Sunday, March 1, 2015

mind is not really a ruler...

"One is not really ruled by the mind at all. What the mind reveals is an endless stream of options, all disguised as memories, fantasies, fears, concepts, etc. To get free of domination by the mind, it is only necessary to realize that its parade of subjects is merely an arbitrary cafeteria of selections wending their way across the screen of the mind.

One is not 'forced' to feel resentment by a negative memory, nor does one have to buy into a fearful thought about the future. These are only options. The mind is like a television set running its various channels for selection, and one does not have to follow any particular temptation of thought. One can fall into the temptation of feeling sorry for oneself, or angry, or worried. The secret attraction of all these options is that they offer an inner payoff or a secret satisfaction which is the source of the attraction of the mind's thoughts.

If these payoffs are refused, it will be discovered that, at all times, behind the thought screen, there is a silent, invisible, thought-free space of joy. This is an option that is always available, but to be experienced, it has to be chosen above all other tempting options."
~Dr. David R. Hawkins 
excerpt from
The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing is Hidden” (2002), 
Chapter 4: The Basics–Rediscovery of The Pristine State


"Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary
to which you can retreat at any time and be yourSelf ."
~Hermann Hesse


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