The Don’t Know Mind

“One way to encourage intuition is to enter what Korean Zen master Sueng Sahn call the “Don’t Know Mind”.

It is important to remember that in order to develop curiosity and fascination as a way of being in the world, we have to concentrate on the curiosity itself and not let ourselves get seduced into the habit of grasping for answers.

It is easy to have the illusion that understanding something will make everything better. If this was true, the smartest people would be the happiest.

Happiness involves many other factors beside knowledge.

The desire to know is a strong motivating factor in our intellectual learning. The spiritual approach is to be able to take a completely fresh view of each moment. Even when we have an answer, it is right only for its moment, because the next moment is completely new.”
– Wendy Palmer in “The Intuitive Body”

Thought I’ll share

Happiness – The Awareness of it.

Am I condescending, confused or just concerned? When I observe the world around me I often get confused. I see people constantly looking for happiness. Simultaneously I hear them struggling for survival.

I read about salvation and solutions – normally in the form of a quote on how to be happy or what to buy that will make your life easy. Sometimes it comes in the form of a warning – don’t eat that food, beware of that government conspiracy. The only constant is the bombardment of information from all over the world.  

I understand that happiness is unto each person his own and very relative. For one it is giving his family a piece of bread, for the other taking his family to an exotic destination. From my research I understand that happiness is the result of a live well lived. And to live your life well you have to have at least six dimensions present in your life. These include having a positive self-esteem, being autonomous, mastering your environment, having positive relationships with other people, experiencing personal development and having a sense of purpose.

That said I am concerned about the level at which most people function.  The average person seems unwilling to engage in the work needed to be done to be happy. People do stupid things in pursuit of happiness and all they get is a few moments of pleasure.

Observing this, we might say people don’t think for themselves, that common sense is not that common. But do these comments not sound condescending? As if we, the observer do think for ourselves and they do not. Well – beware of what is projected on others, it shows a lot of the one doing the projection.

Still, the confusion is not lifted. Even with the mirror up in front me. With all this wonderful information, even knowledge, available, happiness still is elusive. Paradoxically, even though we live in a global world, our reality is only as big as our awareness of it. And it is our awareness that dictates our happiness. The question then arises: How aware are you? Not of stuff, but of your own influence on reality. What you are conscious of, dictates what is real for you. What is real for you determines how well you live your life. This in turn determines your level of happiness.

So how aware are you? Of what are you conscious and of what are you not conscious?

In the end, the questions you ask of yourself, determine the type of person you become.

Trying to be aware


Success is…

“Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing,
you will be successful.”
– Albert Schweitzer

One rainy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia. Trying to get out of the storm, the couple reached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.

“Could you possibly give us a room here?” the husband asked. The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile, looked at the couple and explained that there were three conventions in town. “All of our rooms are taken,” the clerk said. “But I can’t send a nice couple like you out into the rain at one o’clock in the morning. Would you perhaps be willing to sleep in my room? It’s not exactly a suite, but it will be good enough to make you folks comfortable for the night.” When the couple declined, the young man pressed on. “Don’t worry about me; I’ll make out just fine,” the clerk told them. So the couple agreed.

As he paid his bill the next morning, the elderly man said to the clerk, “You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel in the United States. Maybe someday I’ll build one for you.” The clerk looked at them and smiled. The three of them had a good laugh. As they drove away, the elderly couple agreed that the helpful clerk was indeed exceptional, as finding people who are both friendly and helpful isn’t easy.

Two years passed. The clerk had almost forgotten the incident when he received a letter from the old man. It recalled that stormy night and enclosed a round-trip ticket to New York, asking the young man to pay them a visit.

The old man met him in New York, and led him to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. He then pointed to a great new building there, a palace of reddish stone, with turrets and watchtowers thrusting up to the sky. “That,” said the older man, “is the hotel I have just built for you to manage.” “You must be joking,” the young man said. “I can assure you I am not,” said the older man, a sly smile playing around his mouth.

The older man’s name was William Waldorf Astor, and the magnificent structure was the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The young clerk who became its first manager was George C. Boldt. This young clerk never foresaw the turn of events that would lead him to become the manager of one of the world’s most glamorous hotels. We are not to turn our backs on those who are in need, for we might be entertaining Angels.