Mushin Applied To Daily Life-Part 4 (final): Mushin As A Sacrament Of Spirituality

11 Jan

*** NOTE: For parts one through three of the series on the Mushin state of mind, please see the bottom of this page and click on the category: “Martial ideology extended to daily life” & then click on the icon “Previous Entries“ at the bottom of the page***

Part 4 (Final installment): Mushin as a sacrament of earthly spirituality. 

This installment of the series on the Mushin state of mind is one that tends to raise the most eyebrows. Perhaps because of its connotations as to certain effects that are deemed the province of religion, I do not know. In any event, I would call to the reader’s attention, the following observation of Dr. Beverly Rubik as quoted in Kaku, Michio, Physics of The Impossible (Anchor Books, NY, NY 2008) p. 179.

“You can recognize a pioneer by the arrows in his back”.

With that said,

Through the Mushin state of mind a new frontier of earthly spirituality is encountered. In the self-imposed chaos of modern living, spirituality is often engaged in superficially, suppressed or even ignored. Historically, the human required four fundamental needs to be satisfied so as to survive and prosper. Those fundamental needs are water, food, clothing and shelter. Once early man evolved from a hunter-gatherer and farmed the land he lived on and raised livestock for sustenance, he began to assume his fundamental needs were, to some extent, always to be satisfied. Early man then began to look to the skies and nature as enveloping a spiritual world within which he resided. To ancient man, spirituality existed in all things.

In today’s modern world, for the vast majority of humans, this spirituality is at best superficial and at worst, ignored completely. Unlike our prehistoric ancestors, modern humans no longer seek out the spiritual aspects of the world in which they reside. I submit, that the modern human has entered into a hedonistic paradigm wherein the fulfillment of the fundamental needs is insufficient and has evolved to a state of existence wherein the fundamental needs are glorified and augmented to perverse levels. Modern man is no longer satisfied to have a shelter. Humans now seek to have mansion, often built on exclusive parcels of the environment. The human claims exclusive ownership of the environment over and above the ownership rights of all other humans, the Earth, and even the universe itself. The idea of a fundamental need for food has evolved from being satisfied with a bowl of grain, fruits, vegetables and a source of protein to a perverted and obscene example of consumption, gluttony and wanton waste. One need only look to the headlines and the vast array of television shows to see examples of a thirty dollar hamburger made from rare beef and a one thousand dollar ice cream sundae offered in the city of New York which boasts gold leaf as an ingredient. To be sure, the human needs exit this perverse paradigm and return to earthly spirituality.

That return to spirituality is nurtured in many ways, including by way of the Kata, rites dynamic mediation and the Mushin state of mind. The Mushin state of mind gives one the ability to acknowledge, understand and synchronize with spiritual matters that exist within our lives. Though, it does not necessarily convey the ideology of spirituality, one may look to religion as a means of appreciating the Mushin state of mind. For the vast majority of humans, religion is the sole mechanism by which they experience spirituality and the wonders of the universal cosmos. Humans tend to participate in and accept much religious dogma on a superficial level. This is terribly unfortunate. Further, it is not necessarily due to the fault of the religious or spiritual leader. Rather, the fault lays entirely within the religious devotee and can be remedied by an understanding of Mushin.

Most religions contain a story of creation that seeks to explain how the physical world came into being. The creation story contains an acknowledgement by the Divine Creator. The name of the Divine Creator, whether is God, Allah, Judah, Zeus, or any other human derived name is immaterial. Such a name is the human’s arrogant attempt to provide a human name to such a Divine Attribute. At some point in the story of creation, the Divine Creator pauses to view the creation, and, being generally satisfied rests. This day of rest often evolved into the day of the Sabbath for the Creator‘s future followers. Now, at this point in the story of creation, there is a need to appreciate the Mushin state of mind. For many, the day of the Sabbath no longer requires contemplation, introspection and reflection. The Sabbath no longer involves a pilgrimage to the place of worship. Rather, the day of rest has evolved to a day spent quickly raking the leaves from the lawn, laying on the couch with a cold beer and watching the latest football game on television. The mundane human, who is incapable of attaining a state of Mushin, has no understanding of the means by which an omnipresent, omnipotent Divine Creator rested.

