Creates The Opportunity For A Facilitated View Of The Transcendent
Genpo Roshi [the founder of Big Mind] says:
"You could say that the Big Mind process creates the opportunity for a facilitated view of the transcendent.
In Zen, the term for this view is kensho, a Japanese word that literally means “seeing one’s own true nature,” an experience of enlightenment. But even the most profound kensho experiences prior to daikensho (“great enlightenment”) are still momentary. It’s like the momentary opening of the shutter of a camera lens.
The Big Mind practice trains us to hold the shutter of the lens open as long as we want to. Instead of a faint momentary glimpse, like a match lit and extinguished in a large room, the Big Mind process allows us to actually hold Big Mind open long enough to look around the room, to really get to know the territory."
In 1983 Zen teacher Dennis Paul Merzel, known as Genpo Roshi Merzel, began studying Voice Dialogue — a Jungian therapeutic technique developed by Hal and Sidra Stone - which is designed to expand the individual's ability to make conscious choices in life instead of behaving unconsciously and running on "autopilot".
He began to experiment with integrating Voice Dialogue with the Zen tradition, and in 1999 he introduced the Big Mind Process™.
with the aim of combining Eastern, Buddhist insights with Western psychoanalytical ideas to give people a "fast track" experience of the transcendent.
Big Mind - Working With The Selves
This practise of working directly with our "selves" is very empowering – if we can do it - and is another practical tool for learning how to think and how to stop thinking.
We generally think and speak in terms of "my self" but strictly speaking what we regard as our "self" is a very complex amalgam of many different aspects of our "self". This is sometimes referred to as "sub-personalities" or "selves".
These different parts of us are often in conflict and are the real reason why we can’t keep our new year’s resolutions, why we can’t lose weight or stop smoking; in fact this inner conflict is the why we are largely immune to most serious attempts at changing ourselves.
This is why the so-called "self help" industry is so large and why so many of us spend so much money and time on all this but generally don’t change.
I will now illustrate the process at work with two examples of how I have used this.
 How I dealt with extreme stress using the Big Mind process
About 5 years ago I went through a very difficult time and was experiencing a lot of uncertainty and confusion in my life related to some business and financial issues and it was causing me a lot of stress.
Having become aware of the Big Mind process I decided to try and put into practise. So here is what I did:
I went out for a walk; somewhere quiet where I could talk out-loud and no one would hear me. Speaking in the voice of the Facilitator of the process I asked to speak to my ego – my Controlling Self – and I asked its permission to address my different selves, and I also asked it if it would undertake a task for me and ensure that my different selves would all “line up in orderly queue” and speak one at a time.
[Side note – asking the ego’s permission and then giving it a task to do works well as it basically gets the ego out of the way.]
Speaking in the voice of my ego, I granted my Facilitator self permission as requested.
I then asked who was present.
Angry self presented himself, so I asked him to identify himself, and what his role was in Stephen’s life. Then I asked him what he was feeling and what he wanted to say.
I took on the voice of Angry self and said that my role in Stephen’s life was to protect him and to express his anger. I continued to say how angry I felt and why.
[Side note – this only process works when we just go for it – just do it – with no conscious thinking about it – we just go with whatever comes up and say it without any filtering, analysis or internal commentary. When we speak as that voice – we (temporarily) become that voice.]
As Facilitator self I let Angry self keep talking until he had nothing left to say.
Then as Facilitator self I asked who else was present and wanted to speak – and next in the queue was Anxious Self – and I repeated the process.
I continued with this until all the selves who were present (which was about 10) at that time had identified themselves and spoken.
This process took about 25-30 minutes.
Then as Facilitator self I asked to speak to “Big Mind” or Enlightened self… and for a while I enjoyed the tranquillity and spaciousness of that self.
I was calm, de-stressed and completely free of my mind in a state of one-ness and non-duality.
After that initial “trial run” I used the Big Mind process a number of times as a very powerful way of achieving integration, peace and freedom from my mind.
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