Chop Wood, Carry Water

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Enlightenment is an INNER transformation of one’s state of consciousness or one’s human awareness. It is not change that occurs in the outer realm of human experience; nor is it change that is directed toward the outer world of illusory appearances.

That is why in mystical practice, we do not try to change the illusory appearance of things. Rather, we direct our personal efforts inwardly toward the realization of truth in consciousness.

Hence, the Zen proverb which says: Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.  After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.

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Zen Proverb on Enlightenment

Before we become enlightened spiritually, we engage in our normal, mundane, regular human activities — the “chopping of wood” for firewood and the “carrying of water” from the well to our home.  After we have become enlightened spiritually, we continue to engage in our same normal, mundane, regular activities in the world.  There is usually no visible change or difference in the normal life activities we engage in in the world of appearances.

For example, if we are farmers, then and after we continue to till the ground and and to plant, water and care for our crops. If we are physicians, we continue to receive and attend to patients. If we are cobblers, we continue to make and repair shoes for clients. If we are bakers, we continue to bake and sell our cakes, pies, pastries and cookies to customers. And so forth and so on.

However, perception is radically changed.  In our altered state of awareness, our perception of those same activities is altered fundamentally to the core with a lightness of spirit, a new heart, a new take on life, by a newfound awareness from the enlightenment we have experienced.

Nothing might change in the immediate setting or environment of our individual lives in the outer world, but our state of consciousness will have been altered profoundly and indelibly.  Nevertheless, change can be thoroughly far-reaching, too.  Not uncommonly, we could find ourselves actually reinventing ourselves, redirecting the purpose and course of life, rearranging our value system, altering personal lifestyles and/or even remaking or making over our very lives and relationships altogether.


Here is a book that I read many years ago, which I heartily and highly recommend to you. I know it will bless your life as it has mine.

Facsimile of book cover for "Chop Wood Carry Water"
Book Cover of “Chop Wood Carry Water




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The ONE Life

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Never, never think or believe that you are living only a human life of your personal own and/or that you are not actually living the divine life of God, despite all outer appearances to the contrary.
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REFLECT ON THIS . . .

Contemplate this truth always.
The life that you are living at this present moment, including all its past and future moments, is GOOD and PERFECT, despite how problematic, painful, despicable or abhorrent it may appear humanly to you, because it is God’s life, GOD LIFE — the infinite perfect life of God — that is living itself in and through you, as You!

The failure to see, realize and understand that statement of truth does not make it an untruth or a falsehood. It merely shows you that the finite human mind with which you are trying to comprehend that spiritual truth does not have the state of awakened total clarity that exists in the stillness and silence of the divine Mind of God. This is the reason why we meditate — to enter into the state of pure clarity and receptivity that exists and operates within the very stillness and silence of the divine Mind, the nature of our infinite spiritual mind.

Do this then:

  1. In silent contemplation, acknowledge and be grateful that it is God’s life and not your personal own that you are living, for there cannot be nor is there any life other than, separate from, or apart from God.
     
  2. Then, in the inner joy that will subsequently fill your being, rejoice, rejoice in that awareness quietly in your heart, simply for the very reason that it is so.

That is all you need to experience and have: The felt intuitive awareness of spiritual truth. There is no need to mentally rationalize or intellectualize spiritual truth. That is not the purpose or function of spiritual contemplation. In terms of modern-day neuroscience, you merely have to bring the conscious “awareness of truth” past the left-brain hemisphere of the intellect realm beyond the “alpha-theta bridge” and into the right-brain hemisphere of the intuitive mind, to experience the conscious “awareness of truth” through the theta brainwave pattern level of the mind-brain continuum where it can begin to resonate deeply in consciousness and come alive in your individual experience. Make your practice utterly simple and firmly keep it true.
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Make your practice simple
and keep it true.


“Whatever purifies you is the right path, I will not try to define it.”
~ Rumi ~


Every individual human being is a faithful authentic reflection of the God-Self in the divine and infinite Mind of God. Since God-Self’s nature is life itself, every single reflected individuation of the God-Self in the divine Mind becomes alive and conscious, and eventually self-aware as the One Life which singularly casts an infinity of its own reflections in the Mirror-Mind of life and existence. This is the true and real meaning of mystical oneness. Remember that as you contemplate THE ONE LIFE of God. There may be many ways to practice attaining the realization of The One Life, but whichever vehicle you choose to ride on the mystical road to wholeness and fullness of being, there is only and will always only be The One Life that is God.

