The Intuitive Mind.

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Another outcome of a diminished ego-self is an intuitive and sensitized mind. You see the other’s viewpoint and can sense where he is coming from, his way of thinking, why and what he is doing or is likely to do. You are able to discern from the tone of voice and intonations, from facial cues and body language; and sense the other’s emotion and pick-out even subtle undercurrents. Besides this whereas earlier your thoughts derived from societal values and knowledge accumulated, these now do not retain a stranglehold over you. Instead what is called your conscience or inner voice or true-self now finds constant expression. You view matters in your own way with simple clarity and understanding, and see the larger picture with a mind free from narrowed perception. What’s more and this is the strangest part – more and more the answer accompanies the question; you have insights which subsequently bear out.

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Searchlight On Yourself.

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Our thoughts are very often irrational or even obsessive. Thinking is the past interpreting or giving perspective to the present. It is a point of view and in a sense a distortion of reality. We look at the world through a prism of our worries, regrets and sorrows; essentially through our story. Your perceived reality need not be the way it is and you need not respond to life-situations in the manner that you do. Explore the mind with curiosity. Why do you think in the manner you do? Honest introspection is all that is needed; and surprisingly thoughts lose their compulsive force, there is clarity, and you are empowered to steer the mind. Dive deep into the subconscious, just looking and not judging, going wherever the investigation leads you. Uncover yourself. Find out what you are and why you are the way you are, and by doing so make peace with yourself. Be fearless for at the very depth, beyond what are no more than memories of experience, you are – untainted fullness without limitation.

Signs, Superstition And Astrologers.

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You have a flight to catch. You pick-up the morning newspaper, open to a random page and the first article that catches your eye is about a plane crash. Is it sheer coincidence or a sign? Amid so much happening everywhere all the time, coincidences are to be expected. In a sense every moment is a coincidence, a meeting of happenings. As in the allegory of the crow that sat on a tree at the same time as a fruit fell from a high branch killing it, there is no connection between the two events or reason for it.

The mind makes connections and looks for patterns. The connections are usually rational but many a time it is nonsensical, cannot stand up to scrutiny and ought to be rejected. Instead an irrational line of thinking encouraged can turn into a menacing habit. Recognizing signs, looking for signs, even asking for signs! Such absurdities are toxic for the mind. They first take hold when you are at your most vulnerable. Visits to an astrologer or priest for an end to your troubles, the favorable time of day to undertake work, a lucky or else unlucky colour or number… are all in the end cause for paranoia and idiocy; when you should be aiming instead to clear the mind of needless traffic.

Of Intellectual Truthfulness.

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The foremost prerequisite to strong thinking is to respect and place truth above all else. This entails that you recognize the limits of knowledge and that even long and strongly held beliefs might not necessarily be right or embody the whole truth. Furthermore that nothing is sacred or beyond challenge if evidence, sound reasoning and experience suggests otherwise.

Secondly rightful thinking requires that you consider viewpoints without prejudice and without fear, having intellectually given up self-importance that clouds truth. It requires that you acknowledge that your chain of thought will undoubtedly be influenced by your history and cultural leaning and affiliations and moreover that you try sympathetically to understand the other’s viewpoint and motives by placing yourself in his shoes and environment.

Lastly intellectual truthfulness requires that you pursue evidence and reason wherever it may lead. What is more, if you agree to a submission you must in that case also admit the implications thereof and modify your belief system so as to reject that which is inconsistent with it. Also your actions must echo the beliefs and values that you yourself have built up out of such deliberations over your lifetime.