Which Is Best, an Empty Mind or a Full Mind? - BodyMind Institute

Which Is Best, an Empty Mind or a Full Mind?

By Dr. Keith Beasley | Spirituality

May 04
By Dr. Keith Beasley, Faculty Member here at the BodyMind Institute
Main Website:  www.onereality.co.uk
Blog Website:  beyondthought.today
Blog Website:  knowinggrowing.blogspot.co.uk

Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 35 seconds

In most human societies and cultures, the predominant belief is that the more facts, theories, and ideas we can pack into our heads the better. Data, knowledge, information: whatever label you want to use, 'the more the better'. Or so the theory goes.

But look where that self-same theory has got us! A species at odds with itself--as witnessed by numerous stress-related illnesses and disputes of innumerable causes (within families, communities, nations, etc.)--and disconnected from our own planet. All this knowledge, all our full minds, hasn't improved our quality of life much at all, has it?

Talk to those who practice some form of mediation, self-healing, reflection or mindfulness, however (in whatever form and however informally), and you'll not just see but feel the difference.

With such techniques--and the associated acceptance that clearing the mind is actually a good thing--so comes a calmness, a greater ability to be at peace in whatever situation our empty mind guides us to engage with.

Read that bit again: "... whatever situation our empty mind guides us ...". Yes, our empty mind is capable of guiding us. From my experience, research and discussions with many others, the reality seems to be that having a mind free of conventional, rational thoughts is actually conducive to receiving clear guidance on what we need to be doing in our lives!

How can that be? Surely we, our conscious minds, make the decisions, certainly the ones that matter? Do you really believe that? Not surprising, since that's what we're brought up to believe in most societies.

Ever since Descartes announced that he could think therefore he was, rational thought has been the accepted pinnacle of human mental achievement. But what if it's but the beginning?

What if our minds can do much more than we've been able to with rational consciousness as our primary mode? It can. And it needs to!

Much more to come in future blogs. For now, just hang on to that idea, reflect on it, sleep on it: our minds are capable of much more than rational, logical, analytical, thinking . . .

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~ PhD CEng FIQA FHEA PGCertHE Reiki Master Dr. Keith Beasley, PhD has a rare background that makes him uniquely placed as a Faculty Member with the BodyMind Institute. Following 17 years as a Quality and Reliability expert working on state-of the art electronics, he retrained as a Reiki Master/Teacher, eventually running retreats in the mountains of the Algarve in Portugal. More recently he has completed his PhD from Bangor University in North Wales (UK) on ‘Transcending Thought’. These studies confirmed what his engineering and holistic health phases had indicated: that there is far more to ‘knowing’ than we can get from conventional learning.

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