Pain in all its forms; fear, irritation, depression, anger, sadness, loneliness, frustration, all arise from a split mind.
Think about that.
Imagine your body being pulled in two different directions. Imagine the constant pain and discomfort you would feel if this was the way you lived day after day with a constant tug of war. With half of your body pulled left and half pulled right, how could you ever find comfort, rest or peace?
This is what our minds do 24/7 and is the reason we always seem to feel a certain amount of daily anxiety and tension. Unless we have trained our minds to be one-pointed without the split.
What is the split?
It is trying to perceive the world with two very different thought patterns that can be described as:
Love or Fear.
Light or Darkness.
Abundance or Scarcity.
Oneness or Separation.
Truth or Falseness.
Forgiveness or Judgment.
God or Ego.
None of these can exist at the same time. Each one cancels the other out.
Can we feel loving towards something and also be fearful at the same time? No but we can go back and forth in a constant split between love and fear as a way of perceiving the world and ourselves. This is what many interpersonal relationships do and it creates enormous confusion in the mind and even more fear. Do I love or do I fear this person? Which is it and why can I not decide?
Can we see darkness when the light is on? No, but we can sit in a room and drive ourselves mad by turning the light on and off, on and off, trying to decide if we want light or dark.
Can something be scarce when we have an abundance of the very same thing? No, but we can throw away what we have through sabotage and then rush back to restore it while we grow weary of the back and forth cycle of have and have not.
Can one thing be separated into two fragments and still be called one? No, but we can get caught in circle of breaking things apart and then putting them back together, repeating the pattern of wholeness and separateness confusing ourselves as to which is the natural state.
If something is true can it also be false under the same conditions? No, but we can deceive ourselves by changing the conditions without admitting it and then convince ourselves that what was once true is now false and what was false is now true, causing us to feel unstable, confused and scared.
When we forgive by seeing the ignorance and the innocence through which a mistake was made, is it possible to judge? No but we can forgive easily when it does not affect us directly and then condemn vehemently when we feel threatened causing us to ask ourselves, what are we? Forgiver or condemner?
If we see God as the creator and the creative force of the universe, is it possible to believe that our individual egos are the creators of anything? No, but we can fool ourselves into thinking we are mini-gods able to “make” anything happen only to run back to God and beg for his intervention when what we have “made” does not turn out to please us.
Do you see the split? It causes us to be in a state of confusion and instability. Who are we? Are we lovingness or fear? Are we light or dark? Abundant or scarce? One or separated? Truth or falseness? Forgiving or judgmental? God reliant or ego dependant?
The way out of this pain of confusion, fear, uncertainty and all of its associated negative reactions; anger, frustration, sadness, depression and loneliness is to CHOOSE.
We must choose one thought process over the other and train ourselves to stay with it day in and day out. This constant choice over and over is the most important choice we will make. It affects everything else in our lives.
We actually need to focus less on the details of our lives and more on the consistent choosing of this choice again and again developing a mind that is one pointed rather than split.
With this one pointed mind, all else will fall into place because the power of our mind when it is wholly focused is beyond what we may be able to conceive as true right now, but will be proven to us with practice.
So what thought pattern do you choose? Will you look at the world and at yourself in every moment possible with love, light, abundance, oneness, truth, forgiveness and God?
Or will you choose the other?
One will limit you. The other will expand you. Not choosing will drive you insane.
Peace is a one pointed mind focused on love.