AN INTRODUCTION TO MIND, BODY, ENERGY
What is the mind? Science, philosophy and religion have been trying for centuries to answer this question, but the explanations are far from being in sync with each other. Some people think that the mind is the brain or some other part or function of the body, but this is incorrect. The brain is a physical object that can be seen with the eyes and that can be photographed or operated on in surgery. While there is such a thing as brain tumor, have you ever heard of anyone getting ‘mind’ tumor? Clearly not, because the mind is not a physical object. It cannot be seen with the eyes (unless one is clairvoyant) nor can it be photographed or repaired by surgery. The brain, therefore, is not the mind but simply part of the body.
There is nothing within the body that can be identified as being our mind because our body and mind are different entities. Sometimes when our body is relaxed and immobile, our mind can be very busy, darting from one idea to another. This indicates that our body and mind are not quite he same thing.
If the mind is not the brain, nor any other part of the body, what is it? It is a formless continuum that functions to perceive and understand objects. According to Wikipedia, ‘the mind is the aspect of intellect and consciousness experienced as combinations of thought, perception, memory, emotion, will and imagination, including all unconscious cognitive processes. The term is often used to refer, by implication, to the thought processes of reason. Mind manifests itself subjectively as a stream of consciousness’.
Science informs us that the process of thought which is derived from this stream of consciousness is due to chemical and physical phenomena that happen in the brain and in the nervous system at microscopical levels, in other words as a molecular and atomic level. The activity of nature at atomic and sub-atomic levels is governed by the laws of “quantum mechanics”, a theory of physics that was developed around 1900-1930. So quantum physics also has a role in defining the mind.
Psychology is the science of the mind. The human mind, the most complex machine on Earth, is the source of all thought and behavior. At The Third Eye, we are concerned with how thought and behavior play a major role in shaping our realities. Our thoughts impact emotions in our body which have an effect on our energy meridiens and chakras, which eventually affect our physical body via instruction from the brain, creating our internal and external experience of reality. Therefore, by addressing our thoughts, emotions, energies and physical body as one cohesive unit, we can actually change our lives by not only healing illnesses at the physical body level but also changing our mental outlook and desired experiences in life.
In Buddhist scriptures, the body is explained as a hotel or guesthouse and the mind as a guest dwelling within it. At death, the mind leaves our body and goes on to its next existence, just like the guest checks out of the hotel and goes forward on his or her journey. Laws of physics state that matter can be neither created nor destroyed giving support to Buddhist philosophy.
Science, philosophy and religion can meet at a spiritual junction where each somehow supports the tenets of the other. In order to understand, experience and learn from the vast spread of information and knowledge available to us, we offer meditations, awareness talks, self-empowerment workshops and training programs in healing modalities at The Third Eye.
Our body is our temple, given to us as a gift at birth. Some of the things that this body requires include proper rest, nutritious food, good hygiene, and some form of exercise which supports our physical health and also regulates our vital energies. When our temple is clean and taken care of, then only can we be ready to pray in it. In the same way, when we are in ‘good health’, we are in the best possible bodily state for spiritual practice. A healthy and vigorous body can translate to an active, energetic approach to the inner life.
Responsible treatment of our own body forms a crucial part of a responsible attitude toward life as a whole, in many cases, being the pre-requisite. Responsibility stands as one of the highest spiritual qualities and begins with our own body, extending further to our thoughts, our actions and even our treatment of the environment and nature. To help maximize our spiritual possibilities, we can work to maximize our physical vitality.
Disease, discomfort, and disorder are the ways our body communicates to us. Illness presents an opportunity to reassess our situation, our goals, our choices, understanding that something was not working the way it naturally should have. Our role here is to listen to our body and make changes in our thoughts, energies, and actions, and therefore our life, accordingly.
The body offers a fertile arena for inner work. At all ages, instinctive intuition of what our body really needs challenges our perceptions and pre-conditioned notions. Awareness of physical sensations, posture, gestures, facial expressions, tone of voice, movement, breathing, eating, and all our myriad physical activities grounds us in the present moment, reveals truths about ourselves, and provides a necessary platform for deeper spirituality. When we accord our bodies the love and respect it is due, it repays us with well-being, energy, and a solid home for building our soul.
