In this book we will help to explain the mind and its relationship within the field of consciousness. We will view the concepts of consciousness and mind in the form of the ancient texts of India. These ancient texts, known as the Vedas, are several thousand years old and have proven the test of time. The source of this profound knowledge in consciousness was derived from the seers and sages who intuitively experienced and realized that everything was explicable to the ever expansive field of consciousness. Existing in the field of consciousness are layers of infinite vibration of consciousness that are essentially energetic attributes of the pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is an endless creative force that continuously lie beneath the manifestation of everything in the entire universe, including the human body and mind.
With its vast literature on human and cosmic consciousness, the Vedic tradition offers a compelling store of information on the nature of the mind and how our thoughts determine our patterns of daily life. The existence of every thought and its related action creates one’s present and future circumstances, whether positive and negative, pleasurable and painful. We have the power to change and shape our thoughts through the many yogic tools to improve the mental processes of ourselves. Through concentration methods we can narrow our thoughts to one-pointedness to become more still and attentive in our minds. The practice of mantra meditation to allow us to tap into the depth of the mind where an absolute silence or residual potential space lies to be revealed, and become aware of the unconscious mind that greatly influences the mind on how it perceives and operates in the outer world.
The Veda holds the most data on the aspects of the mind, and it offers a myriad of practical disciplines—asanas (postures), pranayama (control of breath), one-pointed-concentration, deep meditation, and customized tools to master the mind. The control of thought or lack of it, which gives one the the ability to make or break your world. Thoughts alone create how you see yourself and circumstances. You are the captain of your ship and your destiny. Only 10 percent of our awakening consciousness is used by the conscious mind. The remaining 90 percent is left to the operative subconscious and unconscious.
Without insight into the hidden workings of the subconscious and unconscious mind, one is left defenseless to the relentless circumstances affronting us daily. This is the advantage of doing the regular practice of any yogic disciplines discussed throughout in the book. These disciplines offer you to begin to integrate the interplay of the conscious and unconscious aspects of the mind so that you create harmony in your thinking process.
So what is unique about this book? I will seek to share with you the most important psychological principles of the ancient traditions. The most important aspect of all human life lies in the mind. The mind alone is the conscious faculty of the brain capable of perceiving itself and the surrounding world. No other creature on our planet has the ability to do so. The human mind has engineered the tallest buildings, built huge cruise ships to cross the oceans, built powerful weapons, and made spaceships to travel to distant planets. It can experience emotions of happiness and sadness, love and hatred, and anger and calm. It has the capacity to intellectualize and reason complex mathematics and science dilemmas. On a psychological level, the mind has the ability to change its concepts and beliefs in order to better or worse its circumstances. It can adapt to the stresses of life by shifting its attention to overcome adversity to bring calm to the mind. On a spiritual level, one can explore the inner world and discover their full potential and realize the innate nature of themselves.
Many never reach their full potential. They fall short and only change superficially to themselves and external things. They get caught up into the pull of the theatrical stage of life. Life appears to be a whirlpool, and each day brings new issues that have to be tackled, leaving little growth of the inner self. Sadly, we do not know where to begin or how to go about it. No one has ever taught us how to slow the mind down or how to empower thoughts, to better the direction our thoughts to respond appropriately to life situations. One’s desires, cravings, sentiments, and instincts are buried deep in the unconscious mind. The unconscious can strongly influence and direct one’s perception, memory, ego, intellect, and reason to the point we act (unknowing) in a certain way. If left to itself, there is no real transformation of personality and spiritual growth. The unconscious mind is not accessible for many, simply because their conscious mind has no awareness of it. It’s not for trying but just not knowing. We need to become more aware with spiritual sensitivity to the influence and workings of the unconscious mind.
The unconscious mind begins to build up data when the conscious mind passes through the stages in childhood and adulthood to gather impressions of enjoyments, achievements, frustration, conflict, and all sorts of experiences that leave their psychological markings on the recorded device beneath the mind.
These impressions are formed at the time the mind perceives them, and simultaneously stored in the unconscious. The unconscious perceives the incoming impression without any bias to right and wrong. There the impressions lie in the depth of the unconscious until they arise to the waking field of the conscious mind to perform their dance on the world stage. The unconscious mind is nothing but a collection of seeded impressions—habits, instincts, desires, feelings, ideas, and concepts. In the fertile unconscious field, they begin to sprout and grow to maturity. At maturity these impressions (unresolved feelings) coexist in the conscious mind and together play out in thought, speech, and action.
Here is where the psychology of yoga (self-analysis) offers one the necessary knowledge to become aware of the power of thought and its subsequent action. Through yogic disciplines, we learn how to rise above the mountains of thoughts that burden our vision and see what is on the other side. We can become aware of the rise and fall of thought waves, and how these impressions are formed by partial feeling, thought, and reason. We can learn to navigate the force of thoughts that either support better choices or hold us back. We can learn to develop the ability to quiet thoughts in order to improve our mental personality. To achieve these seemingly arduous tasks, yogic philosophies have broken down the spiritual journey into numerous practical steps to bring us to explore and find what is compatible to them.
MIND, AYURVEDA & YOGA PSYCHOLOGY