Zen: Conscious Interaction or Interaction Consciousness

By Scott Shaw

Life is about consciousness. Life is about consciously living. The more consciously you live your life, the more refined understanding you develop about the inner working of yourself, human kind, the universe, and god.

Most people spend their entire lifetime driven by unchecked emotions and desires. They run from wanting to anger about not getting what they want. When they get, they are happy for a moment but then they want something more and from this they are no longer content. Thus, they are again driven to disharmony and rage about not having all that they desire. Though this is a common thread that runs through the life of many/most people, this is the ideal example of a life defined by lack of consciousness as there is nothing conscious about desire, wanting, and rage.

Everyone wants what they want. This is an element of the human condition. This being said, the consciousness individual, the person who walks the path of consciousness, does not let desire and/or emotions control their actions and reactions to the world around them. For if you do, that means you believe yourself to be the center of this universe; which you are not. If you do live your life by this code, however, by doing so, you do whatever you deem necessary to get what you want. But, by living your life in this manner, you injure the lives of all those around you. This is never the path of consciousness.

Many people are falsely feed the belief that if they ask for forgiveness, if they do something good, then their wrongs are righted. No, this is incorrect. Yes, at some point an individual who has wronged others, driven by the own emotions and desires, may experience remorse for their actions, but the only doing is the undoing of anything bad you have done but this is impossible in this Life Space. What you have done is what you have done and though you may seek forgiveness for your actions; your asking forgiveness from a religious elder or some divine entity never can change what you have done. Thus, the person, persons, or the Life Space you have damaged, remains damaged.

People wanting gives birth to lying. People wanting gives birth to damaging actions. People wanting gives birth to bad behavior. People wanting never gives birth to refined consciousness.

In this world people seek. They seek possessions, they seek position, they seek power, some even seek enlightenment. But, the common factor and the incorrect element to this equation is, “The seeking.” For at the very root of seeking arises the desire for things to be different than they already are. At the very root of seeking is born the concept of unhappiness due to not having. From this, all the damage to others, all the damage to the earth, all the damage to the all and the everything is given birth to.

At the root of Life Betterment is consciousness—focused human consciousness. As humans, all we can be is humans. As humans, we are defined by being human. This being said, it is the person who chooses the path of refining their consciousness that consciously eliminated as many of the negative obstacles of human existence as possible; namely: uncontrolled desire equaling rage, equally lying, equally power-grabbing, and power-tripping. From this, the damage unleashed onto others is minimized and the world becomes just a slightly better place.

In this pages of this book life, life occurrences, and actions will be detailed and discussed. From this, each who read these words may be able to learn from experiences that they did not have to live through but were able to witness; lived by the life of others. From this, new understandings of better way to live life and react to life may be understood. From this, a more conscious world may be born where you, personally, may have the chance to become a more wholly fulfilled and conscious Live-er in this Life Space.

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Scott Shaw: Fist of the Buddha


By Jasmine Lee

When the modern Angelino thinks about the martial arts, visions of Tae Bo, Cardio Kickboxing, The Ultimate Fighting Championships, or even Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan kicking butt on the silver screen is generally the first thought which comes to mind. Moving beyond kicking butt or firming one up comes Scott Shaw, who’s new book, Samurai Zen, published by Samuel Weiser, Inc., takes the reader beyond the self-defense aspects of the martial arts and into the refined realms of meditation inherent to these ancient systems of self-defense.

Shaw, a native of Los Angeles, began training in the martial arts as a young boy. He spent the first decade of his life in South Central and his adolescence in East Hollywood. From these gritty street environments he readily came to understand the level of unnecessary violence which is prevalent in the modern world. Whereas these unforgiving surroundings have sent many a youth down a road to destruction, Shaw saw it as a pathway for the development of inner strength and self-reliance. With martial arts as a central focus, Shaw rose above the limitations of his youthful atmosphere and additionally became deeply involved in the spiritual aspects of Eastern Mysticism. Martial arts in association with spirituality would eventually lead Shaw to spending many years in various geographic locations of Asia.

Shaw integrates the meditative wisdom he gained in Asia into his teaching of the Martial Arts. When asked why more modern martial art instructors don’t incorporate meditation into their self-defense classes, Shaw states, “I believe it’s because in the Western world we are so dominated by immediacy. Few people are willing to sit down and really learn how to focus their minds to the degree which is required in meditation. In American everybody wants recognition for their accomplishments. In meditation there’s no external reward for your advancement, so most martial artists blow it off, believing that it’s just not important to their overall development. They are wrong.”

In his first book, detailing the spiritual elements of the martial arts, The Warrior is Silent: Martial Arts and the Spiritual Path, published in 1998 by Inner Traditions International, Shaw began teaching the way of the Spiritual Warrior. In it he states, “Those who see the martial arts as solely a method to overpower somebody are really basing their life on the most animalistic level of existence. Martial arts trains your body to become acutely in tune with your mind. From this, you can raise your being to a much more refined level of consciousness not possessed by the average individual.”

Samurai Zen picks up where The Warrior is Silent left off and continues to instruct the reader in further techniques of ancient movement meditations and advanced breath control which lead to the harmonizing of the body and mind and the harnessing the universal energy known as Ki.

Not left solely to the martial arts, Shaw had a second book released in 1999, Zen O’clock: Time to Be, also published by Samuel Weiser, Inc. In this text no instructions for swinging a sword, punching, kicking, or even formalized movement meditation are discussed, all the teachings are mental and detailing how the modern individual can peacefully come to terms with the never ending passing of time. Scott writes, “How many time have you stepped outside and not even noticed what the weather was like? How many times have you traveled to some destination and, due to the fact that your mind was on another issue affecting your life, you didn’t even notice how you felt or what you saw? How much of life do you let pass by without a thought?”

When asked why he wrote a book like Zen O’clock, Shaw says, “Everybody is pressed up against the wall of time. Everybody is worried about getting older, not enough time complete whatever project must finished, and what will happen when they die. Everybody looks at time as it if were a thing, an object. But, what is time, does it really exist? Time can only be defined in terms of history, comparing where you were then to where you are now — even if that now was only a second ago.”

With this ideology as a foundation, in Zen O’clock, Shaw takes the reader through conscious methods of dealing with time in terms of life, death, aging, desire, and emotions — ultimately illustrating that human existence should be perceived in terms of an accepted cosmic perfection — that everything is as it should be. Once an individual can come to this realization, then cosmic consciousness is immediately embraced.

Although many of his beliefs are seemingly based in Buddhism, Shaw is reluctant to accept any labels. “I’m not formally religious in any regard,” he says. “Religion is a lot like school — the structure keeps people from seeing the truth.”

Veering between the physical, the spiritual, and the uniting of the two, Redondo Beach based Scott Shaw guides his readers on a path of illumination and self-discovery.

In the first year of the new millennium Shaw has two new books that will be released: Simple Bliss (Element Books) and the Tao of Self-Defense (Samuel Weiser, Inc.). In them, he again pushes the realms of human limitations and guides the reader to look at life from a new and more profound perspective. He says, “Most people falsely believe that enlightenment is some distant plateau, obtainable only be holy men who lives in caves or ashrams deep in the Himalayas. Enlightenment is Right Here and Right Now. All you have to do is open your eyes and embrace it.”

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