Unleashing the Conditioned Mind
by Vincent J. Daczynski, featured in What If? The Movie
Most people believe that the mind is a thought process that occurs in the brain. However, the thought process that occurs in the brain is just a miniscule component of what the total mind is. In reality the mind is cosmic, unbounded; it's an all inclusive consciousness that permeates all of creation. Because of our externalized conditioning and object identification we believe ourselves to be a thought process within a brain within a body. However, we are cosmic mind that has placed part of itself into human form. We have lost knowledge of our reality because of the externalized conditioning of the mind.
To break this externalized conditioning of the mind it is necessary to internalize the mind; it is necessary to reverse the outward direction of the mind by turning the mind around 180 degrees so that it can reflect back upon itself to know itself as the cosmic reality that it is. We must transcend object perception and draw the mind deep within itself to unfold each of its layers to finally transcend the finest level of the mind to discover the cosmic nature of our mind, our true inner Self.
This internalization of the mind can be achieved through a variety of means and procedures that have been identified in the ancient Vedic literature. (The Vedas are the most ancient records of human experience.) These procedures, which are commonly referred to as mental yoga practices, include various mental exercises such as visualization, concentration and contemplation. The mental exercises may incorporate the use of aids such as sounds, lights or mantras. These techniques have been preserved and taught by various lineages of Master Yogis who have specialized in their use, and who have founded organizations and schools to preserve the teachings. Hence, today there are many excellent yoga schools that make a variety of techniques available in the marketplace.
My experience has been with the Transcendental Meditation technique which is a form of mental yoga that uses a mantra as a tool by which one can transcend into progressively finer regions of the mind, to finally re-condition the mind from its limited externalized conditioned awareness to its internal unboundedness. I have tried various techniques and I have found the TM technique to work the best for me. The best procedure for you will be the one you feel most comfortable doing. It is only necessary to research and inquire and select that type of meditation practice that you feel most comfortable with.
Everyone has the ability to unleash their conditioned mind and re-condition it toward realizing its full potential. So, why wait? Start the practice of meditation and unleash your conditioned mind, and re-condition it toward its full potential. Vincent Daczynsk, featured in the award-winning documentary film, What If? The Movie, is a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique and author of For Sales Sake Meditate!