And this time don’t give it to the robot – you write everything consciously, slowly, gracefully. And when you have succeeded in doing it, then move to the right hand; with the same consciousness start writing.
And this way it can be done. About every habit you can find some way in which you have never done it before. It will increase your intensity, increase your consciousness and diminish the mechanical part. Finally the robot will end – and freedom from the robot mind is freedom to grow.
Machines cannot grow:
Only consciousness can expand and grow.
In Zen they have been giving koans to their disciples. That is just to break their habits. Those koans are absurd. “The sound of one hand clapping” – it is simply absurd, illogical; it doesn’t happen. But why have they been insistent on it? – because the mechanical mind is absolutely incapable of conceiving it; it becomes dumb and gives a chance for consciousness to arise.
If it was two hands making a sound, the mechanical mind would be perfectly capable: it has done it, it knows the way. The whole purpose of the koan is to take your freedom back from mechanical habit. So, strange kinds of koans have been developed.
And that’s why I say that Zen has reached perhaps to the most refined point of religiousness. Their methodology, their work, is no longer theological; it is absolutely grounded in your psychology and its transformation.
So choose any habit and start; and then go on changing habits and releasing your consciousness from that involvement. For a few days you will have a little haphazard, confused state of mind. But that is only in the transition period when lifelong habits are going to be destroyed, and whatever consciousness has become implicated with them is going to be released. But it is tremendously worthwhile.
Habit is easy – consciousness is difficult, but only in the beginning. Once all habits are gone, consciousness is far easier and far more enjoyable.
You start doing things – each thing that you do becomes some new venture. In the world of habits it is all repetition. In the world of consciousness there is no repetition.
You said the other day that every disciple wants his master to be the best master in the world, so he can be the best disciple in the world. But you are the best master in the world – what can we do about it?
You cannot do anything about it – nor can I do anything about it!