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Bridge Over Troubled Waters & Are YOU the Master of Your Mind? - Final Part

From: Jay
Sent on: Friday, September 27, 2013 2:36 PM
Bridge over troubled waters and musings on mastering your mind.
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Hello,

Having sister Denise with us this week has been deeply insightful. Of the many valuable conversations, the Wednesday night talk on finding and freeing oneself from childhood trauma was particularly powerful. Many people do not realize that there are impressions formed at an early age, which are blocking their growth. Avoiding them doesn't help. Here is the link to the replay of that webcast.


See below the closing part in the series on mastering ones mind. I love the raindrop-in-the-ocean meditation included.

And, remember Navratri, the Indian dance festival, is tomorrow (Saturday, 9/28).

Blissfully,
Janardhan

Are YOU the Master of Your Mind? Part 3

Auto Interpretation

During the process of developing this practice of 'detached observation' you will also start to notice how you automatically interpret whatever you see with your physical eyes, and feel with your subtle senses, according to previously formed beliefs and experiences.  You will notice how you are filtering everything people do and say through an inner lens made up of your beliefs and experiences.  This we know as 'perception'.  This is why we can all see the same scene, be meeting the same person, but have quite different 'interpretations' and therefore have quite unique experiences of the same scene and person.  In such moments we are creating our own reality of the scene and the person according to our own personal histories.
 
The more you 'notice' this the more you will become aware of your own biases and prejudices. The more you notice this the more your thinking will slow and occasionally, for some moments, even stop. Eventually you will be able to maintain the awareness of 'the self' as seemingly quite separate from the world AND from any interpretation of the world.  That's when you will start to restore your ability to meet others and engage with others freshly, cleanly, free of what we sometimes call the 'baggage' of our past. 
 
This of course is not so easy to do deliberately just because it sounds like a good idea in theory.  Many people try to 'do this' but struggle because they are trying to implement and achieve an 'ideal'.  But ideals are not real! At least they are not as real as the reality of you! Being the real you, free of the habit of losing your self in what's on your mind, will not be possible until the practice of 'detached observation' is mastered.  Only then will you start to notice how your past experiences, your previously learned, assimilated and formed beliefs, which are just subtle attachments within your consciousness, are interfering and skewing your perceptions and interpretations of the world and others around you.
 
This is why it is said, 'your perception is your reality'.  As long as we are filtering everything through our own personal experiences and previously create beliefs we will all see the world and people differently.  Hence the saying, 'I know I do not see the world the way it truly is, I know I see the world as I am!'
 
The practice of meditation and mindfulness are therefore essential to mental mastery i.e. being the master of your first faculty which we call 'mind'. 
 
Being the Ocean
 
Here is a short meditation/contemplation which may help.  It uses the ocean as the metaphor for consciousness, a metaphor for you, the being of consciousness.
 
The rain drop falls in slow motion from a cloud in the sky
As it hits the surface of the ocean it creates ripples
However the ripples do not ripple far across the surface, before they merge back into the ocean
The drop does not sink far beneath the surface before it merges fully with the ocean

Now sit quietly somewhere where you won't be disturbed
Relax your body
Become aware of your self being the being that animates and occupies the form of the body
Be aware of your self being aware of your self, as consciousness itself
You are the ocean
The 'surface' of you, the ocean, is your mind
The drop falling into your being and onto your mind is the world 'out there'
It's one piece of information, one image, one event
As it lands on your mind it creates ripples You 'feel' the ripples, you feel the impact of the world on your mind
They don't spread for far or long as they quickly merge into you
While the world as a drop of information (image/idea) penetrates 'into' your consciousness it is quickly merged within your being which, like the ocean, is vast and deep
You are only momentarily and superficially affected by the incoming 'drop' of information/image/idea
The peace, the stillness, in the depths of you, which IS you, remains completely undisturbed
Just as the depths of the ocean are undisturbed by a drop of rain on the surface
Even if the information coming into your mind is like a downpour of rain on the ocean, still it only touches the surface, before it is merged in the ocean
The ocean remains, in it's depths, undisturbed, always.
As you do.

© Mike George 2013


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