The Man in the Mirror (a spiritual fantasy image)
“Aha! It’s You.”
The Creator looks at Its own living “image and likeness” in the mirror of Its Mind.

Your lifetime now is the right path for you; otherwise, it would not even be your life at all today. Therefore, let it be the most purifying agent for your spiritual transformation.
~ Marc of Contemplative Pathways ~





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We are pleased to announce that our affiliate learning site, The Mystical Path, has received the 2019 San Francisco Award for Best of Business in the category of “meditation center.”

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2019 San Francisco Award

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Discover the true nature of God and the meaning of life.  Learn the purpose of your existence and the reason behind all human suffering. The mystical teachings are timeless yet urgently relevant today in our lives. They are profoundly true yet remarkably truly simple in their message.

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The Journey‘s Goal

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REFLECT ON THIS

If you make your spiritual practice an integral part of your lifestyle, your practice will always be part of living your life. It will seep into your daily awareness and come out in time like a beautiful fragrant flower in the mind that will bear the sweetness of spiritual fruitage in your life. ☺️

Success is not the goal of the spiritual journey, but to TRY DAILY, to keep on trying no matter what, is the goal. Zen Buddhism teaches that it is more important to keep climbing the mountain than it is to reach its summit.
Zen Proverb on "Climbing the Mountain" It is in trying that actual traction is produced along the spiritual path when we do our practice, and the traction you generate becomes your journey’s mileage.
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In speaking of centering prayer or contemplative meditation as a spiritual practice, Fr. William Meninger, OCSO, an associate of Fr. Thomas Keating in the centering prayer movement, says quite directly: “You can never fail if you try. To try is to do it.” (at time 22:26 of the video below).

Trying produces traction
along the path.

Painting of Tibetan 4-armed Buddha

Do not keep putting off practice, thinking that another location or another time would be more suitable.

Nothing is better than the present moment. Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, bring your life to the path.
Chamtrul Rinpoche


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Never Too Busy for God

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One can never be too busy to practice the Presence of God in one’s life, especially when you know and realize that the life you are living is truly God’s life. ☺️

Chamtrul Rinpoche’s advice below involves a very simple spiritual practice known in the Christian mystical tradition as “Practicing the Presence of God.” It partakes the nature of a “contemplative meditation” as it is known in The Infinite Way, where you silently contemplate on the letter of truth or the principles of the mystical teaching.

However, although it is similar to doing the same contemplative activity you would normally do in a prolonged meditation sitting, this practice is done for the briefest duration of a very abbreviated period of time, say one to three minutes of your time, anywhere you may be, at anytime of the day or night, in the midst of any activity, as frequently as you can do so during your waking hours. As a minimum for starters, do it thrice daily: immediately upon rising from bed in the morning, at noontime, and just before going to sleep at night. Then build up gradually on the frequency of times that you perform it until you are doing it most if not all the time.

Life can never be way too busy for the dedicated spiritual aspirant to practice the presence of God. You can become constantly aware of God Presence within you and around you. You are never too busy for God. 🙂


Some people say that they are too busy to practice the Dharma. But if they want to, they can turn every aspect of their life to the path, no matter where they are, or what they are doing. It is OK to be busy. But be busy with the Dharma.

Chamtrul Rinpoche



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    Experience a unique and pure kind of higher spirituality through us, a unitive spirituality. It’s practice is simple, easy and lean — shorn of religious beliefs, dogmas, doctrines and cultural trimmings in the form of rites, rituals and traditions.

    We offer a spirituality that is rooted in the teachings of nondualistic oneness. It captures and embodies authentic mysticism in a concise and direct manner.

    It is a spirituality practiced and exercised using a proven methodology that is scientific and mystical at the same time. You will find it to be highly transformational in consciousness and totally empowering to the Soul.

    Discover the true nature of God and the meaning of life.  Learn the purpose of your existence and the reason behind all human suffering. The mystical teachings are timeless yet urgently relevant today in our lives. They are profoundly true yet remarkably truly simple in their message.

    At no point in modern times has the learning and practice of mysticism been made available so DIRECTLY, so SIMPLY and so EASILY than through our methodology and presentation. Download our electronic flyer for your perusal.

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