Autonomy Jan 23, 2013 10:22:42 GMT -8
Post by enigma on Jan 23, 2013 10:22:42 GMT -8
The reason the split mind occurs is that there is the belief that there is a person forming his own thoughts consciously, and that this person can therefore stop thinking, or at least should be able to. So it begins innocently enough with the idea to think good thoughts or stop thinking or whatever.
Since it's not actually true that there is conscious control, it doesn't actually work. What it amounts to is a control pattern overlaid onto the existing pattern of thought, which does influence the thoughts, but not to the extent intended since the control pattern is just added.
Still, the conclusion might be that the control worked a little, and so more control may be applied. This is an illusion and there was never any control involved. The thought to control thoughts did not originate from a supposed controller, but rather from the same place the rest of the thoughts came from; the past conditioning of beliefs, fears and desires.
At this point, there is the belief in a controller, and some other thoughts that need to be controlled. What started out as one apparent person wanting to simply choose his thoughts has now become two apparent thought sources in conflict. Nobody starts out thinking that they are two, but the false idea of control leads to the erroneous conclusion that the failure to control must be the result of there being a mind, and then a person trying to control mind. This battle is not only fruitless, but also an additional source of struggle.
Not enough to just know it though. The illusion has to be seen through. If it isn't, improving thoughts may be a good temporary option?!
What I've tried to say is that it's not a good option. It doesn't work. The dualistic experience is not improved by changing thoughts. It does, however, improve by walking off the battle field, and this happens with clarity, not thought control. I'll have to get my sig back: the only way to win is to not play the game.
You might want to read this article from the website on the positive psychology movement