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Zen's Superpower
Enlightenment 101
Inmate #811 | Jun 30, 2014
Topic category: Zen Enlightenment
FROM:Type Zen

Whenever a new inmate arrives at the Zen Asylum, I always ask one of my favorite questions.

"If you could choose any super power, what would it be?"

You know like in the superhero movies. There's always the guy with super strength. And then you have super speed or maybe the ability to fly.

I always get a variety of answers, but the one super power I most hear people say they want is the power to become "invisible."

I hear lots of reasons why they would want this ability. They usually tend to be somewhat nefarious. I guess it's our inner desire to sneak around without repercussion. The idea of complete privacy amidst the public eye.

"Well, I could go rob a bank and no one would know" is what I hear a lot. It's the perfect crime. Who wouldn't want all that free money for the taking.

I also hear people say "I could follow this person or that and see what they did when no-one was watching." Usually that means following someone you think is really hot and then seeing what they look like naked. I mean who hasn't had the secret fantasy of sneaking into the men's or woman's locker room?

We are all stuck following the rules of society. It's the bondage of slavery we are born into. Break the law and you pay the price. Unless of course you can become invisible. You can see how that would be really attractive.

But what if I said, you could only use your power for good? What if you could be invisible and only help people? Would you still want that superpower?

Under this condition you could only help people and not be recognized. You could save someone from a burning building but no one would know. Or it might be even simpler where you could be like Santa Clause on Christmas. One morning people would just find a bunch of presents on their doorstep for no reason.

Because you're invisible you wouldn't get any fame or appreciation for any of your good deeds. No-one would say thank you for saving the day or helping them out.

Would you still want that power?

If you said yes, you understand the power of "enlightenment."

It is the place the Tao Teh Ching refers to as "having no interest of your own and taking the interests of others as your own."

It is a the super power of no ego. Someone who can love and help others without need for thanks or recognition. It's the ultimate form of humility.

And isn't that what we all want and admire the most? Being so content and at peace with yourself you don't need the recognition of others.

Everyone one of us considers ourself to be important. After all we only have one life to live and we all want to make it count. We strive to be admired and respected. We want others to think highly of us. We compete for awards and achievements and gain personal validation from those things. That's what society tells us we should do. And it also feels good...temporarily. Who doesn't enjoy the feeling of being liked and admired?

But it never lasts. As soon as the high wears off, we need another fix. The ego needs to be validated again. More possessions, more awards, more achievement, more recognition.

But what if none of that mattered? What if you didn't need to be respected? What if you could be happy being "nobody?"

That is the heart of enlightenment. To be happy and content without the need to achieve something. To be at peace with having no place in the world.

We all hear the sayings about money not buying happiness. That's baloney! Money can buy lot's of happiness. But happiness implies something ethereal. A feeling that is short lived.

What if longterm contentment with yourself was the goal? To find joy and peace from within. Something durable and long lasting.

That is the journey of zen and the pursuit of no ego.

And when you reach a place of no ego, you reach a place of unconditional love.

A place where you can help others and save the day without recognition. When your only interest is the interest of others.

A place of zen enlightenment.

That's the real life super power of invisibility!

Love & Peace,

Inmate #811

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