Does your mind get overactive at times? Stressing you out?
What if you could simply ‘get’ an awareness that would allow your mind to naturally quieten?
Here’s the awareness that’s helped me.
Thoughts come into my mind automatically. I can’t control my thoughts. I know, I found that one hard to swallow at first thinking I could certainly choose my next thought if I wanted to. Until someone asked me “Do you know what your next thought is going to be?” and realised that I certainly do not.
Sydney Banks realised that we all receive a continuous stream of ‘original’ thoughts in a pure, neutral form. In a healthy state these pure thoughts pass through our consciousness, like clouds in the sky. So, while there may be a lot of thoughts, being pure and neutral they don’t bother us.
However, as we become conscious of this pure original thought, we ‘contaminate’ it with our beliefs and conditioning. Pure ‘original’ thought becomes contaminated ‘personal’ thought.
Then we lock onto some thoughts, chewing them over like a dog with a bone. Of course, these are often the unpleasant thoughts, that cause uncomfortable emotions. So we can end up with a busy mind and not feeling good.
It’s been suggested that the most serious addiction in the modern world is addiction to our thoughts, and I see some truth in that!
So, now I have this awareness that I receive pure thought, that then gets contaminated by my conditioning and I often chew over the uncomfortable thoughts, it’s easy to allow my mind quieten.
When I feel my head is busy, I simply remind myself about pure and uncontaminated thought, and intend that I allow pure thought in. No doing, simply an awareness. My mind immediately quietens, as the uncomfortable ‘personal’ thoughts fall away. And, as a bonus, I often get more clarity about the task at hand from the pure original thought I’ve received.
I hope this awareness helps you, too, experience a quieter mind.
I came back to your piece after a first hand experience of yesterday, which showed me “through the back door” that what you outlined is very true and useful. My partner John was helping others move some very heavy metal stage risers for our choral concert yesterday, when he tripped and fell on his head and knee, breaking a blood vessel and tearing a muscle. Luckily a doctor friend was there and checked him out, put ice on it, etc… When they asked him if they should phone me, John replied: “Please don’t… what can she do anyway…she’ll only worry…trust me.” He’s right. When friends drove him home and I saw the tennis ball sized swelling on his forehead, I went into my caregiver action without missing a beat. Then the doctor phoned me. But even then, in a moment alone, I “heard” my worry wart voice saying: “He could have died”…etc… At that moment I observed for the first time ever, that this worry voice came from farther back in my head — sort of farther away. I actually felt a distance. My normal thoughts could comfort the little old one without suffering any worry. Then and only then did I remember your article May, and know how right you are.
Sounds like good timing, Celeste! Thank you for sharing your experience and your realisation that the worry thought dame from farther away. Maybe this applies to other thoughts too… I do hope John is making a good recovery, and you’re both able to enjoy the choral concert.
Thank you….really loved that! Can totally relate to it!
Nothing worse than the “washing machine mind”!!!
So glad you related, Maria, and I love your description of the ‘washing machine mind’!