What if you have a brain problem? I take antidepressants, and I need them in order for my brain to function properly. How do you rectify that with ‘innate wellbeing’, doesn’t your physiology have some degree of control over your mind?Anonymous
Thanks for bringing that up, this is a really great topic and a jumping point for going deeper.
When I’m speaking about thought and the mind, I’m talking about a bigger part of yourself that’s altogether before your experience of the body and this world. Let me elaborate.
Have you ever tried to wrap your head around consciousness?
If you can contemplate for a moment how consciousness works, how that’s a total mystery in the scientific community – like what part of the brain holds our consciousness? It’s a total head-scratcher.
Consider for a moment that maybe, just maybe, it’s completely inside out and reversed, and that’s why the mystery can’t be solved – because we’re sitting on the assumption that consciousness *is* actually in the brain.
What if that the experience of life, all of it, is contained within consciousness, and so you can’t find the point in a brain where consciousness resides because consciousness isn’t in the brain! The world, the experience of life, is inside of IT.
What if the mind is so powerful, and so all-encompassing, that literally, everything being experienced is happening inside it. That all of life, all of what seems to be *outside you* is happening *inside* the mind. And that the idea that there’s stuff outside the mind is just an idea in the mind that we just believe, just like we believe in our culture’s Gods.
This formless energy of thought rather than being something that runs on the rail-tracks of the neurochemistry of the body we identify with, is absolute infinite potential before the creation of form.
Meaning, you could be experiencing the life of anyone or anything conceivable – literally. Out of that infinite potential, there is a dream of thought happening which not only is making the experience of your particular person, your brain, but making the experience of your entire world and the cosmos. That dream is the dream of thought. And it’s coming from within you.
Now how backward is that “the cosmos is within you”, that’s pretty different from how we’re taught to think isn’t it?
Nothing can take your own free will away from you. But you can make it seem like things can if you invest your belief in them.
Your mind is absolutely and completely free – forever. In this eternal present moment, you have absolute freedom. You are not bound to any idea. Nothing is forced upon you.
But there’s a trick that happens when our dream feels so real to us, we forget we’re dreaming. You can call that the fall from grace. We then believe ourselves to be a victim of the world, a victim of our brain structure, victims to everything. Our mind, rather than being all-encompassing, free, and expansive, feels like a tiny point trapped in space and time which is a slave to the whims of physiology and all the world.
But even if the mind is under the *impression* that it is bound – it isn’t. And that’s what waking up is all about. It’s about bringing doubt around the idea that our mind is trapped in a body, a victim. There’s often a lot of resistance to this to start. It almost feels like an attack, but when you start to see it, it’ll be like uncovering an optical illusion, you won’t be able to unsee it!
This why the Three Principles, and why it’s not really something you can put in a textbook. Thought doesn’t come from the brain. The mind isn’t inside the world. It’s spiritual in essence, it’s before the form.