Makyo: A Note on Spiritual Hallucinations


On the Zen way when we encounter disruptions of the natural, when the strange, weird, miraculous happen, we’re warned.

Don’t worry, it will pass.

Don’t cling. Don’t make it into a religion.

You meet the Buddha on the road…

I would expand on this just a bit…

On the great way, of course, we’re going to find reality distorted. What we think is normal, isn’t. Or, rather, is a very small part of a very big picture.

We sit and things happen. Mountains dance. Trees sing.

The strange become familiar.

God dictates wonders and terrors.

Angels dance.

Holy writ is found scrawled on leaves.

of course.

Of course.

And. So. Don’t despise your mind. Your heart.

Encounter it full.

Just don’t cling to one moment and reject another

Don’t preference the disruption

over the ordinary.

Do this and you’re handed the keys

And can open the door

And find

and open the book of life and death

And read the language of God…

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  • James Foster

    James – this is destined to be a classic.

  • http://www.brightwayzen.org Domyo Burk

    Thanks, James! I’ve bookmarked this one…

  • http://www.wizduum.net shaktinah

    Beautiful. Thank you James.