During unhappy periods of your life, you can become obsessed with the past and what the future holds. Little or no attention is given to the present moment. The past is constantly in your thoughts because it holds memories of emotions yet to be released. The present is experienced as a stepping stone to some future time when you achieve happiness. Most of your mental energy is focused on the past and projection to the future. This energy is used to fuel an illusory time frame when hopes and wishes are fulfilled. This mode of thought avoids the present moment. It is only by being fully aware of this moment that you can access truth and receive clarity on your current situation. Through presence of mind you allow feelings to be expressed.
Feelings are energy in motion in the body. Emotional pain is energy seeking release. The default setting for the unconscious mind uses emotional pain to fuel repetitive thought patterns of victim hood and blame. If you quieten the mind for a few moments, through stillness; you can sense turbulent energy in the body. Scan your body from head to toe, see where feeling or sensation arises in your body. As you simply observe energy, without attaching a label to it, the sensation dissolves on its own. Mental activity only serves to define the feeling as hurt, anger, guilt or shame. It is thoughts about the feeling that cause emotional suffering. When you resist a feeling and accompanying thoughts, mental agitation increases. Awareness connects you with the true source of energy. Through awareness, thoughts are observed without attachment. The source of love is within you, accessed through awareness. You can connect to awareness through breathing. Simply focus on the breath as it rises and falls in your chest. At first, thoughts may demand your attention but through perseverance the mind starts to quieten. Thoughts can be like a runaway train, depleting your energy. It takes clear intention and focus to enter a place of awareness. In the calm oasis of stillness, you encounter your true being. Awareness proceeds from true being; it cannot be achieved through a mind made self or ego.
Extract from @In Quest of Love’ by Collette O’Mahony.
Life is a continual experience. The spirit feels. The mind creates. Interference in the mind leads to confused state of Being. Everything is energy. The spirit is gaseous energy. The mind is liquid energy. The body is solid energy. The problem for us humans is the attachment to solid energy, disregarding the preceding states of energy. Humans are preoccupied with ice, foregoing the water of mind and the vapour of spirit. Emotions gauge temperature. Fiery emotion quickly melts the ice of solid appearance. Cool emotion such as detachment solidifies the mental waters returning it to ice. Our lives require balance between the two states, to flow freely through the mind as pure water from the fountainhead.
We inhabit a world where spirit moves into appearance and unity into a myriad of variation. It is the mind that facilitates this experience of phenomena. Every man is a radial of the sun, as it points outwards to the circumference of earth, so too does it point back to its origin at the centre of all life. Both light and shadow point to the sun. The mind points firmly to the origin. The mind is powered by the centrifugal force of intellect. The spirit is power, it is the force that creates. The essence of every living thing is power and intellect. Nature is power directed from the origin of life force. It is operated by universal intelligence.
Human beings have freewill. Our spirit & mind are part of the origin, yet we have the choice to think and act separately. It is only when we become victim of our freewill do we seek to be rescued from our damning thoughts. However, many of us wish to be rescued from the result of vice but not always from vice itself. This is the dilemma for mankind. Fear and desire are the effect of infractions on the spirit. Confusion and folly are caused by infraction on the mind. Confusion of mind and fear in spirit is indicative of the human belief in a separate self. It is through mental anxiety and spiritual pain that eventually turns us away from the linear fringes of past & future, and allows the outer mind of humans to follow the centripetal path back to its origin. The heart is the receptacle for the radiation of spirit. When the central life force receives a signal from the spirit then the mind becomes porous to truth. Extreme individualism gives way to unity in unique expression. The vagaries of separate self are transformed by clear mind into magnanimous action.
The outer seeking of separate self leads the spirit into a catacomb of illusion and death. This subterranean existence rests on the belief that there is no other reality other than appearance. The spirit sleeps because it is unrecognised as an equal part of man’s essential nature, and mind takes centre stage as the apparatus by which form is held solid. The true power of spirit is reduced exponentially to the self-aggrandisement of ego. The resulting imbalance leads to the breaking of universal laws.
However, the fruit eventually ripens on the tree of cause & effect. If the cause is human vice, the effect is human suffering. As shareholders of this vice we are liable to its expiation.