Mind Forming 101
The conversation on this subject started off from me (John) with musings but gradually morphed into input from a broader source. For those of you familiar with this kind of connection, you may recognize the difficulty; that is, losing track who’s doing the talking. I am working on myself to make the attribution issue matter less and less, and I hope the same is true for you.
It is helpful to me to just start typing out my thoughts on the subject, perhaps formulating a specific question, and this process “primes the pump” for my greater mind to kick in and flow. (More likely, that process removes the barriers that I naturally erect to the flow.)
This time I could feel my greater mind taking over the conversation, and turning the conversation in a direction I had not anticipated. I went with the flow, but after rereading the material the following day, it confused me, and I had to go back and seek further understanding.
Rather than subjecting you to the content as it first came through, I am sharing what I hope is a more coherent version that includes that further clarification.
By all means, do not believe any of this because it’s seemingly coming from another source (me or Me). Trust your own thoughts on the subject, and hopefully you will be motivated to share them as well.
DeMarco, Frank; Warren, Rita (2009-06-01). The Sphere and the Hologram: Explanations from the Other Side (Kindle Locations 1560-1564). Hologram Books. Kindle Edition.
Now, when the body dissolves and the spirit returns to us, the content of the mind goes with you. In other words, the content doesn’t get destroyed. But the mind itself is more of a habit than a living function, if you can understand that.
R: It’s hard to understand that the mind is a habit.
TGU: You are familiar with the concept of ghosts. You could look at the ghost in the bodily form as a sort of a habit of the body. It can’t eat, it can’t function – although it can touch things – but you understand, it’s more like a habit of the body than the body. The mind when it is divorced from physical associations that hold it into certain patterns – the neural synapses, the habits, the real, the actual connection with the body – is brought as a memory back to us. And so if you were then to talk to “me,” whoever “me” may be, when “me” is dead, it would have the same flavor but it wouldn’t be the same thing. Let’s do this way. Frank dies today; tomorrow you go upstairs to talk to him; you talk to his spirit through the habit system of his mind, but it’s not the same as his physically connected mind is now. The spirit’s the same. We’re not saying it’s a delusion, but you aren’t dealing with quite the same mind, any more than you can hear with your physical ears his voice, once he’s over on the other side.
From My Joint Mind
Imagine getting the United States Congress to decide by consensus and then act on any given requirement in less than one second. You would immediately say, “Impossible!”. Yet that is what your mind does, over and over every hour of every day. How did it learn how to do that?
When we want to go somewhere we get up and move, or we jump in a car, a train or plane. If we want to connect with others, we pick up the phone or we get on the net, and most of the time we don’t give it a second thought. We are aware of ourselves, our surroundings, others around us, as well as the means to travel and communicate. With that awareness, all we have to do is set an intention and take action, and eventually it materializes. Do you have to think about all of the details that go on from the point when you set the intention to go to the grocery store and when you arrive, other than perhaps the driving itself?
We take so much for granted: you have an intention to type this message, and the fingers move to accomplish it; or, you want to take a drink of water, and it happens seamlessly in parallel with whatever else is being attended to. If we had to consciously make every cell do its job, we would never make any action happen. All these decisions and events going on and we don’t even realize what we are learning or the value in the lesson.
Anyone who has had a stroke or a paralyzing accident can appreciate more fully than the rest the complexities of what it takes in this physical world to go from intention to action.
What almost everyone doesn’t appreciate at all is the bringing together of the many previously individual minds to make a choice or a decision in the first place. We don’t see our day to day lives as training our mind and all its constituents to work together, to make decisions, to learn that it can create action.
How do we really create the result of our intention? For the sake of thinking about this, let’s take two different perspectives. The first assumes we are physical beings in a physical world that has progressed (granted some might say retrogressed) over time to have humans with a capable body, brain, as well as many other developments, such as automobiles at our disposal. Some part of the body says, “I’m hungry!” And then the brain decides to tell the body to get up and go to the car, drive it to the grocery store and pick up some food. Growing up we learned the art of walking, driving, doing things, all as a result of our terrific brain and body. We might call it something mundane, like “functioning”.
Take an alternate view. This physical world is a construct of our minds, many other minds like us, and greater minds as well. Every moment, every possibility already exists and we are flowing our consciousness through or over a selection of elements to make those possibilities a reality, to bring them to life as an experience that becomes a part of us. Our minds, which exist beyond our bodies use that portion of its consciousness bound to the body to create and experience this reality. It’s a part of us because we made it, we created it from the inside out.
Which of these two scenarios is real and which is the illusion?
In either case, the process forms habits. That is, without having to micro-control the millions upon millions of events that have to occur, the intention and the execution just “happen”. If you are one that sees this as a purely physical event, you might believe you can trace the chemistry and physiology, the geology, the geography and the mechanics, including how man invented the automobile.
If you are a metaphysicist you might be able to explain how the reality came to be and how we experience it quite differently.
The important element here is that there is a habit that is being formed. This consciousness we call your soul, learns over and over and over again that a) it is, and b) it can. It can think, it can act, it can create, and it can do that in a way that can be a habit for eternity, well beyond the physical world.
This is so simple and so subtle at the same time that we simply overlook the fundamentals of habit forming, a very significant aspect of soul creating.
How many times have we heard that one of the benefits of being in this Earth physical reality is “delayed consequences”? That is the apparent time lag between our intention and the event. Why is that a benefit to our learning? What do delayed consequences have to do with mind forming?
The illusion of cause and effect provides to you a certainty. You have no doubt that your intention resulted in an effect. Your intention became an action (even if it was a thought creation), which is then sensed by your physical being. That is a habit that reinforces you being you. For the sake of this “learning” or “mind reinforcement” it makes no difference if you take the physicist or a metaphysicist viewpoint. There is of course irony in the fact that cause and effect are not at all what you think they are, but that gets us back onto physics and metaphysics again. Delayed consequences enable a feedback mechanism that allows you to reinforce your own way of being.
We have said the mind is a habit system. We didn’t say all potential functions were possible, like a paraplegic running a marathon; or that all habits were productive, like blocking guidance with beliefs that it is not possible. What we said was you form your habits and those habits reinforce your being, whatever the characteristics of that being are. The system of delayed consequences is an enabler to reinforce to the mind that it has function; that it has perspective. The formed mind doesn’t only think, but it thinks from a unique vantage point, based on constitution, time, place, circumstances, accumulated experience and knowledge.
Your mind is being exercised, it’s making choices, it’s thinking, it’s forming a perspective, and it’s knowing naturally that it can do that. Now you might think that isn’t much of a feat. But now consider that your mind’s starting point was many, many minds previously formed in their own time, own place, own circumstances, all different. Throw this enormous committee made up of “minds of their own” into a new life with an ego as an externally oriented conductor.
The ego says, “Hey all, we’ve got to make a decision here. Form an opinion, create a thought, take some action!” And the committee responds. Very quickly. Repeatedly it is called upon to function, and it responds, and eventually it gets into the habit of being and functioning (in most but not every instance).
You don’t even notice it, yet we are always a little awestruck.