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The Psychology of Liberation (part 1)
Spirituality is – the way I see it – not a matter of a “spiritual” belief. It is is not about faith in some hidden and profound fact about our universe. The questions we ask shouldn’t be about what the world is like and spirituality is neither in conflict nor in line with scientific findings on fields like physics or biology or history.
In a horrific meeting of managers that I (accidentally) participated in one day, at some point in the discussion a participant said: “You cannot disagree with me. You misunderstood my statement. It wasn’t actually saying anything, so you cannot agree or disagree with it.” In this meeting it was the low point of the day, but I can use it here. Spirituality is mostly not saying anything about facts and it is a waste of time to check if you agree or disagree with it in that way.
Zen or spirituality is the psychology of liberation. It is about mental processes and it focuses on the process of liberation; of awakening; of transformation.
The only assertion is that liberation (awakening, transformation) is possible. The rest is experiment and practice in order to let this process take place.
And here I think we should make the important step - maybe the first step in the process of liberation – to not try and put this assertion into context. Don’t build a universe around “the possibility of liberation”. It would just distract us and it could even prevent our liberation.
In this context of the psychology of liberation, don’t believe a single thought (with the exception of believing in the possibility of liberation).
In every other context we can use thoughts and argue about them, but for our liberation we must refrain from affirmation and denial.