The harsh truth about our lives is that we often end up doing the same things repeatedly throughout our existence. Simultaneously, I have noticed that we fantasise about a more thrilling future with adventure, joy, fun, etc. However, over the past years and after chasing after several goals continuously, I realised that we often think that happiness or peace is at the other side of these dreams. Our imagination often constructs the other side of these dreams, and often we end up feeling disappointed after achieving our desired outcomes, goals, circumstances, etc. Besides, we and especially I often imagine that these achievements or dreams will make us feel more positive emotions or reconcile our struggles.
Recently, I have been delving deeper into a program by Quazi Johir called Reality Mastery, which has been ground-breaking and led to massive growth in a short period of time. The most important lesson I received from Quazi’s program was how much he mentioned an old Zen proverb, which emphasised that we often end up doing the same things even after enlightenment. Regarding regular student or human life, it is evident that we repeatedly perform the same tasks and often end up further along the upward spiral of life. Personally, nothing spectacular occurred after I achieved better marks, finances, occupations, etc. However, I realised the old Zen proverb Quazi mentioned more than a few amounts of time was a hundred per cent accurate. As a result of the realisation, I fell into a short gloomy period where I gained a pessimistic perspective on life. On the other hand, the depressive period did not last long and led to a feeling of calmness and liberation.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, a sense of peace and liberation emerged after realising that I would not necessarily feel more positive emotions. However, often or not, my chase for improvement or success was connected to an increase in dopamine levels. The old Zen proverb has proven its validity because I am currently more successful and financially stable than in the past, but I am still performing the same tasks and even behaviours. Correspondingly, I am still doing the same things, such as meditating, training, reading, writing, etc. On the other side, the execution and efficiency have improved, but those fundamental factors have been present throughout life anyways.
Before Enlightenment, Chop Wood and Carry Water
After Enlightenment, Chop Wood and Carry Water