|"The Pure Level of Self is when You Touch an Energy Field separate from Societies Influences" (c)|
|Mitchell Zen evolved as this definitive identity over many years. Although as a younger person he felt life wasn't quite right, he couldn't understand why. It wasn't until he sat on the balcony, after another milestone in life and asked himself: "What now?" And realised something was terribly wrong. Is this what life is? Another achievement? Another search? He realized at that moment it was all external and nothing fitted internally. It was like looking at an A4 piece of paper and knowing there was something written on it, yet couldn't see the writing. Something was missing and he wanted to find it.|
|I write this in the third person (outside looking in) as this is how I feel. I regard myself as two identities, whereas I can 'outside look' and recognise the two identities of me. The first identity is the person who was nurtured into believing our society is all we should believe in, and the second identity is who found out our society is not what we should believe in. To explain: we have been programmed to fit into our economic situation to survive, with it's surrounds, without thinking there is another Self. This Self is what is within us, separate to societies influences. Which is why many feel lost and keep on searching for a reason in life. This economic survival is hard to contend with don't you think?|
I struggled with that also until I decided change
is required and look for answers. I began questioning everything I
originally believed was right. Even being nurtured as a child. I didn't read
initially but rather got
in touch with myself (inside) and felt: "What is contentment, who am I
really." Once I found 'myself' within I began reading to see if there was something
in what I'd found. And I did. What I felt and knew was right! Citizens in
our society have been programmed to believe in our absolute economic society
for its survival only and not from the sense of belonging with Self.
(part if this is detailed in the following narrative below)
I then developed my life around this spiritual sense of Self. In touch with something more profound than society could offer.
|It led to this present stage in life whereas I can truthfully say I am Mitchell Zen.|
|But why Mitchell Zen? Over many years I felt something deeply about Self and had written a number of articles over a long period of time, as well as, presenting speeches and powerpoint presentations on my thoughts and philosophies regarding life within self in contrast to societal life. One day I was approached and told: "What you are talking about is similar to Buddhism." I was curious, and started to study this new knowledge and found yes, much of what I feel was related to Zen. I had, over many years, been practicing the ancient knowledge of Zen, and taken the thoughts, and fitted them in this 21st century. I also found the spiritual reason for this: I am ancestrally/heritage aligned to Zen-Buddhism. Thus the mysticism of Zen has guided me over my lifetime. My Being is intrinsically formed within the mysticism of Zen.|
|A simplistic meaning of Zen is: "Enlightenment by direct intuition through attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state, enabling ourselves to fathom all levels of Self and experience consciousness within."|
|Zen in its very nature defies the analysis of logic; where logic is the most characteristic feature of Western thought. The basic idea of Zen is to come in touch with the inner workings of our Being where the truth lies in our inner Being.|
|My identity had already been created many years previously (external and internal), yet when I started to venture out within the social realm of the registered club structure, as this identity, my headwear was questioned in some areas. Also my complete attire, in some way, was deemed anomalous. To rectify this abnormality I created a document to verify, and explain, my authenticity as Mitchell Zen, and this has been accepted in most registered clubs. These club details are at the conclusion of this article.|
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|The following is the document I prepared and authenticates, in many ways, myself as Mitchell Zen, within our societies constrictive beliefs, as a Cultural Diverse Identity in our Multi-Cultural Australian Society.|
Ethno relates to
different societies and cultures.
Religion is a set of beliefs and practices, usually shared by a community or group.
Spirituality is a practice that has to do with having a sense of peace and purpose.
It also relates to the process of developing beliefs around the meaning of life and connection with others.
Culture is relating to the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of select social branches. Also known as Ethno.
Mitchell Zen is a
Zen psychosomatic practitioner
a person actively engaged in an art, discipline, or profession; which involves the communication between body and mind) and has redefined the philosophies within this 21st century, enabling the knowledge of personal peace and mental health homeostasis is achievable in this century.
Mitchell Zen is an advocate for people in their journey to find this personal peace.
A Cultural Religious Spiritual Identity practitioner has a sense of awareness of something more
profound than society externalities.
and established Cultural Identity
incorporates a set of prerequisites that all people should be able to
obtain. These include, a sense of belonging, personal fulfillment,
cultural security and the right to participate within an all inclusive
social network and feel culturally safe, comfortable, accepted, and
respected through embracement of cultural considerations.
