This site has been created to expand and share on some of the insights that led to the writing of It's Monday Only in Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts.

Inner Conflict

All conflict arises from within your inner questions. Without discipline the mind that’s full of questions won’t have any answers provided so you will have to look externally and constantly blame others…

All conflicts are ego based because they come from the Conditioned Mind. If you’re in conflict with what’s written here, that arises from within you, the words don’t cause it. It doesn’t matter if you agree with this or not, just understand if there’s conflict that it comes from within you, not from what’s written. Oh how we love to blame others for our own self created conflicts, but the only reason this is so is because of the lack of understanding of our own mind.

Nothing causes conflict unless it’s allowed. If you can change something by all means change it, but if it’s being changed just because you don’t like it, it needs to be looked at why there’s a conflict to begin with because even if the thing is changed, you will just move on to the next thing that will cause you to become agitated and then in conflict once again.

Everything that I have come to understand over the last eleven years has arisen from within myself. It has been through the practice of discipline that real answers have arisen directly from my own inner questions. I can’t have anyone else’s answers because the one who questions is the one who has the answers. I do not have your answers because I do not have your questions. Everyone has their own questions to answer. Truth is the same for all beings, but how we come to its understanding is from the questions within ourselves. When one sits in stillness, revealed are answers to our questions, this is when conflict with yourself and with the world will be no more…

When you’re not in bondage to the constant need or pull of satisfying self pleasures, the mind settles and the Universe works with the talents that are within you for the betterment of humanity…

Letting go of the “I” of stubbornness that causes you to suffer as it arises as greed, hate, and delusion allows for a higher vibrating existence because the low vibration of stubbornness is no more. At the core of holding onto stubbornness is the belief that the more you satisfy your “I” ladened sense pleasures, the happier you will be. Satisfying these pleasures are not an issue until this low vibration takes hold, it is then that problems arise. Remove the mask of stubbornness and what you will be left goes beyond anything you can imagine.

The bondage of wanting pleasure is not only sought by just about everyone, it has been in place since existence began. Forget about going beyond it, it’s no small feat just to become aware of it, but when there’s awareness of the low vibration of this pleasure seeking, the results are miraculous. There’s no telling what you may experience when pleasure seeking takes a back seat. Your higher vibrating existence will go in a direction not previously known because the pleasure seeking that’s been blocking it falls away.

When there’s not the constant pull for pleasure, the mind settles and the Universe works with whatever talent is in you for its betterment. There may be a musician, an artist, a gardener or botanist, or even a writer inside you, who knows a book may even come out of it. I guarantee you this, whatever it is that’s comes from your creative energy, it will be from a higher vibration based in love because that’s just the way the Universe rolls; at least that’s been my experience…

The quiet mind is of peace and has the discipline of the Universe behind it. The distracted mind has no such discipline so there’s usually some form of drama associated with it…

It’s not like quieting the mind is something that just happens. At times it’s naturally more quiet than others, but quietness is not the norm without discipline. Sometimes I have to take a breath and stop what I’m doing, its almost as if there’s a reset button for my mind. I can usually tell a breath is needed when everything in my eyes view has some kind of issue attached to it; sometimes it just has to do with living life and making mountains out of molehills. Understand though I’m not talking about when I have to do something like work, appointments, or certain things that need to be done, when this happens the mind is usually unknowingly busy so it doesn’t really take into consideration it’s not quiet. I’m talking mostly about days where I’m afforded idle time.

Even when an undisciplined mind has what it thinks it needs there are still distractions, and these are in the form that makes you believe all is well, that you’re re accomplishing great feats, at least in your head. Upon further investigation though you find the undisciplined mind is still in control, it is just using distractions as noise. Here’s why, in order to have a quiet mind the present moment has to arise from quietness. It doesn’t mean you don’t do, it just means what you do is from the stillness of the moment, not the distractions of “I” having to accomplish something. The quiet mind is of peace and has the discipline of the Universe behind it. The distracted mind has no such discipline behind it, that’s why there’s usually some form of created drama associated with it. Idle time can be a useful tool in our awakening process, but only if it’s understood how to use your idle time to practice quietness, and this is even if your own mind tells you need to use something as a distraction…

An Undistracted Shift

What occurs when there’s a shift to view life differently is the heart opens. This allows the truth that has always been there to be revealed so where there was once a distraction you now see…

People think there’s a change when a different view is revealed, but the essence of what’s truly happening is the distractions that have been blocking truth shift; you see what has always been there. It’s not a change that occurs, it’s a shift from delusional thinking to an understanding of the true nature of things; starting with your own mind. You cannot shift if you don’t know yourself and you cannot know yourself if you don’t understand the distractions of the Conditioned Mind. The reason why it’s so difficult to shift is because your own mind keeps you distracted. It tells you everything is okay, that you do enough to get by in life. And as long as it’s pleasurable you will not look within because the pleasure distracts you.

