Having better control over one’s thinking mind. The whole metabolic process of your body supports your mind and perception and your sense of existence. Then you need to understand that your mind is ethereal in nature. When you are alive…
What is the hierarchy of thinking:
“Courage to create”
ideas generated in the mind
I act, therefore I am.
You see why Descartes was trying to be cool, as thinking is the prerequisite to the act of doing. Internal thinking finally materialises as doing and the manifestation of the idea in the mind. Internal thinking and external manifestation.
Thinking is like you wearing an ephemeral invisible top hat that is not of the body and yet acting out thinking in doing is totally factual, observable.
Frequently we observe as if from a vantage of “another place another time” from the book:
“God. Not omniscience but an impersonal all-seeingness.”, from the book.
Here thinking and doing/acting coming together. “I think therefore I am”, and “I act therefore I am”. No acting with no thinking.
Also, remember this, it is the mind that is showing you that you exist because of the thinking process. If there is no thinking then there is no doing, or any acting out the instructions of the mind, as they will be no instructions forthcoming.
I kick football therefore I am – not cool
We have 2 main types of thinking:
“the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.”
No conscious reasoning – so kick verbal thinking into the long grass.
What you are left with are the silent mind and pictorial thinking. Intuition is part of this mind space. It is part of the silent mind. So you have the problem of distinguishing between pictorial thinking and Intuition.
Could we look at some brain frequencies of the silent mind:
So you know the mind needs to be silent for the intuitive process to be observed. Perhaps 8 Hz brain frequency and less.
So what is intuition – you know it is not verbal thinking, a noisy and chaotic frontline thinking mind where one has to verbalise what one wants to think for one to have to think at all. A very busy occupied mind with lots of psychological thinking in it. Ideas are spun up in the mind. Mental constructs creating opinions and biases and the personality.
Pictorial thinking is image-making in the mind. You observe and the mind sees images and you know what you are seeing. Your memory can trigger images or thoughts in your silent mind and they show up as a string of images in the mind. When your mind is silent your subconscious mind can rise, hidden away when the mind is busy and rises to the surface when the mind is silent. You know this is not intuition.
Intuition is different – it has no images but rather it is like a “sense of knowing” in you. It is more of a feeling that something is right or wrong. But more important intuition is part of an integration process in the mind. It puts information together in the mind and then you get this “sense of knowing” of what the solution is to a problem. It is a feeling of something being correct. It is almost a kind of the third eye, “sense of knowing”. A telepathic knowing can feel like intuition. They all come under the same process but intuition is more specific and a local problem solving, “sense of knowing” rather than a third eye, sense of knowing” of what the future might turn out to be. One has information and data to process and give you an intuitive solution and yet the third eye intuitive process is projecting into the future and “seeing” the unseen and the unknown ahead of you into the future, of something about to happen because it has already been created ahead of you and you/we are all about to walk into the future, kind of intuitive feeling in the body-mind.
There is a difference between processing information in the frontline verbal thinking mind and integrating information in the silent mind. When you integrate information in the frontline verbal thinking mind, you include all your biases and opinions into the solution, but with intuition, the solution is integrated without these frontline biases. Also notice both processes are very important to have in us, as an idea can only be spun together in the verbal thinking mind and you find a solution from working a problem out in the frontline thinking mind and then you get a 2nd opinion/solution in the silent mind with using the intuitive process which integrates all the information without the biases and the opinions in mind. Intuition or the silent mind is only an observational mind – it is not a spinner of ideas. It cannot spin an observation into an idea. It is only quietly silent and self-aware of things and intuition is also so, it just brings in all the information from the frontline thinking mind, and then gives you a 2nd possible opinion/solution.
If you see your mind spaces separately, knowing they all work together when needed, and yet can be separated and experienced separately. Meditation will separate the mind spaces for you. It can even take you to the ends of your mind where it disappears altogether and returns with no memory of where it has been. You can even stop thinking completely and remain silent in mind and just sense that space in mind with just consciousness and self-awareness with nothing else in mind. No image-making, no frontline verbal thinking with just “choiceless observation” in mind – Sunyata.
- 1.the doctrine that phenomena are devoid of an immutable or determinate intrinsic nature. It is often regarded as a means of gaining an intuition of ultimate reality.
What you want?
“Freedom in the mind is that space where all thinking in the mind stops. This book is about how to get there in mind. To experience your mind spaces, have a baseline sense of the mind, and have better control over the mind. To develop a full-spectrum thinking mind. In seeing these aspects of the mind and sense its impermanent and transient nature, life is transformed. Life is a “dream of existence” and reality is not what it seems. When you see it, then you have it.”
