What lies beyond the mind?

Understanding our subjective being

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The mind is the gatekeeper to the inner subjective world.

Transacting with thoughts and experiences is the default experience for most of us. Like countries that are trading partners with one another importing and exporting goods and services, we trade our thoughts, ideas, and experiences with others. Yes and no are two words that are involved with every view, opinion, and experience. Through these two words, yes and no, the ego manages to trap our attention and awareness. These words also serve as the foundation of the mind.

Through the two words, yes and no, the ego manages to trap our attention and awareness. These words also serve as the foundation of the mind.

The word ‘no’ is powerful. The ego or the false self use it as a label, creating polarity in the mind. If we say no to something initially and want to change it to a yes, we need the permission of the ego. The ego is like a light bulb. A light bulb cannot spontaneously shine light unless there is a source of electricity. Electricity by itself cannot light up a house. It needs the medium of the light bulb. There is mutual dependence.

When our attention is in the transactional part of the mind, it’s like being in a dark room. The ego offers the ‘only light.’

However, there’s a part of our being that is in the realm of free awareness. It manifests as the ability to become witness to the mind. No matter how strong is the hold of the ego, we can step aside and witness the ego. This ability to observe is like sunlight that suddenly enters a dark room. We see the same mind in a new and different perspective.

The mind is a tiny space in comparison to the rest of existence. In this small space, everything appears magnified.

Both new experiences that come in through the senses and the old thoughts, ideas, and experiences that come back into conscious recall gravitate towards one of the other poles of the mind. Life through the lens of the mind becomes one of the opposites.

When we become aware of separateness from the mind and the world, we then see the beauty of the self-sustaining ecosystems of the mind and the world.

Through continued efforts in observing the mind as a subjective witness, we eventually create enough separation between the mind and subjective awareness. When we are immune to the ‘yes or no’ bait, which makes us reenter the mind, the ego cannot affect us.

Physician I Poet I Transformational Philosophy - Free awareness and its power to transform. www.intoawareness.org. Learn more- amazon.com/author/seshadri

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