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Beyond Mind

Posted on Monday, Dec 31st 2007

In The Renaissance Mind, I started a discussion on creativity that stems from the multi-dimensional mind. One of the readers, Gregory, brought up an additional “zone” from which creativity emerges. It is the zone beyond thought, beyond intellect, beyond the mind.

Most of the time, our mind is engaged in incessant chatter. The patterns of this chatter are familiar, repetitive, and not terribly creative. To tap into the more pure zone of creativity that is in the realm of “consciousness”, a zone that is well beyond the mind, this non-creative chatter needs to be stopped.

In the words of Eckhart Tolle:

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly – you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over.

It’s almost as if you were possessed without knowing it, and so you take the possessing entity to be yourself.

The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity – the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.

You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.”

I would like to end the year on this note, encouraging my dear readers to experiment with these two zones in 2008 and beyond: the zone Beyond Mind, and the zone of The Renaissance Mind. I would be very interested in hearing what you come up with in your journey, and welcome you to use this forum to share your thoughts.

And before I end, I will share one of my personal “tools” with you.

I often travel to the zone Beyond Mind through my Renaissance Mind. Whether it is through travel, cuisine, dance, music, painting, photography, or literature … there are many avenues to the zone of no-mind, no-thought, pure consciousness, and pure presence.

I invite you, therefore, to give your Renaissance Mind the attention it deserves.

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This is a great post that refocuses our attention on questions of consequence.

However, even within the realm of the mind, I find that our thought processes are increasingly scattered and our attention spans shorter than ever before. I attribute this to the problem of information overload. We are constantly bombarded with emails, phone calls, instant messages, breaking news articles, RSS feeds, stock alerts, people stopping by to chat etc. that are serious interruptions to any sustained thought process and reflection.

How does one tune out of these interruptions and train the mind to think in a disciplined manner? The answer to this question I believe will help unlock our creative energies.

To use an analogy, it seems like we are more in tune with the ripples of an ocean than with the waves and the tides. We have lots of data, but fewer insights.

Would love to hear your thoughts and those of other readers here on this subject.

Sudarshan Dharmapuri Monday, December 31, 2007 at 2:04 PM PT

Hi Sudarshan,

I think the answer lies in learning to control your mind, and the most effective process of doing so that I know of, is through meditation.

If you practice long enough, you learn to switch certain thoughts on and off. Especially the repetitive chatter. You observe. You see them coming. You hit the switch. It goes away.

Another good analogy is washing off dirt and dust that have accumulated over years through entrenched thoughts, belief patterns, dogmas, assumptions.

Through cleansing this “legacy”, a fresh state of mind is achieved.

This is why, breaking the rhythm of “patterns” is so important in allowing the creative channels to flow again.

More later.


Sramana Mitra Monday, December 31, 2007 at 4:02 PM PT

nice to find this topic here..

sudarshan, my two paisa worth… information overload and “busy mind” are not cause and effect, they are the same thing… we perhaps can say that creation is speeding up….

which is a great thing, because it makes it much easier to watch the watcher, identify with the witness of the thoughts and not the thoughts themselves…

after all, we are the awareness, the subject, not what is passing through, the objects of thought… it is becoming easier to see now… just a change in the direction of attention…

enjoy, this is a most practical subject for the current world….


gregory Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 1:16 AM PT

and sudarshan, i am sure you know the analogy about the waves and the ocean, they are not separate…. which it helps to remember sometimes.. 🙂

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