Martha Ballesteros-Shakti

Consciousness is the essence of who we are, our true nature, the eternal; it is what remains from us when we leave the physical body. Consciousness is the Divine, the Source of all. Consciousness is everything. 

The idea that who we are is our mind is false. The mind is merely a tool needed to navigate life on planet Earth. A kind of recording mechanism. The mind is neither our identity nor our essence. Our mind is given to us as we enter this planet.

The mind belongs to the human body. It is a kind of software set up by the conditioning we are exposed to during the different stages of our lives, mainly childhood and adolescence. The mind also carries information from the collective. 

Many people live their lives identified with their nationality, race, gender, religion, profession, and a set of beliefs. Those are superficial things, accidental. As we start the journey of awakening, we start meditating, releasing the conditioning, living our lives more in tune with our inner being; Consciousness becomes available. 

The mind is powerful, and unless we enter its realm through meditation and observation, we can get stuck and identified with its content which can cause us lots of trouble and, in extreme cases, madness.

The mind is constant chatter, a persistent noise coming randomly from multiple sources of unfinished business in our lives. The moment we stop identifying with all that chatter and start to observe its content, we can see how involved we get in its whispering campaign. Strong emotions and traumatic experiences drive our minds crazy. In such moments we get bombarded with a constant stream of “suggestions” that may not necessarily be the best way out of the problems.

When speaking with people who have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), it is fascinating to observe that the mind is triggered by events that look similar to the original experience. The person keeps getting images and flashbacks of the traumatic event, feeling the emotions that sadly sometimes drive the victim to commit violent actions against themselves or others.

But the mind is also an extraordinary tool that the collective has not explored correctly. When we get lost in the mind’s drama and tittle-tattle, we remain in a dark and limited place. But if we can bring awareness to it, focusing on its creative nature and using it to enhance our lives, we will thrive on the planet. 

The most beneficial thing we can do for ourselves is to let go of our identification with the triggers and content of the mind through awareness and meditation.

This practice will take us by and by to an inner space of silence, of No-Mind. In that space we stop being the servants of the mind and become free of blockages, in synchronicity and alignment with the flow of perfection that keeps the universe living in harmony.   

Achieving silence in our minds is one of the most profound experiences we can have. The result of a silent mind is peace and balance within. That space becomes the bridge to connect with our true nature—Consciousness.

The magical result of the practice of sitting silently observing our thoughts, like a neutral witness, without getting identified with any of them is that the space within the thoughts grows larger and larger, forging a direct path to our inner core. In that place Consciousness resides untouched, eternal, ever present.

SIMPLE MEDITATION PRACTICES

  • When a thought or feeling for or against a person or a situation arises, do not project it unto the other person or situation in question but remain centered—bringing all the focus of your attention to your breath and your body with kindness and compassion.
  • Just as you have the impulse to do something, stop. Remain focused on your breath for two or three minutes. Practice that throughout the day.
  • When a desire comes to your mind, consider it. Then simply release it, let it go. Turn inside, focus your attention simultaneously on your heart, your belly button, and the inhalation and the exhalation. Remain in that space for a few minutes.
  • When eating or drinking, slow down, close your eyes, enter your inner world of senses, let the taste of food or drink inundate you, and allow yourself to be filled by it.

~Taken from Tenderness the Essential Art Workbook
By Martha Ballesteros-Shakti

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