“If a thing is true, there is a definite way in which it is true.”
Judge Thomas Troward
It has been taught in many spiritual circles not to take the physical world as meaningful or in some cases to deny it. This, in my view, is a major mistake; I believe that all physical existence is a very firm and corresponding manifestation of the thought which gave it birth; in fact one complements the other. Anyone who has studied mindfulness and the different layers of the practice, to which we can flow into within the mind, will soon begin to ask the same question so many others have asked, “From where do thoughts originate and how do we get rid of them?”; the simple truth is you can’t get rid of them, you work with them and their origin is from within the mind.
Thoughts can be as ‘solid’ as the material and physical world they have the opportunity to create and to deny them is just as harmful as denying the physical world. Denying the physical world is tantamount to creating a fantasy, in which nothing is real, and the same applies to the thoughts you are experiencing; they are real and attempting to teach you something about yourself that is extremely real. Fighting or denying them can only cause internal conflict and very painful mental harm.
Every human being is seeking to experience liberty and joy in life; within that liberty to joyously express their selves in their own authentic, loving, exciting and meaningful way. So many of us have never been shown or taught that we possess, buried deep inside, an intelligence just waiting to express itself through the body it inhabits. The thoughts we experience are the vital link to discovering the barriers or structures not allowing us the connection with Unconditioned Mind; the issue is not what you are thinking, but most definitely how you are processing them and/or coming up with the thoughts you are entertaining in the first place. Entering in communion with your Unconditioned Mind allows you automatically see a different picture than you normally would when you are thinking from your conditioning; it will automatically raise your intelligence to enable you to think yourself through the issues you are experiencing in the present moment. It becomes real and not a fantasy; something you actually possess in the real world.
Mindfulness practices are an excellent portal to access your Unconditioned Mind; there are four definite levels through which you can sink further and further into your ‘self’ or the mind to experience the Higher Intelligence you are worthy of being. It’s not hard to do; in fact it will be the easiest work you have ever done with the greatest benefit physically, mentally and spiritually.
One more thing: always – and I mean always – in seeking someone to assist you through the processes of mindfulness make sure you find someone who actually practices it themselves. I have had a number of people come to see me for assistance that have been badly damaged and hurt internally by those out there who have read a book or two or complicate the processes. It isn’t complicated, it isn’t overly spiritual, it doesn’t feel unnatural or in the realms of fantasy – it is easy to accomplish, uncomplicated and based upon your present experiences in the present moment. Raise your mind to that which you desire the most – the discovery of you – enjoy the uncomplicated expression of the intelligence you know you are; life will carry on but you will be the one in control of it…not the circumstances that seem to attack you.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Mindfulness to Enlightenment 101 in which we will journey through the 4 stages of Mindfulness, one by one, to experience the Unconditioned Mind.