Failed Awakening- what have we missed? #3 (Difference and the Spirit of Zenshin)


Zen (Photo credit: seamlessgem)

”Difference” is really a missing link that mustn’t be underestimated, because it opens for us the door to a forgotten world, a dimension where reality is perceived as it is. To paraphrase Gurdjieff’s words, it gives the possibility for  a “view of a real world”, even in the most ordinary moments of our life.

It’s not a thing that could be performed by everyone and this has been said in the previous post, but it is worth a try; not impossible because it’s limited to a specific elite of people, but because, in order to accomplish this task, so as to notice the difference in every moment of our life, in every place, in every situation, a human might have the essence of the seeker, and this is an uncommon thing even between the self-claimed seekers who, instead of seeking, they follow a path designed by a teacher to people of other times or ages.

So, the essence of a seeker, because when all is said and done, it’s a thing of living life seeking  something that, in most cases, remains hidden behind the appearances of what we usually perceive, feel, see, hear, and experience.

It doesn’t matter where this seeking will be performed; an exotic place, a jungle, a desert or on the street where we live… or the bar where we usually drink our coffee.

Truth is everywhere, and in any case, what has to be done is to lift the veil of the known – the illusory perception we have of things, and take a look into the unknown. Namely, we have to love adventure and mystery in the true sense of its meaning, not just as an emotional or intellectual interest.

Difference is not an abstract concept or image, even if our ordinary mind will accept and consider it as so, but a touchable reality that can be experienced in the first person. It’s the existent truth extraordinarily more vast then  what we ordinarily perceive. Every ordinary experience, nevermind how it could appear fulfilling and intense, is nothing compared to what we could experience through the difference.

What is more interesting, is that this capacity is not limited only to the field of feeling, but also to the field of acting in our daily job, in our interaction with people, in every situation that requires an important engagement, stress, or responsibility. The capacity of grasping the difference, to see things as they are, beyond what we think they could be, gives a particular stability, balance, and control of what is happening, calmness and… success. At least, more success than what we could achieve in an ordinary state of mind.

In every gesture, every word, nevermind how trivial, we could grasp a difference, something that we ordinarily wouldn’t notice, transforming them into rare and intense emotions. It can appear even in unusual moments, revealing secrets we can’t even dream of, with amazement as the only possible emotional response. It’s not a thing that has to be created. It’s a thing that has to be noticed, because it always exists – it exists in every moment of our life and it will exist even before our departure from this world.

So, we failed to awaken…. What have we missed? One of these things is the capacity to grasp the difference.


Want to try this experience? Maybe you’ll succeed. Zanshin is a nice practice to introduce a person to the possibility to grasp the difference in every thing and situation. It’s a Japanese term that describes a state of awareness of attentive presence, without attachments and requires wakefulness.

It’s a practice in which one has to be aware of an action, remaining attentive to what could happen the moment after. It’s not a ritualistic thing, but something that has to be cultivated during our daily life – the gestures, the way we walk, the way we speak, eat, drive a car, the way we open a door and the way we remain motionless. It’s the sense of living the “here and now”. Actually, the present moment is ungraspable because it constantly changes, it’s never the same moment. On the opposite side, we, the subject who inhabits these present moments, are just products of our past.

So, how do we live in the present? Through a sort of tension that allows us to remain constantly present during the transit from moment to moment: this is the Zanshin.

Gurdjieff called this state “being awake”, but the concept is always the same: the present moment flies faster than everything else we could experience, and we need to be attentive, to anticipate, or at least being in tune with the perpetual mutation from present moment to present moment.


So, difference is what we can grasp about presence, and this is more than possible. And even a moment (that cannot be other than the present one) could slightly change our life.





About mr Sarmoung

Andrea Dandolo je pisac i istražitelj razvoja svijesti i duhovnosti uključen u razotkrivanje drevnih učenja s ciljem olakšavanja unutarnjeg razvoja ljudskih bića. Jedan od načina kojima se time bavi je i kroz blog koji je preveden na engleski, španjolski i od nedavno hrvatski. Od rane mladosti je u svijetu duhovnosti i rada na sebi sudjelujući u radu grupa koje potječu direktno od Gurdjieffa, tj koje su bile vođene od strane samog Gurdjieffa U skladu sa drevnim znanjima, naglašava razvoj svjesnosti kao primarno sredstvo za psihološku transformaciju i duhovnu osvještenost individualaca. Karakteristike sistema koji predlaže su jednostavan jezik i moderni prijevod drevnih učenja kao i njihove praktične primjene u svakodnevnome životu. Njegov blog čitaju ljudi iz svih krajeva svijeta. Samorazvoj je ne religiozni i ne dogmatski put; sastoji se primarno od naprednog dostizanja viših stanja svijesti, p prisustva i konačno od ostvarivanja svoje prave intimne prirode, koja je poznata u mnogim tradicijama pod imenima poput esencija, duša, biće. Kroz takav razvoj individualna osoba ulazi u nove dimenzije svijesti koje mu omogućuju da vidi stvarnost sakrivenu iza iluzija. To mu omogućuje kreiranje osobnosti neovisne i otporne na vanjske situacije i vanjska uvjetovanja. Posljedice takvog razvoja su oštra inteligencija, izvanredni kreativni kapaciteti, ravnoteža i smirenost u svakoj situaciji i stabilno stanje višeg stanja svijesti koje je poznato u drevnim tradicijama pod nazivom “buđenje”.
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3 Responses to Failed Awakening- what have we missed? #3 (Difference and the Spirit of Zenshin)

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