“Free your mind” – this was the cult slogan in my university days. It meant freeing yourself from culturally and politically imposed propaganda and thinking for yourself. I guess it still does. Anyway, the thought I had this morning was that freeing your mind is a great first step…but what we really need and what is far harder to achieve is freeing our selves from our minds.
Our minds are dominated by our egos, which revel in their stories of who we are, who others are, our weaknesses and failures, boundaries and impossibilities, judgemental rants and rolling tides of emotion.
To free the self from the mind means to let go of all our stories, to reject the mind’s preoccupation with keeping things in a static state, and to enter the stream of never-ending transformation which is who we really are – a constantly unfolding process, as we dance through life.
To free the self from the mind is to unclench the fist of self, of possession, of attachment, and to see that in the letting go we expand. We have this fear that if we let go we will cease to exist, that we will lose something essential to ourselves, that we will be lost. The paradox is that we feel lost and isolated when we live within the paradigm of the clenched fist, and that upon opening it we realise that we were never lost or alone but only limited in our understanding of our reality by our fearful minds.
To free the self from the mind is to come home and realise that we were always there, only we couldn’t see it with all our veils and filters and glasses that our minds screen our perception with.