The Ancestors call Monkey Mind, Narrow Mind and Big or Buddha Mind, Spacious Mind. Patanjali the great Yogi, described these many centuries ago in terms of Koshas or energy spheres (or bodies) as the Mind body and the Intellectual body. Neuroscience with the use of functional MRI has confirmed that Spacious Mind resides in the frontal lobe of the brain whereas Monkey Mind is relegated to the more primitive areas. Monkey Mind is our survival response discussed in the first blog on fear. It is Monkey Mind that connects us to a fear based, primitive, survival response - the same response we had when we were hunter-gatherers and under threat. Narrow or Monkey Mind, causes primitive fear based emotions such as; envy, hate, anger, the need for vengeance and our compulsions, addictions and bad habits. The Ancestors warn us about the consequences of Narrow Mind... Yoga philosophy tells us that the Mind body, the Intellectual body and the Ego form a triad called the Subtle body which responds to sensory input and is always in flux. The Intellectual body or Spacious Mind holds our higher concepts, notions, ideas, ideals, beliefs, discrimination etc. and can override Ego and Narrow Mind. The only way we can get to Spacious Mind is to replace Ego and Monkey Mind with a regular, enjoyable, sustainable spiritual practice of any sort, esoteric or non esoteric (gardening, walking on the beach, cooking, playing the guitar etc.) Whichever it is it must be done for its own sake and for no Ego based motive. Narrow Mind connects us to fear, Spacious Mind to love, the Causal body and the Higher Self which is a much higher vibration. Without spiritual practice we become fear based and our primitive emotions take over.
Anyone who has no fear, also cannot have courage.
Courage is about having fear anddoing what it takes - risks aside.
Pincola Estesis emphasizes how Narrow Mind is to be karmically feared ...
and also how to alchemize fear into love and positive emotions ...
Concerning negative emotions - malice and a desire for vengeance and evening the score have serious spiritual and karmic consequences as well as negative effects on our subconscious...
The antidote to negative emotions are love, empathy, compassion and mercy. When Gandhi said that, "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" he did not mean that there should be no retribution or punishment for harming others but that there should be no malice, joy or satisfaction associated with dispensing it. A metaphoric eye for an eye is how the justice system works but where possible - as we are beginning to learn - it should rather be an empathy based rehabilitation.
"Turning the other cheek" may in fact mean turning to the "cheek" that judges the "action rather than the person" and gives a fair sentence without malice or hatred and with compassion. The word "sentence"is interesting because it seems to de-emphasize the severity of the judgment component.
Sorry to say there is no blog this weekend. I am away to a Medical CME conference this Friday.
Also I leave for my yearly trip to South Africa March 24th until the end of April so no blogs then also. They will resume in May. March Friday 11th, 10.15am-12.15pm and Saturday 12th, 10am-12pm there is a talk on THE POWER OF WORDS AND THE IMAGINATION. The same topic is on both days so you have a choice of the Friday or the Saturday at Schott Campus Auditorium.
There are two talks coming up in May; Saturday MAY 7th, 10am-12pm on FORGIVENESS AND GUILT and Saturday MAY 21ST ................... SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION AND GRATITUDE Both will be at Schott Campus Auditorium They will also be posted on the EVENTS part of the blog and on CLL's web site
For those interested in SHAMANISM I include these flyers below. The conference is in a beautiful San Rafael venue Labor Day weekend. I will be doing an experiential full days pre-conference workshop on SANGOMA WISDOM on the Friday