Through the mere process of thought, the Divine Creator caused the material world and its inhabitants to spring into being. Clearly, rest for the Supreme creator did not mean a physical rest, but contemplates a type of mental or spiritual rest. By extension, such a mental or spiritual rest translates into a creative rest. This does not mean that the Divine Creator quieted the creative mind so as to no longer perceive that which was created. I submit that if the Divine Creator quieted the creative mind so as to no longer perceive the created world, the repercussion would mean that the created world would no longer exist. If the Supreme Creator was no longer aware of the flowing river, the cycle of the planets and our own feeble, insignificant existence within the universe of creation, all would vanish. Thus, for the Divine Creator to rest, a Mushin-like state of mind would have to have manifested. The Divine Creator would have to perceive and absorb all that exists without focusing a single thought onto any one element created or about to be created. Thus, the Divine Creator could have only rested by maintaining a Mushin state of mind. This is the ultimate expression of Mushin.

Another example may be found within the teachings of the Biblical Jesus. Regardless of whether one believes that Jesus was the Son of God, or whether he was an enlightened Prophet, many religions acknowledge his presence and importance while he lived on the Earth. Jesus had expressed a desire that his peace be known and shared amongst his followers. This expression of peace has been interpreted in a very limited manner to mean “non-violence”. It is unfortunate that this interpretation exists. A good friend of mine is a Roman Catholic priest. He had contracted a very aggressive form of cancer and was forced to relinquish his pastoral duties. Fortunately, with the aid of highly experimental treatment, he not only survived the cancer but was able to return to his pastoral duties. During the first Mass he conducted, he was hit by a spiritual thunderbolt. A part of the Mass calls for the participants to shake hands and extend a wish for peace unto each other. My friend realized, for the first time, that no-one in the Church that Sunday morning understood Jesus’ concept of peace. Many simply shook hands, said the words and thought about leaving the church ahead of the others so as to be the first to get to the local diner for Sunday breakfast. Peace, as Jesus meant the term, is not limited to non-violence. Peace meant total, complete peace from physical suffering, mental turmoil, spiritual assault, and all sorts of human frustrations. Peace in that level of experience is only knowable through the Mushin state of mind where all is perceived, accepted and absorbed as a integral part of the human state of existence.

Through Mushin, humans can, finally, begin to comprehend the feeling of attaining the qualities of a Supreme Being. This process is known as apotheosis. Such an understanding of the omnipresent spirituality attained through the state of Mushin, clearly drives and enhances a truly heightened state of human existence. I submit that Mushin can accurately be called the sacrament of earthly spirituality.

Mushin is the state of mind that serves as a gateway, or portal, to all the other infinite states of perception. It is codified within the various rites of dynamic meditation. The Rite of Sanchin, derived from the Sanchin Kata, is geared towards developing this state of mind and perception known as Mushin. As such, it is the rite which is uniquely designed to bridge one’s ability to transform oneself from the mundane modality of “normal” human existence to the state of being known as “The Plateau of Human Serenity”. This Plateau of Human Serenity is attained only after one has become enlightened to the true and complete teaching of the Sanchin Rite.

An expanded discussion of Mushin may also be found in my new book The Dynamic Meditation Rite Of Sanchin: Gateway To The Three Battles To The Plateau Of Human Serenity. Please see the “Sanchin Book” page on this blogsite. 

You may also find additional information on Jiriki Kata-Do, by reading my article herein dated December 15 , 2009. Entitled “Kata evolves into a methodology and ideology …” Please feel free to visit my website WWW.Dynamic-Meditation.Com

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