From The Milk Is White:
These three lines encapsulate the cause and effect of everything relating to life.
What is the Mind?
Surely the brain is not the mind! True, the brain is a highly complex organ of the body responsible for the unconscious functions of the body as well as the more abstract functions we need for our mental/ physical bodies. In the latter respect it is more like a computer which consists of the screen, registering thoughts, experiences etc., the disc/s storing these and the system that effects this as well as recall for re-use in many ways. Both the brain and the computer utilise energy for power. Both are ‘mechanical’ in their function, and both need external input to function fully. This input comes from the Mind except where the autonomous activity is concerned. Both need the ‘human element’ to function and, when ‘the plug is pulled’ or ‘half pulled’ function ceases or goes on standby.
The Mind consists of three intermingled elements v.i.z. the conscious, subconscious and superconscious. This terminology implies levels or layers but that is not the reality. To, by description, approximate the reality we can take the analogy of water vapour in the atmosphere which, depending on varying conditions influenced by local and global factors, forms clouds of varying density, colour and potential whilst still being water. The result of what is formed creates shade, darkness of varying density, storms, clear skies or rain. Similarly, the Mind creates peace and placidity, gloom, fear and turmoil, happiness or emotions. The structure, so to speak, of the Mind is formless and in a continual state of flux, responding to the interaction between existing ‘data’ and the constant influx of new ‘data’, and underscoring this is the innate ‘data’ of the soul or, responding to the interaction of the conscious, subconscious and the superconscious. Hence, the brain is not the Mind but a tool of the Mind, and is free to function independently of the mind whereas the converse is not the case. The Mind is a reflection of the soul. The body and the personality of an entity incarnate are not the Mind but only a creation of that part of the soul relevant to the soul’s purpose and/or mission in any given life.
Like the Great Spirit the Mind is beyond description – it just is.
This is the condition where we, individually or collectively, drift through life without thought; we just go with the flow created by society and culture. Sometimes, thought kicks in and we become aware of our thoughtless drift – and, sometimes, with this awareness we realise that we are on the wrong road and do something about changing direction.
The mind is that state of Thought which is limited to the five senses. Thinking – where the brain is the transformer to the physical (plane) – is an activity of the mind and is Thought in action. Thought itself is a constant.
The Soul, Thought & Thinking.
When the Buddha said that there is no such thing as the atman or soul he was correct. The soul is merely the sum total of past experiences and is, therefore, not an entity in itself; it is merely an “attachment” to the Spirit entity or, figuratively speaking, the “garments” of the Spirit entity. It is these attachments or garments that are shed in the process of enlightenment.
The Buddha posed the question, “What is it that thinks?” and answered it by saying, “It is thought that thinks.” The Great Spirit, God, The Creative Force is Thought and we are created in It’s image. Hence, although there is no soul as such, we are Spirit, which is Thought; and as humans we are Thought manifest in human form or Thought manifest “in the flesh” (from the Latin in + carno, with carno meaning flesh.)
Does the brain think? No, it is only a mechanical organ, a transformer between the soul and the physical being, and a device programmed to perform autonomic physical functions. Does the mind think? Yes, if we consider this activity in terms of mental “thinking”, but it is only mental activity which we term thinking. Does the soul think? No, as it is only a bank of experiences. Thus, we arrive at the question “What thinks?” Thinking is not Thought because Thought does not involve activity – it just is, but Thought creates, and one thing it creates is the activity of thinking – it is the origin of thinking but is not, of itself, thinking. If
we coined new words such as ment (mental) for ‘think’ or a ‘thought’, and menting (mental activity) for ‘thinking’, we remove the confusion with Thought caused by our use of the words ‘think’ and ‘thinking’.
Thought and Thinking.
There is thinking and there is Thought. Thinking is a mental process, Thought just is – it is still, it is all-encompassing, limitless, indescribable and all-powerful. Thinking is a soul activity, Thought is Spirit, and from it all knowledge flows.
Mind and Thought.
As the mind shrinks at the will of the initiate, thought flows in to fill the spaces so created.
The Bubble of Thought.
If awareness is a pond, a Thought* is the bubble that rises from the depths and bursts at the surface.
(*For my definition see Ian’s Dictionary.)
Thought and Menting.
Regarding other references to menting, ment, mentivity etc. try this:
For Thought manifesting one might best refer to the common expressions “It dawned on me.” and “It occurred to me.” in which is implied the absence of mental activity; in other words no menting or mentivity.
The inquiring mind will wonder why we are the way we are and the wise will read my writings which set out the answers – the same answers which others have set out over at least 2500 years. Quo vadis, my friends?
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