Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Mind Is Filled With Logic, But Lacks Wisdom.


By Pamela J. Wells

The mind can never know truth. Beliefs are merely notions about truth. Beliefs are mind-made, man-made, not truth. Truth cannot be found  through the mind, through thinking. A mind that divides, categorizes, and dissects is self-centered, delusional—the egoic state of consciousness. Transcend the mind to become one with the source, life force, consciousness—pure, absolute awareness.

As long as one separates themselves from others, mentally and physically, they will continue to suffer and live a miserable life. Let go of all notions and beliefs about this or that, let go of opinions, judgment, let go of thoughts—and the wall of separation suddenly vanishes, and all that is left is pure joy and peace.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Awareness Cannot Be Changed, Only Thoughts Can

By Pamela J. Wells




The illusory self, the ego, can’t stand being judged by others. Awareness doesn’t care one way or the other. It is not the mind, so it doesn’t think or analyze things. If someone is saying something about you, you are aware of what they are saying. You do not need to add any thoughts or opinions to it, to identify yourself with it, or to begin judging the other person so you do not feel so bad about what they said about you. If you are aware of what they said and don’t become attached to it, you stay in awareness. Your peace is not disturbed. You are still in the same state of being that you were before. Nothing has changed. Nothing external to you can affect you. Awareness cannot be changed, only thoughts can. Release the thoughts and remain in awareness. 

Copyright © 2012 Pamela J. Wells. All Rights Reserved

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Social Networks, Status, & Approval

By Pamela J. Wells


Social networks can be fun, a place to meet like-minded people or to learn about other cultures, to connect with family members who live far away, or to market your business; but, it can also be ego’s playground if you let it.

When you derive your self-worth from the number of followers you have or the number of people who like or share your posts, that is when you run into a problem. Of course, we all want people to enjoy what we post, but when we become attached to their responses and approval, it can have an impact on the way in which we view ourselves and our emotions. If we have low self-esteem or are narcissistic it will impact us greatly, but don’t let someone with an inflated sense of self fool you. Someone who boasts and brags, deep down inside, they have a little “me” who wants to be accepted and wants the approval of others; otherwise, there would be no need to brag and boast; so, low self-esteem and a big ego are one in the same. They just appear differently from what our eyes can perceive.

On social networks, such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, you will also see people who follow a large amount of people, but then unfollow immediately, so that it appears as though they are very popular and important. Perception is key and they use it to their advantage, but what do they really, truly, have to gain from doing that? They live on the surface level of the ocean of appearances and never dive down deep below the surface to truly connect to life and to others. When you live on the surface and the waves of the ocean, you live on the waves of your emotions, are effected by external phenomenon and never dive deep within.

The way in which social networks impact a person is dependent upon what that person is seeking from them. Are they seeking to meet new people and connect on a deeper level and not place conditions and expectations on others, or is he or she seeking to stand out, to be unique, special, to be accepted, to be approved of? 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How To Meditate I - What is Meditation (Video)



How To Meditate II - Sitting Meditation (Video)



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Abide As The Self ◦ Ramana Maharshi (Video)



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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Your Mind Will Not Bring You Peace

By Pamela J. Wells

No matter what you think about meditation, always know that your mind will not bring you peace. The only way to feel peace inside (the natural state of your being) is to relax the mind and this is done through meditation. You may say, “I don’t have enough time!” Well, if you don’t have enough time then you really do not want to be at peace. Just a few minutes a day is all it takes and as time goes by you will start to spend more and more time meditating. When you have a hectic schedule and you find yourself going from Point A to Point B from the time that you wake-up to the time that you go to sleep and sleep seems to be the only time that you are not constantly going, what you need to do is to take just a few minutes out of your day to meditate.

When you think about mediation, you think about sitting in a certain position with your legs crossed—that you have to do it a certain way, in a certain position, and in a certain place. If you want to do that, that’s fine. There are a variety of meditation techniques that you can follow, but you have the option to do it in a non-traditional manner, which enables you to do it anywhere and especially if you are on a fast-paced, busy schedule every day that leaves little room for meditation, so being able to meditate anywhere is the key, which can be done using the most basic and important part of meditation, which is to close your eyes, relax your body, and focus on your breath, slowly breathing in and breathing out. This enables you to clear your thoughts and come to a peaceful state. Feel your lungs slowly expand as you breathe in and slowly retract as you breathe out. You can also imagine stillness, space,  emptiness (such as a black and vast space of emptiness) while you are breathing in and breathing out.


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Nature of the Mind

Excerpt from the Book: 
Be As You Are: 
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi



Q: What is the nature of the mind?

A: The mind is nothing other than the ‘I’-thought. The mind
and the ego are one and the same. The other mental faculties such
as the intellect and the memory are only this. Mind [manas],
intellect [buddhi], the storehouse of mental tendencies [chittam],
and ego [ahamkara1 ; all these are only the one mind itself. This is
like different names being given to a man according to his
different functions. The individual soul [jiva] is nothing but this
soul or ego.

Q: How shall we discover the nature of the mind, that is, its ultimate
cause, or the noumenon of which it is a manifestation?

A: Arranging thoughts in the order of value, the 'I'-thought is
the all-important thought. Personality-idea or thought is also the
root or the stem of all other thoughts, since each idea or thought
arises only as someone's thought and is not known to exist
independently of the ego. The ego therefore exhibits thought activity.

The second and the third persons [he, you, that, etc.] do
not appear except to the first person [I] . Therefore they arise only
after the first person appears, so all the three persons seem to rise
and sink together. Trace, then, the ultimate cause of 'I' or
personality.

From where does this 'I' arise? Seek for it within; it then
vanishes. This is the pursuit of wisdom. When the mind
unceasingly investigates its own nature, it transpires that there is
no such thing as mind. This is the direct path for all. The mind is
merely thoughts . Of all thoughts the thought 'I' is the root.
Therefore the mind is only the thought 'I'.

The birth of the 'I'-thought is one's own birth, its death is the
person's death. After the 'I'-thought has arisen, the wrong identity
with the body arises. Get rid of the 'I, -thought. So long as 'I' is
alive there is grief. When 'I' ceases to exist there is no grief.

Q: Yes, but when I take to the 'I'-thought, other thoughts arise
and disturb me.

A: See whose thoughts they are. They will vanish. They have
their root in the single 'I' -thought. Hold it and they will
disappear.

Q: How can any enquiry initiated by the ego reveal its own
unreality?

A: The ego's phenomenal existence is transcended when you
dive into the source from where the 'I' -thought rises.

Q: But is not the aham-vritti only one of the three forms in
which the ego manifests itself. Yoga Vasishtha and other ancient
texts describe the ego as having a threefold form.

A: It is so. The ego is described as having three bodies, the
gross, the subtle and the causal, but that is only for the purpose of
analytical exposition. If the method of enquiry were to depend on
the ego's form, you may take it that any enquiry would become
altogether impossible, because the forms the ego may assume are
legion. Therefore, for the purposes of self-enquiry you have to
proceed on the basis that the ego has but one form, namely that of
aham-vritti.

Q: But it may prove inadequate for realising jnana.

A: Self-enquiry by following the clue of aham-vritti is just like
the dog tracing his master by his scent. The master may be at
some distant unknown place, but that does not stand in the way
of the dog tracing him. The master's scent is an infallible clue for
the animal, and nothing else, such as the dress he wears, or his
build and stature, etc., counts. To that scent the dog holds on
undistractedly while searching for him, and finally it succeeds in
tracing him.

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Quote


If you get too caught up in spiritual terminology, right/wrong, 
then you are still playing on the monkey bars of the mind. 

~Pamela J. Wells~