With his famous equation E= mc2, energy equals mass times the speed of light squared, Albert Einstein proved that when you come right down to it everything in the universe is energy. Every feeling, every person, every object is energy vibrating at a different frequencies, and this can actually be measured. Einstein’s equation tells us that Mass and Energy are interchangeable, and that both Space and Time are not absolute. The most important consequence of this is that all Mass is nothing but a form of Energy. So, if everything is a form of Energy, even objects at rest have stored Energy. Trees, Rocks, Dogs, Water and People are all made up of Energy, in one form or another.
This means that Energy can exist as either solid matter or as non-solid matter, such as a beam of light. Radio waves, microwaves and X-rays are all forms of pure non-solid Energy and these are only some of the energy that is all around us, everywhere in all different wavelengths and frequencies. From Energies with very short wavelengths like Cosmic Radiation and X-rays to very long wavelengths such as Radio waves and Infrared waves. Everyday our bodies are being hit with these Energies from many different sources. We don’t see it but we know it is there.
When we speak, our voice says words that release sound waves of Energy causing ripples in the air around us. When we think, our brains release wavelengths of Energy. Energy emanates from our thoughts, words, and actions.
Beliefs and the Law of Attraction
Every human being is pure Energy. Our bodies are a collection of organs. A closer look at these organs would tell us that the organs are made up of cells. The cells are made up of molecules. The molecules break down into atoms. Atoms are made up of energy. Everything in our Universe is made up of energy and it is the law of attraction that explains why atoms are attracted to some atoms and repelled by others. Since we are all made up of energy, we invite what we want into our life when it is a vibrational match with what we believe.
A belief is something we hold to be true. It is a dominant thought we hold in our mind, consciously or subconsciously. This dominant thought attracts other like-minded thoughts because the very nature of the atomic structure of energy is to bind with other similar charges. We collect experiences based on this dominant thought, which is backed up with other like-minded thoughts. The collection of consistent experiences reinforces the belief, creating a self-perpetuating cycle of experiences fulfilling our belief systems.
We can choose to change our beliefs in a heartbeat. Change our belief and we change our experiences. We know that we are energetically aligned with what we are attracting because we feel good. We can change how we feel by changing what we are thinking about or altering the meaning we are giving to any thought or event.
Our Energetic System
We are made up of a multi-body system, not just the physical body. We have an Etheric Body, an Emotional Body, a Mental Body and an Astral Body. Things don’t just affect us physically; we are affected on all levels on all bodies. When we think thoughts, these non-solid forms of Energy go out into our multi system body and greatly affect us.
We all have storage centers in our bodies that store Energy and Energy patterns. They are called Chakras. We can have Energy Patterns stored from events that happened yesterday as well as from many years ago and even many lifetimes ago. Some of these patterns will be happy memories and some of them will be unpleasant and painful memories of something that happened to us. Sometimes we stash them away deep into some recess in our Chakras and in our Auras (the Energy field around us), and try to forget about them, but they don’t really go away – they simply get suppressed, their existence forgotten over time. Dis-ease is a manifestation of the stored unbalanced Energy, sometimes immediate and other times prolonged. Healing, then is a way of balancing this Energy.
Throughout our lives we pick up negative forms of Energy, such as Fear, Doubt, Anger, Judgment, Criticism, Blame and others. Any techniques we find that enable us to let go of these patterns will help to move us toward peace and happiness.
About Energy Healing
During emotional or physical disease, our body malfunctions as a result of our unbalanced energy fields. Stored thoughts and emotions in our chakras and aura have accumulated to a point that the body is giving us the signal that there is a problem.
There are various types of energy healing techniques that can rectify this situation, bringing back balance into the body and mind. Pranic Healing is a healing system developed by Master Chao Kok Sui to clear chakras of blocked energy which may be the result of negative thought-forms or simply disturbed energy flow. Reiki is a healing technique that channels Universal life force energy to heal the energy system of our body. Qigong is an ancient Chinese system of self-healing exercises and meditations that focus on strengthening the energetic system to create and prolong well-being and health, while Jin Shin Jyutsu heals the energy meridiens that supply and flow energy through our bodies.
Energy healing balances these electromagnetic fields and the flow of energy within the body thus restoring health to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. It rejuvenates, transforms and restores blocked energy channels from our body’s aura and chakra system. The physical body’s natural healing abilities also become accelerated during this process.
An added component to understanding Energy is also to address the energy flow in the spaces we occupy and live in. While certain spaces give us good vibrations, other spaces feel very lifeless, dark, or gloomy. Energy flow can be maximized for workspaces in order to bring in abundance and opportunities, while homes can also be managed in energy flow to create peaceful and harmonic environments. Our Space Management and Feng Shui services address these concerns.