Resist the Tyranny of the Human Mind

You might recognize the fact that your so-called human mind bosses you around—not to mention the way that other so-called human minds try to dominate you as well.

 I say “so-called” because the human mind isn’t a real, genuine full-functioning Mind, only an idea of a mind, a construct made up of old thought patterns along with newly acquired ones, gained by mimicking what we see around and about, ideas handed to us by consensual thought forms.

 You might not get what I’m saying and/or simply don’t agree because you’re under the impression that you think fresh thoughts: your own, individual thoughts. We all are under that impression. Yet it’s simply not true. I can’t prove it to you; I can’t even prove it to myself. Still, I do believe the outside-the-box premise. But digging deeper and eliminating the tyranny of the individual, human mind presents a challenge. This so-called mind persists in its dysfunctional patterns handed down through individual ancestry and species inheritance.

 So my question is, if we’re really thinking the thoughts we want in our own private, separate minds, why can’t we control said thoughts? Why do thoughts slip in that we’d like to eschew, that preoccupy us, that pursue us—such as a song we really don’t want to hear anymore and that drones on in our so-called minds.

In short, we’re being tyrannized, made to allow in thoughts that really aren’t helpful to us and to entertain detrimental fears and imaginings. Help!

I mentioned the idea of resisting the tyranny of the human mind to a friend of mine and he had just been reading the advice to let the whole mess be—to merely observe. That’s a traditional suggestion advised by lineages of Buddhist and other meditators and Gurdjieffians who talk about self-observation.   and

 Those two articles are good and so is the practice.

 To resist is maybe a little different, however, and may be counter to Jesus’s advice to resist not evil. But remember that Jesus is the one who threw the moneychangers out of the temple and tossed Legion out of a poor suffering madman. In the sense that thoughts foreign to the natural, wholesome, human condition continue to plague us in this day and age, we might try the suggestion to “resist.”

As Mary Baker Eddy told her readers: “Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized…you will control yourself harmoniously.”

 That’s different advice than to merely observe. (However, she also said, “Error, when found out, is two-thirds destroyed, and the remaining third destroys itself.” That would advocate, I think, self-observation.)

 Maybe self-observation is what Western psychotherapy is all about, with help in pointing at what isn’t being observed by the “patient” or client.

Spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen tells students not to believe their own thoughts or emotions. That, I think, sparks both watching (self-observation) and resisting.

 What do I think is a good approach? Hmmm, I was taught that strategies are useless, that only God can correct us as He will. In the meantime, we try to transform by any means possible.

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Lower Forces

So why aren’t we all walking around in absolute bliss and dwelling in communion with All There Is—the Absolute, the Divine?

By rights we ought to be because All That Exists (which includes us) is made up of the All and Everything effervescence—spirit. And spirit can’t be at the same time its opposite—matter—nor can it be other than absolute Good.

Spirit, All That Exists, God, Mind, cannot include, cede to, or present as evil.

Light and dark appear to our deluded brains as an underlying false assumption. That’s our dilemma. We believe in the negative, which has zero Reality, only a relative reality that’s accepted by most who live on this planet of ours.

The terrible betrayal of who and what we are (spirit not matter) began perhaps about 200,000 years ago when anatomical modern man started peopling the planet. (The hominid Lucy, who walked upright, lived more than three million years ago—not that we can show she was our ancestor—that’s a guess.)

Perhaps—and I’m only thinking here, not receiving knowledge—perhaps early man in his fall from that divinely absolutely state for which we were intended had a moment of fear. Fear took itself seriously and with the accumulation of further moments of fear became a “thing,” an entity, a lower force, the Opponent (of Kabbalah fame), Satan, Error (Mary Baker Eddy’s word).

Error may have no reality, as Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health, but it shows up often enough to spoil the party.

Many ideas that have no validity derive from man’s early fears and misunderstandings that built something (unreal, or of no substance) that has seized man’s imagination and into which he has invested his beliefs.

A friend told me that such thoughts arose, according to A Course in Miracles, when someone was foolishness enough to imagine himself separate from God. Mankind spiraled down from there.

Now we need the audacity to see ourselves as one with our Source and to go against the mainstream of human history that says man has fallen from his high estate.

We have stumbled, perhaps, but now is the moment when we can reconnect with our true nature. How? Through intention, which takes us into a struggle against those forces given credence by the many who have proceeded us.

But remember—those who have passed before are no longer the great majority. We, on the Earth right now, are the great majority, and with a will to do good and be good, to resurrect our deepest, purest inner being, we can produce transformation for ourselves and for all who come after.

Easy? Spiritual master Andrew Cohen said that when we’re 51 percent invested in the path, the higher forces come to our aid. Others have indicated that a small group of dedicated spiritual warriors can turn the entire tide for humanity. So maybe the journey to wholeness is actually easier than we think. Worth a shot, right?

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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

 What approach to understanding God did Jesus take? We can only conjecture. I try to guess in my novel Jesus of Nazareth, Boy and Man.