(Aus.Gov.aifc.; HE&T; Usc.edu.au; Quappe&Cantatore)
|Ethno/Cultural headwear that wraps the head is an important metaphysical barrier to the external world and encompasses the necessary transcendental consciousness to maintain and produce an inner peace, contentment, and belonging to self. It is self-empowering and part of the individual’s belief system.|
belongs to an ethnic group, a population subgroup (within a
larger or dominant national or cultural group) with a common national or
cultural tradition, either because that is his background or because he
identifies with it (identity); the fact or state of belonging to a social
group that has a common national or cultural tradition. “Cultural” or
“people” are synonyms of “ethnic.”
(Australian Human Rights Commission; Anti Discrimination Act; A.C.T Discrimination Act)
Mitchell’s devotion to change over a lifetime,
has captured and transitioned to another reality within this 21st Century
and incorporates the Zen traditional philosophies; developing articles
with new meaning and develops re-newed improved visionary teachings for
mental health stability.
(Philosophy: the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence)
Mitchell has been a follower, practitioner
(a person actively engaged in an art,
discipline or profession) and
active participant of finding Zen psychosomatic life philosophies within a lifetime. This is a
personal development from an established biological and psychosomatic
relationship with a Divinity of Ancestors; a connection with a Cultural
Existence of Spiritual Connectivity.
Mitchell developed into a writer and advocates on the benefits of the philosophies of Zen, consciousness, energy fields, new realities and mind/body communication. Enabling personal psychosomatic homeostasis to develop self-actualisation and find self. Redefining and developing the philosophies of Zen, Mitchell has established a philosophical connection & disconnection with our mechanistic society, enabling the knowledge of personal inner peace is achievable in this 21st century.
He is a writer and advocate for philosophies that change the assumptions of society; aimed at improving the mental health of individuals in our society.
is a practice that needs to be experienced to understand. Zen is a mixture
of Mahayana Buddhism and Taoism and encompasses a variety of traditions,
beliefs and spirituality. Zen comes from inner development
(an energy field that is part of our divine
intelligence) and requires years of
dedicated insight and observation leading to self-enlightenment. This
separates the societal environment from self, enabling living on the middle
road and experiencing both sides of conscious reality and consciousness
transcendental reality. Zen experiences are in some ways a parallel
universe within Self, developing the ability and awareness to see and experience life in
its true natural state. Zen is seeing into one's true nature, our innermost
wisdom, pure and divine.
"Zen is not a pastime, but the most serious task in life. No empty head will ever venture near it." D.T.Suzuki.
"Zen demands intelligence and will-power." C.G.Jung
emphasizes focus and intent, dhyana (a series of cultivated states of mind),
which lead to a state of perfect equanimity and awareness - mindfulness,
concentration, supra mundane powers
(transcending the physical world),
tranquility, and insight; insight into nature, and the personal expression
of this insight in daily life; especially for the benefit of others.
Zen is one of three main existing branches of Buddhism within the classification of philosophies (the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence) and practice. Zen is the path to complete spiritual enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings (able to perceive or feel things). This establishes the Dharma (cosmic law and order) leading to enlightenment; and can be attained in a single lifetime. To enter the Dharma Gate requires self-study, practice and experience. Reaching Self is characterised with purity and the state of self-realization. Bodhi-dharma was regarded as its first Chinese patriarch.
|The goal of this philosophy is nirvana (a higher state of being) and to achieve this needs an investigation into the nature of the world, and the true nature of life and seeing all attachments as distractions (mechanistic society). Enlightenment (Bodhi-awakening) is reached by spiritually detaching from these attachments and transitioning to the inner purity state of self. Continuance of vigilant self-study and discovery within these both worlds (society & philosophies) is important for conveying this transcendental state into teaching the pathways leading to the inner purity state of self; a state of self-actualisation (the realization of one's potentialities). By reaching the state of one's potentials we are able to progress to the Zen state of enlightenment and spiritual awakening.|
|Unlike Christianity Zen does not look to any external being or power for their respective solutions to the problem of existence. Zen experiences a central inner power (pure inner intelligence) that gives one the solutions to understand self and project the inner intelligence as self-empowering.|
|Liberation (nirvana) is attained by the combination of mindfulness and dhyâna (deep mental concentration) and is commonly translated as a practice which alters the state of mind; a series of cultivated states of mind; which lead to state of perfect equanimity (self-possession) and awareness; to recover consciousness (the state of being aware of and responsive to one's surroundings); capture natural religious truths, and not mythology (generational traditional stories). Giving verbal and narrative expression to this attainment is a requirement to teach others that inner peaceful enlightenment can be reached within this 21st century and beyond.|
|Zen relieves one from perceived spiritual bankruptcy and the complexity of Western life, including anxiety and stress, and has become the fastest growing philosophical religion (the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence) in Australia. It must be remembered that our materialistic western culture is not improving mental health but rather blocking the inner Self receptive capacity for mental health homeostasis. What we do in life is not necessarily what is.|
|Symbolizes the interconnectedness of all things. An eternal web and the continuous cycling of existence. There is no beginning or end but the timeless nature of our spirit. The infinite cycles of birth and rebirth in both physical and *ethereal realms (*extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world).|
|A westernisation bandana is a type of large, usually colorful, kerchief, usually worn on the head or around the neck of a person or pet and is not considered to be a hat. These bandanas are frequently printed in a paisley pattern and are most often used to hold hair back, either as a fashionable head accessory, for practical purposes, or vanity.|
society label some headwear as bandanas for simplistic characterization.
