The ancient storytellers used story telling to convey lessons and meanings to those who listened. In ancient times, the masses were not educated and could not read, therefore the best mode of conveying any message is by story telling or parables. Neville Goddard spoke of how the Bible is a psychological drama. Today, let’s look at another example of this.
We shall look at the Chinese folklore of the Monkey King in the story titled Journey To The West. In ancient China, the people knew that enlightened monks who attained Buddhahood came from India (west of China). Buddhism originated from India, and was then spread to China by Indian monks. In AD 640, a Chinese monk named Xuanzang travelled across the mountains and deserts of Inner Asia to India to study and search for Buddhist scriptures. He returned to China 17 years later. This famous journey was then retold as an adventure in Journey To The West by the scholar Wu Chen En during the Mind Dynasty. The story tells of monk Xuanzang’s journey to India to retrieve buddhist sutras with his 3 disciples. The Goddess Of Mercy (Guanyin) of Heaven, bestowed upon Monk Xuanzang 3 disciples to protect him in his journey against demons who intent to obstruct him. His disciples were Sun Wukong (a monkey king), Zu Pajie (a pigman) and Sha or Sandy (a demon who was training himself to control his anger and release his past karma).
Xuanzang and his 3 disciples encountered many ghosts and demons who try to trick, kidnap and kill Xuanzang in their long journey. Similarly, Jesus was confronted by the devil and Buddha saw the devil when he was meditating under the Bodhi tree right before attaining enlightenment. Note that there are no devils per se, but the our own human nature of doubt, greed, lust, and anything that is anti-love or anti-oneness.
Wukong the Monkey King possessed great fighting abilities,strength, endurance and magical powers. Pajie or Pigsy, is often lazy, greedy and lustful. Sandy the demon had little character development in the story, but it was understood that he was an angry demon trying to repent and release his karma. Together they all serve their master Xuanzang in his quest for the Buddhist scriptures in the west to attain Buddhahood.
Now if we dig a little deeper beneath the surface of the story, we can easily observe the symbology hiding behind the drama. The various traits of the human mind and emotional psyche are personified into characters in the book! Sun Wukong the mighty monkey king who has great powers, intelligence, magic and fighting skills is capable of great trickery to defeat his enemies. He is the personification of our MIND. The Buddhist always use the monkey as the symbol of the mind (hence the term “monkey mind”). According to the folklore, the Monkey King was imprisoned under a rock by the Buddha for 500 years before he freed himself and joined Xuanzang on the journey. Why? Because according to Buddhism, in order to attain enlightenment and let go of our dogmas, beliefs and thoughts and associated feelings and karma, we have to quiet the mind in meditation. Therefore, the monkey king (the mind) must be disciplined by one who is enlightened about the nature of the mind (the Buddha).
Then we have Zhu Pajie, or Pigsy. He’s half pig and half man. According to legends, he was a deity in heaven who was lazy and lustful, and was sentenced to earth as punishment by the Gods to become a pigman. In Buddhism, in our journey to englightenment, we have to discipline our laziness, greed and lust. And lastly we have Sha or Sandy, an angry demon trying to repent. He was once in heaven but was punished by the gods and sent to earth as a demon-man because of his uncontrolled anger. We must always keep our emotions in check, especially our negative emotions in order to be able to meditate and attain our Buddhahood. Our anger is our demon, and so are all our negative emotions. The examples of Pigsy and Sandy also goes in line with the fact that we are all gods, but we have come to this world to experience the human experience, human nature and emotions.
Thus, the monk sets on a journey to control and discipline his mind, lust, greed, laziness and anger in order to attain peace and enlightenment, or Buddhahood. In the end, all of the characters attained buddhahood due to their contributions along the journey. Neville Goddard once remarked while in meditation one day, he had a vision of a man sitting in a lotus posture. He looked at the Buddha and saw it was himself. Truly the buddha or enlightened man or ‘awakened consciousness’ is within us all.
The whole drama Journey To The West is taking place within us. It is a story about the human journey to Buddhist englightenment and awakening. The characters are ancient personifications and metaphors for the aspects of our mind, emotions and consciousness.
One day we will awaken from this sleep and dream, and when our consciousness is awakened we will know we are the sole cause of everything we experienced.
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In the fashion of a process taught by Abraham Hickss, this process allows you to ride your emotions from negative to positive. It works by allowing you to take a step by step shift in your emotional vibration. Remember, if you take too big a jump in your emotions, you feel a lot of resistance and doubt. So what you do is, you move to the next higher emotion in the ladder, then once you get a foothold of that, you move another step up.
