February 14, 2015 8:37 AM
Three questions/answers from yesterday morning are swirling in my head as I write this:
- Is it possible for I/Consciousness to CONTROL the mind?
- What are the implications of Consciousness not controlling the mind?
- How can the Self let go of the Self?
I pretty much know the answer to #1: Nothing seems to control the mind CONSISTENTLY. Mind can be controlled for short periods of time (by meditation, visualizations, media manipulation, drama, …) but not consistently by one’s “self.”
And that brings up #2: Whatever the person’s sense of self is (mind, ego, Soul, Love, Emptiness, No-Self) it (the self) doesn’t consistently control thoughts.
What are the implications of this?
[Note to readers: Ironically (since I’m writing/thinking it) this is getting too dense for me. If you agree, scroll down to just above the quote below.]
The mind can’t be controlled, but it can be convinced. Facts and evidence and repeated experiences (ie: gravity), convince the mind to believe—and what the mind believes influences its content (thoughts).
What the mind believes influences its values (which may or may not influence the mind’s thoughts).
For example, this morning, as a simple test, I tried to visualize the Light column in the dark room (“I found myself in a large, dark, circular room, illuminated by a single column of light in its center.”). Within seconds, my mind drifted to random images: a vague rodent-like shadow, a wire running through the dark room, a beach, … and suddenly the room and the Light column were gone.
I tried again, and again, and again… with similar results.
These images had nothing to do with beliefs, just random crap the mind dumps out. Random crap that—try as I might—I had no conscious control of.
My values (what I feel is important) are directly influenced by my beliefs. For example: I know (which means “deeply believe“) that Consciousness does not blink out at death (Soul) and thus I hold less value for my physical life and all its inherent drama than most people do. My beliefs influence my values but not so much the contents of my mind (my thoughts).
My beliefs are built and strengthened through facts, evidence, and repeated experiences.
Yuck. This stuff is way too rational, way too dry for me. Let’s just cut to the chase:
I would like to deeply believe (via facts, evidence and repeated experience) the following:
I have no control of my mind. It is full of crap. I need not be concerned with it anymore.
And deeply believing this is probably the solution to #3 (dropping the subtle Self contraction).