Freedom in the mind is that space where all thinking in the mind stops. This book is about how to get there in mind. To experience your mind spaces, have a baseline sense of the mind, and have better control over the mind. To develop a full-spectrum thinking mind. In seeing these aspects of the mind and sense its impermanence and transient nature and that life is a “dream of existence” and reality is not what it seems. When you see it, then you have it.
The Road Map of the Thinking Mind:
From Jiddu Krishnamurti to the “Resonance Science Foundation”.
The “Resonance Science Foundation” is presently working on a unified theory of how we are connected to the Universe. They are actually working it almost from first principles while still coming off the work of those who came before them.
Remember that they are writing the equations and are coming close, if not there already, to putting it all together.
Me, I have followed the work of Jiddu Krishnamurti for many years and tried my best to understand what he was trying to say about the mind. I think where Krishnamurti stopped with being connected to the “intelligence” of the universe, the “Resonance Science Foundation” has worked out the process of creation and how the infrastructure of the Universe has come about and what our place is in it.
This how is how they describe how we are connected to the Universe: Could you start the video at 39:17, from where an attempt is made to describe how we are connected to the Universe.
To me, their work is an extension of Krishnamurti’s work:
I think the mind has a baseline process:
The road map of the thinking mind:
When all thinking in our mind has stopped then we are the universe itself.
The validity of the Road Map of the thinking mind?
How do I prove to you that what I am about to say is true or not?
You can try it out and see experientially if it is true or not but that is going to take time.
So to convince you by the time you read this article I am going to take 7 Truths by the thinker Jiddu Krishnamurti and then drop it into an introductory theory of the mind and see how chit chat philosophy or spirituality is really all about the mind and its mind spaces and if they are undiscovered to you or still to be experienced by you.
So this is a full-spectrum illustration of the thinking mind:
Road map of the thinking mind:
You have 3 mind spaces to explore:
The verbal thinking mind
The silent mind
The mind space where all thinking in the mind has stopped (Buddhism: sunyata)
So what are the 7 Truths from Jiddu Krishnamurti:
1. “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
Society is created by the verbal thinking mind. It is subjective in its process of thinking and also opinions and conditioning in the mind are all illusionary mental constructs and are not facts. We treat them as facts and use them to create society. So the structure of society we live in a reflection of our own minds.
2. “The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end – you don’t come to achievement; you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.”
The baseline thinking process is this:
The verbal thinking mind
The silent mind
The mind space where all thinking in the mind has stopped.
We spend most of our time in the personality-driven frontline thinking mind. To experience all of one’s mind spaces is to achieve one full potential in the mind and to become a full-spectrum thinker. The more you know how the mind works then the better you can use it and hence create more clarity in the mind. Use the mind to your advantage and organise one’s thinking to the discovered mind spaces:
Always return to the centre after an action in mind. The centre is the mind at rest, in observation and no action in mind. Do not interact with pictorial thinking images, observe and let go. Verbal thinking has stopped. Mainly in the silent mind and pictorial thinking is under control. The ultimate no-mind state is just being in the presence of pure consciousness.
3. “The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.”
In the silent mind, “Choiceless Observation”. Observe the mind and thoughts and do not interact or let verbal thinking take up a thought and spin it as in psychological thinking.
4. “Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.”
To be free from the known in you. If you depend on the past in you or memory then forever you will be just working off an old pattern in your mind – conditioning. The “new” only come from “insight” and in the silent no-mind mind state. That is why it is always good to return to the centre when there is no action in mind, ready for an “insight” into whatever you are preoccupied with at the time.
5. “Die to everything of yesterday so that your mind is always fresh, always young, innocent, full of vigor and passion.”
One way you can always die to everything of yesterday is to remain in the no-mind state of mind when there is no action in mind. You don’t need to forget everything that is in memory and start from first principles all the time, yet the no-mind state of mind is an excellent place to be while waiting for an insight to come through. If one is preoccupied with memory and the past, then the new (insight) cannot show itself and hence forever stay in yesterday mode in mind.
6. “Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something – and it is only such love that can know freedom.”
Love in the verbal thinking mind is only a mental construct. You create it in mind as a trade-off for love from another. But true love and compassion only is, when the mind is in the presence of pure consciousness and where all thinking in the mind has stopped. In the “Buddha Nature” mind – when you come to it in mind you inhabit a space of compassion and love. It is not created by your mind when you are in the no-mind state of being in the presence of the universe and connected to it via consciousness.
7. “If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.”
