The mind is a funny thing. It’s illusive, ebbing, flexible, and yet constrictive all at once. It’s a tool that can be sharpened to the most finite degree while simultaneously fragmenting into hundreds of micro-thoughts, creating a conundrum in all of its brilliance. It can be sculpted and molded, culled and seeded, spoon-fed and dished up on a plate with a side of hysteria. It can shift through six different emotions in milliseconds without a single grasp of consciousness stepping in. And, it can check out on a whim – creating a blank state of sheer bliss or utter darkness. Its ability to manifest any thought, emotion, fact, illusion, perception or interpretation in any given moment, makes it a slippery slope. So who’s in control of this chaotic echo chamber? It’s time to become the master of your mind.
So often people try to control their thoughts and the information filtering its way through like a stream of genius through a circuit board determining the next path, the next route, the next glorious aha moment. Where is this stream of information coming from? Millions of bytes of data, decades of imagery, sounds, smells and tastes circulate within the mind, and it’s only when one accesses it, does it all come into focus. A flood of information already consumes the brain, with new information flowing in by the hour. How does one categorize, compartmentalize, and organize all of this data?
The mind doesn’t store information in chronological order. It’s much like the storage boxes packed away in the back of one’s garage. At any point in time one can open a box, pull something out, and dust it off, admiring it’s beauty again for the first time. There is no time lapse with imagery and data, only memory loss. If one were to close their eyes and imagine a day from their childhood – one of their fondest memories – and relish in the sun that beat on their face, the smell of the fresh crisp air, the taste of that hot apple cider, one would feel all of the same emotions as they did on that very day. They would see the imagery through the lens in their mind as if they were seeing it through their eyes. This is in part why old wounds often take a long time to heal.
What happens when the mind is on a marathon race, has gone 100 miles, and isn’t sure which way to turn next? When it’s traveled so many avenues, can’t see the end in sight, and becomes completely lost? Exhaustion and confusion set in. Trying to process while in this state wouldn’t be encouraged. Then what happens if additional information seeps its way in, and another 50 miles are necessary to reach a level of discernment? It’s not possible. One cannot process hundreds of data points coming in all at once, while figuring out what to make for dinner, which grocery store to hit on the way home, and what the fastest route is.
Example: A mother is driving home from work, and suddenly she hears a piece of news – a soundbite on the radio. It immediately invokes emotion. This news sounds upsetting. Something big just happened. She is getting her first drop of information, while deciding which road to turn down. Then the phone rings, yet another interruption! Emotions are rising. She makes it to the grocery store but all she can concentrate on is how pissed she is about this news that still doesn’t make any sense, while trying to find the best priced grass fed beef. Good grief – it just doesn’t make any sense! By the time she gets home, she’s nearly in tears, frustrated beyond belief, and everyone is expecting dinner. How can she possibly cook a meal when she’s so enraged?! She’s snapping at everyone around her, certain that this news is the most horrific piece of information they’ve endured yet, and being sure everyone knows this and everyone feels what she is feeling. Dinner ends, the dishes are washed, and everyone sits down to watch the news – only to find it was misinformation – her rage was for naught. Energy wasted, transference of negative emotions, frustration and rage, a meal likely not digested very well, and an evening shot to hell, all because she allowed an external force to be the master of her mind, before giving herself the time to process it, assess it, and fact check it. All for naught.
What about the ones that dupe the mind, that use trickery, that use their powers for suggestive mind control, such as Google and social media platforms? How does one navigate that? How is the already busy mind supposed to see through all of this manipulation? Most people would suggest approaching it with logic and common sense. But oftentimes, events taking place and information being exposed, defy logic, and the actions taken most certainly don’t stem from common sense, so how can one review it through this lens? Researching the information and combing through every last detail, while cross-referencing stories to eliminate the obvious fallacies would be a smart decision, but not everyone has time for that. Now what?
Don’t think. Don’t move. Don’t dig. Go silent, and jump into that space that allows you to completely disengage from the mind, the matter, and your surroundings. Breathe. Let go of all thoughts. Step into the zone with absolutely no emotional investment to the outcome of this information one way or the other. Simply just BE. Now ask yourself, “does this new information bear any truth. Yes or no?” This requires no concentration, as you are in a place of detached stillness. There will be a resounding “yes” or “no” immediately, and you will feel it through every fiber of your being. You may not hear it or feel it in the beginning. This will require some patience, training, and trust in yourself to achieve this level of certainty. Sound difficult? It’s only as difficult as you choose to believe it to be.
Does this seem strange to you? Every data point, all information, flows through this universe in much the same way that it flows through a computer, a circuit board, the internet. It’s all binary. You not only have access to it all on a physical level, but also on an intuitive level. Being in tune with yourself and what resonates as truth is the key to unlocking it all. Trusting in yourself is necessary. Once you receive that initial “yes” or “no,” you now have a choice. You can choose to walk away and let it go, you can delve deeper to understand it and begin to physically dig into hard data points, and you can choose to share this new found information and perhaps even take action, pending what it involves. No matter what, always try to invoke positive change.
Mastering the mind is vital to our future. If the internet were to evaporate tomorrow, how would you use discernment? It is something internal that must be learned, practiced, and controlled by one’s own mind – not by others infiltrating it. Keeping emotions in check, taking moments to escape the mind entirely, and exploring the compartments within your mind are all tools that will assist in evolving the mind, while also balancing it.
Most importantly, do not let anyone or anything outside of you become the master of your mind. They’ve been trying to control it for decades – pushing false narratives, telling you how to think, what to think, and what to believe. You are the master of your own mind. Do not let the seeds grow. You know what is truth – you just need to reconnect with it.