The mind is an interesting “phenomena.” It is able to add creativity to our lives. It is able to take us on a fantastic trip away from the mundane… The mind is the inventor of duality in our lives.
One of the most deceitful aspects of the mind, is the belief that life follows the same “rules” that we understand or that we expect.
Is the mind “good or bad”? 🙂
By now, that question should be out of the question…I hope.
Anything in the realm of the mind is not absolute. The mind merely interprets “reality” based on what we already know.
That is why to integrate with life, we may need to put aside all of those learned things that we may take as “truth.”
The above is not easy, but could be necessary to integrate with life.
We have learned about “stats” and “rivals”… Our thought has been trained to perceive confrontation, separation, analysis and logic as the way to perceive “truth,” nevertheless in a situation out of social context, (“real” life) things do not work, as we may believe.
Let us review the “process.”
We are aware. We are in this beautiful world.
How did we get stuck in the idea of “attaining something” or “achieving something” in life? How did we get stuck in fearing to “go away” from this experience to the point of becoming sad and suffer for what is a natural process?
How did we get stuck in the game of questions and answers such as : How did I get here? What is the purpose of being here? What happens after being here? etc. 🙂
Do we see that by “doing” all of those things we are missing the experience of enjoyment of “what is” and thus , integrating with “what is” for the sake of cluttering our minds with beliefs about something which does not relate with the experience of living “now”?
That is called to live life only with our heads and forgetting the heart.
The heart feels. We feel life.
If we talk to a person, do we think: How is that person going to take advantage of me? Or what could be her ulterior motive? Do we fantasize about those “if” scenarios which only exist because we are giving life to them in our heads?
Do we want to think “logically” to untie all the knots, which have been tightly tied up in our minds?
That is why, we may need to get away from thinking. We may need to just look at things “empty minded,” to experience things without labels or judgments.
That is what is meant as “silence.” To silence the mind, not by the compulsion of “trying to do something to keep it quiet.”
That doesn’t work. That is violence.
The mind will keep itself quiet when our feelings with all their strength arrive, that is when we learn again to feel life rather than to “think about it.”
“I think I love you.”
Love is not thinking about it.
“I believe that this is the right procedure”
You may be wrong. Why don’t we give our intuition a chance, so it doesn’t get stale?
We live. Our minds are busy thinking. Those thoughts are taking us away from enjoyment of life.
Do we want to know the cause, the reason… do we want to know a solution, a ready-made recipe, a belief to explain the phenomena? Do we need to read more books to get the answer? 🙂
If we do, our thoughts will only make more thoughts in return… 🙂
Heckle and Jeckle were admitted to the same 2 universities to continue their studies in bird biology.
These “old chaps” had a discussion about their next “alma mater.”
Heckle made a list with 5 convincing reasons as to why going to “Mockingbird University” is the best choice for them.
1)Top notch faculty 2) Ranked #1 in the nation for biology 3) 90% of their graduates get a job within the first year 4) On-line classes 5) Financial aid available.
Jeckle selected “Quackula College” without hesitation. Even though Jeckle wasn’t able to give a “reason,” Jeckle had an insight, a hunch telling him “Go to Quackula College. Go to Quackula…” 🙂
In our society, we have been trained to use our thinking ability, that is to “make choices” as if that “rationality” was the way to secure something favorable for ourselves.
Perhaps in a group decision “rationality” could weigh some support for a decision in a man-made world such as business dealings, but that is not necessarily true when we are dealing with life itself, our lives.
The fact is that we usually do not know what to choose, but we can rationalize and “weigh the pros and cons” according to our thinking, to come up with an “educated” thought which we label as “answer.”
By “choosing” we do not allow our intuition, which is the connection with the Totality, to arise.
If we realize that life is like an eternal film and living “now” means in relation with that Drama of life; the ability to express something necessary for the film, then we could see that “choosing” is an extra layer of complication for the sake of giving a “reason.”
Heckle: “Tell me the reason why you want to go to Quackula College, Jeckle? You don’t want to be irrational. You need to be logical.”