As you are now this instant, you have your verbal thinking mind and your silent mind at work. You probably do not realise these spaces in mind can exist separately on their own. It naturally does but you just haven’t realised. Bt the 3rd stage of the “Buddha Nature” mind where all thinking has stopped is not a mind space many have realised. This is where transformation takes place, to finally getting this mind space to work for you.
Transformation in the mind:
It is obvious and in plain sight that it does. It is all part of the evolutionary process.
When you are born you live only with self-awareness and observation only.
Mind trying to figure itself.
Please keep this in mind as you read this:
Jesus said: “Unless you leave yourself behind you cannot be a follower of mine”.
See what “yourself” means in the personality you create for yourself and see how it is created in you.
As you grow older education and experiences.
Epigenetics and neuroplasticity contributing somewhat to the mind opening itself up to new things.
I gather that the brain itself does not fully develop until you are 25.
Then the patterns in the mind are slowly forming, creating its personality and opinions and biases and conditioning processes. The body-mind does not know but it is really creating a false self in the personality which is just a mental construct. Creating dualism in oneself.
The personality has no idea what its true self is and it thinks that the personality is a real thing but really it is like a holographic image of yourself. A mental construct or an illusionary self in oneself.
At this stage, the mind has no idea of how it works or anything about the thinking process. So everything it does only creates chaos within society. All the chaos and shenanigans of the mind come from this false self in oneself.
I am not the only one thinking this way.
In your 30’s 40’s and 50’s you are pretty much doing what is expected of you in society. You have no time to yourself to figure out what really is happening to you in society. I am still on the mind. This is your mind talking in stages in one’s life.
Then one day it dawns on you what is happening to you, and you ask the question, “what is the purpose of life”. See the mind is still flipping itself and chopping and changing.
Epigenetics helps the brain open up new patterns in the brains thinking depending on the questions you are asking yourself.
Then you start looking into the process of thought itself. You find solace in philosophy and religion and the work of the mystics and you find there are things about the mind and its processes that you did not know.
You come to realise that personality is a mental construct as you closely look into the workings of the mind.
You realise that you are self-talking in verbal thinking and realise it was from this form of thinking that all the illusions in your mind were created and you thought it was a real part of you. You realised where all your biases and your opinions were created and your personality.
You realise there is a silent part to you in your mind when all thinking stops.
Science tells you this is true:
Remember that the mind is changing here all the time.
You realise that you have all these years not understood your mind and not used the full potential of your mind and of yourself:
You realise that when all thinking in the mind is made to stop and you are only “being” in the presence of pure consciousness you sense being part of the greater universe and its natural laws and you feel the energy forces of the Universe in the mind.
The mind has now seen the mind’s full potential and being part of the “intelligence” of the Universe.
You now have experienced a mind that sees all and can be used to its full potential. Here, you truly realise that the personality is just a mental construct as the personality disappeared when all thinking in the mind stopped.
Your full potential means you work together with the “intelligence” of the Universe in anything you do.
The mind working with all these numbers and not just with half of it.
Notice what it says when your mind becomes a full spectrum thinker:
145-159 – Genius
“Exception intellectual ability and capable of looking beyond known facts.”
David Bohm interviewed by Evelyn Blau
“DB: You have to see what is essential and universal, and that will transform the mind. The universal belongs to everybody, as well as covering everything, every possible form. It is the general consciousness of mankind. We come now to energy, this whole process of the ego is continually wasting energy, getting you low and confusing you.
EB: In other words, the individual’s perception of themselves as a separate being, is a waste of energy.
Thought can be observed as any matter can be observed.
DB: Yes, because if you see yourself as a particular being you will continually try to protect that being. Your energies will be dissipated.
EB: Earlier you were saying that since thought is a material process, it is necessary to observe the process of thought rather than its contents. How is one to do that? How is one to make that shift and observe the material process when it appears as if the only thing that consciousness is aware of is content?
DB: Before we get to that, another important difference of Krishnamurti is his emphasis on actual life, on being aware of everything, and also his refusal to accept authority, which is really extremely important. There are Buddhists who say that Krishnamurti is saying much the same as the Buddhists, but he says why begin with the Buddha, why not begin with what is here now? That was very important, he refuses to take seriously the comparison with what other people have said. Now to come back to what you were saying, about observation of the material process. You have to see what can be observed about thought aside from the pictures and feelings and its meaning. Whatever you think appears in consciousness as a show. That is the way thought works to display its content, as a show of imagination. Therefore if you think the observer is separate from the observed, it is going to appear in consciousness as two different entities. The point is that the words will seem to be coming from the observer who knows, who sees, and therefore they are the truth, they are a description of the truth. That is the illusion. The way a magician works is exactly the same. Every magician’s work depends on distracting your attention so that you do not see how things are connected. Suddenly something appears out of nothing but you do not see how it depends on what he actually did.”