Ethno-Religious Headwear is a piece of material, in different formats,
folded definitely to enclose the head. Covering the head represent the
acceptance of Divine sovereignty. A testament to their faith and has a
significance & becomes significant and valuable to the wearer. It is sense
of security and belonging; and inclusiveness with self; of belonging to a
certain group of people and of commitment to a certain way of life.
(left top pic. The first patriarch of Zen - Bodhidarma)
There are no requirements as to how it should be
made, yet some faiths say it should cover most of the head, to provide this
belonging & inclusiveness with body & mind.
It is important to remember, Ethno-Religious Cultural Groups are made up of individuals, with each person being unique in his or her own way.
* A Hachimaki (”helmet-scarf") is a stylized headband (bandana) in Japanese culture, usually made of red or white cloth, worn as a symbol of perseverance, effort, and/or courage by the wearer.
* The word Bandana is the Hindi 'bandhnu' and in Urdu 'bandhnu' meaning a tied, bound cloth bandana as a precious symbol or culture and religion.
* In Islam, they wear bandana as part of their religious belief and they refer bandana as hijab. It was originally black, but as the time passed by other colours became available in an attempt to make bandana a headgear that will easily match the clothing.
|From childhood we have been educated to only examine and verify the external world. No one has taught us to look within, to find within, and to verify within. We thus remain strangers to ourselves, while trying to get to know others. Resulting in confusion and disappointment in life.|
There are many formats of Ethno-Religious
Headwear and each are representative of the individuals belief system with
no gender discriminatory roles. Understanding Ethno-Religious Cultural
Headwear leads to embracing equality with holistic social reform
and involving social inclusion for Multi-Cultural Diversity Australia. Anti-discrimination laws promote equality. These laws protect individuals against discrimination on grounds of race, colour, gender, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer’s responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, ethnic, national extraction or social origin. These laws are not adhered to in some sectors of society and need advocacy reform for change.
(Australian Human Rights Commission; Anti-Discrimination Act; A.C.T Discrimination Act)
|The 20th century saw the emergence of esoteric visionaries, pioneers, prophets, scholars & physicists, advancing neuropsychology, electron physics, quantum theory, biophotons, metaphysics, psychometry and more. Developing these new fields for consciousness enlightenment within the biological & psychosomatic transcendental awareness. It all gave more meaning to the philosophies of Zen/Mahayana and other relevant insights into nature, and constructed a definite biological and neurological pathway for understanding life, rather than subservience to the economic emotional dyslexia, resulting in mental health abnormalities.|
|Mitchell’s development of enlightenment developed along a spectrum of transcendental inner awareness, to observation along the middle road, to experiences in mechanistic society. Without these three areas one is unable to reach mindful awareness. Experiencing mechanistic society and leaving this state is the requirement for establishing methods of awareness and the importance of personal expression of this insight. His articles on these esoteric subjects are read by hundred’s of followers per month; with speeches on these subjects providing an insight into another transcendental world which develops mental health peace.|
|Mitchell’s devotion to change, has captured and transitioned to another reality within this 21st Century and reshaped the Zen traditional philosophies with new meaning, incorporating re-newed improved visionary teachings.|
|.The following is a graphic that symbolises the journey to find personal awareness.|
|One of the most difficult aspects of life is change. The other is to question everything you had believed in, in life. When one finds this anomoly the final difficulty is to rationalize this new reality and live with a balance. Many dismiss this reality as it is too much to rationalize and live life with this knowledge. I have, yet it has taken strong mental descipline to fascilitate this knowledge to live a life of harmony with self. For me I mentally isolate both worlds (as per the picture) and live within the consciousness-self as a type of detachment.|
|I remember working long hours and trying intently to live the life I wanted. It was a struggle. When work was finished, stepping on the bus home was the time when I switched to my consciousness-self. Without these experiences I could not write like I do now, nor could I have a full understanding of both worlds. I see people struggling to obtain shifts to earn money, competing for jobs and raising children in this environment. How difficult it must be, and I ask a lot for them to consider another way, another life, when they live in this mechanistic society.|
