One of the main functions of the mind is creating stories. The majority of these stories are about us, what we are, what we are doing, or what we should be doing, and what will happen to us in the future. If we are spiritual seekers, our minds will have stories about walking the spiritual path.
The effects of these stories are very similar to that of tales. Since we deeply identify ourselves with our minds, we believe these stories. So they soothe us and lull us into beautiful spiritual dreams. Let's take a look at a few nice, comforting tales of the mind and how to wake up from them.
“You are special” - tale
Every human being is convinced deep inside that he/she is special. In the course of the Journey, the Ego-dominated mind keeps whispering into the ears of the spiritual seeker: "You are special, you are great, better than the other people!”
Often the Ego-dominated mind does not declare it so openly, but the desire to become special is there in every spiritual seeker. It is well observable in the behavior and actions of the spiritual seeker; all these are aimed at making the individual better and different from the rest, to emerge from the average.
When you believe that “I am special, more special than that man over there,” be aware that it is only the game of the mind. That feeling reinforces the Ego to a very large extent. The reality is that every single person is individual and special. There has never been and will never be another person on the Earth like you!
You must not forget that when you think of yourself as special–you really are–you should think of the other people in a similar way. Everybody is special you meet during your life, everyone who has lived and lives on Earth.
2. “You are important” - tale
The Ego-dominated mind, way of thinking is, in the majority of the cases, able to make us believe that we are important, even if only as a small part of the great universal consciousness of mankind. Our soul shall live forever, and the death is only a necessary station in the process of a new birth. Our soul develops eternally, every bit of new experience is another brick in the wall of the church of eternity etc. Why is the Ego-dominated Mind Able to Make Us Believe That?
It is partly because the contents of the mind consists of the knowledge gathered in our life (read, heard). The individual who has never read esoteric books or attended esoteric lectures has an mind with an entirely different content and uses different ideas as a comforting source (e. g. let us eat, drink, make love, as we only live once, so Carpe Diem).
Another reason is that the “primeval memory” lives in everybody. The “primeval memory” is from our own, long forgotten internal center, and in most cases it is just a subconscious desire, a constant anxiety in the soul of the spiritual seeker. Ego-dominated mind provides a form to that unconscious desire by directing it to a false objective. The false goal is the idea of becoming perfect together with the Ego. The Ego-dominated mind, naturally, intends to achieve it in the future, since we need to develop so much before achieving the goal.
This is a sincere endeavor of the Ego-dominated mind, but it is impossible to achieve it on the level of forms and shapes; it is not possible to make the forms and shapes eternal. We therefore must not allow this mind game to deceive us. From the aspect of Existence we are really important (in that we are not mistaken) in our individuality, as we provide space for the Consciousness to wake up to its own existence and flourish through us, through our own form.
Perfection is, however, not to be sought in the future, as we are fully capable of experiencing it here and now, if we abandon ourselves into the present moment and allow the pleasure of Existence take us with it.
3. “You are not the one to blame” - tale
The Ego-dominated mind likes blaming responsibility on other people. The Ego-dominated mind judges life by the specific situation. It is always somebody else who is at fault: a wife or husband, parents, children, colleagues, the boss, the economic situation, life itself etc.
When such a person intends to reach the Presence, he or she will believe that at the moment change is not possible. Maybe later, in the future, when circumstances are more advantageous. Then they may try to live more consciously. These are, however, only excuses, so that the person does not have to face the truth: "I am responsible for myself, and nobody else is!"
From the very moment of accepting the truth that "I am responsible for my own suffering, and nobody else is!," the person will be able to put an end to the sufferings and leave the spell of this mind game behind.
(C) Frank M. Wanderer, 2013-2018
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