This Journal entry is a follow-on to the last 4 Journal writings which covered the biochemistry and physiology of meditation, mitochondria, and methylation, as well as a variety of health considerations associated with these 3 important processes of life.
The last Journal ended with the words, “It’s time to shift gears…”
This Journal entry is an opinion about the shifting of the 4 gears of body, mind, emotion, and spirit…and so…this writing is a little introduction to some functional considerations of your very own four-on-the-floor carbon based Spirit vehicle.
Sometimes, while driving along, we experience some kind of glitch in the transmission part of our drive train. Then we have to stop in to a mechanic’s shop, or perhaps a more specialized transmission shop, for a transmission check. If you don’t watch out, and before you know it, they might drop the tranny off of the drive train for an overhaul. At the very least they might just do a transmission fluid check and a road test.
There is no one who is a better expert of your vehicle than you, but you have not been taught and empowered with that sense of your own knowing. You are the expert of your vehicle. Learn how to take care of it yourself so that you do not have to visit mechanics. Remember, your vehicle has a built-in healing and repair intelligence. This is the very best intelligence that one can get to know. Get to know all 4 gears and how they operate in the life long transmission of your life.
This repair mechanism I am referring to is so refined and divinely evolved that no one can adequately describe it. Nonetheless, you can download these ideas into your own mind and add them to your mental Owner’s Manual as an addendum, if you like. I hope to leave you with some worthwhile tips for your driving safety and pleasure.
I have alot of driving experience, as well as a good driving record. I have also helped alot of types of blow-outs, burn-outs, and wreckage along the way.
In the shifting of our four-on-the-floor gears of body-mind-emotion-spirit we can begin with a consideration of the mind gear and how we might learn to shift this gear more efficiently, and not wear it out, and not allow it to foul up the rest of the gears in the transmission case.
The mind gear is often the most clunky and difficult of the gears in the day to day gear shifting and motoring of a life process. This is because we are continually lapsing into some kind of an identity crisis as we attempt to get our mind into the correct transmission gear position and orientation. Everybody visits this identity crisis…every day.
What is God’s idea of Itself as your life?
As Christian contemplative Cynthia Bourgeault has said, “We all have a GPS inside us, a God Positioning System: the heart. When the heart is attuned, it will allow us to perceive in a whole different way. The egoic, binary (brain mind) operating system perceives by separating and differentiating things from each other. The heart’s perception is pattern oriented. It perceives the whole and then discerns its own place within that whole.”
The heart is the seat of the mind. This statement is generally regarded as the literal truth in all transcultural traditions outside of current day western cultures. This is a well substantiated and researched idea whose time has come.
There is no sense in challenging other people on their gear shifting identity crisis and trying to get them to own up to their denial issues. You will be involved and busy enough just taking care of your own vehicle. If you have done good, then others will notice and they will probably be inquiring as to who you are, and how you did it.
Our coordination and timing with how we use the clutch (pause) device almost always needs assistance. An endless array of driving schools, clinics, therapists, and guru types have sprung up, since forever, in order to help drivers become more facile in the manner of how the mind gear pauses, functions, and flows in the transmission of a life.
And moreover, attendant to these considerations, it seems that almost everyone has forgotten how to put the transmission into neutral from time to time.
Some of us never even learned the neutral position. And many of us seem to be forever stuck in reverse. Our vehicular ego containers are jerking and lurching about in a thousand outer directions…a foot on the gas, or a foot on the brake, or a foot on the gas and the brake at the same time. This is a chaotic way to drive and live.
In order to Mind our Mind, we have to consider that which it is accustomed to doing…all the time…and that is that the mind is always thinking. We are addicted to our way of thinking, and this addiction leads to all of the other types of addictions which we practice.
And so, a work-up of the content of this writing will consider the one universal addiction which all humans have…and that is that we are all addicted to thinking in our brain mind. This addiction is so pervasive and so universally common and so human that it is simply dismissed and not even considered as an addiction by the vast majority of people. However, it is the primary foundational addiction from which all of the other addictions arise.
From our memories of our painful past and our personal inventory of unresolved and unforgiven traumatic imprints, we create and enable every subsequent type of chemical, behavioral, and dissociative addiction which has ever been tried.
We create these secondary addictive processes to try to numb and placate the pain which may be associated with the primary addiction, which is…simply put…how we think.
As I have often stated in these writings, an addiction is any behavior which we do that is based on a fear of internal growth.
If you can feel it, you can heal it. You are invited to consider coming out of denial about your addiction processes. Then the mind gear and the emotion gear have a better chance of becoming clarified as tools of discernment and discrimination and then meshing correctly with the drive train of the body gear and the spirit gear.
More to come…I’ll have to get in my mind and think it up…
Signing off from Crestone…and Beyond.
- Minding your Meditation…an earlier Journal entry on this website.
- This is Your Brain on Bliss…by Buddhist monk Matthew Ricard, “the happiest man alive.”
- What Happens to Your Body When You Use the Internet…problems created by digital dependence.
- Turning Negative Thinkers into Positive Ones…a nice brief article from the NYT about a noble 8-fold practice to turn automatic negative thoughts (ANTS) into what I term as APTS, automatic positive thoughts…you develop an new and enlivening aptitude.