Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Mind

There are psychologist and psychiatrist , priest , guru and shaman. There are Christian Mystics , Buddhism and Hinduism all sorts of mind experts. We have authors of varying degrees trying to interpret the human and perfect the human mind. After all we are body, mind and spirit and to maintain health we need to be aware of the workings and needs of each.
Objectively we reach outward to perceive input into the mind , and Subjectively we reach inward. We have a dualism in our nature it is the way the mind is formed (it is what it is). The Objective mind is observing,  more scientific and agnostic- it hold doubts because it is constantly exploring to find the truth. The Subjective mind looks inward , it is like holding a flashlight in a cave , seeing the writings on the wall. Going from place to place and is theosis - eventually becoming spiritually enlightened. It is the subjective mind that explores religion and the unseen world.

We all have this dualism whether we want it or not , we can deny it but it is there. The psychologist and psychiatrist use past memories or medicines much like the shamanic herbs to better oneself.  The Buddhist or Christian mystic , and shaman will go inward. Notice the shaman uses both the Objective and Subjective methods these are of medicinal , mushrooms, peyote , opiates and also prayer and meditation. It was often spoke of in the bible of the good plants.

Not understanding dualism can lead to depression and bi-polar dysfunction. Religious indifference and doubt all stem from lack of understanding dualism. Phillipians 2:5 Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus. Then goes on to say who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. This is at the mind level where Christ confronted the mind in both divine and man, Objectively and Subjectively to become a bondman. We later read that he was no longer a bondsman but a son of God. He was also after looking inward and  fasting for 40 days confronted by satan (some say a demon) and this was his temptation. Jesus was to deny satans power and all that he was shown was already His by the way of his Father.

 Buddha went through similar events ascetic denial living on a single grain of rice for days. Searching inward he came across demons and Yes - the goblin.Buddhas was 500 or so years before Christ but he was also tempted and taunted by goblins, the buddhas answer was this  since, he had already ascended as enlightened the goblins had no power over him.They dispersed quickly.

 In my own spiritual walk have encountered a goblin, it was not in a dream. Now - it would seem irrational but it happened. The answer given to the goblin in this case was , you would not be here unless God allowed it , for it would only be by Gods permission that I would be tempted and also asked the goblin if it where looking for help. The ancient goblin uttered some words which were not of my common tongue and quickly dispersed. I have never heard from a goblin , since. Now I told this to my mother and brother and they are  of the christian faith. I rationalize in my mind that the goblin may have or not existed but it was very real to me. In fact later realized I was the goblin my Subjective mind overpowered my Objective mind. It was kind of like flying a jet and pushing the eject button now the goblin is gone, theosis has won. Perhaps it is just part of the spiritual experience another gatekeeper in the mind.

 This and other experiences has led me into understanding Christ more and knowing that the Buddha was enlightened in a similar way .  I wrote a poem soon after the experience but few will understand it , they may think it was just a poem.  I pray everyday God's will be done, in heaven and earth.

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