|Wouldn't it be better to learn about ourselves and why we react the way we do, rather than replay continuous societal anxieties that affect children in the most negative way, leading to their own mental health conditions later in life?|
|This article is about life change, and a cultural change, leading to a harmonious life. With a transformation to another reality. A reality that I would like you to consider and see where it leads to for you. It has its origins hundreds of years ago. If that is the case what I'm saying has much validity. If you decide to venture into another reality I wish you well. It will change you, and for the better. It will also change people around you, for the better. It will transform your life to a new understanding. Stay focussed and gently progress to find your Inner-Self.|
|My cultural (visual) change has had positive and negative consequences. Most have been positive within societal terms, yet at times processed with caution and intrigue. The challenge has been within the registered club sector, as they are a law upon themselves and are not regulated with comformity and sensitivity for our Multi-Cultural Society. In some cases they blatantly disregard it. The registered club sector is 'westernized' and therefore unable to comprehend spiritualization as a personal belonging with self and society as a whole. This leads to judgment and maginalising from the lack of understanding. It is also narrow thinking stemming from archaic ideologies. It is fundamentally wrong and for this I would like to advocate for change, and attitudes, enabling all parts of our society enjoy inclusiveness within the registered club sector, and acceptance that a spiritual identity is important for one's self worth.|
short transcript details some information of my experiences after being accepted as a member of
Club Catalina Batemans
Bay and 4 months later refused entry
because an adminstrator/s changed their mind about their original decision ... after 4 months of acceptance
within the club.
A complete transcript, advocating for complete Multi-Cultural Australia acceptance in Clubs, is developing.
|A stoic stance, that protect archaic ideologies, by a small minority elite class within registered club doctrine, is denying social inclusion, and acceptance, for the large majority of cultural diverse participants within our multi-cultural Australian society. Australian society as a whole provides a wealth of advanced holistical experiences that further our society for the benefit of all, rather than a club’s archaic ideologies from a time past; that relate to restriction of social inclusiveness based on judgement of clothing worn.|
|Our vast diverse cultures add to our societies inclusive knowledge and prosperity. By refusing entry to our diverse Australian culture at particular registered clubs, they are creating a separate rule outside societies inclusiveness and therefore are discriminating, judgmental and marginalizing multi-culture Australians by refusing entry and membership and denying them social inclusion.|
to relegate to an unimportant or powerless position
within a society or group.
Discriminate: make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in the treatment of different categories of people.
Judgemental: having or displaying an overly critical point of view
To refuse entry for these reasons is a breach of
the fundamental values of ClubNSW Code of Practice, where ClubNSW has a
responsibility to protect any discrimination directed at any member of our
Multi Cultural Society. It doesn't, and it needs to change. A dress
code is discriminatory if it treats one group of people less favourably than
another. Dress codes should be applied equally to men and women; and allowed
to follow their cultural or religious beliefs.
(Aus.Gov.aifc.; HE&T; Usc.edu.au; Quappe&Cantatore) (Human Rights Commission; Anti Discrimination Act; A.C.T Discrimination Act)
|Subscribing to archaic ideologies, where a person’s value is determined by clothes worn, is related to “Lowes Syndrome,” and discriminating against an individual’s sense of self. Individual clothing gives them a sense of personal belonging, and inclusion with self and society as a whole. Registered Clubs not recognising differences are marginalising cultural diverse Australia, and not acknowledging Human Rights requirements for social inclusiveness. (Lowes Syndrome is copyright)|
|“Lowe’s Syndrome” is when a male person’s worth, value and acceptance in a club, is judged on his appearance and the clothes he wears; and must fit within restricted fashion sold by the department store Lowes, to be allowed entry into the club.|
Direct discrimination: any action which excludes or limits a
person or a group of people from some opportunity because of a personal
characteristics irrelevant to the situation.