Truly looking at yourself at first isn’t pleasurable, that’s why so many people are hesitant to do it. It’s much easier and pleasurable to remain distracted with an out there view and do what is familiar, but there are only benefits when the distractions fall away and an honest self reflection is done. A step into the unfamiliar will need to be taken so you can get to know yourself.

The mind uses the distractions of what’s familiar because it’s what’s in place, only a honest self reflection allows truth to be revealed; this is the way one shifts and truth becomes what is familiar. When truth is revealed what happens is the veil of distracted ignorance is removed and where you were once blind you now see, but it’s not a change, it’s a shift and it allows truth to be revealed because you are no longer distracted and can see what has always been there…

Prison of Lies

Whatever is used that you think is needed to be happy will be what becomes the prison of your lies. It’s not right or wrong, but the key is to understand if this lie will truly provide what you think it will…

What most people don’t understand about my writings is that the view of life I have today is not the view I always had. To me, whoever is looked upon for inspiration or whatever, it should be noted that most likely they didn’t always see things as they do. I’m fortunate to have experienced two totally different ways of viewing life, it’s where my insights arise from and the reason why I share. Having lived unconsciously for so many years has actually become my greatest asset. When I write about something it’s always from a lesson that I learned, it’s never about being smarter or knowing more than anyone else. What is there is simply what’s there and it’s what’s shared. When I talk about quietness or stillness it’s because I lived a life full of noise. When there’s talk of attachment, it’s because attachment was my master.

Everyone who is alive experiences life, it’s what’s done with the experience that determines if it’s a prison. An example would be anything you think you need to make you happy. Nothing inherently is right or wrong, but the key is to understand if the need will provide what you think it will. Deep down inside nothing changes you. I went through a life of much suffering, always in prison of what my Conditioned Mind made me believe was happiness; today I see this for the lie that it is. When I write something, it’s because I can see the self serving prison I was stuck in; I have since been provided with a view of liberation. I know I’m very direct in my approach, but I’m not insensitive to anyone else’s view, it’s just that I’ve been where most people are and I can see the prison of lies that far too many remain stuck in…

Running in Place Energy

As long as you are seeking you will always be seeking and you will remain stuck as though you are running in place, exerting all kinds of energy, but not really getting anywhere…

What keeps a person stuck in their running in place energy is trying to manufacture peace, love, kindness, mindfulness, spirituality, and so on, instead of aligning yourself through discipline with the present moment which allows these attributes to arise naturally. This manufacturing is what keeps the energy of running in place active. The energy of this is circular (not getting anywhere) so it’s never going to produce anything that’s beneficial. You may bounce to a seemingly different path because it’s given a different label, but as long as you think you have to do something to manufacture a certain desired result, running in place energy will continue regardless of what it’s called and you will remain stuck in that spot.

This seeking of desired results makes a person use an an array of things, from sweets, drugs, alcohol, gambling, tv, success, sex, programs, another book, retreat, a path, meditation, and many other things. What these all have in common is they keep you entrenched in the running in place energy of seeking which is attachment to the Conditioned Mind of”I”. A true transformation of the spirit cannot be manufactured and this is because seeking energy is the exact energy that blocks the alignment which allows energy to transform. Only when you stop attaching to the running in place energy can a transformation or shift occur. As long as you are seeking you will always be seeking and you will remain stuck running in place, exerting all kinds of energy, but not really getting anywhere…

A Closed Mind View

There’s not much life in something that has no flowing energy and this is exactly what happens when one has a closed mind view; the free flowing energy of life is cut off and unfortunately this causes suffering…

A closed mind view is what causes a person to get locked into only seeing things from one side. It matters little what is seen as it’s the rigidness of being closed minded that doesn’t allow your energy to be free flowing. This is what happens when a story is created and it becomes the closed minded view of what life is about in any particular moment. The closed mind becomes very deeply entrenched as you become more and more emotionally tied into whatever it is that’s being viewed. It’s very difficult to not attach to something that’s of the mind and has a story of it being dear to our hearts, such as our children, spouse, parents, relatives, friends and so on. You can have compassion, passion, and genuine love for something without attaching to it and being closed minded.

To me this closed mind view is the normal view of most people and it’s why many suffer unnecessarily. I’ve noticed this occurring in so many lives including my own and I can see the suffering it causes. Unfortunately those in the midst of a closed mind view can’t see it, nor can they pull themselves out of it until the closed mind is seen as the cause of their suffering. The closed mind view doesn’t allow the openness needed to be free from attachment and since attachment is the root of suffering, suffering is inevitable. The tighter the grip of something, the more one becomes closed minded and the less free flowing energy there is in that life. There’s not much life in something that has no flow and this is exactly what happens when free flowing energy is cut off as the closed mind view controls life and inevitably causes suffering…