Friday, February 16, 2018

Want Peace of Mind? Then Stop Looking For It.

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness

This life's five windows of the soul
Distorts the Heavens from pole to pole,
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not thro,' the eye.

--excerpt from "The Everlasting Gospel" by William Blake

Do you want peace of mind?

I’m not so sure you do.

I mean, you probably do want peace of mind, but is that really what you’re seeking when you say you want peace of mind?

For my sense is that peace of mind is often mistaken by people to mean peace of experience: people think that if only their experience became serene and satisfying then, surely, their minds would finally settle down.

About that…

Such a rationale is erroneous because the mess we perceive without is merely a reflection of the mess we consciously and subconsciously carry within: What we experience within is therefore not because of what happens without, but what happens without (including our reactivity) is a mirror-image of our state of consciousness within.

Peace is not about what is happening externally. Indeed, peace externally is merely “war in planning,” so to speak, because true peace in the world requires that people are at peace within—which they're usually not.

War doesn’t just happen. It requires human beings who—in the forms of anger, blame, resentment, jealousy, fear, and so on—have war burning within themselves.

Peace can thus not be found externally, not for long, anyway, because such is dependent on the imbalanced and oft-volatile conditions of human mental-emotional health.

If we want peace—the peace of mind that we’re discussing—we must each free ourselves of the internal programming that distorts our personal perception and drives unhealthy thought, emotion, and behavior in reaction to what is happening in the external.

Interpreting the words of William Blake above (if out of context), we see how we mistake our sensory input of the outside world as fact when we interpret through the filter of a very dualistic, intellectual processing system—the ego mind. We therefore believe a lie because our inner distortions have us seeing life as happening to us—as though we’re victims of life—rather than through us—such that we’re observers of life.

You may have heard the question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?”

Awareness is everything; no thing can be without awareness of that thing. As it turns out, we are the awareness. Simultaneously, however, we alter how we perceive whatever enters our awareness based on our programming, or lack thereof.

Just as the sound of the fallen tree is known only by those who are in range to hear it, so, too, is peace of mind know only by those who’ve consciously shifted their attention from the external to the internal—who see through, not with, the eye.

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