Rob Brezny [Twitter: @FreeWillAstro}  . . . for guidance over 15 years or so, to give me “mystical science & crazy logic” – which seems to have worked just fine!

 

 

 

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Peace : The “We Can Have It If We Want it” Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #9 Susan’s Editorial Saturday October 10th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | The World Peace Edition!

Is it really that simple, we can have peace if we want it? Yes, if we hold a quiet intent in our mind, expanding our consciousness and expanding our worldview. Today, we’re dedicating the paper to World Peace maybe at the first time in our history that our individual intentions can spread globally with social media.

We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition,  all our articles will help many of us new to taking another step to letting go of past thought paradigms and awakening for our own spiritual path.

So, I’m proud to say this is the first “Peace” edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly : lead articles are my article on the “I Declare World Peace” story with an interview with project co-founder Lawrence Gelber, and “The U.N.’s World Food Program ” stunning success in winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday!

As usual in the video section: Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das, including the astrological omens for Donald Trump  | Tarot card readings for week of October 12th for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Gaz Oakley at Avante Garde Vegan | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video Yusuf Cat Steven’s “Peace Train“.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with Humanity’s inherent need for peace and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for the Newspaper’s mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] .

Hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

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thrive is the zen art of living in motion/meditation in action

thrive is . . .

paying attention

to all the human needs

we have

on a daily basis . . .

the zenity

of all the seemingly

small and automatic processes

and systems

of the miraculous human being . . .

allowing order into daily life

so we can see divine presence

in all living and material things . . .

sanity by zen.

thrive,

to live with thrive

and to thrive,

is the focused practice

embedded in the being of a unified person.

I am in harmony with the unity

of all my contradictions . . .

when I thrive

my life becomes poetry

and my day becomes a prayer . . .

when I thrive

I give permission to others,

teaching the art of living

by being who I truly am.

 

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History : The Redating and Reviewing Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #8 Susan’s Editorial Saturday October 3rd, 2020

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | The “Redating and Reviewing our History” Edition !

How do you understand a world which seems to be in such a mess of chaos? Expand your worldview. Today, we’re re-viewing our Ancient roots by re-dating our history.

We’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility for our own worldview and consciousness will affect the future for the whole of humanity. In today’s edition  all our articles will help many of us new to  the various different forms of taking another step to letting go of past mis-conceptions and awakening for our own spiritual path.

So, I’m proud to say this is the first “History” edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly : lead articles are “She was the Lioness Mehit who Guarded an Ancient Archive: New Light on the Great Sphinx” by Robert Schoch, Ph.D., and “Did Women Invent the Ancient Art of Yoga ” by Vicki Noble … the featured video in the body of the paper is based on Marija Gimbutas’ writings “The Goddess Religion Part 1”.

As usual in the video section: Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das, month of October for all signs  | Tarot card readings for week of October 5th for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Gaz at Avante Garde Vegan and this week he takes us to his Native Wales with his insights into his Country | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music video Tracy Chapman’s “Revolution—it comes in whispers“.

All the written, video and picture content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with our ancient roots of Civilization and the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for our mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] .

Hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

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The Zen Way of Peace in Chaotic Times

 

There are 2 schools of thought about how we ought to be in life . . . one of them has definitely been very popular, and it’s dominated human thought in society for many hundreds of years, even if not thousands. And that is that it’s all to do with the survival of the fittest:  you’ve got to be tough and strike out before somebody strikes out at you . . . you better be on the defensive and you better look out at every turn for trouble, guarding against people who want to take advantage of you. In fact, just keep your barriers well in position.

And then, there’s the idea that you can give and keep giving, that you can be generous and that you can be kind: you can forgive and “turn the other cheek” and do all of these things that often it seems only the most terribly saintly people seem to recommend. But a lot of them [saints] seem to come to a sticky end, so that’s not a lot of an advertisement for the belief that “kindness matters” is it? Or, is it?

 

Motivation by kindness

It’s not just a philosophy. It is the idea that somehow if you find kindness in your heart and let yourself be motivated by that,  letting that manifest in your world then you’ll be a better person.  It is a fact. It’s a reality. And the idea that somehow you’ll be a pushover, or you’ll be walked all over, with other people only noticing how quickly they can get what they want from you and just going ahead take “it” unscrupulously is neither here nor there.

