The mind vs. inner peace

Since before we developed writing, we have pursued ways to avoid the suffering of unpleasant feelings.

Each individual first notices that certain things distract from those feelings. So we become addicted to these distractions. Yet, eventually, we realize these addictions inevitably increase our unpleasant feelings. Our minds try to restrict our addictions and our suffering increases.

Then, we notice these unpleasant feelings are associated with certain thoughts. We notice ways to distract ourselves from these thoughts, and becomes addicted to them. We build our lives around these avoidance strategies and they become our master. Inevitably, these lifestyle strategies bring us more unpleasant feelings, or suffering, than we originally tried to avoid. Our minds try to restrict those parts of our lifestyle that cause our suffering, yet our suffering increases. We experience powerlessness.

Then, we try to find the source of the thoughts that cause unpleasant feelings, so as to stop them from arising. We seek in the spiritual teachings of other minds, the ways to remove these thoughts from our own minds. We become addicted to this search. We may, in this search, learn that giving up the control of our lives to an external master reduces our suffering, but doesn’t remove it completely. We may realize that we cannot control our mind, by the power of our mind. Regardless of the kind of spiritual practice we take on, we find some inner peace, yet suffering still persists.

We do all this, while knowing from childhood experience, that physically expressing our unpleasant feeling quickly ends the suffering of that moment. Yet, instead of allowing this natural process to occur, we live for our addictions and give up our self determination to external masters just to avoid that feeling of grief.

Then, only because everything our mind tried has failed, and we have totally run out of ideas, we finally allow the release of the emotion we were avoiding all our lives – only when all other strategies have failed and we have given up in desperation. We are instantly transformed and soon realize that our emotions, especially grief, alone have the power to rapidly repair our mind and its thinking – emotions are the immune system of our minds. As our minds are allowed to heal, we are gradually introduced to our inner master, and eventually, inevitably, no longer require any outer master of addiction, lifestyle or religion.

Then, we become our true selves.

The mind vs. inner peace

To think is to create, therefore our thinking is restricted

It is obvious to us that we cannot create anything without thinking it first. We easily recognize that thinking is required for our actions.

it is not so believable to us that absolutely everything in our lives is the consequence of our thinking. Yet we dont do anything to find out what the truth is. Spiritual teachers say that we are responsible for everything that happens to us, by our thinking – that is, by the thoughts we believe. Not everything we think about, happens. But we also dont believe all our thoughts. Those thoughts that we believe, the ones that we expect are true, are the ones that create our lives.

Most of these beliefs we pick up as young children, when we have not yet developed critical thinking. We just believe what the adults around us say. If those things are negative messages, then we believe negative things about ourselves, be it true or false. If they are positive, then have a positive self-image, be it true or false. Most of us live our lives by these beliefs, and unknowingly allow ourselves to be limited by these beliefs. We pass them on to our children, not realizing we are passing on our own limitations. Not realizing the cause of our own limitations before placing those limits on the next generation.

It is only when our lives become unbearable, that we seek other ways of thinking. Instead of exploring the idea that we are the ones responsible for our circumstances – even if it is manifested according the the rules of others – we seek outside of ourselves for the answers. Then we are at the mercy of anyone who wishes to manipulate us for their personal gain. This is exactly what will happen.

We will encounter the idea that we are manifesting from within, and we should look within for the cause and the solution. Yet we will avoid looking within, because we know it will be a greater discomfort – such discomfort we have locked away there. However, through seeking externally, we inevitably bring to ourselves greater suffering than we are avoiding. Finally, when all other options seem exhausted, we begin to look within, and begin to change our thinking, our beliefs, and our lives.

Yet we may still not realise that we are creating everything in our lives. Despite change coming from looking within, and stagnation coming from looking without, we determinedly avoid taking responsibility for our experience in life – because of firmly held childhood beleifs. The beliefs that arise from the exercise of authority by the adults around us. Our first understanding of the world is that we are not in control, we cannot do as we wish, that others make us live in a certain way. Our thinking is shaped by this experience of early childhood disempowerment, and all forms of human authority take advantage of this programming.

Our beliefs that we are not responsible, not influential, not allowed, stem from our early childhood experience. Very few people ever realise that it even happened, even fewer recover from it. The natural time for humans to recover from these limiting beliefs is in teenage years. If this opportunity is not taken, it is extremely unlikely that a person will ever get another chance. That is why high school is so important for producing subservient lifetime employees – that is its purpose. The time that is meant for breaking out of childhood mental shackles is spent being herded from CLASS-room to CLASS-room, being punished for resisting illegitimate authority, and being taught that the absence of freedom is the path to a good life.

Despite having our freedom of thought taken from us, we always have the opportunity to regain it. Yet it comes at the temporary expense of our personal comfort. It comes only through examining ourselves and confronting our own beliefs, exposing the discomfort within. For those who commit to this process, the benefits are true freedom and happiness. For those who cannot take this step in life, increasing bitterness and regret.

It is never too late to begin.

To think is to create, therefore our thinking is restricted