The Still Mind

Our world observed from stillness


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Meditation and The Power of The Mind–Documentary

A very informative independent documentary that I stubbled across on meditation, delving into it’s history, practice, and the science behind it. I am attempting to encourage as many people as possible to start meditating if you have not already, and also support the perpetuation of this practice, for it is the greatest thing that one can do for themselves.
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Still The Mind: How To

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In a world such as this, one in which we humans have created such unnecessary competition and stress, the concept of a still mind may seem to be something one has no hope to obtain. However, it is possible. What is a still mind? It can be described as a mind free from the susceptibility to the enticements of the constant borage of thoughts which the brain is subject to every waking moment of every day. In other words, a mind like the feathers of a duck when it is caught in the rain. It would be impossible, grossly tedious and time consuming to attempt to avoid every single rain drop that falls from the sky. Thus a ducks feathers allow for the drops to run right of, leaving no place for the drops to abide. It is as a serene lake in a quiet dawn. Clouds passing over head are reflected in the water, then are no more when the clouds have gone. 

To reveal the stilled mind, first ask who is looking for a still mind? Which thought is the one that wants to be still? Or which past experience, and future want is the one that strives for stillness. Who are you?  

Relax the body and meditate, observing the erratic din of the thought mill as it runs around the brain. See what the thoughts do. Observe with no intention and no imposition of will. Any attempt to direct or regulate the thoughts will stir the water, akin to kicking up the sediment of a pool of containing particulate. 

It is important to avoid becoming irritated if (or more likely, when) thoughts bombard your mental space. As time goes on, the thoughts will fall away of their own accord, but do not force it–to uncover stillness, one must place oneself in the position to receive it.


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Why You’re Not A Genius, But Should (And Could) Be

Geniuses are always admired by people because it seems as though they have some innate mandate from the cosmos to manifest mental brilliance and display it to the world. The most commonly known individual is of course Albert Einstein, as well as Steven Hawking; artist, Picasso; writers like Dickens and Hemingway; inventors such as Thomas Edison, and other lesser known “mental artists” like Jacque Fresco (check out The Venus Project to learn about him and his work). As brilliant as these individuals are and were, what is unknown by most people is that their abilities are not something that is outside the reach of the average person, because these individuals are (and were) people, just like you and me. So what is the difference? The difference is that they lived by their imaginations, and nurtured them and exercised them. They are in tune with what is referred to as the super-consciousness, or higher consciousness–the aspect of our being that is everywhere and in everything, and which governs our conscious and subconscious operation. The average person, when they are young is consistently discouraged from using their imagination to view the world as they ascend in age. What is not known is that imagination is not just something that is used to pass the time when one is young and then should be forgotten once one has reached a certain age. It is the aspect of oneself rooted in the frequency of existence that is trying to get one’s conscious self to create something in this reality. If it goes ignored, or worse, is actively quelled, then according the workings of the subconscious mind, over time one will learn not to listen to their intuition, and it will diminish (though not totally disappear). Let us examine why.

The conscious mind can be described as the “monkey mind,” a description very prevalent in Chinese thought where it is known as Xin (pronounced “hsin”) or emotional mind. The monkey mind jumps around like a little monkey (hence the name), rarely if ever being fully present in the current moment. This erratic mind just so happens to make up only 5 to 10 percent of the overall consciousness spectrum in which we operate. Despite this, it seems to occupy the entirety of our everyday experience, twenty-four hours a day. With such a troublesome little guy hopping around in there, it may come as no surprise that it gets in the way the majority of the time, preventing the subconscious mind from fully coming to the forefront, and unleash its total potential.

The subconscious mind, or the yi (the wisdom mind), is the part of consciousness spectrum that stores information and acts as the foundation that brings things to the surface, so to speak. Most functions of the human body are carried out subconsciously, and some can be both conscious and subconscious, like breathing for example. The subconscious mind has a big job, regulating things that the conscious aspect is too busy jumping around to handle, and it does more than command the involuntary mechanisms in the body. Deep-seeded thoughts and modes of behavior are the domain of the subconscious. I’ve found one way to describe how the subconscious mind functions using the movie Click, starring Adam Sandler. In the movie, Sandler’s character receives a remote control that allows him to operate his life as if it were a DVD player–pausing, playing, fast forwarding and reversing his reality. Eventually, he ends up fast forwarding so much, that the remote, having learned his behavior, automatically fast forwards through the same scenarios again and again, leaving Sandler’s character an old man, who missed out on his entire life. This is essentially how the subconscious mind works. It stores behaviors then recalls them at opportune moments, like an auto-pilot function. Now, this subconscious mind that is running the show below the surface makes up roughly from 90 to 95 percent of the consciousness complex. But here is the key: the subconscious mind is the direct link to the superconscious mind, which is connected to the ways of all of existence, and is precisely why, for instance, it is possible for people to know what is happening with others even when they are hundreds of miles away. Ideas that seem to come straight out of the blue, and intuition have their origins in the superconscious mind.

Those individuals who have allowed themselves to develop a firm relationship with this aspect of their being, have extreme insight and thus develop ways of doing things that the average person deems to be impossible. Why? Because the average person’s subconscious programming is such that they believe that they are separate from everything else, and that they can’t be creators or geniuses. For if you have been told throughout your life that the world is the way that others say it is, and each time that imagination (the superconscious mind) has attempted to manifest something, it was immediately quelled, one’s subconscious programming thus learns that this being that they are cannot do anything unless it is derived via pre-approved behavior and methods; the momentary flashes of inspiration and quirkiness are dismissed as mere childish fantasies. As a result, they don’t get nurtured, and thus fail to become anything other than silly daydreams. And what those who know not how to think outside the indoctrinated programming attempt to do, is make others think the way that they do. Unbeknownst to them, essentially what they are doing is inhibiting the progression of the human race one person at a time, by attempting to eradicate extraneous and “divergent” modes of thinking. This is all too common with parents and their kids, where the child is discouraged from living in “fantasies.” Parents usually have the best intentions in mind when it comes to their kids, so it is understandable that they would want them to be able to fit in and succeed in society. However, what they usually fail to realize is that the very thing that they are trying so desperately to stop their child from engaging in is precisely the thing that could serve to make their child succeed in a whole new way. Conversely, one whose mental faculties have been nurtured and humored on a consistent basis, tend to become unbounded in their abilities, and have the infrastructure in place to create things which other’s say are impossible.

 

How To Access The Super-Consciousness

Everyone’s brain can be limitless, it just depends on whether you allow it to be or not. The best way to start to explore this side of yourself is through meditation. It’s true that there is always a steady, cliché drum beat all over of “meditate meditate meditate,” but that is for a reason. Meditation will quiet the monkey mind, giving one the ability to access the part of their consciousness that can only be fully realized when it is nurtured and given room to grow. Since this is not a post on meditation, I will not delve into any details of its practice. If there are questions as to how to do meditation, there is an abundant resource on the web, or you can also contact me directly. I will be happy to answer any questions concerning meditation and some of its subtleties. My contact information can be found on the “Contact” page of this blog, or you can just leave a comment below.