You Are Not Your Mind, You 're Your Awareness
Hello whoever is currently reading this, I want to talk about meta-cognition and how it can be beneficial and even life changing. Please bare with me as i have collected most of the knowledge on this subject in the last 24 hours, i know i should, and definitely will, spend even more time researching, but this is also research. Other perspectives on the same issue shed light for those less aware and less experienced. You may be more aware of your mind and body than you even know, and by giving your opinion/perception on the issue you can actually helpful myself and anyone else reading this post to have a better understanding of ourselves!
Now this is a very broad subject that i could ramble on about forever so ill try to give the abridged version and not get too scatter brained. I’ve been reading posts on a blog from “Ivan Campuzano” (search him on google, his blog is very enlightening) I have reading his articles about expanding your personal reality, becoming aware of both your thoughts and your feeling/emotions and i must say it is more than interesting, almost engulfing.
From what i understand we, as humans, have been raised since birth (at least in my society) to believe that we are our minds, and we are what we think. In a way, we are subconsciously slaves to our thoughts and the feelings we experience. When in fact we are not our minds, our minds are a part of our experience in life, with practice and self discipline we can focus on our mind. We are our awareness. And by developing our awareness we see life and our existence in a completely new light.
Life is not just physical, it is also spiritual. And if you fail to see the truth, or have faith, in this statement you are doomed to live unenlightened for the rest of your life. I can accept the fact that i have a very limited and sheltered idea how my mind works, often times i have thoughts without even realizing it (subconscious). And I’m ready to put in effort in being more aware. Ivan said something along the lines of “When you are observing something, do simply that-observe without thinking. Be aware of your thoughts and let them go, live in the moment, not the past or future”.
Hopefully reading this gave you some insight you didn’t previously have, and maybe even inspire you to do research yourself, and broaden your knowledge. If you already have knowledge on the subject (or if not) leave a response because as i previously stated, a different perception is a great tool in teaching and learning.
What’s a good way to start this process?
How can i be aware at the beginning of and not during a thought?
How can i track my progress?
How is meditation involved?
What are some good techniques to begin practicing meditation?
Really, i would love to hear anything you have to say. I post this in hopes of establishing communication and expanding knowledge in hopes to reach a goal. Thanks – Caleb
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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts
Conversations With God.
All great books on which we are discussing.
Also this video with Eckhart on the Tao Te Ching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKFS64boAso&feature=related
@cbrock, The full reading with q&a is available on youtube as well :)
these philosophies have their roots in Buddhism. If you like this kinda stuff, start looking into it. Its just the tip of the iceberg. Changed my life for the better in every way. I like to think of it as the science of mind and consciousness. Wish I knew about it when I was younger; as I was looking for it and had no clue people even studied feelings and conciousness. Would have saved alot of folks alot of trouble :D
@cheeky, I am very interested and do not want to lose motivation. I’m very new and unfamiliar, though i have tried meditating and used to really be interested in lucid dreaming and astral projection. So, based on my little rant you suggest researching Buddhism? What would be a good was the get started there? Any good sources?
I started this same journey a little over 2 years ago. In my personal experience of meditation and reading various authors such as Eckhart I have gained a lot of knowledge and wisdom. Thankfully for me it has been very beneficial. The one piece of advice I have is that when doing all of this and trying to “find yourself” or “clear your mind” is that if you have an agenda for why you want to do this it will be a BIG road block for you. If you are trying to heal yourself physically or mentally or trying to become more confident to get ladies etc. it will be way more challenging. It took me a while to realize that true humility and appreciation for the experience of it all and not the rewards is what will get you the most progression and it makes it exciting!
A great book I enjoyed was Search Inside Yourself by and engineer at google. Great book and very practical. Does not seem as far out as Eckhart’s books. Not that Eckhart is far out, but to the average person they do not cling to his idea’s very easily :P
Thanks and Love!
@cailub, Hey bro glad to see your branching out your awareness of these types of things. Keep at it! One of my favorite ways to practice meditation because there’s a time for it everyday is a shower meditation practice. When your in your shower become aware that you are showering and completely focus at the task at hand. Listen to the water hit your body and the surrounding environment. Let thoughts come but don’t get attached to them. If the thoughts come just let them pass and regain awareness on showering. It’s very simple but also very empowering and if you do this everyday you will slowly learn to still your mind. That’s just one simple technique out of countless techniques. Enjoy.
@splashartist, That is GREAT advise!! Thank you very very much. Im looking forward to experiencing the results of meditation. Usually its hard for my to sit still for over half an hour and i lose concentration. That, and im far to focused on what its going to be like, too much anticipation.
I find the mind is just a growth within humans, like just before a flower blossoms it’s all stuffed with stuff inside, but it is the awareness and “disconnection” with our minds (or lack of attachment) that will make the flower blossom for each one of us. The mind is a useful tool, but that’s all it is, a tool. It is not apart of you.
I like hearing this all the time and I like your post. And yes, I’m reading ‘The Power of Now’ now (haha) and it is amazing. I have already read Eckart Tolle’s ‘A New Earth’ which is absolutely incredible.
@cailub, If you study everything, you may come to the conclusion that everything is aware, but that the human brain is simply an advanced mechanism used for interpreting stimulii. That every atom is aware in itself but has a constructive relationship with all the other atoms and energy that makes up your brain, in order to help each other deal with the things they are aware of.
