A teacher may help a student access deeper levels of consciousness by facilitating regression to another time and place. Exploring in this way, without believing, disbelieving, or shutting down on whatever arises in mind can be a way to work with intense difficulty and ease suffering. Here Sokuzan gives an example of working with deeper consciousness during a meditation interview.
On the day after the 2016 US presidential election of Donald Trump, Sokuzan was inspired to give this Dharma talk. He teaches:
“The very nature of things that arise is that they are hooked into everything else. There are not seperate things occurring. It is not something to believe or disbelieve. Meditate. See for yourself if it can be anything other than what it is. In any Buddhist tradition that is a true spiritual path it is called Buddha Dharma, or “Awakened Truth” without the credential of proof….If you have warfare inside you will take it out into the world to justify your position or fuel your despair and shut down. Train your mind, make friends with yourself on a very deep level, so what you need to do comes choicelessly out of your awareness instead of the thinking process.”
At this all-day meditation retreat at SokukoJi Buddhist Community-Traverse City, Sokuzan talks about shikantaza–the Japanese word for “just precisely this”–and beginning a meditation practice.