These days, everybody is supposed to be so intelligent: ‘Isn’t it terrible about Nixon getting elected?’ ‘Did you hear about the earthquake in Peru?’ And you’re supposed to have all the answers. But when it gets down to the nitty-gritty, like, ‘What is bugging you, mister? Why can’t you make it with your wife? Why do you lie awake all night staring at the ceiling? Why, why, why do you refuse to recognize you have problems and deal with them?’ The answer is that people have forgotten how to relate or respond. In this day of mass communications and instant communications, there is no communication between people. Instead it’s long-winded stories or hostile bits, or laughter. But nobody’s really laughing. It’s more an hysterical, joyless kind of sound. Translation: ‘I am here and I don’t know why.’
The mind of a Zen Master is perfectly straightforward. He has neither front nor back and is without deceit or delusion. Every hour of the day, what he hears and sees are ordinary sights and sounds, but nothing is distorted. He is perfectly unattached to things, and thus doesn’t need to shut his eyes and ears. Because he has eliminated delusion, perverted views, and bad thinking habits, he is clear and tranquil as an autumn stream. Someone who is like this is called a Master of Zen, a man who has freed himself from all attachments.
Basically you create your experience through your beliefs about yourself and the nature of reality. Another way to understand this is to realize that you create your experiences through your expectations.
—Seth, Jane Roberts (via meditationsinwonderland)