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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Chapter 24 - The power of thoughts

The perception of the world out there is indeed a reflection of what is inside us.

The power of thoughts is greater than we can imagine. It is molding the world of perception for each individual. A positive mind perceives the world positively and creates a positive world. While a negative mind perceives the world negatively and creates a negative world.

That’s why although everyone is living in the same dimension, but everyone has a different perception of their own world, and encounter different happenings in their lives. The positive mind is attracting positive happenings and so thus the negative mind is attracting negative happenings.

If we can change ourselves and our mind set, we will see the changes in our life accordingly. The thoughts in the mind are the key to our own destiny. We create our own cause and effect, or karma. We are responsible for the outcome of our life, what we are now and what we are becoming.

The thoughts are powerful when the mind has no self-awareness and self-control to be unattached towards the selfless thought activities, where the mind is identifying and associating with the modification of the mind, and is being determined and influenced by the thought activities to act and react, generating intentional actions and reactions that bring along the consequences of action and reaction. The mind appears to be not free, as it is being conditioned by the ceaseless thought activities or modification of the mind.

The thoughts are powerless when the mind has self-awareness and self-control to be unattached towards the thought activities, without identification or association with the modification of the mind, and is not being determined or influenced by the thought activities to act and react wittingly and unwittingly, and eventually, through the realization of selflessness upon the annihilation of the modification of the mind or thought activities, the restless wheel of ceaseless births and deaths that exists along the law of cause and effect or karma, ceased existing.

From the surface, it looks like we are being conditioned by the law of nature, where everything is impermanently and selflessly changing restlessly. It is not wrong. But when we look deeper into ‘where does suffering come from’, we will find out that actually we are being conditioned by the ignorance in our own mind of how the mind ceaselessly reacts towards the mind perception of names and forms that gives rise to restlessness, disturbs and suffering.

If the mind can be free from being conditioned by the perception of duality deriving from ignorance in the mind, this being will be free from ignorance and egoism that generate likes and dislikes, or desire of craving and aversion that give rise to all kinds of suffering, of restlessness, disturbs, dissatisfaction, disappointment, anger, hatred, hurts, offensiveness, defensiveness, violence, fear and worry within the modification of the mind reacting towards the absence of desirable objects and the presence of undesirable objects, as well as losing the desirable objects. The mind is peaceful as it is being undetermined by all the pleasant and unpleasant or desirable and undesirable experiences. The world that seemed like imperfect will now seems perfectly as it is, being impermanent and selfless, even though many things are not necessarily being the way that the mind would like it to be. It's neither suffering nor not suffering.

It's the aversion towards the presence of selfless changes, decay, old age, illness and death, or the craving towards the absence of selfless changes, decay, old age, illness and death that give rise to suffering. For the mind that is free from ignorance and egoism, being free from the desire of craving and aversion, it is okay for everything to be what they are, and everything is impermanent.

Suffering exists when the mind is attaching towards the selfless mind perception of an impermanent worldly life existence and identifying with the body and the modification of the mind as an individual being, and the state of the mind is constantly changing from good to bad, from bad to good, and this phenomena of impermanence ceaselessly happening in the mind wittingly or unwittingly. The mind is restless. That restlessness is an inevitable suffering, if the mind is identifying with the restless states of mind. The mind is free from suffering, if it stands as a witness towards the restless states of mind without attachment or identification.

Via the practice of Yoga Asana, Pranayama, concentration and meditation combining with the practice of renunciation and dispassion, it can help the mind to develop awareness, eradicate impurities, quite the modification of the mind and reduce the thought activities, so that the mind can observe the modification of the mind, of thoughts, feelings and sensations more easily, and the mind can have certain control over the modification of the mind and influence the state of the mind, to render it from negative to positive, from positive to purity, and eventually, from purity to non-duality, non-separateness, attributelessness, namelessness and formlessness.

Such like headstand (Sirshasan) can help us to let go the fear in us and other negative thinking, and develop courage and go beyond what the mind thinks is possible and impossible.

The more positive thinking, action and speech we developed, the more positive thoughts there are. The more negative thinking, action and speech we developed, the more negative thoughts there are.

Imagine when a group of people are having negative thoughts at the same time together and how powerful that can be to create so much tension and fear in the atmosphere even though nobody is doing anything physically, but just by thinking of it mentally?

All the teachings from the saints and sages emphasized on the purification of the mind, which begins with developing positive thinking to counter negative thinking, stop doing bad and do more good, practice detachment and non-attachment, and be at the present moment, until the mind is free from being conditioned by the past memories and the future imaginations, and be free from being conditioned by duality, where everything is just what it is, neither positive nor negative.

It's pointless if we are trying to practice yoga to purify and quiet the mind, but at the same time we are full of passionate desires and worldly aspirations occupying and stimulating the mind ceaselessly. It's like a container that is not clean will pollute any clean thing that we put in it.

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