There is a constant battle going on within each one of us. This battle was once referred to as a battle between good and evil. This battle is between our heart and mind. Until there is unity our hearts and minds exist in separate paradigms. The only way that we can achieve peace is for our heart and mind to exist in unity. The mind does not need the heart to make us successful. The mind can make us successful but it cannot make us happy. The heart is happiness, compassion and wisdom and understands that we need a mind because being love it has no judgement.
The mind is a paradigm. The identity is an operating system that is installed as a ‘belief system’ that can program our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. To exist in a systemic paradigm the inhabitants must understand how the system works. If we don’t understand how the system works we can still exist but we may not thrive. In order to fully participate in any system we must be educated to understand how it works. Education provides the ‘knowledge’ that is required to understand the rules of the game of life. With or without knowledge we can be exploited by other players.
The knowledgeable and greedy exploit the talents of others. Where there is systemic compassion a welfare system may provide financial relief from the financial demands of those who demand payment for what is needed for our ‘survival’. There are essentially two ways to participate within this game of life. The first is to have skills or talent that are in demand and that can be exploited for financial gain. The second is the exploitation of others. Education seeks to ensure that our internal reality and ‘self-talk’ is incarcerated within certain existential constraints.
Fluency in language demonstrates the proficient use of a ‘mind code’ that is installed through the acquisition of words. Each word represents a specific arrangement of a code that installs commands that operate on the same principle as the binary code used in computer software. The code is concealed within language. Communication is the medium used to install the operating system that controls the mind of the ‘identity’. What is represented by binary code in computer technology is software. Beliefs are the software that controls the mind of the believer.
The beliefs represent the unique code that is used to control and operate the mind of each individual believer. The ‘identity’ is an ‘operating system’ that is masquerading as our ‘mind’. The beliefs are the software that is used by authority to control our minds by controlling ‘universal ‘perception’. Education is used to develop a comprehensive understanding of the ‘official concepts’ to ensure there is one single ‘universal perception’ of reality. Each individual prioritises what is personally valued. The personal values that we personally worship will determine the constraints we place upon our own freedom of expression.
Our use of language will reveal each separate individual’s unique programming. What we individually believe reveals our personal values. Our words reveal both the limit and extent of our vocabulary. Personal knowledge reveals what we believe. What we believe is not what we know. In an interview it may be possible to elicit information that the interviewer uses to project labels which define their candidate as intelligent, honest, dishonest, anti-social, god-fearing, manipulative, violent, strong, weak, sexually permissive, sexually perverted, cruel, creative or talented.
We are each and all unique. Our unlimited unique creative expression can only be limited if our minds are limited. If our minds can be conditioned then our expression can be limited and controlled. Our minds are limited by what we believe. What we believe controls what we think and feel. So, if we do not believe that we can create something for ourselves, we may look to others to provide our opportunities. Some join organisations and groups and work their way up. The ‘mind code’ that controls our creative expression is concealed within the words that we use to express our personal beliefs.
We worship what we believe as an objective and factual truth. Once believed our beliefs act as ‘mind-software’ that controls our creative expression. ‘Words’ are what authors of fiction and fairy tales refer to as spells. In fairy tales a magic spell can entrance the spell’s victim to control their thoughts and feelings. A prince can be turned into a frog. The prince represents wealth and the frog represents poverty. Like spells our beliefs use words that must be ‘spelled correctly’ to be understood. How many of us can express ourselves or how we feel without using words? Our minds are incarcerated within a belief system sustained by ‘words’. Paradoxically we are the ‘omnipotent mind’ that believed. Those beliefs made each one of us a prisoner of our own faith.
We are all entranced by what we believe. We are each convinced that what we believe is true. How others perceive us will depend on what words we use when we communicate with them. Their perception is determined by how they interpret what we say and do. The qualities that are perceived to exist in us by others enable them to decide whether or not we belong in their group. Any group that we seek to join must first accept us before we can become a member. Conditioning our mind ensures that our perception always assigns the appropriate label that our vocabulary projects to define everything that we perceive.
Predetermined labels are used by most employers to identify suitable candidates in their recruitment selection process. We use labels to define each other according to our understanding of concepts such as ‘intelligence’, ‘honesty’, ‘dishonesty’, ‘anti-social behaviour’, ‘good’, ‘manipulation’, ‘violence’, ‘strength’, ‘weakness’, ‘sexual orientation’, ‘cruelty’, ‘creativity’ and ‘talent’. A criminal and violent gang may reject someone who exhibits ‘compassionate’ or ‘god-fearing’ behaviour. Someone who has compassion for others cannot cause suffering.
If the group we wish to join is religious they may reject someone who is perceived to be ‘dishonest’, ‘antisocial’ and ‘violent’. The terminology we use is commonly interpreted to imply knowledge. In truth the terminology we use reveals our mind’s prejudices acquired through our conditioning. Once religion or education successfully installs a belief system that system will control our thoughts and behaviour. Our words and behaviour may exhibit what are perceived to be qualities that others can only define by projecting labels. Our perception is a product of our ‘conditioning’.
We can sometimes infiltrate a group that we have nothing in common with and for which we have no allegiance by exhibiting qualities that they worship but we do not. For example I may wish to create dissent within a ‘racial’ or ‘religious’ group in a ‘foreign jurisdiction’. So I may approach this group and communicate support for them and their values and offer relief in an area of perceived (by the group) difficulty. If I can establish the group’s trust then I may be able to influence or manipulate the group’s beliefs in order to influence or control their behaviour. Sound familiar?
