What’s on your mind?
Bruce Lee and Buddha were on the same page when they stated a variation of the following: As you think so shall you become, and The mind is everything, what you think you become.
Lao Tzu reportedly put it another way: Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.
Another way was presented in an ancient scripture: Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.
Yet another adaptation is: Watch your thoughts for they become your world.
There would be countless other variations of the same saying and for that there is an excellent reason— Anyone who has actively sought out of the ego and into the state of enlightenment soon realises that everything happens in the mind. I like to think of it as:
Your mind is the home you live in.
Many would have you believe mind works in mysterious ways. No it doesn’t. Any time you want to know what is on someone’s mind have a look at his or her life.
Thoughts trigger all actions. All actions have consequences.
Life therefore can be summed up like this; Think. Act. Boom-there it is, consequence.
Ever wondered how humans came to be? Pretty simple really. There was no great or noble reasoning or purpose behind it. It was as simple and as meaningless as this:
At some point, somewhere, an inconceivably powerful creative being decided to experience something other than what it was experiencing. So, there was a thought, followed by an action (the big bang, the separation, the great fall or whatever other label makes you feel good) and here we are, stuck with the consequence.
The consequence is whatever you happen to be living day-to-day.
This so called separation from the greater self is replicated within every fiber of ego state. Take the Earth itself for example. Look at it from space and it looks like a blue ball.
Come closer and you start seeing different shapes, outlines and colors. Come closer still and you see beaches, oceans and forests.
As you descend closer still you note the forests have almost countless trees and the beaches are made up of uncountable number of sand granules.
Humans are likewise, different color skin, different shapes and sizes. Different religions, values and ideas.
All this disunity stems from the one original split, the split from Self. The split from Self is no more than part of mind devoting itself to feverish dreams and frightening illusions, the ego part.
For sake of simplicity let’s call the ego part, the illusory part, of mind Midnight and the part still steeped in reality, Sunshine.
Healing the mind means turning all of it back into Sunshine. That of course means removing Midnight.
Ego is terrified of that because it sees it as its death. And we know how ego feels about death.
And that is why– Ego loves oneness like an eye loves an onion.