Then you wish you started life this way knowing your mind first rather than later.
Some final quotes:
“celebration of the spiritual mystery when realised can be through the arts, physics, music etc”
“You don’t decide to be good, but good should ooze out of you”
When all thinking in the mind stops and the “Buddha Nature” is experienced then compassion is. The personality only decides to be good in mind.
“In new research, scientists have found evidence that LSD, another psychedelic, lowers the barriers that constrain people’s thoughts. In doing so, it frees the mind to wander more easily and experience the world anew.” – What they are suggesting here is the mind is allowed to wander and freely take the 3 steps to freedom in the mind, (via meditation and exploring the mind spaces or by stopping all forms of thinking in the mind)
“On LSD, the brain spent less time on higher-level processing and more on the sensory-driven activities.” – which means it spends more time in self-awareness.
“The whole process of child development and education is to take your brain, which is extremely malleable, and force it to be like everyone else’s brain. Under psychedelics, you go back to a state where bits of the brain that haven’t spoken since you were a baby can cross-talk. And it’s that increased connectivity that allows people to get new insights into old problems,” said David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London .
See how opening up the mind solves some mental health issues:
The ability of LSD to free up brain activity may explain why psychedelics can help people with depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
“In depression, people get locked into a way of thinking that is repetitive and ruminative. It’s like tramline thinking,” said Nutt. “Psychedelics disrupt those kinds of processes so people can escape from it.”
From birth to death there is a kind of transformation that happens to us where we start free in our minds at birth and in mind as close to the Universal mind as possible and then slowly we transform in mind via our experiences and gel up into this personality. What has happened is we have drifted as far as possible from the natural in us. Once born with a free mind and learning from everything around us to becoming wired into our experiences and bound by its perception in our minds. We have gone from being totally free from the known in us to be being bound with our experiences and the personality is the result of these experiences.
So to free ourselves from this dilemma we invented spirituality and meditation to double back on our minds and to explore what it was like to have a free mind and to see if we can get back to that set of mind of when we were children again, when we are adults. To be able to learn and see with the full spectrum of our minds.
To do this we need to understand our mind:
3 steps to freedom in the mind. From the freedom of the thinking mind of a child to that of an adult and back to one as a child. If education had incorporated this in us when we were young then we would have known what to do as we grew older. We would know that meditation was not for just getting some rest from the thinking mind but also to explore one’s mind spaces. To see the full potential that is us as adults, which we had in mind as a child and lost it in personality as adults.
LSD just shows us what this whole thing about spiritual practices is trying to show us. We don’t need drugs to show us our minds and we can get to the drug-induced state of mind by natural practices to free our minds from the lower personality state of mind and from opinions and subjective thinking.
The drug-induced state of mind is not the answer, as addiction will tell you it is the wrong way to show you the Truth. Let the scientist show your what LSD does to the mind and why we need to live with a mind which is fully integrated and free to explore, rather than just be a sliver of yourself with your personality mind.
To find your mind spaces you can find it yourself via meditation or by just stopping verbalising your thoughts. With me, it all started with realising that verbal thinking existed. Then I called it “speak thinking” and even patented the 2 words for my use as I was sure I discovered this anomaly in me which is a fact and I could use it to stop verbal thinking and bring on the silent mind.
I then realised that is why they use the mantra in meditation – it distracts the mind away from verbal thinking so that the silent mind ensues and from the silent mind the mind can delve deeper into meditation after putting aside images from pictorial thinking.
In time I saw references to these 2 types of thinking and they just emphasised in me that I might have really discovered something. Now, I can say that I can keep my mind silent mostly by just watching the flutter of my vocal cords. As time goes by many aspects of me are affected by this silence in my mind. The rest just comes naturally.
I am more aware and also am able to interact with background noise – I think this comes from a kind of coherence that comes to the body-mind by being silent. It sort of is inheriting some of the natural energies in the ether which surrounds me. I am, sort of, becoming part of the ether. Did not aspect any of this to happen. I wonder what else is ahead.
This illustration below came from reading the book above, “The Ending of Time” (in the mind) – a conversation between Jiddu Krishnamurti and David Bohm, a physicist. I tried to understand what they were saying and drew up this illustration.
