Through the years I have had to learn how to shut off my mind. I didn’t realize, when I was younger, the effect of my childhood trauma had on my thinking or how it made me more and more susceptible to being influenced by the energy of other people. As we progress on our healing journeys toward a more enlightened way of being, we begin to realize how powerful the mind is in creating our external circumstances. Our society’s biggest problem is that we are exponentially more educated, either formally or through life experience, than ever before but we struggle to bring our visions into the real world — often blaming the lack of money or resources for why things can’t get done. The truth is, that if we all learned how to care for our mind through the wisdom of the soul, we could all work together to manifest a really beautiful world.
Unfortunately, we have fallen into a horrible habit of consuming too much social media, television, and 24/7 news. Few of us rarely, if ever, get a break from these outside influences. On top of this, we are not taught about the power of the energy of the mind. Not only are we incubating ourselves in a toxic environment, we allow this energy to linger thereby creating toxic environments for ourselves and our loved ones. While I may be a trained psychologist and psychotherapist, I have found psychotherapy for highly intelligent persons to, perhaps, reinforce an imbalance that needs to be corrected through other healing modalities. Simply talking about our negative thoughts and feelings is not always enough to make change in the real world.
We are reaching a point during this great transition in humanity where the search for knowledge needs to return to an actual search for knowledge. We have become complacent receptors of information and rarely take the time to learn of problem solve on our own — thereby ending up in therapy and simply rattling off a list of what happened rather than diving deeper into the underlying meanings of what transpired during the week. Then we get frustrated because we originally contacted a mental health professional with the notion that they can fix us like a medical doctor can fix our broken bones. The truth is, healing our mind is work that you do. A mental health provider is a teacher or a guide but your intuition knows what it is you need to do to heal and get back on your correct life path.
In recent years, I have had the experience of working with young professionals who come in for a session or two and ask how long it is going to take to get rid of their anxiety or depression. There is no answer for that — it is different for everyone. That anxiety and depression is not outside of you — it is part of your unconscious processes that are alerting you that you are out of alignment on your spiritual journey. The problem is usually that most people do not take spiritual life seriously and become imbalanced in the favor of intelligence and science to such an extent that there is no room for an emotional life. Compound this with a cultural history of suppression of the emotions in the United States and you can begin to see why we are struggling so much to find peace.
A quiet mind is cultivated by turning inward on your personal journey and usually requires a re-connection to the body.
While I was contemplating this blog post today, an interesting blog post popped up in my google search based on the work of Alice Bailey who wrote, The Destiny of Nations. It related the spiritual concept of the rays referring to beings of heaven that have differing meanings depending on the religion or new age philosophy being used. In this blog post, the writer uses the rays to define the main energy and purpose of each country. Two countries caught my eye — France and the United States. According to article, France combines the third and fifth rays — intellect and knowledge — in order to release the light into the world. The United States combines the sixth ray with the second way — idealism and love — in order to light the way. When one thinks about our world history of European countries taking the lead in art and culture and the US being developed much later in time, one can see that a country like France did indeed release the light and the US, since its birth, has led the way in how we use that light.
We are being called today to remember the importance of how we use our own individual light on a daily basis. The light needs to be nourished and fed. Knowledge is fed by truth but truth must be something that you come to know intimately for yourself — not because you read something on Twitter that seems like the truth to you. As we enter a time of change and a new focus on the development of science, we must be careful not to focus so much on intelligence that we forget their is wisdom and knowledge in our emotions as well. Balance is always needed and finding our own unique inner balance between the mind and the heart is where our personal truth authentically lives. If we do not commit to this personal learning, we are much more likely to end up like the cranky pants than the person standing in the light of the sun.
So if you haven’t taken time to rest your mind — do so today. It is only when our thoughts settle that we are able to dig deeper and find the truth underneath the distractions and we can commit to our life path without qualms and distractions.
THE LORD BUDDHA HAS SAID that we must not believe in a thing said merely because it is said; nor traditions because they have been handed down from antiquity; nor rumors, as such; nor writings by sages, because sages wrote them: nor fancies that we may suspect to have been inspired in us by a Deva (that is, in presumed spiritual inspiration); nor from inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption we may have made; nor because of what seems an analogical necessity; nor on the mere authority of our teachers or masters. But we are to believe when the writing, doctrine, or saying is corroborated by our own reason and consciousness. “For this,” says he in concluding, “I taught you not to believe merely because you have heard, but when you believed of your consciousness, then to act accordingly and abundantly.”― Alice A. Bailey
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