Getting to know and Helping Myself
Knowing ourselves, and feeling that we are in our right mind or at ease in our mind is not always easy. Our mind is continually a writhe with a steam of thoughts which often govern our emotions, choices of action. In some cases, thoughts and experiences make us feel out of control of our emotions and may shape how we process information about ourself and others and make it difficult to feel sure of who we are or to maintain a stable positive self-identity. The mind processes past and present awareness and even imaginations, hopes and fears, to govern the perception of who we believe we are. Our minds present us with an amazing and vast array of potential views of ourself ever added to and subtracted from which can be unsettling.
A STABLE SELF- SOUL IDENTITY
A stable Soul identity, born of the same beautiful creation as the vast visible and even invisible world we sense around us lies at the source of our very essence. This Soul consciousness, ultimately intelligent and peaceful a part of a loving and God-given is a perfectly ordered universe. Just like the center of any perfectly spinning sphere, a fixed center peaceful and stable. We, like the universe, containing the essences of the very sparks of live, love/ and brilliance of our origin.
Just as all things created we receive and emit energy from the universe. As a powerful receptor, we feel various vibration of energy. We have a brilliant brain and mind tool which analyses and interpret everything in order to make suggestions on how to move, grow and be fulfilled. The mind has a powerful influence on us, which is to say we are not purely our mind. The tool should not rule the master. When this is allowed to happen chaos ensues.
OBSERVING MY MIND – DETACHMENT
Taking in the different scenes within and generating thoughts without, proposing different interpretations for my consideration. I realized that the mind tool (hopefully a sharp one) was never meant to be the ruling factor in my life. Now it was time for me to take charge, accept thoughts under the light of scrutiny and critical thinking, and discerning which I would keep on the basis of logical and rejecting others. I should add that if you do not have a long-suffering friend or a coach it is important in this process to be able to talk to yourself! (Yes I really did say that).
DISCOVER YOURSELF – A MEDITATIVE EXPLORATION
Once I was introduced to the concept of the mind as a tool of examination, which is forever moving and presenting scenarios and thoughts for my consideration. The journey became much clearer. The scriptures had always said we must watch our thoughts, but until this learning of meditation on how to do this completely alluded me. Once I realized meditation was about focus rather than emptying your mind and studying objectively the thoughts as they enter and leave the mind, the whole work became clearer.
I have come, through the use of meditation, to know myself better by exploring the 4 different aspects that make up the self. Some time has been spent practicing practiced self-observance, which involves carefully watching my thoughts, and accept that far from having a MINDSET that mind is not set, it was designed to be flexible and open to possibilities but I just dont have to take and run with all of them. I notice how they make me feel before taking them on.
CONNECTING THE PHYSICAL SPACE
began to notice more acutely that had physiological responses to thoughts and actually heat up if stressed like a wave of heat washing over me. I wonder that I had never noticed this before (except once during my dissertation hand in day). Seriously before that, I did not recognize or is it acknowledge any such feelings. After several bouts with a major illness, I now realize that is vital for me to take notice of how a thought makes me feel.
I noticed or rather acknowledged that I had long since stopped volunteering opinions or stepping forward to pursue some goals due to fear, but this was very rational, everyone dislikes criticism but I noticed that I had stopped speaking up unless it became really necessary or uncomfortable to remain silent. Once i examined this (especially in line with knowlede of ego divestment, I took some quite drastic steps to overcome the fear, In any case, I hate being hostage to circumstance. (even if they are self-created). Wow, I was starting to understand myself not just overall, but moment to moment, which became more acute with the practice over what will soon be ten years.
TRY THESE STEPS TO MEDITATION
- Detaching from suggestions that the mind presents,
- Imagine/visualize holding the thoughts in hand and collecting and then putting them aside for a moment
- See what else comes rather than running away with a single thought and do the same, visualizing and resting it aside. In essence, a receive a suggestion and ‘park it’.
- When no more thoughts come, my mind is quiet, and I sit in the peace of myself, without thoughts, remembering my original self.
- I then choose to examine each thought more closely whenever I wish from a peaceful place.
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