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Philip K. Dick is a famous writer whose many works of fiction were turned into popular science fiction movies including Total Recall, Blade Runner and Minority Report. He once described a peculiar experience that reflects a strange phenomenon:
“In 1970 I wrote a novel called Flow My Tears. One of the characters is a 19 year old girl named Kathy. Her husband’s name is Jack. Kathy appears to work for the criminal underground, but later as we read deeper into the novel, we discover that actually she is working for the police. She has a relationship going on with a police inspector. The character is pure fiction. Or at least I thought it was.
On Christmas Day of 1970, I met a girl named Kathy – this was after I had finished the novel, you understand. She was 19 years old. Her boyfriend was named Jack. I soon learned that Kathy was a drug dealer. I spent months trying to get her to give up dealing drugs. I kept warning her again and again that she would get caught. Then one evening as we were entering a restaurant together, Kathy stopped short and said, “I can’t go in.” Seated in the restaurant was a police inspector whom I knew. “I have to tell you the truth,” Kathy said. “I have a relationship with him”.
Certainly these are odd coincidences. Perhaps I have precognition.”
One possibility is that the writer spent a lot of time creating the fiction in his mind, and he later drew that into his experience. Another may be the power of subconscious precognition of future events.
Another instance I can recall is this story told by a friend of mine. He said many years ago, when he was still in university, he took one year off to work in an office. He was stressed out from that job, because it was his first job and he spent many days doing overtime. One day he thought he needed to take a day off. In his mind, he concocted a story to tell his boss. In his imagination, he told his boss that his house had a water pipe leak, and he would need to take a day off to get a plumber to fix it. He repeated that imagined conversation with his boss many times for about 2 days. At the end of the 2nd day, he decided he didn’t want to take the day off, and he forgot about it. Just 1 or 2 days later, he noticed a wet spot on his carpet just outside the bathroom. Over the next 2 days, the small little wet spot got bigger and in the end his whole living room carpet had water at almost 1/2 a foot high. A plumber was called in, and he found a crack in the shower pipe in the ceiling which leaked down the hollow wall to under the carpet.
Precognition or a powerful imagination? Future events can cast a shadow in the present, as much as our imagination today can create events in the future. Truly in this world where everything exists in the imagination, it is hard to draw the line.
Matter is energy condensed. Events are thought forms and imagination condensed. We are living in a world of imagination.
Dreams are made for those who really take action and try. Dreams, visions, goals, they are a glimpse of a future possibility that exists as a potential in you. A vision is a premonition of a future probable reality. I used the word ‘probable’ because such a future reality depends on the actions you take from this present moment. Will you keep looking into that window of reality and aim towards it, or will you close it and choose another reality, or just continue to drift in your present condition?
Living in the physical world, we need a combination of vision, dreams and follow up with action.Without action, faith is futile. Without action, opportunities are wasted. Without action, regrets are certain. Because actions are the natural progression in the timeline of an event from vision to fact.
Actions can be Subconscious Action or Deliberate Conscious Action. Let me differentiate between the two. Deliberate action is when you take planned action to achieve something. It can be actions such as approaching, asking, investing money in something, buying a property, leaving a job, mastering a skill, etc. Subconscious action is when you are compelled or guided to do something, and then find out that the action was an important element in accomplishing your goal. But when you were compelled to take the action, you were unaware that it would have such an outcome.
Subconscious Action cannot be planned by your conscious mind, because it comes from guidance from your subconscious or superconscious mind. When such guidance seep into your conscious mind, you find a natural hunch to do something or say something. Subconscious Actions are often totally unrelated to the achievement of your goals. Perhaps one day you felt a hunch to use a different route to the city, and find yourself getting to know someone who would become instrumental to your success.
We can only focus on Deliberate Conscious Action in our daily lives. Highly successful people know the importance of massive action. Try and try again until you succeed. If you’re going to hit the bullseye, you got to keep firing over and over. Sooner or later you’ll hit it.
And here’s the trick for those without a strong imagination. The more Deliberate Conscious Action you take, the stronger a message you’re sending to your subconscious about what you want to achieve. This will soon allow your subconscious to guide you with Subconscious Action.
There is a place where dreams survive. A dream is a seed within you. A potential in you to create a probable future fact.