That is how we unknowingly kill our ability to be perceptive and in tune with the Totality.
What is intuition, if not knowing? That knowing is not related with outcomes that are viewed by us as “convenient” but that knowing is related with the way the eternal film (life) is being “shot.”
If a religion or a self-help guru is giving us a “choice” such as you do “either this or that,” that choice is bi-polar, it is reducing our ability to move and to discover.
That “bi-polar” thinking is highly detrimental as our consciousness increases.
Heckle: “Are you a night person or a morning person?”
Jeckle: “I am an afternoon person.” 🙂
The following are examples of Heckle’s “bi-polar “ thinking:
“Do you think that dogs are intelligent or dumb?”
“Do you think that Taoism is true or false?”
“Do you think that celibacy is good or bad?”
“Do you believe that God is omnipresent or an individual?”
In those questions, someone is forced to take a “choice,” to take a stand and defend that.
What is intelligent? What is truth? What is good?
How do we know if a definition is accurate and not excluding something valuable from what is being defined?
Do we see the game?
It is called labeling. When we label we live in our heads, through thought. That is what we have learned through our “education” in society and that is what we need to unlearn to “see” something different.
Jeckle knew where to go. Heckle only thought he knew. Even though he had convincing “reasons.”
Nevertheless as far as the movie of life is concerned, whether Mockingbird University or Quackula College is selected; that selected place is the “right” place to be for both.
That is another paradox in life.
“Dear Brother, I must say this blog is the best thing to happen. People who have started their journey always end up in conflicting concepts and belief systems (thats how the journey starts i beleive). But this blog is awesome where anyone can share their journey and every journey is different as is the role! Coming to my question, I have the habit of churning the gyan that i read or listen (I developed it automatically, didnt plan it) and try to apply it in my life, I talk to god and god answers me, but i dont meditate as such on a particular time. My intitution has always been very strong even before i started reading about spirituality, Its like “Oh i knew this would happen”. But i have realised of late that no matter how intituive i am, i cannot stop certain things from occuring or let me put it the other way, how can i use my intuition to my and others benefit,i sometimes feel although i know the occurence of certain things, something pulls me back. Later, i feel whats the point of thinking now when i could not stop it from happening. please enlighten on whats intitution and how does it work? Om Shanti”
Thank you for your kind comments. They are appreciated! 🙂
As you point out, every belief system; will have conflicting information, for the amplitude and changes in life as well as the magnitude of the spiritual realm cannot be confined with a description of words and concepts which will make up a particular view, with particular concepts which sooner or later will lead into a dogmatic view of life. Nevertheless, a belief system is a way to protect individuals in their “initiation of spirituality,” for it will give the support needed to start the growing phase of spirituality, which paradoxically; could be stopped by that original supporting belief which was helpful at the beginning.
Life teaches openness, amplitude of mind, acceptance..
In a few words, your belief will allow you to grow; but at the same time; your belief will stagnate you after the time for initial growth comes to an end.
A boy becomes a teenager. That is growth. If the boy behaves like either a teen or a boy as he experiences adolescence, he will not be able to be an adult.
As far as your question on intuition, I would recommend you to read this article:
Here intuition is explained.
Intuition is fast and there is a need to act right after it. Otherwise, there is an space for some emotion to appear, which will color that intuition. If you are intuitive about something that will happen soon, then act on that intuition if there is something that you could do; otherwise, consider that as just information. Some know about things after the fact, others may know before the fact. Therefore, “timing” of action is the important item.
Also, it is important to realize that many times we cannot let ourselves be driven by a feeling, which we may call “intuition.” The reason is that many times we are not in a “healthy state of being,” we could have bothering thoughts, feelings that are confused because of something and thus, at that point we need to recognize not only the feeling that we have, but also to observe the time and the circumstance as being appropriate to act, to be accurate.
Thank you for your question!
Intuition is developed in different souls in a numberwise manner. There is no need to be “pure,” to be intuitive although greater purity will sharpen that ability. Everything works through the law of karma; thus; we may feel more “in tune” with a particular soul than other.