Most groups will have formal or informal requirements for membership. If we do not fit into a group that exists within the ‘law’ then we will be officially unemployed and economically deprived. Our beliefs incarcerate our potential. The beliefs we worship as truth determine how we exist. If we believe we cannot then we cannot do what we believe we cannot do ‘easily’. This creates what we may perceive as ‘difficulty’ that others may not experience. Some worship beliefs which ensure they exist in limitation becoming criminals, addicts, poor, hungry and destitute.
If we are poor we may steal, extort, sell our bodies, sell drugs, shoplift goods or join gangs. Many who are poor do none of those things but go to church to project the miracle they are into a God that is defined by religion. Many people in the world live in poverty and are defined by those who have to be the ‘have-nots’. What we may perceive to be our own ‘success’ or ‘failure’ is the result of our personal mind’s unique conditioning. Each mind’s unique conditioning is revealed by an individual’s behavioural expression.
Our behavioural expression is evident in our personal responses to each and every situation that we encounter. We each respond to our perceived experiences according to how we individually perceive them. So our thoughts, feelings and behaviour may be expressed in one way to a perceived compliment and in an entirely different way to a perceived insult. This means that our thoughts, feelings and behaviour are at the mercy of our perception. Our perception is controlled by our beliefs. Our beliefs are based upon our understanding.
Understanding is conditioned by education and will develop with experience. Our education comes from family, religion, environment and is also acquired in schools, churches, colleges and universities. Language expressed in ‘words’ represents a code that uses beliefs as the software to program our minds. The keys on a computer keyboard are a metaphor for the code they represent. We need only understand a word for the code that conceals the operating system to be installed within our minds. We are educated to understand the words to ensure that we all exist within a ‘systemic paradigm’.
Our consciousness is now incarcerated within a systemic paradigm. This is a paradigm of limitation. The system can only continue to exist until we realise that the words that programme our mind are incarcerating it. When learning to read words our educator uses comprehension exercises to reveal how well we have been programmed. When our recall of what we have read is confined to what is written our perception of what is written is fixed. This is done to ensure that language incarcerates our mind’s understanding within certain existential parameters.
Formal education seeks to instil universal beliefs to programme our perception and our behaviour. The objective of universal beliefs is to create uniformed behavioural expression in all but ‘a few’. An educated perspective perceives each situation that is encountered according to how it is perceived. The difference between those who live in ‘poverty’ and those who live in ‘wealth’ is the beliefs that their individual minds worship as truth. The mind can be programmed to learn skills such as driving a car or assembling components or even fighting in a war.
Equally the mind can prevent us from learning or participating in behavioural activities by creating fear and anxiety to inhibit and control our creative expression. The mind is therefore the creator and enforcer of perceptually induced chemical responses. Fear is a perceptually induced chemical response. The heart is what generates feelings based upon compassion and is therefore ‘wise’. The heart and mind have been separated by our beliefs. This division is the cause of all suffering. Until these two distinct but related parts of the whole are united in ‘communion’ they exist autonomously. If the heart and mind exist autonomously there may be conflict.
If we feel unhappy it is because our hearts and minds are in conflict. So if we are conscripted to fight in a war we may find it difficult to fight. If we are judged by others we may then believe that we should toughen up and fight but feel fear. The fear results from conflict within our mind. The heart is ‘never in conflict’ with anything. The ‘heart’ will never support an uncompassionate act or uncompassionate behaviour. So in order to toughen up we may have to deny compassionate feelings and force ourselves to behave in ways that ‘do not feel right’.
We are our heart and our mind. We have allowed our minds to be possessed and controlled by beliefs. The heart is who and what we are and our mind was programmed by others in order to control it. If we think that we are not doing something that must be done to serve some concept, objective or criteria we may judge ourselves. This judgement comes from our conditioned mind. Judgement never comes from our heart. Our heart is loving, compassionate awareness and acceptance of what is. If we are judging ourselves, it is not the truth of us that is the judge. Judge that you be not judged.
This means the criteria we have invested our faith in has taken control over what we think and feel and is forcing us to behave in ways that deny who and what we are. For example I may have the belief that I must pay the mortgage. I may love being outdoors. These two things are not in conflict. I may not believe I can get a job outdoors so I go to work in a factory for 40 years because I must pay the mortgage. In this example if I do what I believe I must do I deny myself what I love. Our beliefs can make us deny love.
Our priorities can force us to reject what we love so that we do what we believe we ‘must’ do. Our ‘reasons’ for sustaining this compromise will be well rehearsed and always practical. So we may say there were no jobs or opportunities to do what we love or they didn’t pay enough or we have no qualifications or whatever. These ‘reasons’ are merely beliefs. The reason we are not doing something that ‘we love’ is because we have delegated our life to the part of the ‘mind’ that stores beliefs. These beliefs are running the show. If our life does not feel ‘good’ then we are controlled by our beliefs.
Those beliefs are not true but until we realise this they have absolute control over what we think and feel. The mortgage is not the objective because there is no objective. We are the life that is in our body and if we do not feel good it is because we are denying ourselves. If we are not fully expressing our love we are wasting an opportunity to live a fulfilling life. It is only by living our lives to the fullest that our lives can be full. We cannot intentionally hurt another if we live in compassion and understanding.
Poverty or wealth is our choice. Our poverty or wealth is how we feel. Our wealth is not just how much money we have. ‘We’ can do anything!
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