Yesterday I met a baby on the bus. I knew that there was a reason why I was drawn to play with her. I spoke to her grandmother and she mentioned that the baby was allergic to wheat. I asked her how she knew the baby was allergic and she said the baby comes up with rashes.
I knew this conversation was linked up with what I’d been pondering about, Mind. I have observed many babies to be in bliss when their needs are met and I know they are connected to Mind. On the other hand because they are experiencing life as humans they are also besieged by what I shall call in this article “surface mind.” Surface mind contains the disparate and conflicting beliefs about reality, which manifests in many ways. The baby’s allergy is a manifestation of surface mind. Many things we see around us emerge from surface mind which result in a mentality that is contradictory. You might eat something that gives you pleasure and that same thing will end up giving you pain. You love someone then you hate them. The list is endless. It’s all surface mind stuff.
Then there is Deep Mind, the one that mystics have written of, that reveals one’s divine nature. As you go deeper you might have many experiences. In the book “The Light of the Soul,” which is an analysis of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, there’s a sutra about the different voices. (Author is Alice Bailey) As you go deeper you hear the “still small voice” of the Christ; the Word or Aum of the Monad; the Breath from the Logos. I’ve actually experienced all of these voices. Patanjali talks about 7 levels, the Logos being the highest, but I’m sure there are more. It’s all about going deeper.
In his teachings, Jesus alluded to the difference between “surface” and “deep” mind. He uses the metaphor of understanding of Truth as either one building his house on the earth and it is unstable; or one who digs “deep” and builds his house on a rock which is firm and steady. The house built on the earth is the “surface” mind while the one on rock is “deep” mind. (Luke 6: 48-49)
In another example, the story goes that Jesus’ went into Simon’s boat where he taught the multitudes. Simon and his friends had been fishing all night and caught nothing. Jesus said to Simon: “Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” Simon was doubtful but still he obeyed and they ended up catching so many fishes that their nets broke. It is written that after that episode they forsook all and followed Jesus. (Luke 5: 4-11) Jesus was teaching here that real power can only be found in Deep mind.
How do I go into “deep” mind? I find meditation to be the easiest route. I’ve got so used to meditating that I can go deep in a few seconds. I use the inner sounds of God as a guide that takes me into a deep state of consciousness. I can be in that state and still going about my day to day affairs. The way I know I’ve gone deeper is my experience of the world changes. For instance, a miracle occurred last week in London when the sun came out for a few hours. I was on the bus going into town. I used to avoid sitting in the sun because I would get headaches if I so much as catch a ray. (And they say people with dark skin have better protection! ;-)) I sat in the sun and closed my eyes and sank into Inner Silence. I soon fell asleep, but I was also aware that I was still in Inner Silence. The heat of the sun suddenly changed and it didn’t feel like anything. I woke up and checked to see whether the sun was still shining and it was. I even had a coat on which would have made me feel hot if I was in “surface mind” but I was neither hot nor cold.
This morning I left home in “surface mind.” I had on my sandals since it was quite warm this morning. Because the heels are a lot lower than my usual shoes I felt pain in my ankles. As I walked the pain got worse. I instantly switched into “deep mind” and I immediately felt lighter and freer and felt nothing.
I find that when I’m in “deep” mind everything is easier. I don’t have to worry about defending myself against error, the Mind does the work. It is at this state of consciousness that the impossible become possible. I daresay as this mind becomes my permanent reality, walking on water will be very natural. Just yesterday I had a moment of panic when I felt so light I thought I’d lost weight. I jumped on the scale and saw I weighed the same 8 stones. Hmmm! If I’m going to walk on water, I’m going to have to stop worrying about weight.
I guess what I’m experiencing is All is Mind but to gain freedom and perfection I have to “launch out into the deep.”
Coming from the Deep,