Sit for 15 minutes with no thought. Sounds simple enough, right? That is until you set out to do it.
WOW is it hard to not think ANY thoughts!
This is my fourth time through the course. You would think that by now that this exercise would be easy-peasy.
Nope, it's still a struggle. I have been through the course;I know what is ahead and I have trained my mind to cultivate the power within. This exercise seems like going backwards.
But is it really?
Although it does feel like this exercise keeps me from the full power of the sit, when you take a closer look at the intent of this week's exercise it really isn't a step backwards.
So what is the intent of this weeks exercise? We are giving the watchman at the gate of our subconscious mind basic training. Just like basic training in the military is rigorous physically, basic training of our conscious mind is rigorous mentally. Those who commit fully to this exercise will give their watchman a solid foundation and will gain benefits beyond measure.
As Haanel states in the Master Keys, we must gain control of our conscious (Objective Mind) as this is where the subconscious (Subjective Mind) receives all of its information
2:16- The subconscious mind draws just and accurate inferences from premises furnished from outside sources. Where the premise is true, the subconscious mind reaches faultless conclusion, but where the premise or suggestion is an error, the whole structure falls. The subconscious mind does not engage in the process of proving. It relies upon the conscious mind "the watchman at the gate" to guard it from mistaken impressions.
2:12-13 It (conscious mind) has the faculty of discrimination, carrying with it the responsibility of choice. It has the power of reasoning- whether inductive, deductive, analytical, or syllogistic- and this power may be developed to a high degree. It is the seat of the will with all the energies that flow therefrom.
Not only can it impress other minds, but it can direct the subconscious mind, In this way the conscious mind becomes the responsible ruler and guardian of the subconscious mind. It is the high function which can reverse conditions in your life.
The watchman at the gate should be on duty every waking hour. When the subconscious is left unguarded and left open to suggestion from all sources, undesirable events occur.
We so much of this today with people thinking with their emotions before using rational thought. They are pliable to the opinions, not facts of whoever is giving the information. The strife we see in-the world today hinges on a multitude of people not using their watchman to filter out the untruths and false premises.
2:18 The conscious mind ought to be on duty every waking hour. When the "watchman" is "off guard" or when its calm judgment is suspended under a variety of circumstances, then the subconscious mind is unguarded and left open to suggestion from all sources. During the wild excitement of panic, or during the height of anger, or the impulses of the irresponsible mob, or at any other time of unrestrained passion, the conditions are the most dangerous. The subconscious mind then opens to the suggestion of fear, hatred, selfishness, greed, self-deprecation, and any other negative forces, derived from surrounding persons and circumstances. The result is usually unwholesome in the extreme, with effects which may endure to distress for a long time. Hence, the great importance of guarding the subconscious mind from false impressions.
So, back to the exercise for this week. It strengthens our watchman by bringing awareness of the variety, quantity, and frequency of thoughts our minds are barraged with daily. And we are just sampling a small part of our day, 15-30 minutes. The first step in training our mind is this awareness. As the course progresses, we will continue to train our watchman and at the end of the six months, it will be a warrior to aid you on your hero's journey.