“When you meet a man who is not a poet, please do not try to show him your poem.”
– Zen Master Eisai
I love Koans. They can be confounding until the mind shifts its perception of existence, then their meaning becomes clear, as does the mind. Daily reflection is essential and is one thing I have allowed to slip away. Becoming too focused causes an imbalance that affects you in subtle, yet profound ways.
Calming of the chaotic mind and seeing into the complete self if imperative. Some Rinzai practices can help. Control of the physical self, which includes the waking mind, allows us to better connect with what some call the true-self, or the higher-self. Which is rather funny, because the connection is always there, we just need to become aware of it.