By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion
Reposted. If anyone is wondering where I’ve been the past couple weeks, I’ve been spending time with my family as my son’s summer break winds down. I will soon be back to writing and posting new articles. Much love! =)
No level of spiritual awareness is complete without an understanding of the state of no-mind, the denial of which has caused countless problems in the world.
In the past I referred to this as the “space between thought”, but no matter what it’s called, it can transform your life if you’re open to it.
It took me a long time to realize detachment is key to maintaining peace of mind, because I’ve always been mind-centered, unwilling to adapt to life and prone to resisting anything I don’t approve of.
It’s not easy to be adaptable if life seems like a constant struggle, but the big secret is that it’s all in the mind. Just as easily as we let something defeat us, we can see it from another perspective and let it teach us.
Learning Experiences in Disguise
People would be surprised to find that most of the “bad” things that happen to them are learning experiences in disguise and can strengthen their overall mental, emotional, and spiritual resilience.
For example: you might be convinced you need a stimulant like caffeine to get through the day and become tired or grumpy if you can’t have it. Despite that it can be a side effect of caffeine, that bad mood doesn’t come from your inability to have the stimulant, but from how you choose to respond.
Instead of being upset, you can try to find energy in other ways that don’t come with coffee’s side effects. This will ensure you’re okay on the days you can’t have that caffeine fix, and it’ll feel good not to rely on something you once thought you needed.
A State of Bliss
I’m convinced that keeping a calm, open mind and being willing to participate in your own evolution is the key to shifting into a state beyond the mind’s constant agitation. Your intellectual capabilities will still exist in a state of no-mind, but you’ll be free from the confines of the mind where resistance is born.
You’ll no longer judge what happens to you or what you see in the world as “good” or “bad”. Instead, you’ll send love and compassion to everyone involved because you’ll have more than enough of those energies to give.
You can live in a state of near-constant bliss by making a daily habit out of calming the mind, letting stress fade, and getting away from your thoughts for a while.
It’s hard to describe what it’s like to feel connected with a higher consciousness through this method, but the mind is always calm and willing to spend ample amounts of time enjoying it. I’ve only briefly experienced it through writing, music, and meditation, but I consider it responsible for most of my inspiration.
Relax the Mind; Everything Will Fall into Place
Spiritual teachers throughout history were correct to advise their students to empty the mind of all thought and judgment. You could try and ultimately fail to be heart-centered through mental effort, but as soon as you relax the mind, everything will fall into place.
The most inspired writings on love will fail to achieve their intention if not written from this empty-minded space where, again, you can utilize the mind’s full capabilities without letting it run your life.
Anything is possible in this space, because your patience evolves into a sense of presence with no expectation and resulting anger, disappointment, or bitterness. When I write in this space, I can take as much time as I need to produce a decent flow of words. I can erase entire paragraphs if necessary and start anew.
It would be difficult if my intent was to complete the writing quickly instead of slowing down to produce something more meaningful, but in this space, I can accept it because I know the result will be better and make the work more worthwhile than if I took the easy path.
In a state of no-mind, the harder path doesn’t seem so bad because you have infinite patience. Since you accept adversity as a part of life, you learn to roll with the punches.
Give Yourself Permission
If you’re being rained on and see no end in sight, open your mind and find shelter in the deepest depths of your being. Give yourself permission to be calm and let all that stress fade, because nobody should carry such a heavy weight.
Spend as much time as you need soaking up the positive energy and intuitive guidance you’ll find in this invaluable space. Explore and cherish it, because it’s a gift from the creator that reminds you who you are at heart.
I find it strange yet understandable that people are unaware of the state of no-mind and the higher consciousness it provides. It’s strange because this state is our true nature, yet understandable because most of us are unable to calm the mind long enough to experience it.
If enough of us embrace it and share the truth about it, we might one day make people aware of their innate ability to relax and be at peace no matter what the world throws at them.