Crazy Wisdom Part 2: Meditation


To understand Crazy Wisdom, first we need to understand the difference between rational thinking and intuition:

Rational thinking is based on logic. It is to think sensibly and judiciously, apply methods of critical thinking to all phenomena and attribute all phenomena to natural causes rather than miraculous causes.

Intuition is the power of the mind, by which our minds immediately perceive the truth of things without reasoning or analysis. A truth so perceived immediately is instinctive knowledge.

Meditation, or mindfulness training, opens our minds and hearts to the wisdom of intuition. That is why the notion of Crazy Wisdom came out of the Zen tradition. Historically we see divinely inspired mystics and mad saints come out of every meditative tradition:

  • Hotei in China and Japan

  • Divine Mad Man in Bhutan

  • Chögyam Trungpa in Tibet

  • Babaji in Hinduism

  • St. Francis in Christendom

  • Rumi in Islam

These leaders are all avid meditators in their own tradition. These great teachers have taught us down through the ages that our minds are capable of both rational thought and intuitive thought. It’s all a matter of what we choose to rely on in any given situation. Meditation practice helps us realize the choice.

Rational thought is what we are conditioned to rely on within the social structure. This is what educators call “Teaching within the systematic structure”.

Intuitive thought is thinking outside the box. It is the world of the “random abstract”.

We’ve been conditioned all our lives to acknowledge and respond to rational thought. It takes great effort, quiet, deep listening, to hear our inner intuitive voice.

Divine Law

The intuition reveals to us what Mystics refer to as Divine Law. It turns out that the universe is lawful but not necessarily in a logical way. The law I’m talking about is what would be called the divine law. That is, it’s not logical law in the sense that A is A and not B. It’s the law that includes paradox and all possibility. Within that law of the universe, everything that is in form – whether it is on this physical plane or on any of the other planes – is all perfectly lawful. Just because we cannot systematically explain events, it does not mean that they are not real or relevant to our lives.

External world imposes rational thought through the efforts of social structure. Internal world of intuition springs forth naturally, without effort. Intentional effort stifles our intuition.

“It turns out that the universe is lawful but not necessarily in a logical way.” — Albert Einstein

Insight Meditation

Insight Meditation is the practice of self-realization. Mindfulness practice enables us to access our own inner Crazy Wisdom, stimulating direct experience through stillness and none grasping.

Insight Meditation is the art of observation. It’s training in observing our breath, our feelings, our bodies, our hearts and minds. Observing them with total acceptance and without judgement.

As we keep practicing meditation, we become the witness, and begin to observe the observer. We ask ourselves, who is the “I” that is observing?

That notion of “I” only seems to distance us from the direct experience. Soon we see that “I” is just a notion you can also realize and let go of. This is direct experience – This is crazy! We are one with the experience. This is true mindfulness. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “Mindfulness is Holiness”.

The soul is the source of your intuitive knowledge, your Crazy Wisdom. Meditation provides the stillness and peace of mind that lets us access our inner wisdom. It directs us to soul based perception of the world rather than ego based perception. Your Crazy Wisdom is your inner private source of eternal stillness and peace, with you forever, wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”– Walt Whitman

About the author: Donald Francis is a meditation teacher and freelance writer. Incorporates art, music, poetry and literature into his teaching and makes meditation interesting and relevant to everyone. He lives in London, England.

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