Taking a Thought Trip Down Some Bad Neighborhoods
By Catalyst Yogi
“Your Infinity is you when you stop thinking. Have you stopped thinking? That’s the end of it. Awareness takes these things away from you: thinking, reason, logic, argument, fantasies, planning, scheming, knowing and worrying.” - Yogi Bhajan 7/20/96
Facing the uncertainty of the world today can bring up a lot of our unconscious fears. Often how we humans express these fears is through worrying. In fact worrying can become so habitual that it becomes an addiction for the mind. To worry is to imagine a future that does not exist. It’s like taking a bad thought trip. A thought trip is when a thought is released from the subconscious mind that grabs your attention and then takes you down some very bad neighborhoods.
Here’s how it can work in your life. The first thought may be, “I am afraid of what’s going to happen to me in the future. I don’t want to end up alone. What if I don’t find someone?”
This releases more fear which fuels other thoughts that build on this original thought. “What’s wrong with me. I better work on myself—lose weight, buy some new clothes, make myself more attractive. It’s useless—no one wants to be with me. I am going to feel unhappy for the rest of my life. I will end up like one of those sad lonely old cat ladies who talk to themselves.”
By this time you are in the bad neighborhood and feeling hopeless about your life. This is when the mind generates a thought to reach out for something outside of yourself to feel better. Thought trips happen all the time and especially if you are not meditating regularly.
When you find yourself worrying in this way, stop. Ask yourself who is driving this thought trip bus? Yes, the ego. Why? To keep you from your higher purpose.
Most of us have a primary fear or wound that surfaces from our unconscious mind. The ego uses this fear to manipulate us out of our power and stops us from making that next step into the unknown towards our destiny. Have you noticed when you are about to make a huge leap forward, this ego comes with this same thought trip bus over and over again?
What heals the mind from this habitual thought loop is to bring your awareness to the fear. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation brings you greater awareness which is YOU. Meditation expands your perception so that you can see these addictive dynamics within yourself.
Next time when an addictive thought arises, face it. Resist the temptation to react in your habitual ways to escape this uncomfortable feeling. When you do this, it disentangles the mind from the emotion. The buried fear, grief and sadness from the past that have been fueling this original thought release into the Infinite.
By releasing the past in this way, your awareness shifts more and more from the mind into your new self-sensory system. Yogi Bhajan spoke a lot about the self-sensory system that will take over humanity in the Aquarian Age. We will move from a mental awareness where we perceive everything as separate, to a self-sensory awareness where we perceive everything as one continuous wave of consciousness. This is the experience of the truth that we are all connected.
So remind your mind that you don’t need anything outside of yourself to feel connected to the Infinite. When we reach for something outside of ourselves in an addictive manner, we are only seeking our oneness—our connection to the Divine.
Here is a Kundalini Yoga Meditation taught by Yogi Bhajan called, “Make Your Worries Look Little.” It will bring a great awareness and peace to you.
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