It’s the same kind of principle that says, if you’re angry with somebody and if you can’t forgive them for something then you hurt yourself far more than you hurt the other person. You are the one that carries that great emotional knot of hurt inside yourself and for your own sake you have to let go. Even letting go of the things you have a justified right to feel bad about is important for your own inner peace.

 

 

Or, rise above?

And so it is, I suppose with this whole idea that if you do your best, if you give of your best, think the best of others, then somehow it will bring out the best in them. It is what happens, and it is an important thing to be aware of now particularly because so much seems to be growing so intense in our lives – so many challenges seem to be arising and there are so many difficult choices we seem to be facing all the time. Choices like “do I over-dramatise this” or “do I find the fault with it” and “do I get on my high horse and allow myself to rage against unfortunate circumstances” . . . or complain, fight battles, the list goes on. Or, do I somehow just rise above it all?

Which is not to say that if there are injustices they shouldn’t be addressed. Or that imbalances shouldn’t be redressed. Of course they should. Of course you’ve got to function. And of course part of functioning in the daily world is part of being aware that there are some battles you just can’t walk away from. But even battles that you have to be fighting, you can fight with kindness and you can fight with gentleness and some sensitivity to the person who’s on the other end [who probably doesn’t want to fight any more than you do].

That’s the most important thing to be aware of now. Where it seems we’re up against antagonism or conflict or a contentious issue, what you’re actually up against is somebody else’s fear. Where you can bring pleasantness to a situation that seems relatively unpleasant, you can actually bring down a barrier that looks as if it’s unpenetrable.

Divine forces at our disposal

The forces you do have at your disposal now are charm, gentleness, sensitivity and kindness. They are the forces of the Divine Feminine.

Bringing them into play channels primal force as a means of change in our world.

These are advantages we can draw upon because of our world emotional climate at the moment and our collective need of humanity for balance and harmony.

It’s the Zen “way of peace” and it enables us to bring forth what might seem like almost super-human qualities. They come from within ourselves, because our true selves are our god-like selves, transcendent and human at once – so “super” and “human”.

Give peace a chance?

What’s wrong with that? Maybe the time has come for us all living through uncertain times and seeming world chaos to just give it a go or “give peace a chance”? Let there be light, let there be hope, let there be happiness. Let there at least be an attempt to bring all of that into our individual unique personal world:  and you could be amazed by what transpires around you now.

 

 

Take your time to open your mind and your heart with this teaching, then if you do want to jump in there’s a deeper initiation into zen meditation in my Simple Introduction to Zen Practice.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Healing : I’d like to call this the “Sublime Healing” Edition … The Weekly Newspaper #7 Susan’s Editorial Saturday September 26th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s Newspaper | The “Sublime Healing” Edition !

How do you heal a world which seems to be in such a mess of chaos? Well, we’re coming into the long awaited new Age of Aquarius – and the energy is going to be all about the enlightened individual, understanding that taking personal responsibility heals the whole of humanity. In today’s edition we’re featuring different but harmonious healing methods: Ho’oponopono, Zen, Buddhism and my own approach to healing “Mother”: all our articles this week will help many of us new to  the various different forms of taking another step to awakening for our own spiritual path.

Personally I’ve also taken a “flyer” with Teresa Hawkes’ article “One Religion to Rule Them All”: not focussing on Religion or Politics embodies detachment for me — but the United States is at a crucial point in its spiritual journey … I like her unique writing style, and here we have it!

So, I’m proud to say this is the first “Healing” edition of The Kindest Revolution Weekly: lead articles are “An Interview with Ihaleakala Hew Len” by Cat Saunders, Ph.D., and “Thich Nhat Han on Healing the Child Within ” used with kind permission of Lion’s Roar. And the featured video in the body of the paper is Ihaleakala Hew Len “Who’s in Charge?”.

As usual in the video section: Astrology by Acyuta-Bhava Das  | Tarot card readings for week of September 28th for each Astrological sign by the amazingly gifted Ali | Vegan cooking by Gaz at Avante Garde Vegan | And, setting the energetic feeling-tone with our music videos shared by World Peace.

All the video content in today’s edition is intended to keep us in tune and in touch with the power of art, beauty, music, wisdom . . . all Divine Feminine energetic expressions of compassion and gratitude for our mission of being “outrageously kind” [especially to ourselves and planet as well as each other]!

We go to press today with yet more valuable contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] .

Hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line [ newspaper.thekindestrevolution.com/ ] to get the weekly paper into your email inbox on Saturdays, and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

With outrageous kindness
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
Susan

You can donate to support the Newspaper!

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