Fear

Fear is a poison.  It is the substance born of ignorance that creates violence and hatred and all that is vile.  Fear is self-replicating and self-fulfilling.  Fear is the great slave holder and is the prime corrupter of Joy.

Fear cannot be ignored; we are obliged always to confront it.  This is, however, not a confrontation anchored in conflict, but a confrontation that shines Light into the dark places and refuses to accept the Life that is lesser rather than the Life that is greater.

Fear has no power beyond that which we give it.  Know your fears.  Acknowledge them, then deny them the sustenance they demand.

To surrender to fear is to yield to the most inferior of energetic expressions.  We must be greater than our fears.  We must rise above them.

– Red Horse

Published in: on August 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Craft -vs- Talent

In this nation, talent is worshiped as a blessed rarity bestowed upon only the fortunate.  It is seen as an exceptional gift which can define greatness.

Talent is grossly overrated.

What is routinely misidentified as talent is, in fact, craft.  Diligence is also mistakenly labeled as talent.  Persistence, focus, dedication, refinement, and plain hard work are usually given the short shrift while the charlatan that is talent receives all the accolades.

Talent will take you only so far.

Genuine talent of any sort truly is rare, rarer even than is commonly presumed.   But talent is, even at its very best, a seed.  And like any seed it requires fertile soil, nourishment, and the physical freedom to express its true nature.  Talent can be a start, but it is seldom ever capable of doing the heavy lifting on its own.

Endeavor is better than talent.  It is also far more consistent, predictable, and is available to everyone willing to embrace it.

Do the work.  Take pride in your craft.

– Red Horse

Published in: on August 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Horse On Facebook

To all those who might be interested, Billy Flying Red Horse recently joined the 21st century and started a Facebook page.  Posts there are irregular and focus mostly on keeping those who Like the page informed as to the Horse’s comings and goings, with updates about new posts here at RedHorseZen.com, Red Horse teaching events, and the OCCASIONAL link to informative and topically kindred third party articles.  No “me too!” quote factories here!  Check it out and press that ubiquitous LIKE button if, in fact, you like what you see there:

 – Red Horse Facebook Page –

Published in: on August 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tranzending and The Four Noble Truths

TRANZENDING is about living a Life characterized by Joy, Power, and Freedom. TRANZENDING is the Zen Mind tempered with the Native (or Nature-centered) Heart, a path of Self-exploration and personal awakening that can lead to transcendence.

Several requests have been made for an examination of the more traditional teachings found in Zen. In this light, there can be nothing more traditional than the central teachings of the historical Buddha himself. A new three video series that considers the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths is now available for viewing at the Tranzending Video page. Follow the link below to learn the Zendian perspective:

-Red Horse Videos-

Published in: on August 3, 2014 at 8:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Thinking Thoughts About Thinking

There is an assertion which has for decades been in the collective consciousness stating that humans utilize only a small portion (usually a range nominally anywhere between 3 and 25 percent) of our brain’s functional capacity.  Many brain researchers and neurologists have repeatedly debunked this assertion as a pure and unfounded fiction.  If the crux of the argument is based solely on the mechanics of brain matter usage then, yes, the evidence for full utilization is unassailable.  The question, however, is not one of quantity but one of quality.

The average adult is habituated to routine and annular thought, repeating patterns and perpetuating internal scripts like some Off-Broadway thespian.  Having ones internal cognitive processes locked in a self-sustaining feedback loop can be as debilitating as having a brain suffering the effects of injury or disease.  Therefore, most people DO, in fact, avail themselves of only a mere fraction of their mental (and, subsequently, physical) promise and potential.

Homework assignment: Go see the movie LUCY which is soon to be released, then return here or to the Red Horse Facebook page to discuss.

Published in: on July 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Insanity Continues…

And there’s not a damned thing we can do about it other than pay up:

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Published in: on June 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Loss Of Control

It is the height of delusion to presume that one has control over anything.  Anything.  Not the actions of others, not even the actions of Self.  Certainly not emotions in any form.  “Well, at least I can control what I think,” says the dedicated meditator and earnest spiritual wayfarer.  Really?  Then control your thoughts right now and don’t think about a purple elephant.  Don’t think about a terrible smell.  Don’t think about your greatest fear.

Is it my assertion, then, that we are little more than pieces on some grand celestial chessboard, moved about willy-nilly, simple victims of circumstance and chance?

Absolutely not!

Rather than being possessed of some nonexistent control, we have at our disposal something far more genuine and accessible but something which requires diligence and mindful finesse to employ effectively.  What is this mystical elixir?

Influence.

We cannot control our thoughts but we can influence them.  Though we cannot control our conditions and circumstances, we can influence them.  Because the delusion of control is unreal, the verity that we have the ability to influence is, ultimately, a far more profound and efficacious capacity than some alleged faculty that is, in truth, nonexistent.  And our influence has a far greater reach than control (real or imagined) ever could.

To be effective, influence requires skill.  Effective influence requires understanding.  Effective influence requires compassion and kindness.  Effective influence requires a clear perception of things as they are and as they could be.  These requirements apply whether the influence is to be brought to bear within ourselves or in the world around us.

Influence is a noble trait worthy of a transcendent humanity.  Befriend your influence and use it wisely…

– Red Horse

Published in: on April 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Zendian Goes To Lincoln!

