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Yogi Bhajan Lecture: The 3 Functional Minds

Excerpts from a lecture in 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 Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

This lecture can be found in The Mind: Its Projections and Multiple Facets available through KRI.