A Quiet Mind

It has been very easy for me to take the gift of the teaching ideas and try to follow them to the letter; but I was jolted out of the “ideal” of the necessity of having a quiet mind before reporting by an experience of a fellow student.

Kristin S., a fellow student, was crossing a bridge when her beloved little dog, Molly, jumped off the bridge into a raging river.

Naturally, Kristin was declaring emergency; and she started yelling out loud. “X, MOLLY HAS JUMPED INTO THE TURBULENT WATER AND WILL BE KILLED AND I CANNOT GET IN TO SAVE HER!”

The dog swirled around and around and then was pulled away with the current. Kristin ran off the bridge calling the dog to her seeing there was no way for Molly to make her way to the shore or for Kristin to plunge into the river and rescue her.

Kristin kept screaming to X. Truly the mind was not quiet. Continuing to run down the bank, she came to a drop off that would not allow her to follow any further.

All of a sudden she observed that the dog somehow miraculously reached the other bank and was able to scramble to safety. 

In awe and relief, she raced across the bridge and scooped her beloved Molly into her arms.

So often I will wait until I can get a quiet mind to report and that certainly has a great value; but this little experience has given me the freedom to report with desperate emotion to X and that X will respond every time.

Now there’s another part of this idea of X being the partner within.  We have accepted suggestions through the years that we will get our way if we complain (enough), stick up for our rights (imagined), please (so they’ll do what we want), quote our authorities (politics, big business, religion and the medical arts), self-improve (to achieve an ideal to which we subscribe) and of course blame (they must change).

So is X listening when we choose one of those to “get things CHANGED?”  The problem is conflict because with the “picture of man” we see there’s and A side and a B side – both sides romancing us to “believe” what they say and they each try to convince us that they are on “our” side.

With this conflict, X is unable to respond two opposing views and must adapt to the emotions resulting from the conflict.  It is said that X has to adapt to all the hormones elicited to fight or run and we don’t do that—we just stew.

When Kristin yelled to X, she was of one mind. There was no conflict. And as she experienced, X responded very nicely and she recognized the source.

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