What Do You Feed On?

One thing I've learnt from various authors is this:

  1. The Mind is a garden. What you sow in it is what you reap in the real world. 
  2. If you are careful about what you feed your stomach, then be careful of what thoughts you feed your mind. 
  3. If you will not permit weeds to grow in your backyard, do not let similar negative thoughts to be sown and grown in the garden of your mind. I.e. beware of suggestion! 


What you may or may not realize is that people in our environment influence us with their suggestions - their comments, their opinions, their advice, their baggage, their criticism, their approval, their disapproval, their compliments ad infinitum. The concept of suggestion is to install a thought into a mind - be it another's or one's own.

This is the fundamental concept behind hypnosis and it is very much effective, as you will come to realize if you look back on how many times you watched events occur in your life just because your MIND acted on another's suggestion.

You may not be as sensitive to what strangers or mere acquaintances may say to you. You may ignore some suggestions as they come to you. Nevertheless, you ARE permitting several suggestions, on an hourly basis, into your head.

What you read/hear/watch on the NEWS affects you. What you read/see on Facebook, Twitter or Whatsapp affects you. You are surrounded by millions of suggestions, everyday.

What you think about yourself or your life affects you. This is called autosuggestion.

I do not mean to say that all suggestions are harmful. I'm only trying to warn you all about the fact that we are constantly being shaped by the people we communicate with or interact with, on a daily basis. So be aware of suggestion! Use positive autosuggestion to keep your Mind's Garden free from parasites.

May your Garden be evergreen!

A Manifested Reality

I would like to draw some of my favorite inferences (based on a reasonable understanding from several other psychological and philosophical books) from 2 of my most favorite trilogies - Star Wars and The Matrix.

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George Lucas' Star Wars Trilogy has a lot to teach us. Basically, it's an admitted adaptation from several Eastern Philosophies such as Hinduism, Bhuddism, Zen, Taoism etc. Nevertheless, it puts a lot of things into perspective for the contemporary man.

1) Fear, anger, hate and aggression are gateways to the Dark Side. The Dark Side may promise power. It is quick, easy and seductive. But the ones who take it are merely weak and enslaved. Thus, when any one of these negative emotions knock at your door, acknowledge them but don't give in to them. This will not be easy, but it will make you proud of yourself on the long run.

2) Nothing is impossible, no matter how big it may seem. If you don't believe, then you cannot. 'Do. Or do not. There is no try.'

3) Passion may not always be constructive. But compassion is required. Give love, but don't get attached. This may not be as easy as it sounds. But it's possible as long as you look at everything you do or have from a third person's point of view.

4) We all derive our energies from an all pervading energy field. This energy field is infinite in nature and connects all the living as well as the non-living. If one can feel this force (which is going to require a lot of meditation) then it shall prove to be a very powerful ally.

5) The power of mind and intuition will always be the most predominant of all. Technology can facilitate man, but it cannot compete with the power of the mind. The strongest of minds can manipulate their realities.

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The Matrix also give us a fair idea of this very concept:

1) Our 'realities' are merely lucid dreams, virtual in nature. 'There is no spoon.' Our dreams are condensed versions of our thoughts. Our realities are manifestations of our dreams. If we can understand the nature of our reality, the influence of our subconscious mind over it and the fact that we create our own realities, then we could do the 'impossible'.

2) To train the body, one must train the mind. And vice-versa. (This also explains why Jedi Knights, excuse me for the relapse, train themselves physically as well as mentally.)

3) Anything that the mind can perceive, can be achieved.  We just need to 'program' ourselves to think along the right direction.

4) There will always be those who want to 'install' their programmed thoughts into your mind. Do not let them, lest you turn into one of them, losing your individuality.

5) On a more spiritual note, we're all plugged into the Matrix. Realizing that you're in a dream will bring you to a conscious state. Realizing that even 'reality' is a dream (as prescribed by certain philosophies) will wake you up to a state of realization - i.e. Nirvana.

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A deeper understanding of these concept can be obtained from certain books like - The Secret and The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.

I also understood how the Indian Philosophy of an all pervasive Force (as adopted by the Jedi) which manifested into the universe (as against merely creating it) works for us. We're all merely droplets of the same ocean.

We work with the same Infinite Power (of the universe) and under the same Creative Intelligence (the subconscious mind). That's what makes hate, insecurity and jealousy pointless.

Think about it. The law of Karma (What you sow is what you reap. What goes around comes around.) is simply based on the fact that whatever we send out there into the universe (thoughts, words or actions) are merely being absorbed by us ourselves. That's why we feel bad when we curse someone, think spitefully about them or hurt them. And likewise, we feel good when we make someone smile or help someone out. Because we're basically doing to ourselves whatever it is we do to the others.