The Thought I Woke Up With #247

Wooden Clogs and Great Lies

Today a short Zen story for you, dear reader. See what you make of it.

After ten years of apprenticeship, Tenno achieved the rank of Zen teacher. One rainy day, he went to visit the famous master Nan-in. When he walked in, the master greeted him with a question, “Did you leave your wooden clogs and umbrella on the porch?”

“Yes,” Tenno replied. 

“Tell me,” the master continued, “did you place your umbrella to the left of your shoes, or to the right?”

Tenno did not know the answer, and realized that he had not yet attained full awareness. So he became Nan-in’s apprentice and studied under him for ten more years.

We have all heard that there was the “Great fall of man.” If you listen to the story, that’s when mankind was born and part of Creation, like Elvis, ‘left the building.’

Don’t believe what you read however. Or hear. And especially don’t believe what your ego eyes see.

Seeing is believing, ego croons. I reply, ‘Rubbish.’ It’s hard to believe what you haven’t seen, ego adds. ‘Utter rubbish,’ I decree.

The so called ‘Great fall of man’ is but a momentary loss of awareness. Not loss of connection. Never that. To disconnect from Creation is not possible. I repeat, to disconnect from Creation and the Creator, is not possible.

Does my mother stop being my mother if I travel to another country to live? Does your father stop being your father if you do not see him for an extended period of time?

The whole notion is superfluous and stupid. Separation does not sever the connection. Nothing can sever the connection.

But understand this, dear reader, ego does not come up with those and similar sayings for skip and giggles. In ego, there is a very good reason for those sayings. Ego develops those, and a myriad of similar mantras because by focusing on them you do not focus on the great lie.

So the great lie, the great serpent, hides coiled and deathly quiet, pulsing and shifting silently in the darkest of minds recesses, projecting deceits and ugly duplicities, staining the purity of the soul, its wages the wages of sin and death. Believing this, is the one and only mistake that has been made.

This and only this, the Son of Creation must rise and look upon in order to see, and laugh merrily upon seeing it truly, and wake, and rejoin his Love. Everything but this is a lie.

This is the bottom line awareness the Zen story speaks of, ultimately. Awareness is awareness, no matter whether it relates to your shoes or the so-called great purpose of life. It’s all the same thing. It’s all a lie. There is only one life, one love, one truth and it is beyond porches, shoes and umbrellas.

Until tomorrow,


The Thought I Woke Up With #247

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