“Mental mastery comes through conditioning.” – Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
This is the point to start, for so many reasons, since we are the only ones who can create for ourselves. It’s true, too, that we are the only ones who can fix ourselves; and Mental mastery is where it must begin.
Seems daunting though. If your life is not where you want it, it does seem odd that suggesting such a lofty task for you like mastering your own mind should be so elementary. But the simple beginning truth to know is: the way out is in.
“It’s the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes problems…….You are not your thoughts; you are aware of your thoughts.” Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul
Pay close attention to your mind activity and you’ll see that you are aware of your mind chattering. There’s a part of you listening. To break it down: your consciousness is listening. It carries awareness. But your mind chats at you, incessantly.
“If your mind is obsessed with thoughts of insecurity and inadequacy it is, of course, due to the fact that such ideas have dominated your thinking over a long period of time…….We build up the feeling of insecurity or security by how we think.” Norman Vincent Peale, The Power Of Positive Thinking
Just as we know that being told something repeatedly, whether in fact true or not, can sooner or later be believed as truth and have great effects on us personally, so your mind wields this very power. Often it drowns out the consciousness, that connection to universal knowing and power, and weakens us; for some, devastatingly so.
“To free yourself of your inner thorns, you simply stop playing with them.” Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul
Be patient with yourself though; it can time. For so long you’ve thought a certain way and have allowed certain thought processes to dominate your mind. Therefore the undoing and mastering may not happen overnight. But your first step is to begin. It’s easy to do – you start by quieting the chatter, in fact, just stop it completely for even small periods of time. Make the mind stay quiet. And don’t say you can’t – tell your mind to say the word “happy”. Do you hear it? Now repeat the word – hear it again? Now yell it in your mind 3 times. And bingo! For a few seconds you’ve mastered your mind. Simple.
Now you need to control what you focus on and allow your mind to think. Be conscious of it throughout the day. You’ll soon discover that you’re catching, and now stopping, several negative flows of inner conversation.
Mastery = mastering attention and intention = mind
Everything carries energy = everything carries consciousness. Think about this: every thing, everything is made of atoms, moving electrons, and in other words, energy.
The mind is the magnet for the energy we find ourselves swathed in.
“The mind runs because you are giving it the power of your attention. Withdraw your attention, and the thinking mind falls away.” Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul
This is why mental mastery is important. Thoughts affect you. You are an energy system. Therefore your thoughts have effect on you, every aspect of you – feelings, actions, reactions, consequences.
This is why we must make a conscious effort to monitor our thoughts and quickly stop and release negative thoughts, whether you believe they serve you or not, it’s not empowering to allow or engage negativity. Remember – it’s an energy fact that like attracts like. Control your energy by controlling your mind.
“Control your focus. Every thought, every feeling, in every moment, either strengthens or weakens – with every given second, we grow or whither, we strengthen or begin to die. So choose to see the beauty of this world, draw love in, embrace joy and peace, and let everything else go.” Tyin C. Krysset, Induced Amnesia
It may take time, but you win mental mastery through training/conditioning. Realize that emotions like fear and worry drain us of power when indulged in. These feelings will rise – acknowledge them, then let them go. I mean it – acknowledge, then let go – and then you place your mind back in its positive track one more time. This will help you to control your response to life, which in turn gives you control over your destiny. It’s all about controlling focus on what you allow yourself to concentrate on. Practice – like it takes for anything we want to conquer – is what makes perfect. Persist. The outcome is so worth it in our long run.