What’s in a Mind? . by Alice B. Clagett *

Published on 26 December 2013; revised and republished on 31 August 2017

Dear Ones,

Yesterday, Christmas day, I was feeling a little blue … Christmas without the family, no roast turkey, and so on. I was feeling just moderately down in the dumps …

Then I went to turn on the internet, and I got a pop-up message requesting a username and password. The error message on the browser included the word ‘hijack’. Well this set my mind off in an uproar about possible disaster scenarios, the number of hours it might take to nail down the problem, the state of the world, and so on.

So I went outside and sat in the sunlight. The sunlight was the same as always. The sky just as blue. The leaves on the trees … blowing in the wind … were just as green. Essentially, everything was ok in the real world. Just, my mind was acting like a run-away train. I thought: maybe I had better put this problem off ’till tomorrow. So that is what I did.

Then this morning, just after I woke up, I had a revelation about the mind.

For the longest time, I have been thinking about my mind as if it were a big vase into which thoughts and emotions can be poured. I had a feeling that, once the thoughts and feelings were in that vase, it was pretty difficult to clear them out. But it is not like this at all.

Image: Screen tent set up in a pine forest … http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=19692&thumb=1&d=1280148739 ..

The mind is more like a screen tent. Thoughts are like breezes flowing through the tent. They come from … who knows where? A mile a minute. Never the same thoughts today as yesterday. And the ego sits on a patio chair inside the tent, conjuring up the fiction that the thoughts it senses are its own thoughts, captured and controlled in its own personal ‘mind vase.’

I had to laugh. It is just so simple. Where do thoughts and emotions come from? From God, from the Infinite. All day long the Infinite sends us these thoughts and emotions? Why label them our own? Why not call them gifts from the Infinite, sent to teach us a lesson in unconditional love? We can open these gifts, learn these beautiful lessons, and then let the thoughts float off in the breeze.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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