Manuscripts of the mind
Consciousness truly is a wonderful experience. But where does it go, and why does it slip from our grasp so easily? Leaving us floating in suspended animation, moving from one mundane task to another. One dull day to the next, constantly searching for meaning in our lives, left only with a floundering feeling of insignificance. When in fact we are (each and every one of us), fundamental to the function of not only this material world, but the infinite universe as well. You are here for a reason and within you lies value, potential and a truth far beyond your mere human comprehension.
At first, we are born into a world of unexplainable, almost incomprehensive beauty. As children we gawk at the simplest of pleasures. Boundless imagination and creativity rule our lives each and every day. Watch any child close enough, and you will see a being in constant states of wanderlust and pure joy. No hidden agendas, no preconceived ideas, but pure conscious connection with everything that crosses their path.
Then somewhere along the way we are taught what and how to think, conforming to the world of ‘grown ups.’ A reality thrust upon us by those who came before. The elders, who we believe to have all the answers, are the ones in control of our mental conditioning. Placing constructs on all that is. Learning day after day the paradigms of a new reality. As children we are shown the way, the path, as it should be. Tainted and forever changed. This is Adulthood.
Rather limiting wouldn’t you agree?
However, this is the way of the world…
But, who conditioned them? And how was their way of thinking from years, decades, centuries ago relevant in our world today?
Although these scripts have been so deeply engraved into society over the years, is it possible for us to make a change? Identify and uproot the weeds for what they are – space consuming, valueless entities. Sowing in it’s place our seeds of choice?
Now that we are in fact our own people, capable of asking questions and voicing our own opinions – It becomes clear, that after some reflection, the adults who raised us, actually had no idea themselves. We come to this realization as we ourselves transition through the ages of youth into adulthood.
Concerned, confused and outright baffled, we begin to consider what it means to be conscious, what it means to be alive, what it means to be human.
We become worried, an infectious state of mind sets in and deprives your appetite and your sleep. In order to avoid this phenomenon, you know to quiet the mind. But once we’ve learnt to think, we can’t stop. This world of instant gratification and other addictive mind numbing experiences, which allow you to escape reality, keep your mind busy and avoid consciousness - all at the click of a button. We seem to be scrolling our lives away, watching one another from a distance through glass screens. Vast majorities of people feel extremely uncomfortable with silence and devote their lives to finding distraction, all in the hopes of avoiding the worries, which are believed to dwell within the silence. Surprisingly, it is in the silence that we find the answers. Awakening to the reality that we have become addicted to thoughts. Compulsive thinking, like a drug, becomes an addiction for most (if not all) of us.
Quieting the mind therefore is an essential part of our individual evolution. Breaking free from the limiting realms of the societal world around us. As with most things worth having in life, this takes time. It is of upmost importance that when striving for these states of mind you do not try, as that will only leave you frustrated. Instead, as Alan Watts suggests, “Just as a muddy turbulent pool quiets itself when left alone, you have to know how to leave your mind alone. It will quiet itself.”
We are all conscious, spiritual beings. Instead of deflecting and bluntly ignoring the fact, we need to learn to embrace it. Imagine a world where instead of teaching the children to conform, we learn from them. Embrace life with a natural curiosity, and do good as we inherently know to do so. A refocus of the schooling syllabus to praise kids for their individuality instead of forcing them to conform to an outdated, ridged set of rules, regulations and limiting knowledge base. Teach of the power they have within themselves and how to harness their full potential through meditation and the life long benefits and effects of choosing to live life consciously. It’s not that I’m a tree-hugging hippie, but just imagine the effect humans could have on global warming, religious disputes, racism, poverty and political unrest if we tried a different approach.
“You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one”