What does your mind contain?
To understand the nuts and bolts of how the mind works, you need to understand the nature and types of thoughts, which are the only contents of the mind. Here is the essence of what I have learned from my Master Minds.
The events and activities in your life, as well as your hopes, your dreams, and your concerns, are closely and continuously associated with your thoughts. In fact, hopes, dreams and concerns, are nothing but pure thoughts. Events and activities, although involving action, also generate thoughts related to the action.
All your thoughts can be categorized as relating to three “zones” of your life – Past, Present, and Future. These zones actually exist in your mind, because without mind, there is no past, present, or future!
Achieving that mindless state is the ultimate goal of our learning, and this website will take you all the way through that path, if you so desire.
But as a first step, even to live a happy, mindful, and contended life, you need to understand mind with all its complexities.
Past, Present, and Future
The contents of your mind at any time, are thoughts about your Past, Present, or Future. If you remove the thoughts about your Past and Future from your mind, what you are left with is the Present.
The Present requires some intensive study, because it is different, and far more complex, than the Past or the Future. We will deal with the Present in more detail in another section.
Mind control methods you apply to your thoughts about Past and Future are also quite different from those you apply to thoughts about the Present. So it is important to learn how the mind works with each type of thought, and to identify the type of your thoughts, at any time.
We will first try to understand the nature of the Past and the Future, and see how
your Past and Future interfere with your day to day living.
The nature of Past and Future
If you are thinking back of all that happened in your past, you will mostly see two kinds of events. Some you call happy past, those events that evoked emotions of excitement, pleasure, relief, or contentment. And some that you call unhappy past, are those events that generated sorrow, anger, fear or hatred.
Similarly, when you are thinking ahead of the course your life may take in the future, you are visualizing possible events, in the future, that could generate the same set of feelings as when you are thinking of your past. You may call it a happy future, or an unhappy future.
The difference between Past and Future is, the events in the past have already happened, and cannot be changed. But with the future events as you visualize them, it may be possible to alter the course of many of those events to your advantage.
Any time you are engaged in a thought, it is generating some emotion (all emotions, or feelings, are the results of thoughts). When you are thinking of your “happy past”, or your “happy future”, the resulting emotions are the happy kind, like pleasure, contentment, or even excitement if you are thinking of a happy future event.
These happy thoughts are not really the problem, although too much indulgence in them is a waste of time - time spent is life spent!
It is the unhappy thoughts that cause the problem
Thoughts of your unhappy past, which are your memories, generally evoke feelings of extreme anger or hatred, mostly towards someone. Unless it was caused by your own indiscretion or stupidity, in which case your feeling is of guilt, or loss of self esteem.
Thoughts about an unhappy future, which involves visualization, or imagination, evoke feelings of anxiety or fear, sometimes combined with hatred towards someone who may be the perceived cause of the imaginary future event.
Or it can be a feeling of guilt if YOU did something wrong that cannot be undone, and which is causing the unfolding of the imaginary unhappy consequences in your mind.
Once you are trapped in these unhappy thoughts, the unpleasant emotions keep intensifying. You may spend hours lost in these thoughts, leading to a sense of dejection, and even extreme depression.
Now that you know how the mind works with thoughts, you need to learn the methods to stop this spiral of unpleasant thoughts, and save yourself from heading to the depths of sadness and depression.
You already know how to watch your thoughts, become aware, and stop thinking. In fact, you must have achieved some degree of success with this technique by this time! Now Click here to learn some more mind control techniques.
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