On Quieting One’s Mind
The mind is a wonderful apparatus and as we all know, it is our thoughts that create our reality. So the key question is, how do we use this tool so it only works for us and not against us?
There are two things we need to learn in this regard. First, we need to learn to think properly with our Buddha/Christ/Melchizedek Mind, and secondly, we need to learn how to quiet our mind and not think at all. This law shall explain in greater detail the latter. The first key to learn to quiet the mind is you must own your own personal power at all times and be conscious and aware of your content of consciousness (your thoughts, feelings, desires…).
The owning of your personal power helps you to be the observer and have the needed detachment from the content of consciousness that is needed to have self-mastery over your content of consciousness. Learning this, more than half of this lesson of learning to quiet the mind will have been learned if proper joyous vigilance is consistently maintained. Always remember, the real you is the observer self, who controls, directs, chooses, and causes. The key to being the director is understanding the need to differentiate yourself from the content of your consciousness.
You are not your thoughts, emotions, body, actions, personality, mistakes, successes, abilities, or beliefs. You are the essence and not the form. You are the consciousness, not the creation.
You can direct and control only what you do not identify yourself with. Whatever you, as the consciousness or “I”, are identified with will be your master. Identify yourself with only the Eternal Self for that is your True Self! The next insight that is important is that it is impossible to stop the mind completely from thinking and one should not desire to do so, for it is not GOD’s Will that it be completely stopped. We are creative by nature and we create with our mind.
The mind is always creating. The key insight, however, is that it can be quieted down and it can and must be mastered so we are not driven by it. Most people in the Western world are driven by the mind; the mind runs them instead of them running the mind. In the Eastern world it’s the opposite. In truth, both are important and need to be balanced and integrated properly.
So there is a time to think and a time not to think. Now here is the key insight. The subconscious mind is always thinking and creating in a negative or positive way because it has no reasoning. The key insight here is that the conscious mind does not have to engage the continuing string of thoughts, feelings, and impulses of the subconscious mind. So, it is as important in life to learn to think properly as it is to learn to not think at all. The mind is always striving for inner peace and understanding.
The problem is, it is not possible every moment of one’s life to have this understanding in every situation of life in any given instant. It is essential at times to put the mind on the shelf so to speak and to just be in the quietness and silence. If the mind is always chattering and the conscious mind is engaging the chattering, then how does the Holy Spirit, Mighty I Am Presence, and/or Higher Self enter the picture? They are the “still, small voice within.” They do not fight for attention as the mind, emotions, and negative ego do.
There is a time to identify and a time to disidentify with the content of consciousness. This brings us to the truth that the mind creates bondage or liberation depending on how it’s used. Now, that we have this foundational understanding and perspective, here are some tools to achieving this quieter mind we all seek at times.
First, write lists. The mind will be quiet as long as it feels honored to a certain degree. Keep a little notebook with you at all times and just write those things down that the mind presents you while watching TV or doing whatever, and your mind will be happy to be quiet as long as it is on the “tomorrow list.”
Secondly, have a journal section in your notebook, where if you are processing something and you do not want to think about it, you can write a little affirmation like, “I will not think about this until Monday morning.” Even if something is really bothering you, as long as the mind knows that its agenda is being addressed, it will be willing to quiet and honor your affirmation not to think. The mind and emotions are amazing tools. In any given moment everything they create seems so important and real. The act of delaying thinking about different issues not always, but sometimes, resolves them without having to spend time thinking, processing, or doing anything. Issues that seemed so important in the moment, a week later you can’t even remember. Time heals.
Of course, there will be issues that do need to be addressed at a later time no matter how long one puts them off. One of the reasons that no thinking often resolves certain situations is that often an emotional charge seems extremely important, but a week later that emotional charge is gone and hence the thought or issue or thing to do may not need to be done.
Well, here goes the third key to quieting the mind: sometimes you may be running errands or doing whatever and may not have a pen and paper. Make a number list in your mind from one upward. Each number will be one item on the agenda of the mind to think about or do.
Fourthly, make Spiritual lists. There are an infinite number or kinds of Spiritual lists. When you are feeling unhappy, write a list of all the reasons you can think of that you have to be happy about. At Thanksgiving or any time you want some upliftment, create a Spiritual list of all the reasons why you have to be grateful. What does this have to do with quieting the mind? The mind is quiet when the Emotional Body and Mental Body feel at peace. When you are feeling negative about self or you are having negative interactions with other people or your world, the mind will be much more agitated and overactive. An overactive mind and too much thinking will exhaust your adrenal glands. So to learn to quiet the mind, it is essential to learn to think properly as well.
The fifth tool to quiet to mind is making Spiritual vows. If you make a mistake, instead of feeling bad about it, dwelling upon it and letting it get you down, create a Spiritual vow not to let this happen again. See On Making Spiritual Vows. If you are depressed or agitated because of a setback or mistake, your mind is going to be overactive trying to get you back to equilibrium. Spiritual vows and Spiritual lists are a quick method to bring you back to this state of inner peace. In conclusion, too much thinking takes a toll on the Physical organs. When you consciously think and are constantly planning this runs energy through your liver and pancreas. The liver is known metaphysically as the organ of planning. Many people have digestive problems from overthinking because this is also running too much Third Chakra and Sixth Chakra energy. Too much thinking can create Emotional turmoil.
Why? Again, since our thoughts create our feelings and emotions, the mind is always creating scenarios. Let’s say you had a little spat with a friend. It is good to process this with your mind and come to a peaceful resolution. If there are any unresolved feelings, however, the mind will create scenarios of taking out its anger or telling people off. It’s very important to shut these scenarios off for they are being created by the negative ego and not by your Soul! The key is to choose when you want to think and how you want to think and to be able to not think when you don’t want to.
Make the mind work for you rather than you working for the mind! As Lord Buddha said, “ Wonderful it is to train the mind so swiftly moving, seizing whatever it wants. Good is it to have a well-trained mind, for a well-trained mind brings happiness.” (Dhammapada 35) Ponder on this! This is one of the Golden Keys to enter the Kingdom of the Heavens!