Those of you who have been serious with the practise explained and have indeed experienced, seen ego in action, whereby its limited point of view was pressed upon you as if it were truth, still have the problem of it steering you. To stay alert isn’t that easy and you will have said to yourself, “I wish my mind would just shut itself of”. Yes, you keep identifying with these “I’s”.
The average human has between 7500 and 70000 thoughts per day, depending on what is going on in a person’s life. Between 70 and 85% of these thoughts are negative, shockingly an average person thinks positive barely 30% of the time.
All that negativity causes us to stay in an emotionally aroused state, creating a chronic fight or flight syndrome. We get wound up in a negative idea and just can’t seem to let go. Our adrenal glands are overworked and therefore our body is on overload. Exhausted we begin to wonder if something bad is going to happen and then we begin to worry about the worry. At this stage of overload we enter a complete overwhelming state of being.
If your family members are anxious, negative thinkers and worriers, you learned negative thinking during childhood. You learned to respond to situations with stress, anxiety and negative thoughts. Always wondering about or predicting a negative outcome, you learned words like ‘what if’, ‘I should have’, ‘can’t’, ‘impossible’ and ‘not good enough’.
Habits? Genetics? Addiction to such thoughts?
No, these thoughts and emotions are conditioning based upon the limited points of view and each new one seen in its light will be added onto it and will strengthen the master(personality).
Some will say: “I know all that now, yet it is always after it has taken me on its ride that I realize and I can’t seem to make progress. So we need to stay alert in each and every moment, but it is only moments that I can, more often it is not the case. So to still the mind is as far away as it was before I started the practise, more or less”.
Well, the practise to look within isn’t the within that lies beyond this little I, but a needed step to experience ego at work so to speak, and so to make aware that your truth is really nothing more than a conditioned, limited point of view. This will help you to open up to a bigger truth, such as this conditioning.
The next practise is going to make a change and will build your ability to stay alert.
Something you ‘think’ you do but more often you do not, is listening.
When you ask someone a question, do so with full intent. But more important: listen to the answer! And do so without paying attention to your own inner chatter which often is already busy with replying, even before the other had a chance to do so. What this really means is that you are only busy with yourself. Not only do you get closer to the other by listening that way and the other to you, but you also learn to see another perspective.
A good magician for instance uses it to create his tricks because the only one that doesn’t see the magic is the magician himself. Not only because he knows the way it works, but because it is directed to the audience. So in order to optimize his trick he either tapes it or practises in front of the mirror so he gets the spectators viewpoint.
You will come to see that many relationships lose their spark because we don’t pay attention to the others point of view. So another side effect of this practise to stay alert is better relationships too, which has the advantage that less underlying stress is built in that way too.
The next stage is to learn about the trinity within you. Your mind too has 3 sides to it. This is shown in the Biblical(and other scriptures), but also in Plato’s writing in his description of how to build a community. As you become more alert the ego will feel threatened. As it has no body of its own he must live its life through you.
This means it will try anything to regain its control over you.
More on this in another article.
Moshiya van den Broek