Mind Balance

When I talk about mental Balance, I am referring to the operational state of the human mind. BalanceScience.com is investigating human Balance by examining the trinity of the Human Being; that is physical balance (the body), mental Balance (the mind), and spiritual balance (the soul).

I see the human mind as the operational liaison between spirit and body. This could be a hard concept for some people to accept but if we pull the body apart in such manner then it becomes easier to discover how human balance is achieved and how to maintain, correct, and enhance it. Remember that a human is a being of many parts acting in cooperation to perceive and define our reality but at the same time reacting to our reality to define ourselves.

Do we create our reality or does reality create us? Or are both moving together in some sort of a dance with the purpose of developing our self?

Just accepting that the mind is a separate entity was a tough concept to uncover. From my experiences with Kriya Yoga and meditation and what I’ve read on the subject , I’ve had to start with the spiritual aspect of a human, the real me (or you) and literally reverse engineer back to uncover the mind.

Now here I have to be careful not to cross the line over into spiritual development. So, if the spirit is the self that we identify with, our persona, our character, the ‘us’ with all it’s wants, desires, and sensibilities, then what the heck is the mind??

The mind is like a subordinate employee, dutifully gathering information thru the senses, gathering feedback from the bodily interaction with our world, filtering this information, processing memories, cross-relating information, running programs that we (in spirit) have instructed it to, and then continually displaying the results to us. We can pay attention to the continual display or, like most people, just cruise along on auto-pilot in our daily lives.
We think we are giving instructions to the body (ie move hand, read this, or do that) but the commands pass through the mind en-route to the body. We don’t even realize the mind is there. But now that we do, lets find out more about it.

What is it?

I could give you the medical definitions but they describe the brain. I could find no satisfactory definition of the Mind (at least not yet and I certainly would welcome a good one expressed in layman terms) so here is my definition:

“The human body has a symmetry based on the spinal column. The brain is broken down into two halves each controlling the opposite half of the body. Each half of the brain has a different method of processing, filtering, and presenting information. Its been scientifically proven that the human body has different polarity on each side of the body and a tiny electrical current within the body. Vedic Medicine (Ancient India) has determined that this human life force swirls around the spinal column and forms tiny unseen whirlpools of energy at specific locations. They call these charkas. Its an underlying principle of the universe. We see these same spirals in the movement of water and on a large scale, in the shape of our galaxy. If an engineer wants to create electricity all he has to do is spin a magnet (with opposite poles) around and draw off the resultant flow off electrons via an adjacent coil.

So I will go out on a limb and postulate that the mind, the unseen but ever active servant of the spirit, is an electrical field created by the body’s life force. It exists in the vicinity of the brain. Is it part of the brain, quickly zipping along neural pathways? Or a by-product of the brain existing in close proximity? I would also say that the mind is a by-product of the cooperative interaction of the two halves of the brain.”

Let’s not get lost in medical debate. The mind and spirit are separate entities. Some people have described them as the subconscious, the conscious, and even the super conscious mind.

What does the human mind do?
Why, it does whatever we tell it to.

If the mind does whatever we tell it to and if the mind tells the body to do whatever we tell it to, then by simple reasoning, we know we can train the human mind. When we train the mind, it has a physiological effect of making permanent changes in the physical brain which gives us the result of heightened and improved performance of the mind. Examples of this would be improved memory after repetition exercises, problem solving skills after solving problems thru reasoning, etc) Think of the brain as a muscle. The more we think ,the more permanent little bumps and wrinkles form in the brain.

We, as Spirit (or Soul if you prefer) review the information that the mind relays to us and then decide how to REACT to it. Our reaction could take the form of any one of the many emotions familiar to Man.

I think the clue to human mental balance is not to react but choose to act with some hesitation and discernment when situations appear to arose negative and contradictory emotions within us. We must use some objectivity in our perception of the world and carefully look deeper. In doing so, we are asking the mind to qualify instead of quantify, clarify instead of just delivering, and adjust the filters of perception to get a clearer input of whatever is on our mind.

