"Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water." ~ Zen saying
Rather than focusing on the outcome, awareness of the process and how we journey upon life towards greater consciousness is the basis of the "chop wood, carry water" Zen saying.
All great sages and persons of great wisdom go about life as before. There is no ego, they are humbled in the knowing that life, the journey as souls for this brief period of time on earth is precious. After enlightenment, one still carries on with daily life and the usual chores, but in a more insightful and spiritual manner. The humility of carrying out mundane tasks, recognising that we are equal parts of the collective consciousness and being present in the moment opens access to higher planes of consciousness.
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