Higher Mind

The brain is a biocomputer, I suspect, and not the same thing that we call “mind.” In fact, the human mind, as we think of it, may not even really exist except as half computer and half thoughts fed by a mindstream. No, I’m not a crazy girl. I have a pretty well-functioning mental computer except for a few glitches these days in the memory department.

 I understand that while some people might agree with me, they would number relatively few. That’s just fine. The only thing I care about is arriving at what works, what reduces pain and suffering. Of course what works most properly begins with what is real—or Real, with a capital “R.” Because when what we do is in alignment with the Real, the results are optimal.

 A lot of what we hear these days, the New Age message, the positive-thinking message, begins with the assumption that we can synch ourselves up with the universe, one, two, three, and have all that we want in a trice. A trice would be lovely, but may be a little too facile given the general state of mankind and of us as individuals at the moment we set out on this quest.

 So if human beings don’t have individual minds, but simply computers operating off some just-about-hardwired false assumptions and fed a mindstream from some unidentified source with an agenda that might not be in accord with our own good, what do we have? How can we proceed to our ultimate Good?

 I’m glad you asked.

 We potentially have access to the universal mind, the Buddha mind, so to speak, the One Mind—aka Existence, Intelligence, Being, Source Mind, Higher Mind.

 So how do we tap into that pure stream, that flow which will be our salvation—or something close? Lifetimes are spent in the attempt, and we can only, right now, discuss a starting point.

 The place we begin is simply to most sincerely want to transform from a being caught by a system that merely devours us as energy into a life-form more conscious and which gains some return on our energetic investment. If the world as you see it isn’t enough, ask for more. Ask who? Ask what? That doesn’t even really matter. Just know that more exists and ask for that. Ask with your heart, ask with the strength of desire with which a prisoner serving a life sentence begs to be released. That’s where you open a dialogue with… whatever. Call it God (I do) or call it the Universe… or don’t call it anything. Just plead for the next step to be revealed.

 A path will be laid out before you. Follow along. The years will roll by. You will be thrown off the passageway or maintained on it. Try to remember why you asked and what you wanted and the fact that you’ve changed. Hold as steadily as you can to your course. More will be revealed, but I can’t say that the way will be made easy for you.

 Don’t rush into anything, but inquire, “Is this it?” Is this my way? Be aware that the forces of this lower world will try to fool you. Let me repeat that. Be aware that the forces of the lower world are always trying to suck you in.

 The best thing about taking a walk in this direction is that it’s based on reciprocal maintenance. You give something (your attention, intention, caring, concern, and even work and/or hard-won cash) and you’ll receive something back. That’s how you can tell a genuine path from ordinary life. This journey doesn’t simply eat you up—though it may ultimately demand everything you have.

 What you receive may depend on what you expect. I’ve said before you’re not asking too much if you ask for all that you need and perhaps more than only that. The universe contains everything and plenty of it, and can be generous. The worker is worthy of his hire.

 Give it a shot.

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False Premises

We are all laboring under flawed assumptions, building our lives on misunderstandings. Even the most supposedly mentally flexible of us allow ideas that just aren’t so to rule. At the same time, we envy the freedom of others who aren’t limited by our own particular false premises.

 In my last piece, I discussed where our thoughts come from—perhaps from an earthly stream not really belonging to us. Well, obviously, we don’t all have exactly the same thoughts. We’re, each of us, tuning into slightly different channels, sort of like playing a Pandora radio station that’s been selected specifically for you.

 Whatever process customizes our thoughts fits them neatly into our false assumptions: Women are no good. Only the rich come out on top. I’m bound to get feeble as I grow old. If I eat x, y, or z, I’ll get sick. I’m smarter than others. All I have to trade on are my looks. I can get away with anything. And so on.

 And most of us are working under multiple, multiple false premises, one built upon the other, and doing us no good whatsoever.

 What’s the solution?

 Well, if it were easy to overcome these deeply ingrained sets of untruths, it would be easy. But it’s not—an idea that itself could be a false assumption—right?

 Here, you have to start with an underlying concept that your life can be made into a happier one and that what you think has something to do with how happy you are.

 Taking the power out of these memes can begin with observing what thoughts do arise in us and whether they might possibly be worthless in obtaining life’s more positive objectives.

 And then what? We can keep observing and keep countering the ideas that seem even to our ordinary, faulty human minds to be false. Maybe I’m not as smart as I think. If I stop having to be smart all the time, maybe I can relax and just be whatever the heck I am. Maybe if I don’t feel so superior to others, I can enjoy them more… And so on.

 The process of inquiry on this very ordinary level can effect change over time. Of course other means of change might be quicker—energy medicine and spiritual conversion, for instance—but this is another strategy to get us where we want to go.

 Let’s look into what we’re thinking that may not be the real “self” and see how we can change what we allow into our world—one thought at a time.

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How the Mind Operates

The human mind is sometimes called “the monkey mind” because it chatters away constantly like a lower primate. A friend of mine had an experience of that mind’s thoughtstream once when she went into a state of meditation. She wasn’t then aware of the mind’s operation, but when she returned to a “normal” state, she found the mind again babbling away as though it had never left off. Were those her thought processes, or what?

Some theories have it that we simply plug into a flow of thinking, that the thoughts which run through us don’t originate in us, but are imposed from elsewhere—both higher and or lower vibrational domains. It’s an idea to consider, anyway, and might explain some of the trouble we have in changing our thought patterns.