First we realize the mind is a separate thing
Then we realize it does what we tell it to and consequently can be trained.
Then we find methods to train the mind for optimum operation and to yield specific results
Then we find methods to keep everything in balance.

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Again, just as in physical Balance, we have uncovered two paths towards mental Balance.

1. We can TRAIN the mind by use of physical exercises, self-commands, visualization, self-hypnosis, and autosuggestion. There are many professionals out there with accepted programs ready to do just that.
Or
2. We can CALM the mind and effectively wipe the mental slate clean by balancing emotions and their physical consequences. The ancient peoples of Asia and India developed simple practices for this thousands of years ago.

Both paths will be discussed in our section entitled “Psychological Training”.
Refer to Holistic Happiness for more information on mental balance. Irregardless of which path you choose, or which path is most appropriate, how would you know if you have mental balance?
Let’s consider a universal principal, nothing happens unless you take action. A scientist would say..”action- then reaction..” A spiritual teacher might say…”action- then consequence”. A human can change his reality by being either proactive or reactive. I could quote psychologists and neurologists on this subject but I am always loathe to get lost in words and academia. I’m searching for simple methods to help the human mind take a step up and function better.

One method to judge our mental balance would be to mentally step back and check the quality of our actions and reactions. If we are consistently changing our actions to match every unique situation that comes up, if we act appropriately and with discernment to our emotions, then I would say we have mental balance. Furthermore, if our actions are in alignment with our desires, our wishes, and our actions are a balance of what has to be done on a daily basis and what is required to achieve a longer term goal, then I would say we have mental balance. If all this is maintained then you would find yourself propelled by a sense of self-control. You would find some sense of control of yourself, of your emotions, of your situation. Your confidence would grow as you achieve some sort of fluid state where you can adapt to changing circumstances. A by-product of all this would be less stress and more happiness.

If this idea is a little hard to chew in one bite, then consider for a moment the characteristics of a person who does not have mental balance. How would their life be? For starters they probably would have deeply ingrained habits of behavior which they would automatically use in all situations. A good definition of insanity is to….”keep doing the same thing but expecting different results..” Also, such a person would react emotionally to changing situations rather than holding back and considering “why” a particular emotion is coming up. You want to act appropriately, not react without thinking.

But how, you ask, can we act appropriately to changing situations? We need to be aware of our thoughts. It was a gymnastic maneuver just to understand that the mind, our faithful servant, was separate from the “I” that defines our persona. Now we have to carefully watch the mind and observe the quality and quantity of the thoughts . Is it a chaotic stream of information or a calm state? Here’s a clue; the mind presents the world to us, through the senses, and mental filters. How we see the world is a reflection of the thoughts presented to us by the mind. We as humans react emotionally to the world as presented to us through our mind. This may be a lame analogy but think of us as watching a television called the mind and if it’s stuck on one news channel full of doom and gloom then how would we react emotionally? We have to be mindful of our thoughts.

The Buddists of Asia have long focused on this ‘mindfullness’ and have been aware of how emotions affect the mind. The Buddists may well be the master psychologists of all time. They believe that mental disorders are a consequence of either too much or too little thinking. Refer to Buddism and the Psychology for more detailed information. Now we find ourselves in an odd situation. If mental balance implies that we should act, rather than react, and all our actions should be appropriate, but we should not over think our actions, then have we not painted ourselves into a corner?! How do we get out of this seeming contradiction?

The Yogic Science of Meditation gives us an answer. If we can calm the mind and have mind and body work together in harmony then we should be able to balance our emotions and discern, at all times, correct action.


Yoga for mental balance

There’s a another problem with over thinking our actions. The human mind is a polarity instrument meaning it causes to manifest both positive and negative aspects of whatever we think about. This is discussed in more detail in the spiritual section of this site. It’s quite a large topic but for this moment lets get over this hurdle by focusing on another Yogic adage, that of creating not from the mind but creating from the heart.


Create from the heart

Just getting to this point has been challenge enough. What we at BalanceScience are finding out is that you don’t have to over think the path to mental balance but rather do the opposite, by calming the mind.

Sincerely Yours In Balance,
Editor-In-Chief
BalanceScience.com