In the last issue, we gave in depth consideration to the problem of identifying with one’s disease, and I suggested one could easily identify oneself as a human being who simply has a limitation, for example, in handling alcohol in the case of alcoholism, or sugar in the case of diabetes, rather than continuing to identify oneself as “an alcoholic” or “a diabetic,” thereby fixing the condition firmly in consciousness as incorrigible. We looked at the roles that consciousness and imagination play in creating reality. Essentially, to use an old aphorism, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
We are human beings with physical, mental and emotional capacities, which are subject to disease and dysfunction. In the next few issues we will take each of these capacities and examine their purpose and, more to the point, what causes them to become ill and what nourishes them back to health. Let’s take the mind first, since it is probably the capacity we use and abuse most in our lives. It’s also the capacity that is generally over-medicated with drugs that have very dangerous side effects.
BODY AND MIND ARE INSEPARABLE
First of all, the conscious mind is a capacity of the physical body. It is a fluid, energetic substance that arises out of the physical body as long as life is present. So, in addressing mental health, we have to address physical health, which I will do in my next issue of Health Light. Let’s consider in this issue the design, purpose, and function of our mental capacity.
Like the water in this picture, the conscious mind is designed to reflect and focus the light of intelligence, or truth. In other words, the human mind is a light-bearer, to use a Biblical metaphor. Ideally, it has a luciferous quality about it that lends insight to our thinking and contemplation by casting light on an issue or situation.
NOURISHED BY TRUTH
The mind is driven and nourished by truth. Truth is what the mind is ideally interested in and seeking. Nothing settles the honest mind like truth. Conversely, nothing unsettles it like untruth and being lied to.
Untruth is at the root of all mental illness. There are other factors, of course, such as chemical imbalance in the brain, malnutrition and physical illness, all of which affect the mind’s ability to function. Ultimately, however, at the root of all mental illness and insanity is the lie, the untruth, the dishonesty, the deceit and denial, the ingenuine, the pretense, amnesia from past trauma, and buried memories of unresolved hurt, just to name a few factors. These form the underlying cause of mental illness. (I will address the physical and chemical factors and some natural solutions, along with alternative solutions to emotional trauma, in the next issue.)
Nourish by truth, the mind will function happily and healthfully. It’s when the mind is starved from truth that it becomes a liar that lives in denial of problems in life, problems that are seeking resolution in the truth. A mind that is disconnected from truth and from reality becomes flighty, unstable and untrustworthy. Counselors and spiritual guides can help reconnect the mind of a person with truth and reality. Drugs, which too many psychotherapists administer these days, do nothing to get to the real cause of mental illness. They only help a person cope with their dysfunction by manipulating brain chemistry. Nutritional and herbal therapy offer more natural support to the healing of the mind, mainly because they address the chemical/nutritional imbalances in the physical body, which includes the brain, a topic we will explore next issue.
USE ACCORDING TO ITS DESIGN AND PURPOSE
As with all things, our human capacities function well and give no trouble as long as they are used according to their inherent design and intended purpose. A simple way of looking at the function of the mind is to understand its design and purpose.
The individual human mind is a very thin layer of rather fluid energy that is designed to be focused and concentrated in such a way as to form a lens through which one may look at things as through a microscope or a magnifying glass. Spread thin, it is of no value as a lens. It gets spread thin when we give it too much to think about at one time, or when we allow it to wander off into areas that are not its business, such as minding other people’s affairs or trying to see into the future or figure out the past. This is the state of a self-active mind. Anytime my mind wanders off, I simply call it back. You can talk to your mind, you know. “Come back here! That’s not your business! Stop worrying about that! Pay attention to what is right here in front of you!” And do it in a loving way. The mind always obeys the command of love and is drawn to love.
The conscious mind has a partner in the sub-conscious mind and memory. Like a water wheel, it dips down into the subconscious memory to pick up thought forms. It then forms new thoughts out of these stored thought forms. As long as it is connected and listening to the sub-conscious mind, the conscious mind shares in a stream of thought and ideas that makes it easy to re-member them, i.e. put them together in a new way for new thought forms pertinent to the moment at hand.
The conscious mind sometimes gets into trouble trying desperately to gather lots of “knowledge” in order to become “smart” or “educated.” It prides itself sometimes on how much it “knows,” most of which is nothing more than concepts and beliefs borrowed from others and from books. It can get so busy in its self-active state gathering information that it forgets its connection to the sub-conscious mind, its true source of stored information, causing memory failure, or the inability to re-member things. It even forgets its connection with the All that is, with God and truth, its Source of nourishment. Disconnected from Source, it spins out of control at times and can even lose its way in the dark and devious mind-made world of greed-driven production and consumption.
