Who’s steering this ship? The ship of your mind? Are you? If you are, are you steering yourself through life mindfully?
I would argue that most of us are not in charge of our Minds. That we are at the whim of both our conscious and subconscious minds.
What do I mean by that?
A good example of the first is given by Tim Gallwey in his book “The Inner Game of Work.” In the book he quote a time he was in a meeting and he was distracted by the behaviour of one of the participant. He became critical of them and focused spent the first half of the meeting being upset with the person. During a break he talked to another participant and discovered some more information about the person distracting him. He also discovered that he had missed a lot of the great things being discussed in the meeting because he was so focused on the person. He decides to rejoin the second half of the meeting, both mentally and physically. This time he turns down His Self 1 and engages more of his Self 2…..
What is the above story telling us? That our Conscious Minds direct what we focus on. The third precept of Huna says that “Energy flows where attention goes.” So we see what we focus on.
Another good analogy is – There is a room with 5 people in it, how many rooms are there?
Most people answer that here is 1 – the room. The answer is that in fact there are six rooms…one each for the people in the room and the room as it exists by itself without judgement….(a metaphysicist would argue that the room can’t exist without someone to observe it – that’s an argument for another day.. 🙂 )
Each of the people in the room will see it through the lens of their own perceptions. From what they habitually look at and notice. The things that they judge to be important to them..
Another example to illustrate this is from Anthony Robbins in his Personal Power Series. One of the exercises he gets participants to do is look around them and notice everything brown. After a few seconds he gets them to stop look and then he asks them – how many green objects are there in the room? Then how many blue objects in the room, then yellow and so on. When you stop looking only for brown objects, you see many more objects that you ‘tuned out’.
We may be directing our Minds, but are we directing them to our benefit?
until next time