 In short, the human mind is a sort of machine playing pre-recorded messages, messages generally of the forces of this world—not always good messages because this is a heavy world sending out heavy thoughts.

 But what else is there besides this human level? Are we trapped into having the thoughts that are given to us via this outpouring of mentalization being dispensed through us? Well, possibly, yes. Oh my God, really? Well, yes. If we don’t recognize the process and work against it, we may be eaten by the powers that exist in this world, operating not in our best interests. And that’s why we try to raise our vibration and turn to a higher source than we are. If we’re to be eaten as food by something other than ourselves, at least let that give us a benefit in return and not just use us for its own purposes without reward. Crazy? No, not really. It’s an esoteric understanding, a bit of knowledge that some people hold.

 The more often you have a higher experience, the better you’ll see that what’s going on in this earthly domain isn’t quite “right.”

 “Rise in the strength of spirit to resist all that is unlike good.” ~Mary Baker Eddy

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Are You Asking Too Much?

This is the season when we might want something and ask for it from our closest friends and family. A new TV? A pair of opal earrings? Dinner out? We know just how much we should ask of someone—not too much, yet something that will represent a fair “exchange.”

 Then when we turn to the Universe for a gift, what are we thinking? I asked a friend why she believed people may not pray. I thought perhaps because they didn’t believe in anything, couldn’t conceive of a responsive universe, but she gave me an answer that surprised me. “They think they aren’t cared for. That they aren’t liked, and that they won’t get what they ask for, anyway.”

 And that makes some sense to me, too.

 Are you asking too much of the Universe, of Source? Of Creation?

 You are if you don’t expect anything at all. Then anything you ask for may be too much.

 I know, because deep in my heart I must be in the same situation: Most often I don’t receive the boons I request. Yes, I’m speaking in favor of prayer yet I tell you it doesn’t (always) work for me.

 Sometimes it does. “Miracles” occur. But not every time.

 Am I asking too much? It’s too much if I don’t believe I’ll receive it. I don’t allow an opening for the Cosmos to step in. I don’t accept the delivery. I set up the non-delivery.

 When we go to someone and say, “Well, you wouldn’t want to do this one small thing for me, would you?” the person might be led to think: What the heck is it? Sounds as if I don’t want to do it. I don’t think I can. The Universe, too, can’t decipher the double message. Does the person want this, or not?

 I’m not saying we should ask the Universe to send us millions. What’s the sense of that, anyway? But we do deserve as much as we need. Do we deserve health? For certain that. We deserve to live free, be healthy, and have enough to eat. We should have someplace to live, friends, family, clothing to wear. That certainly isn’t asking too much. Jesus said, “Whatsoever you ask, believing…” He didn’t set limits—though I just set some for you :).

 Ah, that’s the catch then, you must believe. If you believe and feel deeply that you have a right to receive exactly what you need, then, yes, here’s the UPS guy, bringing it all to you just in time. Gratitude before and after may also factor into the equation. Let’s try some; we may like it.

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Healing Energy Evokes Positive Thinking

The Baal Shem Tov, a renowned 18th century Jewish mystic, told this story: An illiterate villager brought a letter to his son’s tutor so that the tutor could read the message to him. Hearing the terrible news that his father had just died, the villager fainted. But why didn’t the tutor faint since he had read the information first? He was simply reading a letter intended for another.

The succulent morsel of advice passed on from this by the Baal Shem Tov was that a person shouldn’t read the Torah and such as a letter intended for someone else, but as a piece of writing meant directly for that reader.

Every message the universe sends is aimed at you.

In the past number of weeks I’ve discussed positive thinking and our general difficulty in maintaining an upbeat frame of mind despite its obvious and probable benefits. I’ve also spoken of energy healing, but without delving much into the interior changes it creates in the person who receives the therapeutic intervention.

Well, the interior changes prove quite interesting. The effects, of course, are variable since we’re all individuals, and our ability to take in the energy transmitted by the healer differs not only from person to person but from treatment to treatment—while the healer’s delivery of the energy may fluctuate from time to time as well. After that, our ability to maintain the interior energy will vary, too, depending on what else is going on in the person’s life—and many other, unknown factors. Yes, unknown in a complex and unpredictable (by us) universe.

We may be prepared or we may be unprepared to receive and use the energy, but really, we don’t even know to what degree either is the case. Our deepest parts may very well be hidden from ourselves, and people who think they’re open can certainly be only open a fraction of what’s possible. Conversely, people who seem to be fixed in a (negative) pattern may respond to treatment surprisingly well.

So, to give an idea of the changes an energy treatment can produce: The transformative surge shared by the healer can potentially not only alter a chronic negative physical condition but also strengthen the positive internal aspects of a personality. Remediation by way of an energetic base can give the individual a strong feeling of being on a path in which the body itself is embracing and enhancing the healing in every aspect.

This newfound strength is certainly mental, and the person being worked on may feel more self-confident about his or her path in life and ability to receive from a nourishing universe.

Being positive emerges out of a greater inner resiliency that itself results from the energy infusion. The energy per se is actually a spiritual force for transformation.

And remember, folks, this little essay isn’t merely to be passed on to someone else, but is intended directly for you very personally. You can do and be more and find more in yourself, though it might take some kind of energy infusion. Or not.