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Are YOU the Master of Your Mind? Part 2

From: Jay
Sent on: Sunday, September 22, 2013 10:41 PM
Moving from the head to the heart, protecting oneself and musings on mastering your mind.
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Hello,

Being in retreat this weekend with one of the most authentic yogis I know on this planet has been a powerful experience. Here are a couple of nuggets of wisdom for your edification.

Someone asked the question, how do you take a conversation from the head to the heart. Her response was, speak with honesty, make it brief, say it once and let there be silence.

Another question was raised on how to protect oneself from aggressive or even abusive people one may live or work with. In your meditation, develop the habit of taking the light from the Supreme Being to create a protective aura around you. Stay in the awareness of the aura and
you will be protected you from all harm, physical and emotional. More nuggets next week.


Last week, we started a discussion on becoming a master of your mind. Continuing on the theme, see below how we perceive "reality".

Gratefully,
Janardhan

​PS: Recommended Upcoming Events:
Self Empowerment Series with Denise Lawrence​, Sept 23-26, 7pm
Navratri (Indian Ethnic Dance Festival), Sept 28, 5:30pm


Are YOU the Master of Your Mind? Part 2

Levels of Reality
But it's not possible to be in and consciously remain in these states until the mind is understood and mastered in such a way that it doesn't get in the way!  That begins with three essential insights or 'necessary realizations':
 
1. You are not your mind.  You are a being of consciousness and one of the 'faculties' of you, the consciousness being, is the mind or thinking.
 
2. The mind is like a window and a canvas.  It is the 'window' through which images of the physical world 'out there' come 'in here' to the non-physical awareness of consciousness i.e. you.  It can also be likened to a 'canvas' upon which you create 'thought forms' which can take the form of ideas, images, concepts, memories etc. 
 
3. There are five levels of reality linked to our mind - the first level of reality is the world 'out there' as in people and situations that are happening at all times, whether you are aware of them or not; at the second level are the particular aspects of world (people and situations) that you consciously 'select' and 'allow in' as images on the screen of your mind before you interpret them; the third is 'your interpretation' and 'thoughts about' those aspects that you have brought in; the fourth level is all the ideas, beliefs and memories that are already recorded within you and which you recreate, rerun, re-emerge from within by using your mind; and then finally there is the fifth level of reality which is 'you' the interpreter, the creator, the rememberer!  Cultivating a clear awareness and discernible difference between each of these 'levels of reality' is essential to mental mastery.
 
In summary the five levels of reality are: (take a moment to see if you can see each level within your self)
1.  The world as it is (without any selection or interpretation)
2.  What you consciously focus on in the world before interpretation
3.  Your interpretation of what you focus on
4.  Your inner world of beliefs and memories (close your eyes and daydream/remember/judge the memory of another)
5.  You (the one that is 'doing' all the above, the one who is creating the other four levels of reality!)
 
Each level of reality is valid but each is progressively 'more real' than the previous.  The most real reality is YOU, the being of consciousness that is allowing the world into and onto your mind! But this reality of YOU, the reality of the self, of the 'I' that says 'I am', is the reality that we all tend to be least aware of. 
 
Your interpretation of what you see and bring into your mind from the world out there is real for you, but of a lesser reality than YOU!  If you were to cease all interpretation then you would be an 'innocent' and you would probably appear to others as stupid!  From a state of innocence the reality we know as 'the world' would appear to be clean and clear. It is an awareness prior to any interpretation. But that kind of innocence is not advisable as the world 'out there' is filled with others who are not innocent, not clean and clear.  And we need to be able to discern and decide how to engage with that world, with them, in ways that are beneficial to the physical health of our body and to the wellness of our being!  For that we need not so much our mind, but our intellect.  It is our intellect that allows us to interpret and discern what's really 'going on' out there! 
 
Don't Get Lost in the Movie!
Becoming the master of your mind, with the ability to discern the different levels of 'reality', requires the practice of 'detached observation'.  This is also the main/primary step in the practice of meditation.  It is the practice of becoming aware of ones self as 'the observer' of everything.  It can be likened to sitting in the cinema but not losing the awareness of ones self as 'the viewer' of the changing colours and forms on the screen.  Not easy for most of us as we believe the whole point of going to the movies is to lose our self in the movie, to escape into the story being projected onto the screen. 
 
In meditation the self becomes aware that, 'I am simply observing whatever is happening on the screen of the mind'.  We mostly develop the habit of losing our sense of self in the images and events on the screen of our own mind, like we do when we watch a movie.  This is the moment when, what is known as 'attachment', happens.  The practice of meditation gradually restores your ability not to lose the awareness of being the watcher, the witness, the observer, of what is occurring on the screen of your mind. 
 
As a result you start to become aware of two things.  The first is a profound inner peacefulness that brings with it a feeling of stability and serenity.  The second is a growing awareness of your self as the master of your life, where before you had more a sense of being at the mercy of others and events.

Final piece of mastering the mind next week.

© Mike George 2013



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