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Bring more joy and purpose to your life.
By really understanding the Zen philosophy of Live in the Moment, and applying this approach to your day-to-day life, you can transform your world. The book --Live in the Moment, Including Zen and the Art of Healing--provides a clear explanation of Zen philosophy, and how it can be used to empower change. Please enjoy.
Bold and Ambitious
The clarity of thought, realism and readability of this book make it a must for those exploring spirituality. Rev. Cribb sets out to provide an alternative vocabulary with which to understand significant events, human nature and spirituality, with the goal to empower individuals to have happier and more meaningful lives.
PRESENTATION: LIVE IN THE MOMENT,
Ross giving a talk on Zen at the South Okanagan Metaphysical Society in Penticton, BC
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IT IS MOTIVATING TO ME THAT I AM GETTING THE PERSONAL FEEDBACK THAT I HAD HOPED FOR, NAMELY THAT READERS SAY THEY FIND THE BOOK INSPIRING AND HELPFUL IN MAKING CHANGES IN THEIR LIVES.
Also, if you enjoyed the book it would be helpful if you posted a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Thank you very much, Ross.
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About the book "LIve in the moment"
By combining the New Age concept of Energy Bodies with Zen, I have tried to make both more understandable and useful for day-to-day life. The aim was to make Zen and Healing rational, easy-to-understand and compelling. In addition, I believe they have intuitive validity, and that when practiced, they will lead to greater joy and purpose.
The book chronicles two years in the life of an inspiring author, starting with his bold decision to follow his heart by writing a book. Initially, as events unfold things fall into place, which he describes as being aligned with his spiritual path; in quick succession he quits his job, becomes ordained for a spiritualist church, moves out of his suite with no plan as to where he will live, gets offered a teaching position in Japan, and then includes a holiday in Thailand on route to Japan. However, once he settles in Japan things start to go awry as issues stemming from his early childhood resurface. The intense conclusion of the story has the main character healing an old, deep-seated issue (or energy blockage).
The premise of the book is that unresolved, personal issues lead to repeating situations in our lives. When dramatic events are not properly understood and processed, energy blockages form in one or more of our Energy Bodies, namely the Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Bodies. The introduction of the four Energy Bodies is a more formal way of describing what people often refer to as separate parts of themselves: my mind was elsewhere, it was a half-hearted attempt or my emotions were all over the place. Blockages are counter to the natural state of the universe, which is for energy to be flowing, so by presenting the individual with a similar situation in the future, it is really the soul's (or the universe's) way of initiating the release of a blockage. Unfortunately, because we develop an aversion to resolving these old pains, encountering a similar situation triggers us, which is to say we become influenced by the past and are no longer totally focused the present.
Furthermore, by having our consciousness simultaneously connected to the four Energy Bodies, the mysterious Zen practice of Living in the Moment can be easily understood. The blockage itself, our avoidance behaviors, and being out of the moment all have negative consequences for our well-being. Thus we need to release old energy blockages to live a healthy, joyful and spiritually-enriched life. And though this is one’s natural state, being unaware of the Energy Bodies and blockages, along with the complications of our modern lifestyle, means Living in the Moment is a challenge, but if pursued it has immeasurable benefits.
The special format of the book makes for an interesting read while clearly explaining its main ideas; the theory is outlined in a subtext while the storyline is based on real life challenges. "Live in the Moment, Including Zen and the Art of Healing" is an inspirational and insightful book that makes the healing of old issues clearly understandable and accessible. I hope it can be of some help to you, as well as an enjoyable read.
Sincerely, Rev. Ross Cribb.
Quotes from Live in the moment
Chapter 13. The intense sound is one of the most prominent aspects of the whole scene, though in a situation like this it is hard to separate the perceptions of one sense from another. The crickets, bugs and other creatures are making a combined symphony of jungle noises. They are out of sight, but sound as if they are right underfoot. The air is humid and warm and smells of moist vegetation. The pungent scent of tropical flowers—probably orchids—drifts by periodically, but otherwise there is no hint of a breeze. The morning light is just beginning to penetrate the night’s darkness, leaving my imagination free to conjure up all sorts of creatures that might still be lurking in the bushes. I am walking the short distance from my sleeping area to the main house. After being led to the second floor veranda, I join several nuns sitting in front of the Buddhist master. I notice two geckoes hanging from the ceiling, adding to the scene’s exoticness.
As I sit, I am struck by the exceptional nature of my situation. I just spent the night in this Buddhist monastery in the jungles of southern Thailand, and now I am in front of a revered Thai monk of unquestionable wisdom. The intensity of my surroundings only enhances the intensity of my feeling of gratitude. How is it that I am fortunate enough to have an experience like this? Emotions well up in me; I can feel tears leak out of my eyes and slowly crawl down my cheeks. They are a small sign of the immense appreciation I feel toward this gracious, elderly man.
Chapter 26. This back and forth goes on for several more minutes, and I am getting frustrated. The [bank] manager may also be getting frustrated, but his manner never changes. After 20 minutes of discussion, we seem to have completed the paperwork. I remembered to bring my passport, which the manager now takes. He then asks me to wait in the general seating area and he will call me again when he is done. I wait for 30 minutes, and my frustration builds. Time is getting short; this exercise is now cutting into my prep time for my lessons. I don’t understand why it is taking so long. This is the first time in Japan where I have found customer service to be sorely lacking. I remember that Brad, my boss, got annoyed when we opened the account, feeling they weren’t courteous enough—maybe this is the same manager. I suspect racism may be a part of the problem. I speculate that the manager did poorly on an English test and failed to get into his desired university as a result, so now he has an energy block triggering him. In a situation like this my healing training is to send him compassionate light, as this may soften his tone, but my emotions block this thought and my frustrations turns to anger instead.
Chapter 36. I’ve also developed another analogy—or expanded an old one—with regards to the distinction between lessons vs. beliefs. The masters have climbed up the mountain [to enlightenment] and they have described the journey and view from the top. Their descriptions are like rocks on the way up the mountain. The rocks have been retrieved and used to build a structure in the valley in the shadow of death... The building in the valley may show the beauty of God (external spiritualism), and it can also be a place of comfort and inspiration, but a structure eventually ages and crumbles, which is nature’s way of keeping things fresh. Zen has taught me that belief structures ultimately limit us so I even consider my theory of energy bodies, consciousness and healing to be a structure that will crumble.
Religions take the structure and make it a church, and religions fear aging and crumbling, so they patch and repair and even rebuild the church. However, this removes us from the wisdom of the masters and adds layers of interpretation. The structure, and religions, can provide some benefits, but it is believing that the religion is an ultimate Divinity that holds us back. The best use of the building is to train us to be climbers, and not as a substitute for climbing. Fluid wisdom (lessons) empowers people, while fixed beliefs limit people. Instead, the rocks’ origins are ledges on the mountain that are resting places and stepping stones for the climb to the top. One must stop and reflect on the lesson in order to obtain the wisdom as it relates to an incarnate life. As one transcends each lesson it enables the climber to move further up the mountain.