The conditioned mind is the obstacle in our journey to self-realization. Sit for 5 minutes and observe your thoughts. Relax. Focus on your breathing – in and out. Put attention to what is going on in your head. Perhaps a few seconds, and your attention gets caught up in a stream of incessant thoughts. Matters not if we do not want to entertain them, we are enslaved to the auto-play. Fear-filled thoughts are almost impossible to subside at will.
Thoughts are literal waves of energy manifesting reality. Innate desires have little power over what we think as long as our monkey-chatter mind is in control.
To master your life, keep bringing awareness to what pre-occupies your thinking. How far off in accordance with Universal principles is it? It is the gauge of how much internal discord there is.
An ego-based belief system works from the notion we are separate, needing to fight for survival. Competition and comparison fuel our every man for himself quest leading to greed, selfishness, jealousy, anger; inevitably, no peace
Understanding – with full cognizance, we are Source energy, integral to the Whole. We respect and honor our individuality and that of others. We understand the greater good of all as the most harmonious expression of existence in totality.
Grasping spiritual concepts may come easily to some as certain words or perceptions immediately wrap themselves around our hearts with a sense of rightness leaving no room for an interfering intellect.
Challenge comes when it is necessary for our minds to integrate the information as a new way of being since we are still stuck in the conditioned mind and its many layers of self-negating thought patterns. Our hearts may feel the truth, but years of enslavement to an erroneous belief system keeps us shackled to a repetitive cycle of bad feelings, self-debilitating behavior, and a generally depressive state.
The age old, million-dollar question remains; how to bridge the gap between our highest truths or what lies in the deepest crevices of our hearts and our tangled psychological mess yet to be unraveled.
The process of re-conditioning the mind requires assimilating information that rekindles a sense of a Divine nature. It is re- training the mind to think anew by learning to detach from of habitual thoughts derailing us at every turn. It is learning to not associate a sense of self with our emotions and thoughts. The practice of witnessing one’s state of being by its very nature is the transformative remedy.
“Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.” https://thebuddhistcentre.com/text/what-meditation
A meditation practice brings about a moment when we realize, we can change the direction and tone of our thoughts. We can conjure images, feelings, memories that uplift us. We can pivot the momentum towards what nurtures and strengthens us. Meditation develops enough Presence to be - Present - in each moment.
This journey is coming home to self. Guided by a practiced discernment of what feels real and right in each moment, from the inside out.