These four rules were developed for the most devoted truth seekers. Our mind is simply the experience of thought within consciousness, and our behavior is simply the reflection of our thoughts. Our personality is simply composed of habitual thought and behavioral patterns, as well as the memories we hold onto. The mind, composed of very malleable components, is itself very malleable. Our mind dictates our experience, and our mind is what will allow us - or not - to transcend the mind. The mind must free itself. When the mind makes the decision to change its habitual thought patterns, it has a choice: It can change itself to adopt new patterns that keep it in constant motion, trapped, ever-seeking something it doesn't have. Or, it can make the decision to adopt thought patterns that lead to less and less motion, silencing it, leaving consciousness free and unhindered by such superficialities.
The mind is like the surface of a lake, and when it is restless, moving, full of activity, it cannot give an accurate reflection of the sky above. As long as the mind is restless, the picture it presents will be so distorted that we will not know what is real. Therefore, truth is reached in silence, not in activity. The purpose of these four rules is to free the attention of consciousness from being constantly swept away by thought patterns, allowing consciousness to simply and purely be.
We are not the mind, but the consciousness that watches it. The mind is not an entity, it is simply the summation of all thoughts that have appeared. The mind as an individual entity is itself simply a thought, a notion, appearing within consciousness. Consciousness is the container, the mind is simply thoughts within the container. If the decision of the mind to silence itself occurs strongly and frequently enough, it is in its nature to be silent, to follow itself, leaving consciousness clean and free. Without further ado, the four rules that may be adopted, leading the "mind" towards deeper and deeper silence, and eventually, complete freedom: ...[Continue reading on Innerabode]