I don’t know if you will be able to accept this important wisdom I’m about to share with you. It concerns our thoughts and how are we controlled by it. More than anything else we pride our false sense of awareness while we wade through life fraught with questions, complaints, confusion and misery.
What are you thinking right now? Where did it come from? Did you permit yourself to engage on such activity of your mind? Don’t you ever wonder why you are responding just the way you are now? Do you really believe that you are somebody, and not just like everybody?
Impossible as you may want declare but the truth is you are not somebody; as with everyone else you are a dummy of your mind, you live according to the wires of emotions and responses that control your animation in this existence. You don’t question your thoughts, you are made to comply. You are led to believe that it holds all the necessary knowing to guide your judgments. Assuming a life of a slave, you prod your way in life with a heavy cross of abeyance on your shoulder, and the sad part is you’re not aware of this burden.
As you are reading this, some of you might be brewing contradictions on your thoughts. But let me ask you: Are you aware if your thoughts had made a deep analysis in measuring the validity of my argument? Or did it make a snap arbitrary judgment? If you contemplate on this you’ll notice two voices in your thoughts—one the impartial and the other the prejudicial. Of course, the mind immediately overrides the impartial by presenting the “appropriate” picture, to which you unquestionably oblige. If I proclaim to saw a flying man, you’ll immediately dismiss me as a crackpot because your mind tells you it’s impossible for man to fly. You never gave second thought; you accept it as a fact. This is the very reason few are successful in this world, most people believe on the delimiting walls set forth by their minds; few are wise enough to understand the trickery and betrayal of our thoughts.
Such is how we are controlled by our minds.
Our mind enslaves us by way of our emotions. In this respect, psychology gained understanding in predicting our behavior, because we all respond to the same stimulus. Imagine how predictable we are! Emotions have been the formidable law enforcers of the mind, securing a stronghold on our being. When a surge of emotion has come upon us, we loose our self. We act without knowing and make no deliberations; this cycle goes on and on in our lifetime. No wonder people—from the subtleties of gossip to the noise of war—are destroying one another. We have become spawns, and the real person within us had long been stripped of existence. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth; such is the philosophy we are made to follow.
Oh, there’s that contradiction again on your mind. Did you catch it? One important thing I’ve learned in life is to empty my cup; this means letting go of our mind and peruse what is presently before us.
From the moment we were born, we were programmed to be subservient to our venerated minds. Although it has once secured our existence, it has somehow extended itself and conquered our overall being, making us subordinate for life. It had made us approach life instinctively and we’re coaxed to practice a secular way of thinking that calcifies into beliefs as time passes. And as a result, certain experiences in life have molded us into someone we are not.
People do not believe in balance, only competition. There is no equality, only distinction. We differentiate rather than to integrate. Dominance is the law of survival; if one is weak it will definitely be stepped at. We pride our superiority and look down on the “lower classes.” Our minds are full of proud and deprecating measurements that make us miserable, no matter how high our achievements.
Alive as we may believe to be, we are more of a living dead. We are made to confine to the past and to the future. Our mind has the habit of conjuring a future peppered with events that threatens our complacency, as a result we naturally get anxious about the future—which in reality is just an imagination of the mind! On the other hand, our mind also swings back to the past wherein it does not want to let go. Putting it more eloquently in the words of the great philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal :
“Let each one examine his thoughts,, and he will find them all occupied with the past and the future. We scarcely ever think of the present, and if we think of it, it is only to take light from it to arrange the future…So we never live, but we hope to live; and, as we are always preparing to be happy, it is inevitable we should never be so.”
We pride our intellect yet we cannot fathom our own ignorance. The past we keep as our counsel and the future we held as our guidance. With these imposed perception we fail to see the truth which is right before us; we look at the present with the eyes of the past and the future. We have completely shunned the reality of the present moment wherein we truly exist. This is the most harmful spell cast upon us by our mind.
Our mind capitalizes on recognition, authority, power and invulnerability. These are the working foundation on which our mind operates. Deprivation of any one of these defining elements will lead one to depression, hopelessness, sadness and death.
There is only one savior that will cast you out of this deadening spell. But it needs your help by way of giving it the power to dominate: you must summon the YOU within you! Your current perception of “you” is the product of your mind. The other you is your true pristine self, the passive observer of all things.
The bible speaks of wisdom in cryptic allegories, great poets speak of truth in strange semantics, yet we find it difficult to comprehend because we try to interpret it with our narrow minds.
I’m fully aware that many will not be able to grasp this seemingly philosophical rhetoric, still I believe that we will all come to a certain point in our life when we will seek an answer to a question that will mysteriously nudge our awareness. Until then, you may go on living your life in blindness.
True wisdom cannot be found within the confines of the mind. Step above it and you will see its real source.
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.”
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
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