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Lions Roar : September 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2011 13 Warriors who are able to peer directly and unflinchingly at the nature and character of their own minds allow any mental and physical discrepancies to be vaporized. Thus synchronicity ensues. This ability to be synchronized comes back to the fact that the act of bravery eliminates hesitation. The clear-seeing vision of the Great Eastern Sun brings confidence in unchanging basic goodness. From such confidence, doubtlessness occurs. This doubtlessness leads to dig- nity, which arises because our mind and body are finally in harmony. Our body has good posture, since we are not slouch- ing—trying to lean our back against the past—nor hunched forward, wishing it were the future. The harmonious relationship of mind and body is an evolutionary outgrowth of the previous kinds of bravery: free- ing oneself from deception, acting with abruptness, and gaining the vision of the Great Eastern Sun. In particular, syn- chronicity arises when we acknowledge a moment of suchness. We are willing to be brave enough to live our life on the razor’s edge of nowness, continually cut- ting habit of mind and body. Lethargy and sentimentality slide off the blade. This harmony has not occurred because our body was here and our mind was there. Rather, we have quickly realized that without synchronicity, we are only idling in the dark age. Through this fourth kind of bravery we realize what power and potency can result when we synchronize body and mind. When we are able to be here now, mind and body come together instanta- neously, and dignity abounds. If we do not realize this, mind and body remain disenfranchised, and we do not mani- fest with bravery. Our activity is speedy, unsynchronized, and without vitality. But when mind and body are present on the spot, dignity will naturally arise. This synchronicity manifests in our thought, intention, and conduct. When it occurs, there is tremendous power, even when we pouracupoftea.♦