One of the greatest tools that we have at our disposal is our mind. However, our mind is running on autopilot and controlling us. Have you ever tried to meditate, but found thoughts kept whirring around in your mind, despite your efforts to stop them and you were unable to switch them off for longer than a few seconds?
What I am going to show you is how to take back control of your mind, and be able to meditate effectively, giving you the “peace of mind” that you desire and so rightly deserve.
You would first have to change your binding beliefs about yourself in order to do this, but once you realise that you are capable of doing whatever you set your mind to, literally, then you are on the right track.
I will explain later how focusing our attention or tuning in, is how the body is set up to process information from our outer and inner reality. The human body is no more than a biological holographic computer.
So let us compare the similarities between a computer and the biological holographic human computer, which is obviously much more advanced and complex.
The MIND is made up of two parts: The sub-conscious mind and the conscious mind (Not Consciousness).
The subconscious mind acts like a huge supercomputer hard drive. It stores every experience you’ve ever had; your memories, beliefs, emotions, values, imagination, intuition, habits, experiences and ideas, and also controls all your bodily functions. The subconscious stores these experiences as a SNAPSHOT of the 5 senses, in a very efficient filing system.
Example – a digital camera or cell phone takes a pic which you can store on a computer as a .jpeg image. The subconscious mind is exactly the same, except it takes a snapshot of the 5 senses. What are the 5 senses? Sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste.
Most people don’t even acknowledge that their subconscious mind is in play, when in fact the subconscious mind is a million times more powerful than the conscious mind, and that we operate 95% of our lives from subconscious programs.
If you look at an ice berg that is floating on the ocean, what you see above the water is only a small percentage of what the actual size is, as the 90% odd, is below the surface of the water, and is unseen. This is how the subconscious works. The conscious mind, which is what we are using to think with, to analyse and our will power, is only about 10% of our mind.
According to your sub-conscious mind, you are the only person that exists. Therefore when you judge or criticize someone else, or you say bad things about them, your sub-conscious mind thinks that you are talking about yourself. Incredible!
According to the bible, Jesus taught in Matthew chapter 7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged for in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Taking into account that the sub-conscious mind thinks that you are the only person in the universe, this scripture takes on a new meaning. As we criticize others, we are actually criticizing ourselves, therefore as we judge others, we are in fact judging ourselves. Ouch!
Your subconscious beliefs are working either for you or against you. The truth is that you are not controlling your life, because your subconscious mind supersedes all conscious control.
There are many little voices in your head, which can be likened to little monsters. I believe each little monster has its own personality and is a part of the Ego. As you learn to “still” or quiet the mind, you will start to recognise the different little voices.
To find these little monsters, you need to really watch your thoughts and acknowledge these voices, but tell them that you have decided not to take their advice at this moment. However, you need to be able to be in a state of awareness to discern them
Every time that you give in to the monster little voice, that is a negative voice, you are going against what your truth is. You are in SIN. My interpretation of SIN is that you are in “Self-Image Nullification” mode (SIN), which goes against who you truly are. Therefore, to get rid of SIN, you need to stop that negative thought, or little voice, and do what you have set out to do. There are several little voices that keep on trying to get our attention. One of the Little Voices can cause you to get into FEAR. Fear can be overcome by taking action. E.g. If you decided to only have one slice of cake, and then the little voice says “another piece won’t hurt”, you are in SIN. Your self-image will take a knock, because you will feel guilty and ashamed of yourself. So, to overcome this SIN, you need to take no notice of that little voice, and only do what you have set out to do. Each time you achieve this, your self-image will improve as well as your confidence.
There is a meditation called “Middle Mind” which will help you to get into awareness. Because you are looking at the world through your eyes, which is basically at your forehead, you are associating yourself with this physical point of view. Whereas, if you take your awareness to your brain and take it to about the middle of your brain, you will disassociate with the Ego and be in a state of awareness. Try it now!
The experience of quieting the mind, of being still, Jesus tried to explain to his Disciples on several occasions. He spoke of the servant who will be blessed if he is found watching when his master returns, as the master will prepare food for him and serve the servant. If the servant is found watching the second and third time he comes, he will be very blessed. If the master knew when the thief was coming, he would have watched at that time and not allowed the house to be broken into.
Jesus said that they must be watching, so that they can be ready, as Christ is coming at an hour that they do not know.
What do you think Jesus meant by watch? Look at? Be alert? Look at what?
Jesus was very disappointed in his disciples in the Garden the night before he was crucified, as when he returned from praying his disciples were sleeping. He asked them if they could not even keep watch for a little while. Watching for what? They were outside. No thief could break-in to steal anything!
They had to watch their thoughts, to still their minds, to get to the quiet mind and connect with God / Source / Creator of all that is! Being alert!
You need to understand that your body is an apparatus, and not the real you, and that you are a far greater being, making use of this magnificent apparatus.
Now let us take a look at the Conscious Mind – What is the PURPOSE of the Conscious mind? (We are the only animal on the planet that has a conscious mind.). The conscious mind is the door-keeper to the filing system of the sub-conscious mind.
How it works – the first thing it does is filter and the second thing it does is predict, to keep us safe.
To Filter – we have the equivalent of 300 billion bits of information coming at us each second. Luckily we have a conscious mind which filters all that and takes that 300 billion bits of information and filters it down to 2000 bits. That’s a lot of information that it gets rid of. The Conscious mind decides which information is important and is allowed in, and the information that is not important stays out.
Example: You are buying a new car. You have decided on the car make and model. Suddenly you begin to see them everywhere!! Why? Because you told the door-keeper or guard at the gate that this information was important. So it lets that information in!
To Predict – The conscious mind uses the filtered information to predict whether a situation is dangerous or not. How does the conscious mind know whether a situation is dangerous or not? It bases its prediction on PAST EXPERIENCE.
Which is stored in the Subconscious mind!!
“A practical metaphor to help understand: The Conscious mind is like GOOGLE!
All of the filtered information in the 5 senses coming in is like the result of a Google search.
The Conscious mind reverts to the Subconscious mind and pulls out ALL of the Past experiences that look something like this particular situation and just like with Google, there will be 1 Past Experience that comes to the top of the search list, just like there is always one website that comes to the top of the Google result list.” (Taken from The Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Getting what you Want – Donna McCallum)