"The need for stimulation comes from the lack of acceptance of the self as is"
This article will address the issues in relation to Mental Stimulation.
Simply speaking, stimulation happens when we excite the Mind and the more we excite the Mind the more “Active and Reactive” the mind will become.
Exciting the Mind can come from many things such as feeding our minds with “exciting” materials such as watching entertaining shows or over-engaging it with mental tasks such as solving problems etc.
Technically speaking, the stimulation of the Mind simply happens when we engage the Mind in mental tasks. So this is as normal as the ground getting wet as it rains. However the problem comes when there is too much thoughts being generated, which can flood our mind with stimulation.
In this day of age it has become normal for us to use our Minds all the time, for instance juggling with the work thrown at us by our jobs, using our minds analyze ways of making profit and how to avoid losses and so forth.
Out of habit we can also use our Minds to think about things that do not even exist in the Present Reality such as as thinking about the worries of the Future or dwelling in the Regrets of the Past.
When we flood our minds with things to do we will not be giving our mind enough rest to let it release the stimulation generated within. As a result we can develop a habit of being reactive and over-active all the time.
Stimulation In Depth
It is only when our Minds is clear and Still that we can truly experience Happiness. When the mind is stimulated, the Mind is not Still.
See Catalyst - Stillness
So this article will address the ways in which we can release ourselves from our tendancies / habits of stimulating our Minds all the time.
External And Internal Stimulation
In order to address our habits of always stimulating the Mind we first become aware of the many ways in which we can Stimulate the Mind.
Our mind can be stimulated Externally, i.e. through participating in things which excite our minds, partying, alcohol, drugs, watching intense movies, listening to music and so forth.
Our mind can also be stimulated Internally, i.e. through over-thinking, for instance trying to solve complex mathematical formulas or worries in life or over-using our imagination for creative work.
To address the issues with stimulating the Mind we first realize that there is no right and wrong in stimulation. The point here is that when there is “Excess” Stimulation then it can create a lot of problems.
Excess Stimulation comes when the Mind is in the perpetual demand of wanting “More and More” and this is caused by the habit of always giving into the demands of the Mind whenever it wants more and more.
This can affect our levels of happiness, because when we feed a mind stimulant, once the effects of that stimulant wears off it will create an illusory feeling of “Emptiness” as if there is a hole waiting to be filled and this is what carries on the cycle of the Mind wanting more and more but never getting enough.
The step to address this issue of over-stimulating the mind thus can be said to overcome the mental desires of always wanting more and more. And it is only when we try to overcome such a desire that we will realize just how difficult it is. It is only then that we realize that in pleasing the Mind all this time, the Mind has become our Masters rather than us being the Master of our Minds.
Thus no doubt when we first take that step of overcoming our desires we will find it difficult and have a hard time succeeding. But whether or not you fail it doesn’t matter, because it is by trying to go against our Minds that can naturally create the Inner Intention to discover the “Deeper Causes” as to the deeper causes of our desires i.e. the need for such Stimulants to keep ourselves Content. And it is through such a journey that we can discover the spiritual question as to why we can’t just be happy with Ourselves as Is.
Path Of Creator
Stimulation In Relation To The Path Of Creator
To Release and Transform our Sufferings requires one to develop the Knowing of The Self. And from Chapter 4. Knowing Progresses With Stillness we have come to realize that Knowing can only be done from a Still Mind. Thus without addressing the issues of Stimulation, one can never achieve such a state and thus no Sufferings can be released.
So the journey will involve the addressing the Deeper Causes as to why we need to Stimulate the Mind. And to address it one will first have to have the intention of addressing it and that can be developed through understanding the Negative Effects stimulation can have upon our state of being.
This Knowing can be developed first hand by developing Experienced Knowledge of how a “Still / Calm / Present Mind” feels like. One of the practice which promotes such Knowing is the 5 Present Breaths Meditation.
Once one has develop Experienced Knowledge of how much Happiness one can experience when the Mind is Still one can begin to observe the level of Happiness Experienced in every moment throughout the day. Doing this will allow one to develop Experienced Knowledge of how one’s level of Happiness can rise and fall when a stimulant is entered into the Picture such as when we feed the Mind with internet / video games / alcohol / clubbing and so forth.
This is important because without first developing Experienced Knowledge of how one’s Happiness can be affected by Stimulants one can never be truly aware and realize that a Stimulated Mind is in fact a Suffering Mind. One will gradually realize that when we carry an overactive / over-stimulated Mind throughout the day it can make us lose awareness / focus / of what is happening around us in the Present Moment. And when we are no longer in the Present Moment we will no longer be able to enjoy the Present Moment.
Thus it is important to develop Experienced Knowledge of how much Happiness can be experienced when the Mind is Still and how much Suffering can be experienced when the Mind is Overly Stimulated. It is important to develop this Knowing because naturally then one will carry more intention to release their desire for stimulation.
It is through the intention of releasing one's desire for stimulation that the problem of over-stimulation is naturally addressed that is why developing the Knowing is important, and through the journey one will eventually discover the cause as to why one needed to stimulate their minds in the first place.
