Thinking: Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everybody is suffering from it so it is considered normal. The constant mental noise does two things: one, it prevents you from finding the realm of inner stillness; two: it creates a false mind-made self that casts a shadow of fear and suffering.
Mind: Identification with mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, words, judgments and definitions that block all true relationships.
The mind is a superb instrument when used rightly. Used wrongly, it becomes very destructive. In fact you do not use it, it uses you. Mind loves to get its teeth into problems. Whether doing crossword puzzles or making atom bombs, it loves to work incessantly like a Godzilla that knows no stops.
Our mind generates constant inner dialogue, you are never free from it. In fact the only difference between mad and sane people is whether the dialogue is audible or not. The voice in the head comments, speculates, judges, compares, complains, likes, dislikes… all the time. It is either reviving the recent or distant past or rehearsing or imagining possible future situations.
Even if the voice is relevant to the situation in the present, it interprets it based on the past conditioning of the mind, a result of your past history as well as the collective mindset your inherited.
Freeing from the Mind: The good news is that you can free yourself from the mind. By “listening” to the thought and not “becoming” the thought you will soon realize there is a voice and here I am listening to it. This realization arises from beyond the mind. Listen to your mind, do not judge it as judgment is again from the mind. As you do it, for the first time you “disidentify” from the mind.
Ego: Because we are so identified and addicted with mind thinking it creates a phantom self, the” ego ”. To the ego the present moment hardly exists, only past and future are important. The thinking in the present is only based on the past or future, in fact, only past as our future is merely a recreation of what one has gone through in the past.
As you begin observing your mind, you create “gaps” in your thinking that make you experience “Inner Stillness” or “ No Mind”.
Emotion: Emotion is the body’s reaction to your mind. It arises at the place where mind and body meet. For example, a hostile thought will create a build-up of energy in the body that we call “anger”. The thought that you are being threatened physically or psychologically causes the body to contract and results in emotion called “fear”. The more you are identified with thinking the stronger your emotional charge will be. If you have learnt to cut yourself off from your emotions, eventually you will experience them as a physical problem, or disease. Ultimately most diseases are caused because you are at dis-ease: with something, resulting in long-lasting emotions.
Pain: All emotions are manifestation of only one root emotion “Fear”. It can also be called “Pain”. There are two levels of your pain. That you create now and one created from the past. Pain is inevitable as long as you are identified with your mind. Most part of pain is unnecessary as it is self-created through unobserved mind running our life.
CONSCIOUSNESS – THE WAY OUT OF PAIN:
The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as it unobserved mind runs your life. The intensity of pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment and this depends on how strongly you are identified with mind. Mind and time are inseparable. Time is of two types – Physical time and Psychological time. While physical time is a reality of your life, psychological time is not – it is created by you.
Mind creates “Ego”, the phantom self. It tends to protect you through the creation of ego, the feeling of “I”, the only worry it can protect is by creating a feeling you are “threatened” in some way and then finding a “solution” to that “threat”. It is like a child creating a phantom situation of “War” through his plastic sword and toy solders that in reality are only toys and not real. But the creation of “ego”gives enough energy and occupation to the mind to keep working, its only requirement for survival. That keeps us in the world of duality, pleasure, pain and happiness.