More Than a Mind
So...this will be a difficult concept for thinkers to think about and for comprehenders to comprehend. In the last post I suggested that you -- the real you, the you inside of you that makes you you, that you -- are bigger than your body. A lot of us can grasp that, but what I'm about to say next could trip you up. Still, that's not a good enough reason to dismiss it.
You are more than your mind.
I know. I know. Some of you are already saying, "But this is what separates humans from others in the animal kingdom. We have the ability to reason. We have a superior intellect. We have beautiful, well-developed minds."
Maybe. Maybe not. Let's consider.
First of all, it's hard to get a clear consensus on what exactly a mind is. It's not your brain. It's not a physical organ in your body. It's something...else.
Also, your mind is often so full of opinions and "facts" about the way things were that it cannot accurately evaluate the way things are. For a lot of people, it seems that their mind's job is just to prove that what it already knows is enough -- there's no need to learn anything new.
Now, being firm and steadfast in one's own mind is good...to a point. You don't want to be wishy-washy. You don't want to be tossed here and there by the latest wind of public opinion or fashion. No one likes the person who is swayed by every new factoid that comes his or her way.
However, firmness carried to an extreme becomes rigidity. Once you close your mind to new information from any source, you've officially become closed-minded. And that cuts you off from the ability to assimilate and integrate new ideas, concepts, and behaviors. This is a kind of death, and it must be avoided.
At this point, some of you have begun wondering, "Am I closed-minded?"
The very fact that you asked that question means the answer is almost assuredly: NO! The closed mind, when faced with the concept that it has not arrived at infallibility, that it is not the "It" of all "Its" -- generally will disregard the information suggesting this conclusion -- often with great force.
If you're still reading this post and actively considering the idea that you are both bigger than your body and more than your mind means your mind is plenty open. This is good. You want to be able to continue learning.
This sort of writing has a kind of built in filter. Those who are closed to new ideas seldom read blogs or books that contain new ideas. Such people don't even click on the link. This content is threatening to them; it makes them feel insecure. They would rather live inside of their comfort zones instead of venturing out into the great unknown and experiencing life in all of its fullness. They're content to know what they know and believe what they believe, and if evidence all of a sudden shows up to suggest that what they know and what they believe may be wrong...well...they'll call you a heretic and shut the door, their ears, and their minds that much tighter.
Of course, I do not mean to belittle the mind. I make a good living with mine. Your mind is an essential tool for sorting, organizing, dreaming, and replaying information.
My point is that the mind is a marvelous servant; it just makes a lousy master.