How To Free Yourself From Your Mind
When someone goes to the doctor and says, “I hear a voice in my head”, he or she will most likely be sent to a psychiatrist.
The fact is that, in a very similar way, virtually everyone hears a voice, or several voices, in their head all the time: the involuntary thought processes that you don’t realize you have the power to stop. Continuous monologues or dialogues.
Watching the Thinker
You have probably come across “mad” people in the street incessantly talking or muttering to themselves. Well, that’s not much different from what you and all other “normal” people do, except that you don’t do it out loud.
The voice comments, speculates, judges, compares, complains, likes, dislikes, and so on.
The voice isn’t necessarily relevant to the situation you find yourself in at the time. It may be reviving the recent or distant past or rehearsing or imagining possible future situations.
Here it often imagines things going wrong and negative outcomes; this is called worry. Sometimes this soundtrack is accompanied by visual images or “mental movies.”
Even if the voice is relevant to the situation at hand, it will interpret it in terms of the past. This is because the voice belongs to your conditioned mind, which is the result of all your past history as well as of the collective cultural mind-set you inherited.
So you see and judge the present through the eyes of the past and get a totally distorted view of it. It is not uncommon for the voice to be a person’s own worst enemy.
Many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them and drains them of vital energy. It is the cause of untold misery and unhappiness, as well as of disease.
Free Yourself from your Mind
The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true liberation. You can take the first step right now.
Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, those old gramophone records that have been playing in your head perhaps for many years.
This is what we mean by “watching the thinker.” which is another way of saying: listen to the voice in your head, be there as the witnessing presence.
When you listen to that voice, listen to it impartially. That is to say, do not judge. Do not judge or condemn what you hear, for doing so would mean that the same voice has come in again through the back door.
You’ll soon realize: there is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching it. This I am realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind.
So when you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in.
As you listen to the thought, you feel a conscious presence – your deeper self – behind or underneath the thought, as it were.
The thought then loses its power over you and quickly subsides, because you are no longer energizing the mind through identification with it. This is the beginning of the end of involuntary and compulsive thinking.
Oneness with Being
When a thought subsides, you experience a discontinuity in the mental stream – a gap of “no-mind.” At first, the gaps will be short, a few seconds perhaps, but gradually they will become longer.
When these gaps occur, you feel a certain stillness and peace inside you. This is the beginning of your natural state of felt oneness with Being, which is usually obscured by the mind.
With practice, the sense of stillness and peace will deepen. In fact, there is no end to its depth. You will also feel a subtle emanation of joy arising from deep within; the joy of Being.
It is not a trance-like state. Not at all. There is no loss of consciousness here. The opposite is the case.
If the price of peace were a lowering of your consciousness, and the price of stillness a lack of vitality and alertness, then they would not be worth having.
In this state of inner connectedness, you are much more alert, more awake than in the mind-identified state. You are fully present. It also raises the vibrational frequency of the energy field that gives life to the physical body.
As you go more deeply into this realm of no-mind, as it is sometimes called in the East, you realize the state of pure consciousness.
In that state, you feel your own presence with such intensity and such joy that all thinking, all emotions, your physical body, as well as the whole external world become relatively insignificant in comparison to it.
And yet this is not a selfish but a selfless state. It takes you beyond what you previously thought of as “your self.” That presence is essentially you and at the same time inconceivably greater than you.
What the author of the book – The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle, is trying to convey here may sound paradoxical or even contradictory, but there is no other way that he can express it.
The Power of Now Book
If you are interested to dive deeper on how to free yourself from your mind, I would highly recommend reading this book – The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
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Finding inner peace and being aware of your mental state is just so important.
I’m always a late sleeper, so I often find myself getting into unhealthy late night thoughts.
Now instead of wanting them to stop, I reflect on them and list down why I’m feeling so and so. This method does help: being conscious of your thoughts.
Loved this article!
Hi Sam. Thank you for sharing your thought and method on how you being conscious of your thought.
I have also learn that it’s impossible to use mind to stop mind from thinking. The only way to quiet the mind is focus in the NOW.
Example, we can focus on our breathing. One of the yoga breathing technique, Alternate Nostril Breathing, which I find that can really help me alot.
I thoroughly enjoyed this article. I have been using a very similar technique over the years to focus and control the thoughts in my head.
I consider me lucky that my thoughts are genuinely positive and mostly productive. I do not feel nuisanced by them and have used them over the years to improve my quality of life.
I am also a “lucid dreamer”, which I realize is different but related to who I fundamentally am as a person.
I will continue to work on my “inner state of connectedness” with mindful meditation and now that I read your article I am also considering adding yoga to my daily routine.
Hi Frank. Glad to hear that you enjoy my article and share your experience here.
I believe everybody can be that “lucky” one whose thoughts are genuinely positive if we just keep practice being in the NOW. Because when we are in the NOW, there is no chance for the mind to have negative thought.
Yes, yoga do help us to be focus in the NOW with the yoga poses and breath work. You can try it and I believe you will enjoy it too. 🙂
I believe you’re referring to the concept of ‘mindfulness’ when you’re talking about watching your thoughts. I agree how ‘mindless’ we seem to be when we rush through our hectic lives.
We’re often driven towards external senses rather than slowing down and being aware of what’s happening within.
I think Eckhart Tolle’s Power of Now is a great book to start picking up on mindfulness and stop the ‘craziness’ that’s going within.
Hi Kenny. Thank you for sharing your thought.
Yes, it’s about mindfulness. But this simple word “mindfulness”, a lot of people don’t understand the importance of it and how to practice it.
You will not regret to read this book – The Power of Now, to learn more information and realisation. Enjoy! 🙂
I think that is why it is so important to learn how to view things from a positive perspective instead of from a negative perspective, like we so often do, as your mind can be your worst enemy or potentially have the power to create for you a beautiful life.
If we can learn how to control our mind, we can learn how to control our thoughts (most of the time hopefully).
There is a saying: “What happens in your mind, will happen in time”. Therefore it is important what we choose to reflect upon and what thoughts we choose to entertain.
Hi Schalk. Thank you for sharing your thought.
Yes, this is so important that we have to be mindful of our thought because only when we are mindful then we are able to control our thought. When we are not mindful enough to watch our thought, our mind take control of our life.
Our mind like to identify us as this and that. And it is because of this identification, we become separate from the universe and others. This is the cause of suffering.
We have to start from being mindful. As time go by, we will have more realisation and progress deeper.