“Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.”
Amit Ray, Living in the moment – Living in the breath
We all know the phrase “you are not your mind”, but we don’t understand (not fully!) what does it mean. I’m reading the book “The Power Of Now”, written by Eckhart Tolle, and I’d like to say there’re a lot of great thoughts there, even if I’m personally think the language is a bit too “spiritual”. That’s why I’m going to organise it and put the ideas in order for your better “digestion”. Haha!
1. We are a beggars. All of us. We are busy looking outside for pleasure or fulfilment, for validation, security, love, while all that (or the treasure we are looking for) is already within us. It is even greater than anything the world can offer.
2. “Being” is you, or any life. You can experience it ONLY when your mind are still (that means – almost never, because you are surrounded by voices and you are troubled by everything around you!).
You can feel Being – BUT! – You can’t understand Being.
3. The word “God” has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse by people (or a closed concept). There’s NO “Our God is the only true God, and your God is false”. The God is not “Being”.
4. If you are not able to stop thinking, if you are experiencing the incessant mental noise – you are probably very sick, and living inside of an illusion (I’m sure you knew that already, right?). Thinking has become a disease. Why? Because of very destructive power:
Your mind uses you – you usually don’t use it at all => This is the disease.
You believe you are you mind => This is the delusion.
5. Can you be free of your mind whenever you want? If the answer is no – then the mind is using you. You are unconscious and you are identifying yourself with your mind = you are it’s SLAVE!
Virtually everyone hears a voice or voices in the head all the time. Continuous monologues or dialogues. Many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them, and drains them of energy. It is the cause of unhappiness (=disease).
6. The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind:
Step 1. Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can.
Step 2. Pay particular attention to any repetive thought-pattern (it repeats like old gramophone records).
Step 3. ‘Watch’ the thinker, but do not communicate => listen to the voice, BE THERE, BUT DO NOT JUDGE or condemn what you hear.
Soon you’ll realise: THERE’S THE VOICE – and HERE I AM, listening to it, watching it.
This is very important realisation: I AM, this is you, the sense of your own presence, which is not the thought! It arises from beyond the mind.
You are aware not only of the thought, but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. This is the beginning of the end of the compulsive thinking (which is in general an addiction, or a drug).
7. I have to say…you can (any person) learn it! Because I did. It is some kind of the GAP OF NO-MIND (as Eckhart Tolle call it). You can start from 10-20 seconds and then gradually it will be longer and longer. In the moment of the gap-no-mind you’ll feel the stillness and peace inside of you. This is the beginning of your natural state of Being.
Be totally present. Learn to disidentify yourself from your mind.
Here is my old post, review of my brain, which I keep empty most of the time. I call it “white brain or white room” 🙂 -> REVIEW OF MY BRAIN
Based on the book “The Power Of Now” Eckhart Tolle
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