See, if you look at the simplest of life, a single celled organism, when you shine a light on it, it responds. But even when you look at atoms, they also respond to influences, like a magnet draws another piece of iron, or how heat makes matter radicalize. This is clear for the simple fact that atoms are compelled, if they had absolutely no awareness of stimulii, then they would not respond at all.
Another factor is that they have specific compulsions, in the way they unite with other atoms to forge some kind of constructive relationship, a synthesis, which is similar to the same act in biology, symbiosis. But even when you look further down you seen that energy did the same thing to forge an atom, a constructive relationship of energy has resulted in matter.
Then beyond that, I don’t know the science, but quantum strings did that to become energy. What it is that actually stimulates these things to be compelled to forge those relationships is unknown to me, but that you can then ask what compelled it to compel other things. At some point something just was and nothing existed to compel it except perhaps itself.
Wow, it took me a few seconds to wrap my mind around the definition of “Meta-Cognition” lol.
I’ve never understood the draw too “Clear your mind” I’ve spent the majority of my life with my mind cleared, literally not a single conscious thought, nothing. What did that get me? I feel like I was born yesterday. Am I misinterpreting “Clear mind”? Because I would equate it to living life on Auto-Pilot, I can’t stand the idea of that because I’ve lost 19 years, missed School and now am sitting here an unemployed High School Graduate (BARELY) with no marketable skills, absolutely no knowledge of myself or of how the world works, and not only that but I have no experience in anything, I don’t even know what I enjoy doing. The things I liked on Auto-Pilot hold no interest for me now that I’ve awoken, the only things I’m sure of are that I enjoy a good story, whether I’m reading it, watching it, hearing it, or on the flipside if I’m telling it, showing it, or writing it. Stories and Conscious thought appear to be the only things I can find that I enjoy, and on top of that I’m just now starting to realize that everything I ever thought about myself and the world around me are wrong, along with the fact that apparently while on auto-pilot I was a brain dead vegetable or something because I didn’t have the conscious thought that if there is an effect there is a cause until a few months ago.
I literally feel like I was born yesterday and I don’t know what to do, I missed all of the helpful bits and all of the time to learn about life and everything and instead I was just thrown into the mix of things. I also have issues maintaining a train of thought or setting out with a goal and sticking to it, I would use this post as a prime example.
I’m a child in an adult’s body and I’m lost and in need of help. That’s the gist of it.
@deanzumwalt, Do you meditate?
I think having a “clear mind” also means that you pay attention in the world..maybe that’s what you weren’t doing? Meditating can help focus your attention. Clear mind meaning there isn’t the chatter in your mind whilst you’re observing. Not analysing, criticising, judging, etc whilst observing the world. Just letting things be, and once that’s all good you are free to play about the world in however you want to. Sometimes they work together, ie. you freely play in the world and as a result that slowly clears your mind.
@cloudstuck That confuses me. Clear = Empty, if you’re mind is empty how can you observe anything? What I mean is without a conscious thought how can you create a memory? I feel the need to explain that more.
When you are asleep you don’t remember sleeping, correct?
If you’re mind is empty then how can you form a memory, what does it matter what you see if you won’t remember it? I can’t clear my mind and stare at a picture and four hours later remember what picture I saw, when not in use my mind essentially shuts down it swaps into Auto-Pilot, therefore → no memories are formed.
I am positive that I am somehow misunderstanding the idea of meditation, isn’t it supposed to be all about clearing your mind so you can focus on one thing and get a clearer view of it and think about it in new ways or something?
I’m having a problem following the idea, but maybe that’s because I’m different? Is it just my mind that instantly goes into auto-pilot when it isn’t consciously focused on something?
I’ve confused myself…
**** my life…
That has been ringing truer and truer since I first put it into words↓↓↓
“I literally feel like I was born yesterday and I don’t know what to do, I missed all of the helpful bits and all of the time to learn about life and everything and instead I was just thrown into the mix of things. I also have issues maintaining a train of thought or setting out with a goal and sticking to it, I would use this post as a prime example.”
I somehow managed to mind**** myself… I’m going to go to sleep before I try to divide by zero… I’ll comment more tomorrow.
What I kind of got from this is that our bodies including the brain is like an avatar, a type of vehicle on earth. We are not who we think we are. Whether we are skinny, fat, ugly, or a super model it just doesn’t matter until we become aware. Everyone should just take out their eyeballs and then everyone will be truly enlightened.
@deanzumwalt, That is okay. This sounds like it is all part of your spiritual journey. We all go through tough stages. I feel thoughts can often impair memory because if I am talking to someone and thinking at the same time, my thoughts I can more easily remember than the conversation I was having (reality).
A good quote that comes to mind when I read your comment was,
“A cup is only useful when it is empty”.
When your mind is empty then you have the possibility of experiencing the world through unfiltered eyes. Memories happen automatically. They are involuntary. Memories are part of the brains function to help us learn to adapt to this world. Memories are not important. What is important is to view and pay attention to the world around us. Love everything including the awareness of ourselves. Love ourselves. Love that we can discuss things to help one another mutually.
Peace brother. Watch this I recommend…