I have a mind which has been ruling me for much of my life. Happily, at long last, I am beginning to detach from it. Why would I want to do that, you ask?
The mind is a tool, but much of the time it runs rampant outside the borders of its work domain. It drags us through the past, over and over and over again. It yanks us into the future, creating one scenario after another which may or may not happen. It keeps us from even noticing the present instant that we are in.
If we watch the mind, we are standing back from it and, in that instant, it is not directing us. In that instant, the deeper beings that we are can flow to the surface and we can choose to act on that higher Self’s counsel.
I have been watching the mind more and more of late and have taken to identifying what kind of thought it is presenting me: “past” (guilt, regret) and “future” (fear) are the two words I am using most. Each time I can catch and identify a thought, I have detached a little more from the mind-misdirection and can come into the present instant I am in.
About two weeks ago, I was thinking about the proper use of the mind as a tool. I decided that while I was disengaging this tool from inappropriate tasks, it might be possible to strengthen it as a tool by assigning it tasks that are appropriate to its function. So, here are some of the tasks I have assigned my mind to focus on (these are interesting and involving tasks; other tasks, like paying the bills, are appropriate and necessary but not as much fun):
· Study Italian
· Learn new chords on the mountain dulcimer
· Learn to use well the new browser based catalog we are switching to in the library where I work
· Memorize songs that I am playing with other people
I have been putting the mind to these tasks for the last couple of weeks. I can’t tell you how much energy flows to me through this use of the mind as a tool. I feel that the tool has become stronger and I’m getting better at using it properly. Meanwhile, I can turn more of my attention towards the counsel of my real self, to the dictates of my soul.
Two present day teachers who have given me much clarity around the issue of the mind and its proper use (and its misuse) are ByronKatie and Eckhart Tolle. I very highly recommend them to you if you are interested in pursuing the role of the mind in your life.