And what one will discover is that Sufferings are often the Deeper Causes as to why we are always excessively reaching for Stimulants to fulfil the Mind.
Our Sufferings are what drives the Mind to demand for more and more. In Chapter 5 Discovering The Sufferings we have come to Know that the Seed Cause of all Sufferings begins with a Negative Idea and an Idea is Negative when it promotes the Rejection of The Self.
As one develops the Knowing of The Self what one will begin to realize is that whenever one experiences an intense Desire/Need to reach for Stimulants one is in fact in a state of Rejection / Uncontentment /Unsatisfaction with what one currently has. See Catalyst – Present for more details.
Let us observe some examples of how our Sufferings can push us to stimulate our Minds so we can understand this a bit clearer.
For instance, our Fears of Boredom can push us to do stimulate our mind externally and internally.
For instance our fears of not improving can push us to fill our minds with excessive information / work and so forth so we can feel that we are moving forward.
For instance, our fears of silence may push us to listen to music or always engage in conversation etc.
For instance our Self-Judgement can push us to dwell in the Past.
For instance our Worries can push us to overthink about the Future that has not even happened yet.
And so forth..
Thus as one begins to address their intense need for Stimulation one will always come back face to face with their Sufferings.
Thus generally as one works on transforming and releasing their Sufferings the issues to do with Stimulation will naturally be released as well.
Illusory Self / Desires
The Path Of Creator is about developing the Knowing of The Self.
To Know The Self requires one to have a Still Mind. Thus a Stimulated Mind can create a big blockage on One’s Path to Know the Self.
When our Mind is Stimulated we can be in a “Reactive” State. As a result it can push us to “react” to everything that is happening around us rather than simply observing it happening. When we react in such a way we can begin to imagine things that are not even there thus distorting Reality with our over-active Minds.
Stimulation can also create “Illusory Desires” for certain things.
For instance, when one is continually stimulating their Minds with violent videos, what one will begin to observe is that one will start to feel a need for “violence” or to fill the mind with some kind of “violence” throughout the day. Similarly, when one stimulates their Minds with sexual videos, one will start to feel a need for “sex” or to see “sexual things” throughout the day. This also happens inversely with positive things, i.e. when one is always watching “inspiring videos” then one will begin to want to do inspiring things or see inspiring things.
The point here is that when we stimulate our Minds it can create Illusory Desires – i.e. desires which are only temporary. Because what one will discover is that when we remove ourselves from those stimulations for a while these desires will begin to gradually disappear. Thus they were only there because we stimulated our Minds with it excessively in the first place!
Thus to discover our Deeper desires will require one to remove oneself from all venues of Stimulation so that one can truly Know what it is that they desire from Deep Within rather than what the social medias are feeding into our Minds. Because the radios, the televisions, the people around us, the businesses can greatly stimulate and convince our minds that we want something that we may not truly desire.
Direct The Excitement Towards The Present Moment
When our Mind is constantly demanding more and more excitement it can push us to want to move to the next moment in the moment in time rather than focusing and trying to enjoy what we have.
If one has developed enough Knowing of themselves to become aware of the energy associated with "Stimulation" then one can simply re-direct the excessive stimulation energy in a healthy way and this is to re-direct that the excited energy towards the Present moment rather than towards the Future i.e. tell yourself to try your best to enjoy the Present Moment rather than trying to Complete it so you can enjoy the Future
Boredom In Relation To Stimulation/Excitement
Boredom can be experienced when one is recovering from a state of excess stimulation. When the mind has been stimulated for a long time it is easy for the state of "emptiness" "boredom" to be experienced once the stimulation is gone. To truly release ourselves from boredom thus begins with the address of our habits and why the need for stimulation was there in the first place and this will often take us to discovering the Negative Ideas we have towards the Present Moment.
See Catalyst – Boredom for more details.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
To develop Stillness of the Mind one can simply try to do less throughout the day or even incorporating "boring" things such as just sitting at a couch and doing nothing and trying to enjoy it as is.
The Creator's MeditationLink here
When one has practised The Creator’s Meditation for a while, one will begin to “sense” energetic vibrations throughout the body and develop the ability to comprehend the different “Energetic Signatures” which belong to different Suffering States.
In terms of Over-Stimulation, one perhaps will experience it as a throbbing sensation on the head.
And as one continues to Meditate one perhaps will become aware that the Throbbing Sensation is there because of our Attachment / Need for it to be there i.e. our habit of wanting to be excited all the time.
Realize that when you experience this, try your best to let go. From the perspective of Energy, to let go is to allow yourself to lower the energy to the neutral state rather than to keep it there or heighten it. One will perhaps feel a “Lowering” of Energy as one tries to let go of this stimulating energy and initially there will be an inner resistance to this because there will be an illusory feeling that excitement and happiness is disappearing.
It is important to let go of any stimulating energy because such energy is draining. Even worse, when our Mind is throbbing it can create difficulties in sleeping at night.
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