Have you thought about your own reactions? Do you think it is the most normal thing to react impulsively to what happens to you in life? Einstein the man who was seen by the world as some kind of superhuman had discovered that all things are relative. In an absolute sense, they are. Every time we get upset, depressed, angry our behavior coming from our emotional state gets us real consequences in the material world.
The human mind is unaware of this connection between us and the manifested things in our life, positive or negative and cannot accept the fact that actually we are in charge of our lives and we have the power to change them in every direction. The self-control which we are capable to exercise in every provocative situation is something which separates us from the rest of the animal world. The reality is that to be in real control of life a person has to rise above the reactions toward what happens in life. This happens with a switch in the consciousness allowing the person to see life as the absolute reality without good or bad but just as it is.
The mind blinded by the virtual reality which creates based on labels, understandings, beliefs, and prejudices cannot also see the connection between the limited information with which operates and the judgment which makes for good or bad, right and wrong or pretty and ugly. The human mind judges. It is its function. By judging what is good or bad for the individual it tries to protect its owner. But the mind also makes interpretation of everything in order to satisfy its own understandings.
What we call a good or bad person in an absolute sense is neither, and what we call good and bad condition in an absolute sense is neither.
What we as human beings define as good or bad in reality are the aspects of where we are in the evolutionary process of our consciousness. Evolutionary we went long way in order to become humans, but we still have long way to go to rich the final destination of this new creature which the world is beginning to witness capable of creativity and imagination. Until we get to the point when we lose completely the animalistic part of us, we will be still animals.
The animal within us reacts, the human part within us controls its behavior.
In this society whenever you experience a letdown or disappointment over another person, situation or condition is accepted as absolutely normal to react. Usually, the reaction is negative because of what we experience within us: we experience a sense of disappointment, loss or rejection.
The animal within us is unaware of anything different than the gravity of the unconscious reaction which controls its consciousness. However in this state of our evolution with the developing of the self-awareness typical only for human beings is the capability to choose consciously your actions, and in this way to rise above the limited opportunities the brain believes that we have.
Although we believe that the human brain is the most developed part in us and we can see creations, innovations, and art our mind has its dark lower site coming from the impulsive nature of an animal.
In other words: we are not humans yet. Although we developed the capability to think our brains are still monkey brains with their primal impulses and self-preserving mechanisms.
Here is the new exercise which can help you to develop your self-awareness.
This exercise is simple but incredibly powerful because it helps you notice and appreciate seemingly simple elements of your environment in a more profound way.
This exercise is designed to open your ears to sound in a non-judgmental way, and indeed to train your mind to be less swayed by the influence of past experiences and preconception.
So much of what we “feel” is influenced by past experience. For example, we may dislike a song because it reminds of us of a breakup or another period of life when things felt negative.
So the idea of this exercise is to listen to some music from a neutral standpoint, with a present awareness that is unhindered by preconception.
Select a piece of music you have never heard before. You may have something in your own collection that you have never listened to, or you might choose to turn the radio dial until something catches your ear.
- Close your eyes and put on your headphones.
- Try not to get drawn into judging the music by its genre, title or artist name before it has begun. Instead, ignore any labels and neutrally allow yourself to get lost in the journey of sound for the duration of the song.
- Allow yourself to explore every aspect of track. Even if the music isn’t to your liking at first, let go of your dislike and give your awareness full permission to climb inside the track and dance among the sound waves.
- Explore the song by listening to the dynamics of each instrument. Separate each sound in your mind and analyze each one by one.
- Hone in on the vocals: the sound of the voice, its range and tones. If there is more than one voice, separate them out as you did in step 4.
The idea is to listen intently, to become fully entwined with the composition without preconception or judgment of the genre, artist, lyrics or instrumentation. Don’t think, hear.