The “action of truth” interacts with conscious awareness and conscious awareness (intuition) can see the action of Truth. I got the impression that thinking and the logical mind will not be able to see beyond its own modular self or the personality. They take you through the whole Labyrinth that is the mind and thinking via a dialogue with each other.
Here you will see the integration process in the brain during consciousness and unconsciousness. It has that feeling that we are looking at consciousness working in us and also as an external field perhaps:
Science has discovered that when an electrical signal goes down a nerve cell, it also generates an electromagnetic field which penetrates the brain tissue. ALSO the information in the nerve signal is also present in the electromagnetic signal.
Here Harvard university research in verbal thinking and pictorial thinking
I also found this on the net but cannot remember the link. Perhaps you can find it with google image: we all have a combination of verbal and pictorial thinking.
Having realised all this I decided that I could have some control over my thinking mind. Having control over a physical anomaly in verbal thinking I could easily stop this form of thinking and bring on the silent mind.
Road map of the thinking mind: if you look at the other stuff I have written, I have answered most questions with reference to this road map, verbal thinking mind to pictorial thinking and the silent mind when all thinking stops and being in the presence of pure consciousness – the Buddhist have a word called “sunyata” for this final state of mind. The mind disappears soon after this if you try to take it any further and then returns with no memory of where it has been. So the mind has an end to it. Hence everything we know are just mental constructs. I think this was what Buddha finally realised in his final awakening. At some stage, we have to stop looking and living the awakening process. What else is there – just get on with life with one’s new sense of being.
What does it feel like to cross the line in the body-mind and go beyond and wanting to come back because it is unfamiliar?
A single observation can generate multiple ideas or multiple opinions. That is the nature of the subjective frontline thinking mind. So how do you choose which is the correct one.
In your line of reasoning when coming up with multiple opinions or ideas if you follow the facts in the reasoning then you can have a pretty good idea of what might be the right choice. Also, your mind must learn to recognise when it is creating an illusion or a lie in your mind. There is always the Truth in the Lie in you. You need to know this is this the Truth in me and that is that a lie in me.
If you have better control over your thinking mind and experience all its mind spaces then you can make these choices a lot better.
You can also get a 2nd opinion from your mind by silencing the frontline verbal thinking mind and in the silent mind let your intuition work things out for you. It will look at all the choices you created with all your conditioning and your subjective idiosyncrasies in your mind and find the correct solution for you. The intuition can distinguish between the, this and that, in your mind and being in the silent mind intuition is not a spinner of ideas in your mind, it looks at the big picture in the mind and decides. It is more of an intuitive integration process than a spinner of illusions. When you see and experience this difference you can see how you can use your mind spaces to control and make your thinking mind work for you. The verbal thinking mind is a noisy frontline thinking space in the mind and has its reasons for evolving in us after the advent of language but the silent mind is innate in us and been with us longer than the verbal thinking mind.
3 steps to having freedom in your mind and understanding the different mind spaces in the thinking mind:
You know what your verbal thinking mind does.
You know how the silent mind thinks when the verbal thinking mind is silent.
You know what it feels like when the mind crosses the line when all thinking in the mind stops.
The idea is to sense all the working parts of the mind and know what they can do for you.
But what happens when you cross the line and how difficult is it to not return to the dominance of the verbal thinking mind as it was before you crossed the line.
The best description I found in Quora was by Lee Jensen
Noetic meaning: “relating to mental activity or the intellect”.
“Three years into this, you’ve reached the doldrums. You’ve broken the self – there’s no legitimate way back. Those things that motivated you are gone, though phantoms linger, and you have seen past what never satisfied you. This is a dangerous and uncomfortable time.
You could stay in this quiet place and live out your life in hermitage, if your mind is quiet enough to do so. Even if that is not for you, make a point to stay here until you are very, very comfortable with it; the discomfort you are experiencing is the old self struggling to re-emerge. You’ve got to stay with it and push through for the (authentic) Self to initiate.
Meditate; purify the mind and body. It seems counter-intuitive, but diligence is required to do nothing now (in terms of motivating the self). Allow the process to unfold at its own pace. Allow the sediment of thoughts to settle; rushing it will stir them up again. You need to stay here until you have crossed the threshold.
After you cross, a higher motivation will come to you. You will notice it.
It’s the hero’s journey – let it be. Choose your opportunity to emerge carefully.”
It might be easy to draw an illustration to show you that there is a line to cross when all thinking in the mind stops but what does it feel like is a different matter because all you know is what it was like in the past and wanting to return to it or to what you know, but to keep at it until the new you in you takes shape is a very difficult but slowly emerging process.