Within the walls of the head, every one of us can witness an unstoppable and unspeakable vortex of opinions, facts, voices, lights, considerations, symbols, contents, sounds and random ideas which seize us, consciously or not.
It is perhaps the most spectacular show ever seen, what we can grasp in the most complex and fabulous database ever seen on the surface of this planet Earth- our brain. Specifically, in this post, our mind.
Indeed, our mind is really a marvelous, terrible and unthinkable instrument, a database program of which few, throughout the history of mankind, have really not understood anything about its functioning. This database can produce order such as it can produce chaos. Indeed, this is the main problem, concerning this marvelous system: it seems that we are unable to manage it.
Such as what happens when our PC is not ordered in a determined and functional way, even our mind isn’t able to function efficiently. But, again, such as for a PC, we need some education about how to organize, create and preserve this order. As explained and verified (hoping that someone has tried to verify and put these theories into practice) an education about our intellectual tool, and also about all functions related to our brain, is what we lack. This is because no one has ever taught us how to manage our mind, and this isn’t our fault, at least until we become aware of this deficiency.
From the moment one begins to put deeper attention to what happens within the walls of his head, he remains afraid, horrified and amazed by the unstoppable flow of unwanted thoughts, each of which stimulates other thoughts, memories, emotions; it’s really surprising, and the most surprising thing is that all this random material can’t be used in the way we would like to use it. This becomes more interesting if we consider the possibility to make space, to empty this congestion, occupied by random thoughts. In such a case, with what “something else” could we occupy this space?
Humans suffer a mental overcrowding, and it’s a result of the fact that our society pays no attention to an education on how to deal with our thoughts. If a human would be able to administer his mind, many of the current personal and social problems would be part of the past.
Yes, in the West, many eminent characters invent new forms of self-analysis and revolutionary psychotherapies; but why do mental illnesses such as neuroses, anxieties and depression increase, and as a consequence, also the increase of the use of antidepressants and related medicines?
Our mind, in the ordinary state, separates us from a relative truth – producing “lies”. Our thoughts are not the result of a more or less conscious development, but of the chaotic way in which we acquire thousands and thousands of conscious and unconscious perceptions.
But, if we could make a “space” in that congested mind, if we could shut the mechanical flow that is our normal daily mental state, what would occupy the remaining space? The answer is so simple that it seems stupid: not from a mystic silence, perceptions of “higher visions and worlds” (indeed we have yet millions of “visions- hallucinations” even in the actual state), but from life itself. Yes, from REAL life, from the marvelous, unique and irreplaceable series of events which reveal the secrets of our world and the universe in which we live and of which we are a part.
All the confused muddle we perceive in every moment as the content of our mind denies us to see a tree, a house, the beauty in things and objects which we ordinarily don’t relate with this quality, even the PC on which I am writing and you are reading this post. And not only the beautiful things of life: even the tragedies and the falsity of those who shares lies. In a few words: all life itself, without specific angels or demons. Reality as it is.
At least, this is the experience of the one who writes these words.
It’s true, as many claim, that if we succeed in stopping the incessant flow of thoughts, what remains is a vast and infinite silence… but the explanations mustn’t stop here, because in this way we are unable to perceive the meaning of such a miracle – this silence, and all would assume a faded image concerning this argument that still exists and is shared by the standardized New Age.
Because THAT silence, is the miracle of achieving new senses of perception, a new awakened intelligence, an awareness that permits us to discern for the first time in our lives, the “true” from the “false”, the “real” from the “apparent”.
A mind without such silence is a constant producer of a virtual reality in which our desires, dreams, frustrations and fears become more real than real life. We live in the illusions of our mind and die to the reality of the effective life.
This is what wise teachers called Illusion, what Buddha called Suffering and Gurdjieff “the terror of the situation”. The norm is chaos, and the absence of this norm is an order in which truth emerges from illusion. And it’s possible to escape from this chaos. It’s possible to observe, to learn and understand our mind, its functions, its strong and weak points. Indeed, it’s a matter of study of many disciplines, of humans, books and even of this blog page.
And, there are several tools to be able to succeed in this field: meditation, various forms of attention and observation, the science of breath, sound and colors….
As everything in this world, even mechanical thoughts use energy; and according to this “assumption”, some disciplines have tried to perform an intense physical activity in order to allow the body to use more energy, so that mind and emotions, deprived of the necessary “fuel”, becomes calmer. But it’s a practice with results of brief, very brief duration.
It’s very difficult to explain in the limited space in this post, what to do. Every one of us is a unique being with his own needs, strong and weak points, and necessities. Even the psychophysical structure varies from being to being. But, even if it’s difficult to learn something in this field without a specific teaching, some brief general advice can be given.
The most simple way is to acquire the control of speech, physical movements and postures. This means to eliminate the unnecessary prattling and become aware of the effects of what we say when we speak. The more we put order in our way of speaking, the more we’ll become able to think in an ordinate way. Concerning the body, there are many posts of a practical nature on this blog, but the general advice is to become more aware of the body postures and attitudes: how we walk, how we sit, how we eat, etc…
All these small and “obvious” actions produce more silence and harmony in our noisy lives.