The Urban Nun Zendo
THE THREE KERNEL SYSTEM
ACTION - NON ACTION - CONTEMPLATION
The Urban Nun Zendo
The Three Kernel System
the simple path to a more conscious life
Awareness requires our full presence at all times; Only then do we stop being the object of life and instead wake up to life itself.
Our senses are constantly exposed to impulses coming from outside or inside of us. This constant information flux is transferred via spine to the brain, where it gets analysed before response is created. For most people, this process happens automatically and fast, without their control. So to say, they put everything “in hands” of own mind, without any questioning or maintenance of its operation.
Once person gets aware of the nature of the received information, own response to it and underlying process, which leads to that response, uncontrolled automatism can be broken and one can take an active and leading role in own life. Instead of being controlled by body-mind, person starts using it consciously as a tool, not only for survival but as well for reaching higher level of consciousness.
The transition from unconscious to conscious life is not that easy. Automatic processes that have been built up over months, years or even decades act as an autopilot and give us false confidence in the safe flight and the final destination. Living consciously is like turning off the autopilot and regaining control of our flight. And that takes courage, skills and patience.
Our body is a complex system, which needs certain amount of energy for its functionality. To prevent over-spending of energy, which would lead to system collapse, evolution brought up processes, which optimise its use. With this, our system is constantly taking and assessing received information, running test trials, correcting and reinforcing certain responses.
When we start doing something new, neural pathways are still not fully settled, given that information on previous experience may be missing. As a result, response may be sub-optimal. With repeated experience, system is given opportunity to learn and improve optimisation of the “impulse-response” pathways. With every repeated impulse, action or thought, if no correction is proposed to the system, the pathway, which is assessed as optimal, will be fixed. With this, our mind gets conditioned what we call “having a habit”.
Unfortunately, humans have managed to “pollute” the system over the centuries, what causes bias in assessments, bringing up false pathways and responses. To correct for this, established (sub-optimal) patterns need to be changed, conditioning broken, another neural pathways created and inefficient pathways abandoned.
The Three Kernel System is developed in order to manage this transformation. By cultivation of right action, non-action and contemplation, one reaches a state in which all actions are performed in alignment with the ebb and flow of the natural world; world beyond “mind pollution”. This state would allow practitioner to respond optimally to whatever situations arise.
One learns not to cling to ideas brought up by an individual ego, which asks for constant action of body, mind or/and emotions:
Instead of acting in situations in which such action is damaging, one learns to be patient, to act through “non-action”;
In emotionally overloaded situation, one learns to apply right action by using tools to transform energy of destructive emotion into these, which can be beneficial and empowering;
Instead of polluting mind with the thoughts in so-called “over-analysis”, one learns to apply the very root of contemplation; looking and reflecting mindfully, without attachments and self-notion, into process, which run within and outside of own existence. This allows person to realize own place within the web of life and the cosmos. As a result of this realisation of inter-connections with everything, response (thoughts, words, emotions and actions) will spontaneously become virtuous.
With practice, one becomes the embodiment of wu wei, the "action of non-action"; of wu nien, the "thought of non-thought," and wu shin, the "mind of non-mind."
Becoming aligned with the natural flow and the rhythms of the elements within and outside of bodies, all actions become “right”, effortless and in balance with everything in surrounding.