A RIGID MIND WILL BREAK
We can know only what we experience. Our experiences establish our authority. Concepts and beliefs we do not own from experience give us no real authority. We know “about” but we do not know in fact. This knowing about is illusional and can be dangerous as it sets us up for disillusionment. Disillusionment can be a blessing, but it can also be a breaking point for a rigid mind. We’ve all had a pet belief or concept challenged, even shattered. A mental break down may occur when one’s core beliefs about reality are shattered and the mind doesn’t have anything to hold onto that gives it a sense, though false, of “knowing” how things are. I wonder sometimes if the mind itself can be lost and shattered to the point of dissipating altogether, and if the substance the mind is made of can be regenerated. A broken mind can be mended and made whole again by love, compassion, and understanding. These are truth to a fragmented mind.
LISTEN TO YOUR TRUTH
Just as thoughts come in from without, thoughts are also coming from above and within. These are the thoughts that we really need to hear and entertain because they are coming from out of the River of Life and bear messages of truth. They are “our truth” that is looking for “our voice” to speak it into our world. We are often too busy listening to others’ thoughts and processing information from outside to hear what Life is saying to us from within. This is another way the mind can lose it connection with Source.
In that state of disconnection the mind is no longer turned by the River of Life, which flows at a steady pace and is never in a hurry. This is the proverbial river that we sometimes find ourselves pushing to get ourselves down stream into the future quicker so we can get what we think is good for us, or what we want NOW. Pushing this river is tiring and can lead to exhaustion, even insanity. The mind gets tired of cranking out life instead of letting the River of Life turn it in its own steady flow and rhythm.
GUARDIAN OF BODY & SOUL
Not minding its own affairs, the mind easily forgets its responsibility to the body, to which it owes its very existence. Our minds can get so busy that they can’t even think clearly about proper nourishment for the body. Junk food and comfort food become our diet, eating on the run most of the time, or just skipping meals to have more time to work on a project. Some people skip breakfast altogether, the most important meal of the day, and ask their body and mind to function on a cup or three of coffee. Caffeine is a drug not nourishment. Little wonder our minds, kick-started with caffeine, spread thin and break down.
LOVE THE TRUTH ABOVE ALL ELSE
Truth, like water, seeks its own level. Let the mind be in love with the truth. If you love the truth above all else, you will always be drawn toward truth. Your body is one with truth. You can trust it. It cannot lie. Let your mind be still and gathered around the body to serve its needs. The body is in the moment – where the River of Life is flowing. Let the mind be in the moment with the body and open to the flow of Life from within. Trust the river flowing through the subconscious mind like a wellspring to bring you what you need to know in each moment.
RE-MEMBER WITH TRUTH
Let the mind get connected again to its storehouse of memory in the sub-conscious mind — re-member with truth. That’s where its connection with God is, with truth, with YOU. And if it tries to wander off into the past or the future, simply say to it. . .
Hey, get back here. Get behind me, not in front of me leading the way. I will lead the way with my spirit. I am the way for you. Trust me and I will lead you forth into creative ventures all in good time. I am the truth for you, offering you balanced control and freedom in truth. I am your life. Eat and drink at my table and fountain. You belong to me. I love and appreciate you. Take leave of your wanderings – and wonderings. Tend to the needs of my body, and my soul. That’s your soul purpose. I need you to keep watch over my heart and to shine my light into my world. You are my light bearer, not the light itself. I am the light of my world. How can I shine into the world if you are busy trying to be the bright one, the know-it-all? Be still and know Me and you will know all you need to know. Be still and know that I am. Be still and know all you need to know in each moment. Focus so that I can see what’s right in front of me needing my attention.
I’m not talking about the human ego here driving the mind to do its bidding like a task master. I’m talking about the authentic Self, the divine being you are, taking the mind in hand in a loving but firm way. In that identity, speak to your mind and retrieve it from its lonely wanderings. Heal your mind.
This poem by Martin Cecil speaks to the healing of the body-mind:
THUS IT IS
From age to age Love’s word rings forth,
“The truth is true and all is well
Unconquerable life prevails.”
O man, whose strident dreams Lead gravewards,
Return to calm and noble Character of Life.
Blaze forth pure virtue;
Depart false ambition’s restless schemes.
Busy thought and troubled feeling
Trespass not in virtue’s wise serenity
Where firm control and awful power Eternally abide.
Here earth’s pains are healed
And cruel chaos of mind’s spawning
Is called again to order and to beauty.
Thus it is, thus it has always been, and thus will it ever be so. My prayer for you is that you will come to know, if you don’t already, how it really is. Be still and let your truth find you.
To your health and healing,
Dr. Tony Palombo
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When you have 15 minutes to spare, you must take the time to view this video, “The Unconscious Mind Unveiled” by cellular biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton. “Evolution implies that creation is incomplete.”