Following a life quest
Who is ZenWhenNow and how did he become a wizard?
Zen was born a special person in a small village but he never left this village until he was sent away to seek knowledge of the larger world and of life. But of course we are all born special people and all are sent out into the world to seek knowledge aren't we?
The early years
Zen was born to parents that each had qualities that would help him in his quest, but he didn't see these qualities for what they were until he was a man. His mother, Betty, a kind woman with gentle qualities had powers that she didn't fully understand but she shared with young Zen what she did understand.
Betty had psychic powers that were best not spoke about to the other villagers because many of them were frightened of such things. In fact, Betty was frightened of these powers. Young Betty had inherited these powers from her Mother, Madge.
Madge enjoyed these powers and enjoyed telling Zen about her experiences. The one story that most impressed young Zen was the story of when Madge was an older woman and she had become very ill and was in the hospital expected to not live much longer. As Madge lay in the hospital she had a visitor. This visitor appeared in the middle of the night when all was quiet in the hospital, she first saw him as he came through the door dressed in all black. A black suit with a long black overcoat and a large black hat that seemed to cover his shoulders and shadowed his face where it made him seem to be in a shadow and his face was in this shadow. He stood in the doorway and Madge could feel a strong presence emanating from this shadowy figure. He was tall and erect and quickly strode forward toward Madge caring a large black umbrella, as he got to the foot of the bed he stopped, and time seemed to stop with him. Madge felt that it was her time to die. This shadowy presence stood at the bedside for what seemed to be an eternity then he raised up his umbrella and very forcible swung it down and hit Madge on the foot with it. Madge let out a loud cry of pain that she thought would be heard throughout the hospital. The shadowy presence then spoke and said "your not ready to go yet". He then very quickly turned in a swirl and disappeared. This was young Zen's favorite story that his grandmother would tell to him. Madge lived another 30 years after this encounter with the shadowy presence in the hospital.
Betty didn't enjoy the powers she had because she didn't see how they helped her. One of the powers that Betty had was that she would see people as they were passing from life into death and it would frighten her to see the end of a life. It also gave her a feeling that there was much to do in life so as to be prepared for death.
One experience that changed the direction of her life started when her husband Bill bought a boat, it was a small cabin cruiser with a V-8 motor. Bill wasn't told much about the boat, but it had been neglected and needed restoring which he undertook with a passion. He spend every free evening he had working on this boat and many times he would have young Zen working with him on this project. Now Zen didn't enjoy the work mostly because his father wasn't a person who was good at explaining how to do something but it was also because his father always seemed to be angry and complained about how Zen did each project. It seemed that Bill wanted each thing to be done perfectly but never explained before hand how to do that thing in a perfect manner. He told Zen what he wanted done then he left it up to young Zen to do it perfectly. Oh when his father would complain about his work this would make Zen very sad and sometimes he would have a hard time not crying. But he knew that he wouldn't be a strong person if he cried, so he mostly would hold back the tears. Zen viewed his father as an angry, mean man who didn't talk much. This was a mystery to Zen because his mother was such a kind, caring person how did they get together? They seemed so very different. This was a mystery to Zen and created many questions for him.
Back to the Boat
Betty from the time the boat was brought home she didn't want the boat there. But of course Bill pulled it up where it was in view when ever we looked out the kitchen window. Because of Bill's work Betty would often be up in the middle of the night preparing a lunch for Bill to take on his trips with him. One day she told Zen that she would be frightened looking out on the boat because she often would see a figure dressed all in black seeming to scurry about on the boat and it would always bring a feeling of fear to her. She said that she would never set foot on the boat that there was something wrong with the boat and this scurrying figure on it.
On morning just before dawn Betty was making Bill's lunch for him to take with home when she saw Mr. Johnson who lived just around the corner from out house come down the street. He looked up and smiled at he as he walked into our yard and then climbed onto the boat. He and the figure in black stood face to face on the boat and then they embraced. At this moment they slowly seemed to disappear together. The next morning on the This That and the Other radio show it was announced that Mr. Johnson had died in his sleep that night. This gave Betty much to think about.
This provided young Zen's mother to tell him about her ability to see people who are passing over to the other life and that she also had the ability to see and talk with those who were dead.
She never did set foot on the boat. Zen only went on the boat two times and had great fun water skiing. This was the first time that he had ever seen his father having a good time and it also was the first time that he had ever seen his father in swimming trunks. It was a shock looking and seeing that one leg of his fathers was shrunken and much smaller than the other leg and his foot was curved into an arch. It was something that he had not known about. It wasn't something that his father ever talked about but his father never talked about anything. Zen was very curious about this shrunken leg and foot because he had never seen his father limp or show any sign of a difference in walking. Zen asked his mother about this and was told that his father had polio when he was a child.
The journey to knowledge
Little did Zen know how this set of parents and grandmother would affect and direct his quest for knowledge.
As young Zen was sent off to his first time away from people he knew his grandmother, Madge gave him a set of 5 books called "The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East". This was his first view that there may be many people with powers that are not understood by most people.
Zen went off to acquire his own personal knowledge of the mysteries of life and how to master them.
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