* Indirect discrimination: occurs when a set of rules, practices or conditions appear to be fair because it applies to all, but which in reality, reduces a minority group member's chance of obtaining a benefit or opportunity. (Marginalising)
(Australian Human Rights Commission)
Mitchell is a local Batemans Bay citizen, and was accepted as
a member of Club Catalina in his cultural identity clothing. A photograph of
acceptance was taken for membership. He participated in the facilities of the club for a
period of 4 months. He had lunch and dinner with family and friends, and
communicated with friends on a Saturday night frequently. He wore the same
clothing as it is his cultural identity. He was never questioned, only
accepted. On one
Saturday night, 4 months later, staff under the direction of management,
said he cannot enter the club
anymore. He was refused entry. He has never been refused entry in any club
and venue locally and in NSW and ACT.
Mitchell is a local Batemans Bay citizen, and was accepted as a member of Club Catalina in his cultural identity clothing. A photograph of acceptance was taken for membership. He participated in the facilities of the club for a period of 4 months. He had lunch and dinner with family and friends, and communicated with friends on a Saturday night frequently. He wore the same clothing as it is his cultural identity. He was never questioned, only accepted. On one Saturday night, 4 months later, staff under the direction of management, said he cannot enter the club anymore. He was refused entry. He has never been refused entry in any club and venue locally and in NSW and ACT.
The CEO of Club Catalina said: "Due to your attire and headwear you
are not welcome in our club (anymore)."
Would you say Mitchell's attire is
unacceptable? Would you say it was fair, respectful and ethical after 4
months membership, without incident? where staff and patrons welcomed
Mitchell's presence. Club Catalina's Dress Code is thus arbitrary
An analogy can be drawn of this decision with other cultures, if they were members for 4 months and then refused entry, because of a judgemental, insensitive and unethical decision.
How would the above cultural diverse people,
citizens of our multi-cultural society, feel if it happened to
themselves? Would they feel discriminated against? Was this action unfair
Marginalizing? Cultural insensitive? Social Exclusion?
Would you say the club provides a "Safe, healthy and discrimination-free Club environment?" as per ClubNSW Code of Practice?
|The ClubNSW Code of Practice states: (1) A statement of common standards of conduct for all Clubs that are members of ClubsNSW. (2) An expression of the Club Industry’s underlying values of honesty, fairness, integrity, compassion and community|
administration and management of the Club is conducted with efficiency,
fairness and integrity to increase community trust in the effectiveness,
accountability and transparency of Club administration.
* Treat each Club member with courtesy, respect and sensitivity to their rights and
contribute to a safe, healthy and discrimination-free Club environment.
* Individuals should not be penalized by decisions affecting their rights or legitimate expectations unless they have been given prior notice of the matter.
* Ensure the Club's business is conducted ethically and transparently.
* Monitor compliance with legislative requirements and ethical standards and guided at all times where directors are bound by the principle of transparency and will at all times ensure that issues are discussed in open forums where the Board is able to openly evaluate strategies, ideas and suggestions.
* Clubs to enhance the lives of members and the general community.
|A complaint was lodged with Club Catalina, with a detailed report. Club Catalina retaliated and executed legal action barring Mitchell entry.|
When a complaint was lodged with ClubNSW, with further details, they
renounced responsibility, even though their Code of Practice says otherwise. Was ClubNSW ethical and
transparent with their decision?
Mitchell has attended other clubs in Batemans Bay with no problems. He has travelled to Sydney, Canberra and other NSW centres and welcomed into clubs and other venues without any problem.
The law states: It is
unlawful for a person to do any act involving a distinction, exclusion,
restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent or national or
ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the
recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of any human right
or fundamental freedom in the political, economic, social, cultural or any
other field of public life.
Australian Gov. Attorney General's Dept: Non-discrimination is an integral part of the principle of equality. It ensures that no one is denied their rights because of factors such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property or birth. Other grounds include age, nationality, marital status, disability, place of residence within a country and sexual orientation.NSW Justice Dept. Liquor and Gaming also states:
Rules, and decisions around them, are to be made based on the behaviour of persons and not (individual) personal characteristics.
Would you like to support a change in archaic
ideologies, change a discriminatory perception, and provide inclusiveness for all Multi-Cultural
Australian society in cultural attire within registered clubs?
In particular change Club Catalina Batemans Bay's judgemental and marginalizing decisions that would impact all members in the future?
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|The following sign design was submitted to Club Catalina for their foyer entrance - It was rejected.|