Question: What is the mind?
Answer: The mind is like a large crowded meeting hall, filled with thousands of thought-voices, all shouting, offering their opinions.
Sometimes several thought-voices speak at once – that’s when you say, “I’m confused.”
Occasionally, no thought-voice speaks – that’s when you say, “I’m dumbfounded; I have nothing to say.”
When you allow the thought-voices to run the show, you interpret and judge everything from old beliefs and opinions that are shouting in the crowded hall.
Your true power lies in your ability to take the podium in the hall, and take command of the thought-voices.
Alternate Answer: The mind is also a thinking machine. When you’re awake, the machine is running; when you’re asleep, the machine is running. That’s called dreaming. The mind loves yammering, whether you’re awake or asleep.
Mechanical thinking is circular. Circular thinking is a stimulus-response process where every thought-voice is in reaction to a prior thought-voice. When you are mechanically thinking you are unconsciously reacting to life as you did in the past. Circular thinking hampers your ability to be creative.
Clearly, there is tremendous value in finding the on-off switch and learning how to use it. You learn how when you learn to meditate, ponder, or reflect deeply on something.
Question: What’s a good first step to taking control of the mind?
Answer: Look earnestly at something. Don’t move your eyes to a second object. Speak aloud what the object is. Repeat it. Earnestness is the key. You are slowing the motion of the mechanical mind; you are hushing the hall of thought-voices.
Example: A baby’s face – look at it. Say, “That’s a beautiful face.” Continue looking at the baby’s face; say again, “That’s a beautiful face.” Notice how the mind slows down, the noisy meeting hall quiets.
No one can free you of the yammering mind but you. You are in bondage to it because you’ve not held yourself accountable for taking command of it. You can make yourself a slave to the mind; you can liberate yourself from it. If it is to be, it is up to thee.