Yogi Bhajan Quotes on The Three Minds
“You have three minds: positive, negative and neutral. Negative Mind is the first mind; it gives you life, the right to life. It tells you where the danger is, therefore it has to act first. Then you must reach the right mind (the Positive Mind), and it must tell you what is good for you. But it won't tell you because the subconscious will start supporting the Negative Mind! The subconscious will say: "Hey idiot, these people betrayed you before, they have come to betray you today." Then your Neutral Mind has no place. If the Negative Mind gives you what is negative and the Positive Mind gives you what is positive, the neutral mind will give you what you should do. That has to become a habit. That has to be created as a discipline.” July 1, 1987
“We should learn to contain our negativity. God gave you the negative mind just to see through where you can be damaged. God didn’t give you the negative mind to become negative.” April 21, 1997
“You must develop the mind, through meditation, to give you the positive of the negative, and the negative of the positive, so that by your own grace and consciousness you can find the neutral of it. In this way, you can reach to the subtle, refined and spiritual dimensions of your life and your relationships.” The Mind: Its Projections and Multiple Facets.
“When you are in the state of the neutral mind, the soul is like a chandelier switched on over you. Communication of the soul is just that light; you are lit up by it.” July 29, 1981
“To win the game of life you must have caliber. To have caliber you must have an Applied Mind. An Applied Mind is a mind that processes everything positive and negative, then acts from the Neutral Mind to express you. The Applied Mind uses the Neutral Mind to assess all positive and negative but does not react on that basis. It acts to cause a cause that leads to the fulfillment of you and your destiny, you and your highest identity.” The Mind: Its Projections and Multiple Facets
“The mind has three powerful functions, the Negative, Positive and Neutral Minds. Because you have earned the right to this life, you have the Negative Mind to instinctively protect you. It alerts you to something that is wrong or is a threat.
The way the mind intrigues you is to combine its thoughts with your subconscious and with your attachments. When the Negative Mind gives you a thought, normally the Positive Mind should tell you what can be useful or right about that same thought. It should provide a contrast and comparison. Instead, when your mind is full of intrigues, it begins to pull every memory from the subconscious that supports that thought from the Negative Mind. This produces a stream of thought, one stacked on top of the other. “It was dangerous then. Yes. It was also dangerous in 1961, 1963, 1972, 1978, 1982, etc.” Each repetition of similar feelings increases the intensity of the thought and convinces you that it is real.
Your Positive Mind has access to your subconscious and can use it to expand a thought instead of contrast it. If it acts this way, you can never reach your Neutral Mind to know who you are and what to do. The Positive Mind should say, “Well, this is the positive side of the real and apparent dangers.” Then your Neutral Mind can say to you, “That is the negative and that is the positive, but this is you in relationship to all of that.” The Mind: Its Projections and Multiple Facets.
“You have three minds: negative, positive and neutral. A person who does not deal with the neutral mind, even with all the wealth, shall not prosper and can’t be happy because negative and positive cancel each other. It is the neutral mind which becomes the intuitive force in you.” April 22, 1997
“Every mistake can be recuperated. God gave you a mind to neutralize cause and effect, which is the Positive and Negative Mind. You have to reach the Neutral Mind. Once you start relating to the neutral mind, you will never find any trouble in your life.” July 28, 1981