The reflective mind
Part of the reflective mind is a highly sophisticated (but totally impersonal) search engine.
Our consciousness (conscious or sub-conscious) presents something to the mind, a ‘search term’, and the mind returns results.
There are two way of engaging with this.
The first is the “I’m feeling luck” option where we accept and respond to the first result returned. This is tightly coupled with reinforcement and entrainment, and is extremely valuable for instinctual or reflect actions where ‘thinking’ is ineffectual.
In the second option we review each result and respond with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. We don’t have to accept the results the mind returns. Where we say no, it returns new results, new possibilities.
Further, ‘yes’ responses are reinforced while ‘no’ responses become less prominent in future results, ultimately influencing the “I’m feeling luck” option.
The second option requires presence and awareness with the quality of the ‘witness’.
Invoking the witness allows us to notice what we’re saying ‘yes’ to.
This noticing then creates a possibility to choose more consciously what we say ‘yes’ to and what ‘no’.
The mind is impersonal, so it doesn’t ‘care’ as such – say ‘no’ and it simply returns something different until you say ‘yes’.
Are are you saying ‘yes’ to what supports your being and expressing who we truly are?