A conscious decision to observe
The human mind is a fusion between ego identification and one’s true nature. An amalgam of random concepts and ideas, repetitive karmic thought patterns and emotions, all of which are consciously followed with limited beliefs “programmed” since birth.
Scientifically, the mind is a formless set of cognitive faculties including imagination, perception, thinking, judgment, language and memory. The ego is the mind’s identity, a false construction of self.
Much of what we don't understand about being human is simply in our heads. Moreover, even though it is said that the mind is created by the brain, the mind however, can operate with independence from the brain. In fact, when one is constantly engaging and believing in mind’s thought patterns, by definition where the attention goes energy goes, thus one will automatically manifest its own reality through and as that thought pattern.
In other words, one’s mind can be described as a simple "monkey" playing in a "world full of bananas”, interestingly with a mind of its own. It can’t be controlled, it can’t be manipulated, it can however be Observed. Cultivating awareness, one can “stand outside” one’s mind as if watching it. The “watching part” sometimes called “the Observing Self”, is somehow detached from emotions and sense perception and can “see” one’s thoughts and actions with some impartial objectivity.
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"We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become."
DAVID R. HAWKINS
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POWER OF BELIEF
Our thoughts, if we think them constantly, and assign truth to them, become beliefs, and our beliefs create our existence. Our belief system is a set of principles that allows us to interpret our reality, they are our brain’s way (our ego) of making “sense” of this wonderous thing we call life. If we take all the beliefs of what we are, beliefs about our personality, talents, and abilities, we have the structure of our ego. Beliefs are also mental representations of the way our mind expects things from our environment to behave, and how things should relate to each other.
A strong belief implies a deep emotional connection to it, therefore a direct manifestation into our reality, often unconscious. Normally, an idea or thought by itself doesn’t feel bad, it is when we have that thought as a negative belief that we suddenly cultivate strong emotions. In simpler words, if the belief is: “I am depressed and I will never be better”, identifying with it emotionally causes us to immediately experience suffering and also, to unconsciously reinforce it into existence and body.
A belief by itself is just a thought, a simple idea. We can pick up the idea or drop it in a moment without any problem. It's literally a matter of consciously choosing so by shifting the attention from that to the present moment.
THE EGO MIND
Ego is the mind’s identification with a constructed false self, a blend of beliefs and concepts designed to falsely enhance one’s idea of Self. If we take all the beliefs about one’s personality, talents, and abilities, one can clearly see the artificial structure of the ego.
In psychology and other theories, the ego plays a crucial role in the psyche. It forms one’s self-concept and is an essential part of human cognitive function. In fact, from a spiritual point of view, the ego can be an obstruction to enlightenment. The ego mind is amazingly arrogant and has more than just thoughts and beliefs; it has emotions, memories, imagination and a life of its own. It calibrates at a low energy level.
When looking deeply into what forms the ego, instead of condemning it, we can see, out of innocence, that is what we believed at the time and that just like all the rest, is also a part of the consciousness itself. Discovering your true Self, which thrives on awareness by observing one’s reality, implies discovering and seeing how the ego mind actually thrives on fear, desires and judgment.
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