Daiju visited the master Baso in China. Baso asked: What do you seek?
“Enlightenment,” replied Daiju.
“You have your own treasure house. Why do you search outside?” Baso asked.
Daiju inquired: “Where is my treasure house?”
Baso answered: “What you are asking is your treasure house.”
Daiju was enlightened! Ever after he urged his friends: “Open your own treasure house and use those treasures.”
Paul reps and nyogen senzaki,
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
In this story, Daiju comes to understand that what he seeks is carried within. He understands that his innate curiosity is a treasure in itself. He comes home to himself but cannot contain himself; he must share his gift in service to others. He finds his treasure house. Daiju comes full circle, as each of us can—we begin by wondering where our treasures are. Where is yours? What, up until now, have you been searching for? Where have you been looking for meaning? It’s human nature to want to make our lives fulfilling personally, vocationally, and in our relationships. we all want to feel good about what we are doing with our lives. Most of us, however, are in one of two camps: those searching for meaning, or those who have given up the search. But there is a third option that is reemerging, a new myth as it were, which is to give up the search for meaning in order to make meaning within all the circumstances of our precious life.
There is an underlying science to living an inspired and meaningful life. My book, The Zero Point Agreement is a template for those ready to fully engage in making meaning from all of life’s situations. the zero point agreement and the techniques within this book are reliable methods for awakening yourself to the world around you and to your fullest potential (to your treasure house), no matter your circumstances. These methods offer an interior science of transformation that is established and proven, a spiritual technology for meaning makers. We can only discover the truth for ourselves by living life from our side (the zero point). In living life from your side you not only find lasting happiness and satisfaction but personal awakening. And through this personal awakening we directly benefit all life on this planet.
No one else can run the race, enjoy the fine meal, write the novel, or love your partner in your place. This life is yours to live. Too often, however, we rely on outside circumstances and resources to bring us happiness and fulfillment. Many wait on the sidelines of life for that opportune moment when circumstances will be just right for them. However, external conditions never bring us lasting happiness (focusing illusion). this search outside ourselves only strengthens our feelings of separation and dissatisfaction as we search for our happiness in this way. And our religious institutions and leaders, pop gurus, spiritual and economic con artists, big box chain stores, pharmaceutical companies, and many politicians depend on your search for meaning—for they will happily supply it to you.
One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive one.
ralph waldo emerson
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
stanislaw Jerzy lec, poet and aphorist
There are core themes of exploration and meaning in my life. These themes influence every thing I do, say and write. These are my themes (that come up in my books and life): Being a Meaning Maker; trusting our experiences, Being the Cause not the effect of our lives, living the writer’s life, how everything is material for transformation and healing, the conversational reality of life (the power of language and words), trusting in a Higher Power, and living the zero point agreement (living life from our side/being 100% responsible for how you experience our life/living life from the inside out).
What are your life themes? Write about that.
What themes guide your explorations and experiences? Write about that.
How do your themes come up in your writing?
What theme is arriving at your doorstep today? Write about that.