A man kept a goose in a bottle, feeding it until it grew too large to get through the bottleneck. How can he get the goose out o the bottle without killing it or destroying the bottle?
This Zen koan offers a choice between two alternatives, both of which are equally impossible. The purpose of the koan is to reflect the dilemma of life: the problem of passing beyond the two alternatives of assertion and denial, both of which obscure the truth. the real problem is not to get the goose out of the bottle, but rather to get ourselves out of it. The goose represents man and the bottle, his circumstances. Our bottleneck is our conditioned way of seeing things. We see situations and problems as alien objects standing in our way rather than as extension of our won consciousness. We are conditioned to believe that our mind is inside us and that our perceptions of the world are outside. In reality, our mind is outside and all that we perceive is within our mind. Or, to put it another way, "The goose is out!"
Every thought you've ever had, every word you've ever spoken and every action you've ever experienced is recorded in the memory banks of your subconscious mind. This also includes all the memories of previous lifetimes.
According to brain researchers, the subconscious mind has 200,000 times the capacity of the largest computer ever built, so recording the history of your lives really isn't too great a task. In addition, it is now known that the human mind works like a computer, so all your past experiences represent your software programming. It is this programming that has made you what you are today. Your talents and abilities, problems and afflictions are the result of this subconscious programming. Your subconscious has directed you and it will continue to direct you. Sadly, it is often in opposition to your conscious desires.
You'd like to be able to go boating with your friends, but for some reason, you experience a great deal of anxiety whenever you get into a boat. Consciously, you realize there is minimal danger in boating, yet the anxiety persists.
Why? Because the subconscious has no reasoning power. It simply operates…like a computer. It functions as the result of programming. Maybe you experienced a fearful, though forgotten, trauma involving water as a child, or maybe you drowned in a past life. The result was negative programming, and although the past experience may not relate today, you still experience the anxiety.
The subconscious creates only according to its programming. It will assist to bring into actuality the reality for which it is programmed. This may have nothing to do with what you consciously desire, relating only to the past programming (thoughts and experiences) it has received.
If the subconscious were to receive no new programming, it would continue to operate on past input. This, of course, cannot happen, for you are constantly feeding new programming or data into your subconscious mind—YOUR COMPUTER. Every thought programs the computer. Thus, if your thoughts are more negative than positive, your computer is being programmed negatively. YOU CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY, OR KARMA, WITH YOUR THOUGHTS.
Many people have no idea how frequently they think in a negative manner. If you climb out of bed cursing the alarm clock, grumble your way through breakfast, then dwell on how much you dislike the rain and the traffic during your commute to work, and brood unhappily about your job, and on and on throughout the day, you are literally creating a worse reality for yourself. Because you are thinking more negative thoughts than positive ones, there is simply no way you can be creating anything but a negative reality. With all that negative programming of your computer, how could it do anything but create the programmed result: more negativity?
You do not HAVE a mind, you ARE mind. You are using your current body, but your body isn't you. You have a soul or a spirit or whatever you want to call it. Whatever it is, it must be mind, for any of regressive hypnosis will show that the mind carries all the memories of the past. Every individual carries memories of previous lifetimes, and the events in these past lives often seem to be affecting the present. This in itself does not prove reincarnation, but does show that a lineage of cause and effect (karma) is evident.
If you are a mind and that mind operates like a computer, that makes you a computer … a machine. Naturally, there is more to you than the mechanical aspect, but few people are presently working with larger aspects of their totality.
Everyone has the potential to create their own reality, so if you are not happy with the way it is, what mind has created, mind can change. To better understand these concepts, the following information shows effectively the subconscious mind doesn't reason but it does appear to generate circumstances to create a reality that reflects the programming it receives. Although this is normally accomplished by thoughts and through our life experiences, brain researchers have found that the subconscious incapable of telling the difference between reality and fantasy … between the real experience and the imagined experience.