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Published in: on April 24, 2014 at 5:34 am  Leave a Comment  
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Why Utopias Fail

People have long searched for the Utopian Ideal, a harmonious community living together in peace and without conflict.  Every attempt to establish such a community has, in the long run, failed. The reason that Utopias never last? –  People must first learn to live within their own selves harmoniously in peace and without conflict.  There can be no external harmony of the community unless and until internal harmony is first established and sustained within the individual.

– Red Horse

Published in: on March 27, 2014 at 6:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Is It Not Obvious?

You will find it extremely difficult to convince anyone that you are not a pyromaniac if you are constantly discovered pouring gasoline on a raging fire.

– Flying Red Horse

Published in: on March 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

After A Long, Hard Winter…

Spring!!  She is almost here!!

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Published in: on February 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Something New!

In the effort to explore new avenues of communication regarding the things that matter most to me (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual awakening leading to transcendence, you know, Tranzending?), I have created a new page where I will post short videos that deal with all aspects of my work.  Meditation, philosophy, metaphysics, and my personal approach to health and fitness called Transcendent Aging℠, these are just some of the topics which I plan to address there in the coming months.  I recognize that your Time is valuable so my intention is to keep each video entry short and to the point.  Videos will be posted on a more or less regular basis, but you might consider following to be sure not to miss any updates.  Click on the Lotus Wheel below and come explore with me…

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Published in: on February 1, 2014 at 12:22 am  Leave a Comment  

The Zendian Speaks

An efficacious and rewarding Zen practice comes through the consistent utilization of procedures, not from the consistent following of recipes.

– Flying Red Horse

Published in: on January 22, 2014 at 11:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Sobering Verity

Here in our Western culture it is still a common form of punishment to send a mildly misbehaving child to sit in a corner and think about what they did wrong.  Now look where many grown adults spend 40 hours of their life 50 weeks out of the year:

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Published in: on December 30, 2013 at 12:54 am  Leave a Comment  

An Entrepreneur Waxes Poetic

There is Ceremony everywhere,
From the moment you rise ’til the day you disappear.
When you are gone 
The Ceremony of Life will carry on,
Life celebrating Itself.

An endless cycle of Death and Rebirth.
Reconfiguring us all in the Infinity number of atomic possibilities.
You and I will meet again in this endless flow and ebb,

Not knowing that we have met before.
On some plain with spears drawn or by some lotus flower floating in the still pool.

– Thomas DeBrun/Hong-Kong

Published in: on December 27, 2013 at 1:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Lead From The Front

Never hesitate to demand more from yourself than you ask of others.  This is the mark of a true leader.  Don’t deny others the opportunity of seeing you at your very best.  And don’t rob others of the chance to give you their very best.  If you lead by example you can ask almost anything of another.  And, if you provide the stalwart example, they will likely give it to you gladly.

Lead from the front; you never know who’s watching.  And rest assured, there is always someone watching.

Published in: on December 20, 2013 at 12:47 am  Leave a Comment  

You DO Know Seth Godin, Right?…

“If you don’t require the journey to be easy or comfortable or safe, you can change the world.”

– Seth Godin

Published in: on December 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Knowing The Difference

Just because you speak forcefully does not mean you speak with authority.

– Flying Red Horse

Published in: on November 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Further Thought On Manners

It is significant that, lacking the anonymity of technologically-based interactions, face-to-face encounters between individuals remain, for the most part, noticeably more civil and subject to at least a modicum of dignity.  Looking someone in the eye has always had the beneficial tendency of engendering something like politeness.  So, it is noteworthy that our manners have not escaped us entirely.

Published in: on November 3, 2013 at 2:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Do The Right Thing

Not because some religion says you should.
Not because your tribe would expect it.
Not because you wish to avoid bad Karma.
Not because you wish to have good Karma.
Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.
That is reason enough.

– Flying Red Horse

Published in: on October 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Universe In One Paragraph

The Universe is composed of a single element.  That element is Energy.  Energy manifests in/by/through/as four primary aspects: Time, Space, Matter, Movement.  Any questions?

Published in: on August 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Character

Character does not arise spontaneously.  We create our character, moment by moment. Character is manufactured, is constructed, is determined by our choices and the actions we take in accordance with those choices.

Character can also be likened to a piece of music we compose. We determine the meter.  We determine its timbre and key.  It is we who decide whether the melody is beautiful and harmonious or harsh and dissonant.  Compose your character with every thought, every emotion, every choice.  Let it be a song of Beauty, power, and grace.

Published in: on August 13, 2013 at 12:15 am  Comments Off on Character  

How would this look against the wall?…

In the eyes of some employers, the only difference between the average staff member and the chair on which he sits is the fact the staffer wears a necktie and has an opinion.

Don’t be a piece of office furniture.

Published in: on August 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Noble Truth

“Life is too short to tolerate cheap toilet paper.”

– Flying Red Horse

Published in: on August 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm  Comments Off on A Noble Truth  

A Defining Moment

met•a•phys•ics |ˌmetəˈfiziks
plural noun [ usu. treated as sing. ]
1) the branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things, including abstract concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space.
2) abstract theory or talk with no basis in reality

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In many contemporary spiritual circles, when any variant of  the term metaphysical is used, there seems to be a whole lot of #2 implied and inferred and not much #1.  If the goal is to grow in knowledge and wisdom and to transcend the limitations imposed by our culture and our Self-ignorance, then maybe, just maybe, the ethereal feel-good aspects of #2 would be better supplanted by a healthy dose of #1.  This shuffling of priority can then lead to a base from which a genuine mysticism can emerge.

Published in: on August 6, 2013 at 12:48 am  Leave a Comment